Culture And The Deejays 1977-79 - VP
Two things have always puzzled reggae fans when it comes to Joe Gibbs - No.1 - Why the man never released a Culture Dub album? ET the resident engineer was one of the best - interest in Culture as never waned and the 'Two Seven Classic' album is bonefide classic. Puzzle No.2. Is this album - with all the deejays cuts of Culture why no collection. Here it is - and its great!!! From Prince Far I's 'The Same Knife' to Bojangles cut of 'Two Seven Clash' to I Roy's cuts of 'I'm Not Ashamed' and 'Natty Dread Taking Over' its all great stuff. And reminds all just how good a producer Gibbo was - perhaps is only failing was that sometimes things like this never happened - but then think of all the sets that have never happened on Studio One. More mystery than history as Willi Williams once said!!!
JOSEPH HILL (1949-2006)
On August 19 the reggae world lost one of its most prominent figures. Joseph Hill, the leader of the veteran reggae group, Culture unexpectedly passed away from a sudden illness. At the time, the group was in Berlin, Germany at the mid-point of a European tour - for more information please check out Jim Dooley's excellent Culture website at http://www.cyberus.ca/~jdooley/
Culture - World Peace - Heartbeat
When Culture first came up - they looked like they was going to be part of the business for a very very long time. They are now a foundation stone of the reggae business with at least an album out there for every year they have been around. This one finds them on Heartbeat again after many years. Its 13 tracks cover all the these heard on Culture albums before - but with new musicians you can get a new sound out of an song, and with the Firehouse Crew present its makes a lot of sense to recut tunes like 'Dog A Dog Nyam Dog'. The bulk of the album is recorded with a wide range of musicians, but each and every track as got that Culture sound. Its a sound loved all around the world - 'World Peace' is a fitting title made by a group who care about such concepts - because they can see the big picture just as clearly as did they way back in 1976.
Culture - Two Sevens Clash - Joe Gibbs - 1977
The single 'Two Sevens Clash', was released at the end of 1976, with it Culture had gone straight to the top. Now an album was needed and Culture were busy recording it for Joe Gibbs. To say that the album was a very strong debut, is to understate the album. The title track is not even the best track_on them, which is_unusual_considering the quality of the tune. Yet this is not an album to pick out individual tracks for praise; what must be praised is the overall production of the album.
Culture - Cumbolo - Front Line - 1979
Early 1979 and it wasn't a good time to release a new Culture album. After over 5 years of cultural lyrics - a general feeling of wanting a change had set in. For the first time in years, love songs were outselling cultural or reality lyrics. And when 'Cumbolo' came out, it felt it. And yet it wasn't a bad album. It was very well produced - by Sonia Pottinger, a solid set. For some though it was just too close to 'Harder Than The Rest' for comfort. At least three of the songs had appeared on previous albums.
Culture - International Herb - Front Line - 1979
Another Sonia Pottinger production, and with tracks like 'I Tried' 'The Shepherd' and 'Too Long In Slavery' it was well up to the standard of their other albums. Although by now a new form of reggae 'Dance Hall' had arrived which had little in common with Culture's style. And Culture had not made the breakthrough into the rock market, which had been expected of them. So when the Front Line label was closed down Culture joined a lot of other vocal groups in the wilderness.
Culture - Lion Rock - Cultural Foundation - 1982
Culture is now one. The reason is the same reason that kepted Culture away from the music scene for nearly two years, changes. Albert Walker and Lloyd Dayes have now gone their own way. Or should that be Joe Hill as gone his. Joe as at last fulfilled an ambition to bring to the music, his band form a long time - The Soul Defenders, ex Studio One session band, Joe was their drummer. Three years in the making 'Lion Rock' features the Soul Defenders on all tracks. Who show they are amongest the most talented musicians in Ja.
Culture - At Work - Blue Mountain - 1986
Although 'Lion Rock' had much to recommend it - Joe Hill or Culture was out of step with the rest of the music. He needed to get back in step, and to do that it seemed he needed a rest. That rest lasted 4 years 'til 1986. And when Joe Hill returned he had Albert and Kenneth were by his side again. Culture were once again a trio. The chances of Culture making a big impact again were very slim - no matter how the good the album, and this was very good. Produced by Sly & Robbie it brings the group right up to date.
Culture - In Culture - Music Track - 1986
Joe continued the process of bringing the group up to date by self - producing this LP. It was clear that he had been listening to the music closely and the result was a very rough and tough LP, including a big surprise. A version of 'Sleng Teng'! More than that 'Capture Rasta' was a very heavy cut of the rhythm that in combination with the lyrics gave Culture a small hit. While the non digital tracks are just as powerful. 'Old Tattoo' is particular interesting lyrically, Joe telling a very moving story.
Culture - Nuff Crisis - Blue Mountain - 1988
'In Culture' should have been another step forward for the group, but for some unknown reason it was to be another two years before the group had another LP released. This album is more traditional than the last. How 'Nuff Crisis' is viewed really depends on how you like your Culture. Every track on the album contains a message-that would make anyone more aware, which can only be good. Listen out for 'Crack In New York' and 'Bang Belly Babies' two of the most controversial songs Joe's probably ever written.