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Joe Higgs Life of Contradiction

  • Words: James Mayo
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

Dubbed the Father of Reggae by Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs had a profound influence on artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers, whom he mentored in Trenchtown in Kingston. He even wrote Peter Tosh’s seminal “Steppin’ Razor.” His 1975 debut album is one of those lost classics that somehow eluded mass acclaim, but hopefully this reissue will change that. Included here are remakes of hits Higgs recorded in the early ’60s, like “Come on Home” as well as “Life of Contradiction,” which sounds as fresh today as it did when it was originally recorded in 1972. Higgs passed away in 1999, but his spirit lives on in his beautiful melodies and hopeful messages captured best here on his signature song “There’s a Reward.”

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