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Black Uhuru - Showcase (Taxi) CD

Black Uhuru - Showcase (Taxi) CD
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Wicked reissue of the Taxi Black Uhuru Showcase featuring such classics as Leaving To Zion, General Penitentiary, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Shine Eye and Plastic Smile, all extended into dubwise.

Tracklisting:

1. Leaving To Zion
2. General Penitentiary
3. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
4. Shine Eye
5. Abortion
6. Natural Reggae Beat
7. Plastic Smile

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Craig White, Kilmarnock
5 Stars

43 Years, 3 Titles, 9 Labels, This Is The One!

I'm not sure how this slipped by me last year, and the thought that I might never have noticed is a frightening one! Really because this is the CD version I (we all) have been waiting for, having been a killer album (their best, for my money!) with certain niggling flaws, now all rectified, boosting it close to perfection! Subject to a much needed and sympathetic re-mastering, the slightly muffled and restrained previous sound now converted to clear and thunderous - if you have previous CD versions, you will need to upgrade (I have) without reservation, an added bonus being a return to the original 1979 artwork, all housed in a tasteful digi-pak. if that's not enough, all 7 (6 originally, 'Shine Eye' being added at some later juncture) songs are in their proper full length discomix/showcase format, all clocking it at 7-8+ minutes each - some releases have featured shortened versions.

Anyhoo, this is Black Uhuru's 'classic' line-up - Michael Rose, Puma Jones, 'Ducky' Simpson, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare as the core, direct, conscious, militant, and as the saying goes, harder than the rest! if you are familiar with this album you will know that every track is a vital component in the Black Uhuru canon, not a moment wasted, inspirational and tuff as nails - it's all highlight, really, each piece followed by a Sly 'n' Robbie dub workout extension, and no need to detail how good they were in that particular mode (Sly's 'double' drumming on 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' is nothing short of brilliant)! I have no information regarding the pair's involvement in the re-mastering, but I'd like to think that this stands as fine testament to the bass genius, Robbie Shakespeare, recently departed.

I sideline here - Robbie was once asked in interview how many tracks had he played bass on - after some thought he returned that it was somewhere in the region of 200,000! apart from mibbe (mibbe!) Errol 'Flabba' Holt, who else could say that?!

Anyway, i'm delighted that the album is now back amongst us, and restored to what it should be. Has it been worth the wait? Positively! absolutely essential!

Craig White

Craig White, Kilmarnock
5 Stars

43 Years, 3 Titles, 9 Labels, This Is The One!

I'm not sure how this slipped by me last year, and the thought that I might never have noticed is a frightening one! Really because this is the CD version I (we all) have been waiting for, having been a killer album (their best, for my money!) with certain niggling flaws, now all rectified, boosting it close to perfection! Subject to a much needed and sympathetic re-mastering, the slightly muffled and restrained previous sound now converted to clear and thunderous - if you have previous CD versions, you will need to upgrade (I have) without reservation, an added bonus being a return to the original 1979 artwork, all housed in a tasteful digi-pak. if that's not enough, all 7 (6 originally, 'Shine Eye' being added at some later juncture) songs are in their proper full length discomix/showcase format, all clocking it at 7-8+ minutes each - some releases have featured shortened versions.

Anyhoo, this is Black Uhuru's 'classic' line-up - Michael Rose, Puma Jones, 'Ducky' Simpson, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare as the core, direct, conscious, militant, and as the saying goes, harder than the rest! if you are familiar with this album you will know that every track is a vital component in the Black Uhuru canon, not a moment wasted, inspirational and tuff as nails - it's all highlight, really, each piece followed by a Sly 'n' Robbie dub workout extension, and no need to detail how good they were in that particular mode (Sly's 'double' drumming on 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' is nothing short of brilliant)! I have no information regarding the pair's involvement in the re-mastering, but I'd like to think that this stands as fine testament to the bass genius, Robbie Shakespeare, recently departed.

I sideline here - Robbie was once asked in interview how many tracks had he played bass on - after some thought he returned that it was somewhere in the region of 200,000! apart from mibbe (mibbe!) Errol 'Flabba' Holt, who else could say that?!

Anyway, i'm delighted that the album is now back amongst us, and restored to what it should be. Has it been worth the wait? Positively! absolutely essential!

Craig White

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