Linton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots - Dread Beat an' Blood

Linton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots - Dread Beat an' Blood
Styles: Roots Reggae
Genre: Reggae
Album: Dread Beat an' Blood
Release Date: 1978
Artist: Linton Kwesi Johnson \ Poet & the Roots

One of Jamaica's most significant reggae albums, originally released in 1978 on Frontline Records. Poet is Linton Kwesi Johnson; the Roots are Vivian Weathers (bass guitar, vocals), Dennis Bovell (guitar, keyboards), Desmond Craig (keyboards), Winston Cumiffe (drums), Lloyd Donaldson (drums), Everald Forest (percussion), John Vamom (guitar), and Lila Weathers (vocals). All but two songs first appeared in Johnson's 1975 poetry book, Dread Beat An' Blood. The poems are political in nature, dealing with Jamaica's racist regime and the way some dealt with the oppression: doping, fighting, and wasting one another in bars, as depicted in "Five Nights of Bleeding (For Leroy Harris)." Johnson does little singing, he simply delivers his poems in cadence to the music. Only on a couple of tunes like "Song of Blood," led by Lila Weathers, does any real singing occur, but Johnson's powerful, inspirational, descriptive words needs little embellishment.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Dread Beat an' BloodLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Five Nights of BleedingLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Doun di RoadLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Song of BloodLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
It Dread Inna InglanLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Come Wi Goh Dung DehLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Man FreeLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
All Wi' Doin' Is Defendin'Linton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
Command CounselLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots
DefenseLinton Kwesi Johnson / Poet & the Roots

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