Rockin' Time

Burning Spear

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Rockin' Time Review

by AllMusic

Winston Rodney is, hands down, one of reggae's (or any other genre's) most prolific artists. His unorthodox singing styles range from subtle whisper, through mystical chant, to painful wailing without warning. In the late '60s, as the popular dance tunes of the rocksteady era began to give way to an influx of Rasta consciousness, Rodney (who adopted the Burning Spear moniker from a Kenyan freedom fighter) cut two records for Studio One's Clement Dodd that were subsequently overshadowed by his more celebrated releases on Island/Mango Records.

Studio One has re-released these gems, many of which are being heard for the first time in 30 years. This is cosmic reggae at its rawest, before the sound became super-produced. The set is the very epitome of conscious music with soul-drenched cuts such as "Bad to Worse" and the haunting "Weeping and Wailing" (later re-recorded as "Wailing" on Burning Spear's 1977 album DRY AND HEAVY). Rocking Time is a highly recommended glimpse into the origins of a legend.

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