Burning Spear

Love and Peace: Burning Spear Live

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LOVE AND PEACE is obviously no replacement for seeing Burning Spear live. The former Winston Rodney's live performances are justifiably legendary, and the sight of the man spinning dervish-like around the stage, arms outstretched and yard-long dreadlocks flying, as he chants, moans, wails, and declaims his passionate, thoughtful lyrics, is one no true reggae fan should ever miss. However, LOVE AND PEACE comes closer to capturing the pure excitement and gospel-like devotion of a Burning Spear gig than most live albums.

The 55-minute set consists of only nine extended tunes, and by the time of the set's centerpiece, "Great Men," the songs begin to blend together into a single throbbing, exhilarating wall of bass and drums colored by interjections of trumpet, saxophone and, trombone, Burning Spear's keening voice piercing through. LOVE AND PEACE is a truly remarkable document.

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