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Linton Kwesi Johnson - Forces of Vicktry

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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2009

If Dread Beat An' Blood brought Johnson and initial flush of notoriety, then Forces of Victory was the record that cemented his growing reputation as a major talent. Bovell and the Dub Band swing hard on this set, especially on the album's opening track "Want Fi Goh Rave." This contains some of Johnson's most memorable songs/poems, such as the heartfelt prison saga "Sonny's Lettah" and the confrontational "Fite Dem Back," which he delivers in his trademark sing-song Jamaican patois. Dramatic and intense to the point of claustrophobia, Forces of Victory is not simply one of the most important reggae records of its time, it's one of the most important reggae records ever recorded.

Produced by: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Engineered by: Dennis (Blackbeard) Bovell & John Caffery
Mixed by: Dennis Bovell

From the Island/Mango album FORCES OF VICTORY, released May 11, 1979

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