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Burning Spear: Dry And Heavy

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 6 August 1977

IT ALL DEPENDS whether you're a sucker for the Burning Spear Sound. It hasn't changed too much through all their Island albums, and certain key ...

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Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

THIS ONE'LL SORT out the liggers. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

HERE COMES ONE of the strongest reggae albums of this year, lately available only on import in specialist shops and now rushed out in Britain ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 1976

Spear’s album is a staggering success. It's a big challenge to follow up Marcus Garvey (I don't count Garvey's Ghost), which from the instant of ...

Ruby's Dub Gems

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 21 February 1976

REGGAE IS in many ways a producer's music. More than any other ethnic music since Twenties hillbilly, it is a music that has been created ...

Jack Ruby: Mono Reggae For The Ghetto

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 6 March 1976

"WE’RE CALLING this Garvey’s Ghost," explained Jack Ruby, gesturing expansively towards the reel-to-reel, from whence issued sweet, sweet music. ...

Burning Spear: Schaefer Music Festival, Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Wayne Robins, The Village Voice, 23 August 1976

Burning Spear Overkills Message ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 September 1976

NEXT TO THE current crop of wild-eyed wired-op weird-asses coming out of JA these days, Burning Spear sound almost conservative. ...

Burning Spear: Man in the Hills (Island ILPS-9412)

Review by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, 23 September 1976

THANKS TO this summer's marketing blitz, virtually the entire spectrum of reggae is now available in America, although not in any depth. ...

Reggae: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 16 October 1976

"Youth is the first thing that hits you about the musicians...reggae is still a young music, further progress is made every day."                                             * ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

DRY AND Heavy indeed. The title says it all. This album is pure magic from start to finish and, in my opinion, his best yet, ...

Dry and Heavy in the Ozone: Burning Spear at the Rainbow

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 November 1977

IN THAT it (a) got me truly into reggae, and (b) has continued to stand as a symbol of the truth and beauty that all ...

Burning Spear: Error Inc.

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 19 November 1977

TALK ABOUT being stood up. The first time I met Winston Rodney/Burning Spear he was eight hours late. And this was, mind you, after having ...

Winston Rodney is Burning Spear

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 10 December 1977

Is The Man In The Hills, is The Sound Of The Present Age ...

Burning Spear: Live

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 17 December 1977

IN WRITING his plays, Bertolt Brecht operated according to a Roamin Rolland maxim: "Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will". Burning Spear's music works ...

Burning Spear: Social Living (1 Stop)

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 13 January 1979

Majestic, Mysterious: Burning Spear's Celestial Music Shimmers On ...

A Talk with Burning Spear

Interview by Don Snowden, L.A. Weekly, 13 June 1980

"HELLO, DON. Burning Spear is in town, in Los Angeles, and I'd like very much for you to do an interview with him." ...

Searching for the Spear

Interview by Peter Murphy (British), The Face, October 1980

WINSTON RODNEY, a.k.a. the Burning Spear, is the enigma of the Jamaican music scene. In a dark and brooding voice that is the essence of ...

Burning Spear Debuts At The Roxy

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 24 October 1980

THE WEST COAST debut of Burning Spear before a packed house at the Roxy Tuesday night may not have matched the excitement of Bob Marley ...

Burning Spear: The Venue, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 10 January 1981

I CAN REMEMBER literally crying with feeling at only one concert, and that was Burning Spear at the Rainbow in '78. That kind of high ...

Burning Spear: The Spear Guide to Higher Stepping

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 28 February 1981

Burning Spear on tour. In the dressing room at the Birmingham Odeon, certain thick-set members of Spear's Burning Band mutter that they want to kill ...

Burning Spear: Farover (Radio)***

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 29 May 1982

TWO YEARS on from his last collection finds Winston Rodney, the African teacher, aka Burning Spear, relating the same universal message of cultural education through ...

Burning Spear: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, 25 February 1984


The Voice Squad

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 12 January 1985

From the raw to the pure, from the sublime to the meticulous — BARNEY HOSKYNS sings the praises of 24 of music's most glorious voices. ...

Burning Spear: Resistance (Heartbeat)

Review by Don Snowden, The Boston Phoenix, 28 June 1985

A FULL DECADE after the landmark Marcus Garvey (Island) album, the voice and vision of Burning Spear (the nom de stage of Jamaican singer/songwriter Winston ...

Burning Spear: Redemption Song

Interview by Mark Cooper, City Limits, 19 March 1987

"Music for your children and my children and their children" is how Burning Spear looks at his 15 years in reggae. In Europe and America ...

Second Generation Picks Up the Torch From Bob Marley

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 7 February 1989

Bob Marley Day: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles ...

Burning Spear Aims to Stay True to Roots Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 11 September 1989

THERE IS no more pure exponent of roots reggae than Burning Spear. Reggae has gone through a number of permutations in the 15 years since ...


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