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Junior Murvin (Reggae): Police & Thieves

Album Reviews:

Q (4/00, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...an all-time reggae classic....possessed the right mix of biblical ire and righteous indignation to make any West London rebel envious..."

Mojo (Publisher) (9/03, p.120) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The title cut to Murvin Smith Junior's Island label debut has it all....Bonus tracks are equally strong..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Murvin and The Upsetter at their roots-skanking peak. Easily one of the best releases of the year."

Album Notes

Recorded at Black Art Studios, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Brian Blevins and David Katz.

Junior Murvin, along with co-writer/producer Lee Perry, created a certifiable reggae classic in "Police and Thieves." Covered by The Clash and symbolic of its time (the mid-1970s) musically and politically, the song is the centerpiece of an album considered by reggae fans to be one of the greatest albums of the genre.

Murvin sings powerful, intense lyrics with a sweet-sounding falsetto voice (recalling Smokey Robinson), while Lee Perry frames the songs with dark, almost haunted tempos, sharp guitar work and seemingly bottomless reverb. Murvin mixes British/Jamaican angst and fury with gospel fervor, and the tunes stick with you long after the CD stops.


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