Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Above: I went and posted the HUGE size because this is easily one of the best album covers in the reggae lexicon ever.
Most people are probably familiar with Junior Murvin's massive roots tune "Police and Thieves" from the weed cultivator scene in "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels."
If that doesn't jog your memory then perhaps you've heard covered in a punk rock stylee by a little group called The Clash on their first album.
It has a melody that is impossible to forget. The song catapulted into an international hit that summer and made Junior Murvin a house hold reggae name in the UK an JA respectively.
The thing is the album from which it appears on is almost as equally as good. Producer Lee "Scratch" Perry was in his prime when the tune dropped and the whole album received his over dubbed, spaced-out, sticky style.
There is really nothing I can say about this album that hasn't been said before and probably better, but just download it and enjoy it as the sun starts to warm tings up. Seen.
Police And Thieves
Rescue Jah Children
Workin' In The Cornfield
I Was Appointed
* This version does not include "Childhood Sweetheart" , "Bad Weed" (Discomix) * or the Dillinger "Roots Train (version)
Junior Murvin "Police & Thieves (Full Album)