Album Review

Fred Locks – “Black Star Liner/True Rastaman” – [VP Records] (1976)

Grizzly Adam   9/2/2015   A Library

Roots Reggae title track Black Star Liners about
the shipping transportation company established
by Marcus Garvey, made quite an impact akin to
Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey album, both of
which were recorded at the studio Randy’s in
the same year. Paul Dixon aka Pablove Black aka
Pablo Black with the glockenspiel on Sons Of The
Almighty and keyboard synths such as excellent to
form in Sing-A-Long. At least Vision Of Redemption
with some backing vocals, also with very nice
staccato interphrase counter melody elaborations.
Wolf Wolf is a variation on a popular riddim but
couldn’t place it. Walls has that Jacob Miller,
tired fe lick weed in a bush, sound. True Rastaman
says, live right, watch and pray, don’t let them go
astray. Time To Change talks about the last days as
if they were today, enumerating the ways of the
world now, a biblical prognosticated now.

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