Johnny Osbourne Truths and Rights Deluxe Edition
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: Heartbeat
- XLR8R Rating: 9/10
One of the great things about reggae’s continual riddim recycling is that it gives new life to vintage material. Such is the case with Johnny Osbourne’s “Truths and Rights,” re-licked by Massive B for Richie Spice’s “Youths Dem Cold” in 2005. The original version kicks off this remastered reissue (featuring six extra tracks), and it’s just as inspirational today as it was in 1979. “Children, run come to truth and rights/That’s what I’m about,” Osbourne proclaims; tracks like “Sing Jay Stylee” and “Nah Skin Up” sound equally classic. Produced by Sir Coxsone Dodd and featuring Studio One’s stellar cast of musicians (including Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, and Roland Alphonso), Truth and Rights reminds reggae lovers of just how foundational the proto-dancehall era was.
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