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Throw Down Your Arms

Sinéad O'Connor

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There's no debating that Sinéad O'Connor is one of the great singers to come from the pop world in the late 20th century. Her recordings and live performances have underscored her reputation in spades. Throw Down Your Arms is her first official outing since her "retirement" three years previously. Despite the cover photo of O'Connor as a young communicant, the set here is strictly hard reggae -- all the cuts are covers of classic reggae tunes. Recorded at Tuff Gong and Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, and produced by Sly & Robbie -- who are also the key rhythm section on the disc -- it stars some of the cream of the scene's elder crop, from guitarist Mikey Chung to Sticky Thompson, Dean Fraser, and many others. Beginning with the a cappella "Jah Nuh Dead" by Winston Rodney (Burning Spear), O'Connor does reverential readings of these canonical reggae classics. She takes no liberties, the band is mixed right up front with her voice, and she gets deep into the dread groove from Burning Spear's "Door Peep" and the title cut to Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man" and Lee Perry's "Curly Locks" and "Vampire." O'Connor is a great interpreter of these songs because she understands they need nothing to be complete. They stand the test of time simply because they are great songs. She wraps herself in the rhythm and the spiritual groove and lets them cover her, saturate her, and come through her into the air where she separates God from the religions of men. Dynamite singing, a killer band, and wonderful material do a fine album make. Welcome back, Sinéad.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Jah Nuh Dead
00:03:22

Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

2
Marcus Garvey
00:03:30

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Philip J. Fullwood/Winston Rodney, Composer - Phillip J. Fullwood/Winston Rodney, Lyricist - Blue Mountain Music/Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

3
Door Peep
00:03:24

Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

4
He Prayed
00:03:29

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Jamrec (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Clements Dodd/Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

5
Y Mas Gan
00:03:51

Linford Manning, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Happy Valley Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

6
Curly Locks
00:04:24

Lee Perry, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Universal Songs of Polygram Intl (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

7
Vampire
00:04:04

Lee Perry, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Agelong Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

8
Prophet Has Arise
00:04:28

Cecil Spence, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Skelly Vibes Sounds (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

9
Downpressor Man
00:05:10

Peter Tosh, Composer, Lyricist - Irving Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

10
Throw Down Your Arms
00:04:15

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Philip J. Fullwood/Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

11
Untold Stories
00:03:42

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Glenroy Browne/Donovan Germain/Mark Myrie/Handel Tucker, Composer, Lyricist - Donovan Germain Music (BMI)/Universal Songs of Polygram (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

12
War
00:04:04

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Colin Eric Allen/Carleton Barrett, Composer, Lyricist - Fifty Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Limited (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

DISC 2

1
Intro
00:00:59

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Colin Eric Allen/Carleton Barrett, Composer, Lyricist - Fifty Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Limited (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

2
Jah Nuh Dead- Dub Version
00:03:14

Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

3
Marcus Garvey- Dub Version
00:03:31

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Phillip J. Fullwood/Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist - Blue Mountain Music/Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

4
Door Peep- Dub Version
00:03:21

Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

5
He Prayed- Dub Version
00:03:30

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Jamrec (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Clements Dodd/Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

6
Y Mas Gan- Dub Version
00:03:53

Linford Manning, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Happy Valley Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

7
Curly Locks- Dub Version
00:04:19

Lee Perry, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Universal Songs of Polygram Intl (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

8
Vampire- Dub Version
00:04:03

Lee Perry, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Agelong Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

9
Prophet Has Arise- Dub Version
00:04:26

Cecil Spence, Composer, Lyricist - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Skelly Vibes Sounds (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

10
Downpressor Man- Dub Version
00:05:09

Peter Tosh, Composer, Lyricist - Irving Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

11
Throw Down Your Arms- Dub Version
00:04:14

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Splash Down Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Philip J. Fullwood/Winston Rodney, Composer, Lyricist

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

12
Untold Stories- Dub Version
00:03:44

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Glenroy Browne/Donovan Germain/Mark Myrie/Handel Tucker, Composer, Lyricist - Donovan Germain Music (BMI)/Universal Songs of Polygram (BMI), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

13
War- Dub Version
00:04:05

Sinead O´Connor, MainArtist - Sly/Robbie, Producer - Colin Eric Allen/Carleton Barrett, Composer, Lyricist - Fifty Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Limited (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2005 Sinead O´Connor 2005 Sinead O´Connor

Album Description

There's no debating that Sinéad O'Connor is one of the great singers to come from the pop world in the late 20th century. Her recordings and live performances have underscored her reputation in spades. Throw Down Your Arms is her first official outing since her "retirement" three years previously. Despite the cover photo of O'Connor as a young communicant, the set here is strictly hard reggae -- all the cuts are covers of classic reggae tunes. Recorded at Tuff Gong and Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, and produced by Sly & Robbie -- who are also the key rhythm section on the disc -- it stars some of the cream of the scene's elder crop, from guitarist Mikey Chung to Sticky Thompson, Dean Fraser, and many others. Beginning with the a cappella "Jah Nuh Dead" by Winston Rodney (Burning Spear), O'Connor does reverential readings of these canonical reggae classics. She takes no liberties, the band is mixed right up front with her voice, and she gets deep into the dread groove from Burning Spear's "Door Peep" and the title cut to Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man" and Lee Perry's "Curly Locks" and "Vampire." O'Connor is a great interpreter of these songs because she understands they need nothing to be complete. They stand the test of time simply because they are great songs. She wraps herself in the rhythm and the spiritual groove and lets them cover her, saturate her, and come through her into the air where she separates God from the religions of men. Dynamite singing, a killer band, and wonderful material do a fine album make. Welcome back, Sinéad.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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