Dienstag, 2. Juni 2020

Linton Kwesi Johnson - Bass Culture (1980)

I remember at the time of its release that many reviewers considered "Bass Culture" a slight disappointment because it didn't reach the highs of "Forces of Victory". Granted, following up a record as great as "Forces of Victory" is no easy task, but all these years later I wonder what were people thinking. 

"Bass Culture" is tremendous, another successful collaboration between Johnson and Bovell with songs that are, at times, even more confrontational (e.g., "Inglan is a Bitch") than anything he had previously recorded. I will admit that the Dub Band sounds better on "Forces of Victory", but Johnson is hitting his stride at the time of this release and experimenting with song structure and lyrics a little more (i.e., not everything is explicitly political here). Still, I defy anyone to come up with a reason to not own this record. An extra added bonus is John Kpiaye's great guitar playing.


Bass Culture 6:04
Street 66 3:43
Reggae Fi Peach 2:40
Di Black Petty Booshwah 3:34
Inglan Is A Bitch 5:25
Loraine 4:07
Reggae Sounds 3:10
Two Sides Of Silence 2:12

(320 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot! on a first listen it seems a really good album!
thanks for sharing!

zero hat gesagt…

Glad you enjoy the album. Stay safe!

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