Prince Far I

Voice of Thunder

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Perhaps the aptest title yet for an album by the late, lamented Prince Far I, one of the most powerful reggae deejays ever recorded. This set finds him supported by an extremely spare, heavy instrumental backing, which perfectly complements his growling voice and the stern mood of his lyrics. Prince Far I didn't sing (or "chant," as he preferred) much about dancing or women; instead, he tended to set Bible verses to music and to admonish the youth to behave themselves. On this album he accomplishes the former with "Ten Commandments" and the latter with "Hold the Fort" and "Shall Not Dwell in Wickedness." Elsewhere he praises Bob Marley and makes fun of a skinhead for wearing polyester. Given a sound and mood that is even drier and sparer than usual for this artist, Voice of Thunder might not be the best introduction for newcomers. But fans will sit in awe.

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