Junior Murvin

Rescue Jah Children

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The man of high society may sit in his home obliviously sipping his coffee, but if he'd bothered to look out his window he'd have seen that the ghettoes were burning, and if he deigned to pick up a paper, he'd know that war was raging not just on the streets of Kingston, but in many other parts of the world as well.

1976 was a cataclysmic year in Jamaica, a year of violence and blood, where armageddon seemed imminent, and the news from abroad only feeding the fear of an upcoming apocalypse. No wonder Junior Murvin was calling out for somebody, anybody, to "Rescue Jah Children". The singer's chilling lyrical visions and pleas for assistance are heart-rending, but producer Lee Perry's nyabinghi styled arrangement suggests that help from above may be at hand.

The Upsetters's slow tempo and thumping bass line, alongside the pattering of the congos create a grounation flavored milieu, over which Perry streams phased brass and guitar, the spirit of Jah soaring above his suffering children.

Released as a single in 1976, "Rescue" cemented Murvin's reputation as one of the island's most exciting new roots artists.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Police & Thieves 1977 Mango 3:46