Various Artists - Black Man's Pride - 2x LP Vinyl

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Black Man's Pride
Various Artists
12" Vinyl


Black Man's Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep righteous reggae, featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records under the direction of Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd.

In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

In similar fashion Alton Ellis's defining 'Black Man's Pride' brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis' birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One, many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, essentially an orphanage run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more. Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s, after the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One's vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!
A1–Alton EllisBlack Man's Pride4:03
A2–Horace AndyChild Of The Ghetto2:22
A3–Dennis BrownCreated By The Father2:30
A4–The GladiatorsRoots Natty5:39
B1–The Classics (12)Got To Be Cool2:20
B2–The Nightingales (5)Rasta Is Calling2:25
B3–Glen MillerLove And Understanding5:23
B4–Sugar MinottWoman Shadow2:37
C1–Lloyd Jones (2) And The Super Natural SixRed In Babylon2:47
C2–Dudley Sibley And The Soul Gang*Love In Our Nation2:55
C3–The HeptonesEqual Rights2:23
C4–Glen MillerYou Must Be Love3:35
C5–Winston JarrettUp Park No Mans Land2:49
D1–Cedric "Im" BrooksWhat Can't I3:12
D2–Larry MarshallLet's Make It Up2:32
D3–Freddie McGregorChildren Listen To Wise Words2:32
D4–John HoltBuild Our Dreams3:11
D5–Johnny OsbourneForgive Them2:38

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