Fred Locks Black Star Liner

    VP Records
    • Fred Locks – Black Star Liner
    • Fred Locks – Vision Of Redemption
    • Fred Locks – Ive Got A Joy
    • Fred Locks – Sons Of The Almighty
    • Fred Locks – Sing A Long
    • Fred Locks – True Rastaman
    • Fred Locks – Dont Let Babylon Use You
    • Fred Locks – Walls
    • Fred Locks – Wolf Wolf
    • Fred Locks – Time To Change
    • 1. Black Star Liner
    • 2. Vision Of Redemption
    • 3. Ive Got A Joy
    • 4. Sons Of The Almighty
    • 5. Sing A Long
    • 6. True Rastaman
    • 7. Dont Let Babylon Use You
    • 8. Walls
    • 9. Wolf Wolf
    • 10. Time To Change

    Fred Locks’ 1976 LP Black Star Liner sits on any short list of classics from Reggae’s 1970s golden era. The LP, available again in a newly remastered edition, evokes the earnest vision of repatriation that Marcus Garvey articulated and attempted to actualise a century ago.

    Writers Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton put the release in context in Reggae: The Rough Guide: “‘Black Star Liners’ became an enduring roots anthem that helped define the period. Fred Locks’ voice was apposite to the deep roots rhythms that supported it as well as to the serious themes of iniquity, faith and repatriation.”

    At the time of the album’s initial release, the singer simply recalled, “I wasn’t so versed in Rasta but it’s really because of sufferation over the years why you find more to write about. Even “Black Star Liners” was a song I start to write about two years ago (1973). It never reach completion until the day in the studio, you know, the very last words.”

    The album is the result of the collaboration between producer Hugh Boothe and his friend Fred Locks (born Stafford Elliot), both of whom were members of Jamaica’s Twelve Tribes Of Israel (Rastafarian) organization. The album followed the release of the single “Black Star Liners” in 1975 on Boothe’s Jahmikmusik label (an affiliate of Twelve Tribes’ Jahlovemuzik Soundsystem)

    repressed with full colour inner & sleeve notes.

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