The Nighthawk Recordings (Limited Edition 12" Color Vinyl EP)

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Format: 12" EP
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Year: 2019

Media Condition: New
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New

Limited edition 12" EP on translucent green vinyl


A1 Calling Rastafari
A2 Dem A Payaka
A3 This Time

B1 Can They Run
B2 Can They Run Version
B3 Mister Music
B4 Mister Music Version

Originally recorded 1981-1983.


Joseph Hill - vocals
Albert Walker - vocals
Lloyd Dayes - vocals

Backing band, side A: Roots Radics:
Flabba Holt - bass
Style Scott - drums
Bingy Bunny - guitar
Dwight Pinkney - guitar
Steely Johnson - keyboards

Backing Band, side B: The Wailers
Family Man Barrett - bass
Carlton Barrett - drums
Chinna Smith - guitar
Earl "Wya" Linso - keyboards
Tyrone Downie - keyboards

Also featuring:
Horsemouth Wallace - drums
Gladdy Anderson - piano
Scully Simms - percussion
Bongo Herman - percussion
Tommy McCook - saxophone
Deadly Headly Bennett - saxophone
Bobby Ellis - trumpet

During the late 1970s Culture recorded seven fine albums, three for Joe Gibbs, three for Sonia Pottinger, and one issued in America by April Records.

Culture was truly in their prime when they recorded the material included on this album. The first three tracks were recorded in 1981 with backing by the Roots Radics. The remaining tracks were taped in 1983 with backup by The Wailers band.

“Calling Rastafari,” “Dem A Payaka,” and “This Time” were all originally included on the 1982 Nighthawk compilation album, Calling Rastafari. Most of the tracks released on the classic, roots reggae compilation, were recorded during a three-day session in 1981 at the Harry J studio in Jamaica. The Culture songs appeared alongside tracks by Gladiators, Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls and others, with most of the songs being unique to the album including those by Culture.

“Can They Run” and “Mister Music” and their respective Versions were recorded two years after Calling Rastafari was issued and languished in the Nighthawk vaults until the release of this special, limited-edition EP. Omnivore Recordings is proud to present these historic recordings (on three different vinyl colors) to honor the legacy of Culture.

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