We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue

Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980: Not unlike Studio One Soul, the (excellent) compilation released by Soul Jazz Records, this 2001 Blood & Fire collection focuses on the American soul and R&B impact/influence on Jamaican music. While perhaps a bit uneven on the whole, this dubbed out version of Curtis Mayfield’s “We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue” has been working its way into late night DJ sets the past few months.

MP3: Lloyd Charmers :: Darker Than Blue


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4 thoughts on “We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue

  1. Does this compilation have anything to do with Paul Gilroy’s book Darker than Blue, which also draws on Mayfield’s tune? It sounds it covers similar territory as far as ideas of exchange and influence in African diasporic music are concerned.

  2. I was turned on to this collection a few years back. While this Curtis cover is a highlight, I’m also a big fan of Delroy Wilson’s “Get Ready”. It’s the rare occasion when a cover bests the original, but this comp contains more than one example.

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