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When Tom Tom Club sang "reggae's expanding with Sly & Robbie" on "Genius of Love," perhaps they were referring to their influence on Black Uhuru's landmark crossover, Anthem (1983). Their musicianship and ability to tailor the arrangements and presentation was seminal to the success of the long-player. The original incarnation of the band -- whose name translates as "to be free" in Swahili -- evolved from the fertile environs of Kingston, Jamaica. By the early '80s the lineup centered around the trio of Michael Rose (vocals), sole founding member Derrick "Duckie" Simpson (vocals), and in 1981 Sandra "Puma" Jones (vocals), an American who had previously been part of the all-girl combo Mama Africa. With Anthem, the threesome took a bold and ultimately fruitful step, trying to appeal to a much larger audience. While the platter would earn Black Uhuru the very first Grammy award given to a reggae artist, many purists were less than impressed by the undeniably overt pop/rock elements, including the copious use of synthesizers. The end result was a less-than-authentic interpretation of the material. As the title of this four-disc box set intimates, Hip-O Select's Complete Anthem Sessions (2004) is the final word on the album. Housed within are all the unedited full-length mixes, dub mixes, U.K. and U.S. versions, and widely sought 12" renderings of "Party Next Door," "Party in Session," "What Is Life," and the Steve Van Zandt-penned "Solidarity." Plus, a pair of never-before-available interpretations of "Somebody's Watching You." Providing every possible option in one anthology is nothing short of inspired. It likewise allows a juxtaposition of production styles that aid in understanding both the impact of the music, as well as the various alterations -- some subtle and others significant -- made in an attempt to cater to specific listeners. The Hip-O Select Internet audio boutique issued The Complete Anthem Sessions in a strictly limited edition of 5,000 copies. The four CDs are accompanied by 40 pages of text and photos, with the contents housed in a lavish high quality 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" cloth hardbound book. More information can be found on the label's website at www.hip-oselect.com.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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1
What Is Life (Original Full Length Mix)
00:05:41

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Party Next Door (Original Full Length Mix)
00:03:05

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Try It (Original Full Length Mix)
00:05:27

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Black Uhuru Anthem (Original Full Length Mix)
00:05:27

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Botanical Roots (Original Full Length Mix)
00:04:58

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Somebody's Watching You (Original Full Length Mix)
00:05:46

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Bull In The Pen (Original Full Length Mix)
00:05:23

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Elements (Original Full Length Mix)
00:03:51

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Party Next Door (12" Version)
00:05:55

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Party In Session (12" Version)
00:05:33

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
What Is Life (Original Dub Mix)
00:05:41

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Try It (Original Dub Mix)
00:05:23

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Black Uhuru Anthem (Original Dub Mix)
00:05:34

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Botanical Roots (Original Dub Mix)
00:10:36

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Somebody's Watching You (Original Dub Mix)
00:06:08

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Bull In The Pen (Original Dub Mix)
00:05:58

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Elements (Original Dub Mix)
00:04:52

Steven Stanley, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Sly Dunbar, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, MainArtist - Robbie Shakespeare, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
What Is Life? (UK Remix)
00:04:21

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Groucho Smykle, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Solidarity (US Remix)
00:04:22

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Van Zandt, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Black Uhuru Anthem (US Remix)
00:05:17

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Try It (US Remix)
00:04:58

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Botanical Roots (UK Remix)
00:04:13

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Somebody's Watching You
00:04:32

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Bull In The Pen (US Remix)
00:04:08

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Elements (US Remix)
00:04:35

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
What Is Life (Francois Kervorkian Remix)
00:06:41

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Solidarity (Zeus B Held Remix)
00:04:11

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Van Zandt, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Party Next Door (E.T. Thorngren Remix)
00:05:27

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 4

1
What Is Life? (US Remix)
00:05:05

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - Kendal Stubbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Thorngren, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Solidarity (US Remix)
00:04:27

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Van Zandt, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Black Uhuru Anthem (US Remix)
00:05:17

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Try It (US Remix)
00:04:59

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Botanical Roots (US Remix)
00:03:31

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendal Stubbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Executive Producer - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Party Next Door (US Remix)
00:05:48

Steven Stanley, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendal Stubbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Dunbar, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Eric Thorngren, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Robbie Shakespeare, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Bull In The Pen (US Remix)
00:04:08

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Rose, ComposerLyricist - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Elements (US Remix)
00:04:34

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derrick Simpson, ComposerLyricist - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Somebody's Watching You (Bruce Forest Remix)
00:08:19

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendal Stubbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Somebody's Watching You (Bruce Forest Dub Mix)
00:05:02

Steven Stanley, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kendal Stubbs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - STEPHEN STREET, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Black Uhuru, Producer, MainArtist - Michael Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smykle, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benji Armbrister, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Hearne, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

When Tom Tom Club sang "reggae's expanding with Sly & Robbie" on "Genius of Love," perhaps they were referring to their influence on Black Uhuru's landmark crossover, Anthem (1983). Their musicianship and ability to tailor the arrangements and presentation was seminal to the success of the long-player. The original incarnation of the band -- whose name translates as "to be free" in Swahili -- evolved from the fertile environs of Kingston, Jamaica. By the early '80s the lineup centered around the trio of Michael Rose (vocals), sole founding member Derrick "Duckie" Simpson (vocals), and in 1981 Sandra "Puma" Jones (vocals), an American who had previously been part of the all-girl combo Mama Africa. With Anthem, the threesome took a bold and ultimately fruitful step, trying to appeal to a much larger audience. While the platter would earn Black Uhuru the very first Grammy award given to a reggae artist, many purists were less than impressed by the undeniably overt pop/rock elements, including the copious use of synthesizers. The end result was a less-than-authentic interpretation of the material. As the title of this four-disc box set intimates, Hip-O Select's Complete Anthem Sessions (2004) is the final word on the album. Housed within are all the unedited full-length mixes, dub mixes, U.K. and U.S. versions, and widely sought 12" renderings of "Party Next Door," "Party in Session," "What Is Life," and the Steve Van Zandt-penned "Solidarity." Plus, a pair of never-before-available interpretations of "Somebody's Watching You." Providing every possible option in one anthology is nothing short of inspired. It likewise allows a juxtaposition of production styles that aid in understanding both the impact of the music, as well as the various alterations -- some subtle and others significant -- made in an attempt to cater to specific listeners. The Hip-O Select Internet audio boutique issued The Complete Anthem Sessions in a strictly limited edition of 5,000 copies. The four CDs are accompanied by 40 pages of text and photos, with the contents housed in a lavish high quality 7-3/4" by 6-1/4" cloth hardbound book. More information can be found on the label's website at www.hip-oselect.com.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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