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4.3 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings

Live 84

Rastafari Man

Black Uhuru is unbelievable in the album Live 84. It has great guitar work on "Shine Eye Girl" and Michael Rose captures the crowd on "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" while he chants ""Are you ready"". A must have for a reggae fan, or a Black Uhuru fan. 5 stars.....

Awful live album

emptywig

This is a terrible live album. There are much better live recordings of Uhuru from this period, so save your money. Oh, and they probably left out the songs from Anthem and Chill Out because of publishing rights issues, but most of those songs aren't very good anyway.

emptywig does not get it: this is a super wicked album

Mr. Quick

Stop scratching your heads: this concert was recorded in 1981 in Germany.

Robbie Shakespeare wanted to call it 84 for no other reason than he likes 8 and 4. No hidden message, no manipulation whatsoever.

There was absolutely no publishing issue, this is the entire concert.

For an album with the songs from Chill out and Anthem, please check out Live Chicago 84.

Back to this release: this was recorded during the tour promoting the "Red" album, the last one with non-electonic syndrums and Sly Dunbar is playing furiously, while Robbie is at his usual ferocious best. The rest of the band also shines. There was no equivalent to this group in other black music genres, the only thing resembling Black Uhuru in terms of intensity and hardness was Motorhead or Black Sabbath. Michael Rose and the crew wore leather, banged their heads like metal heads, with a Rasta edge to it that made the group so unique.

I miss those days.

About Black Uhuru

The most successful of the second-generation reggae bands, Black Uhuru maintained their high quality despite numerous personnel changes in their 40-plus-year history. The first reggae band to win a Grammy award, for their 1983 album Anthem, Black Uhuru was called "The most dynamic and progressive reggae act of the 1970s and early '80s."

The band, whose name comes from the Swahili word meaning "freedom," was formed in the Waterhouse district of Kingston by Don Carlos, Rudolph "Garth" Dennis, and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. When the group experienced difficulties securing a record contract, Spencer left to pursue a solo career and Dennis joined the Wailing Souls. Simpson, who remained the thread throughout Black Uhuru's evolution, reorganized the band with Errol "Jay" Wilson and quivery-voiced lead vocalist Michael Rose. Accompanied by the rhythm section of Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Black Uhuru created a sound that made them a match for any reggae ensemble. Their debut album, Love Crisis, released in 1977, included the anthemic hit "I Love King Selassie." Three years later, the album was remixed and released as Black Sounds of Freedom.

With the addition of harmony singer Puma Jones, an African-American woman who held a Master's degree from Columbia University and was a former member of the female group Mama Africa in 1981, Black Uhuru entered their most commercially successful period. In addition to recording a memorable studio album, Red, and an exciting live album, Tear It Up, the group reached its peak with the release of Anthem in 1983. Remixed and revised for release in the United States, the remade version was re-released in Europe shortly afterwards. Although the album received a Grammy, internal problems caused the band to splinter the following year. Rose was replaced by soundalike Junior Reid. Jones and Reid remained with the band until 1989. Although Reid left when visa problems prevented him from touring, Jones, who was replaced by Olufunke, was forced to step down after being diagnosed with cancer. She died on January 28, 1990, and was buried in her home state of South Carolina. The original three members -- Simpson, Spencer, and Dennis -- reunited to record a trio album, Now, in 1990. They've continued to tour and perform in this configuration. ~ Craig Harris

ORIGIN
Jamaica
GENRE
Reggae
FORMED
1974

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