Health & Strength

Health & Strength

by Prince Far IPrince Far I


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In the veritable faceless crowd of DJs that flooded the reggae scene in the 1970s and 1980s, most of the best and most distinctive ones spawned a host of imitators. Only Prince Far I, with his gravelly, stentorian voice and strict spiritual focus, remained truly unique -- in part because few could have imitated him if they'd wanted to, and even fewer would have dared try. Health and Strength was one of the albums he cut for Virgin's Front Line imprint in the late '70s; unlike the others, this one was shelved and eventually lost until a cassette copy surfaced in 1997. The cassette had been made from the original master tapes and was of surprisingly high quality; when On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood got his hands on it, he cleaned it up a little and released it on his own Pressure Sounds reissue imprint. The results are truly spectacular. Featuring several rare examples of Prince Far I's singing as well as the chanting (or "toasting") for which he was famous, Health and Strength stands with his best work. Highlights include the apocalyptic "Frontline Speech," the admirably practical "Health Warning" (chanted over the rhythm to Gregory Isaacs' "Sacrifice"), and "Clean Hands Pure Heart." Essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Ernie B's Reggae
UPC: 5019148616276
catalogNumber: 37066
Rank: 44018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince Far   Primary Artist
Ansel Collins   Keyboards
Noel Sowell Bailey   Guitar
Dougie Bryan   Guitar
Fish Clarke   Drums
Santa Davis   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Ossie Hibbert   Keyboards
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Keyboards
Lincoln Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Clinton Jack   Bass
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Bass

Technical Credits

Prince Far   Producer
Adrian Sherwood   Liner Notes

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