Ital and vital. Produced by Joe Gibbs and engineered by Errol Thompson, Prince Far I, aka the Voice Of Thunder, dropped this slab of essential roots reggae in 1976. His grizzled ropeadope delivery scorching the LP’s ten tracks, Far I’s epic toasting (or chanting, as he preferred) is on full display riding a wave of rumbling bass, subtle dub effects, percussion and organ. Backed by Joe Gibbs’ house band, The Professionals, a sense of urgency commands the entirety of the disc–a vibe befitting of its namesake, as Under Heavy Manners refers to the state of emergency declared in Jamaica in 1976 by the island’s Prime Minister, Michael Manley
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