Burning Spear

Road Foggy

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"My way is so long, because the road is so foggy, foggy," but Burning Spear soldiers on across this enduring number. Spear originally cut the song for Studio One in the early '70s under the title "Foggy Road." However, Coxsone Dodd chose not to press it into a single, at least not while Spear was at the label, releasing it only in 1975 in the wake of the massive success of the group's "Marcus Garvey" and "Slavery Days" singles.

Needless to say, Winston Rodney was not thrilled with these, and there were many archival numbers suddenly appearing out of Brentford Road's vaults. Over time, the artist would recut much of his Studio One back catalog, reclaiming his early songs. In the case of "Foggy Road," it took five years, but it was well worth the wait.

Retitled "Road Foggy," the song took pride of place on Spear's 1980 Hail H.I.M. album. Co-produced by Rodney and Aston "Family Man" Barrett, the musicians find a deep groove in the road and ride it into the distance. Barrett and drummer Nelson Miller lay down the most throbbing of rhythms, the horn section of Bobby Ellis, Herman Marquis, and Egbert Evans blows the most haunting of melodies behind them, the keyboards build up the dread atmosphere, and guitarist Junior Marvin riffs and rocks along.

It's a phenomenal arrangement that courses across the miles. Overhead, Rodney chants himself into a rapture, determinedly marching down the road to righteousness, a long distance runner in the zone.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hail H.I.M. 1980 Heartbeat 3:31
Ultimate Collection 2001 Hip-O 3:34
Gold 2005 Island 3:34