Two Sevens Clash


Two Sevens Clash

Infobox Album |
Name = Two Sevens Clash
Type = Album
Artist = Culture


Released = 1977
Recorded = Joe Gibbs Recording Studio, Kingston, 1976
Genre = Reggae
Length = 33:14
Label = Joe Gibbs
Producer = Joe Gibbs
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:bye097ijkrkt link]
* Pitchfork Media (9.0/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/45888-two-sevens-clash-the-30th-anniversary-edition link]
* Robert Christgau (A+) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=907 link]
* "Rolling Stone" Rating|5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/15330660/review/15825483/two_sevens_clash_the_30th_anniversary_edition link]
Last album =
This album = ""'Two Sevens Clash"
(1977)
Next album = "Baldhead Bridge"
(1978)

"Two Sevens Clash" is the debut album by roots reggae band Culture, recorded with producer Joe Gibbs at his own Joe Gibbs Recording Studio in Kingston in 1976, and released on Gibbs' eponymous label in 1977 (see 1977 in music). The album's title is a reference to the date of July 7, 1977.

Hill said "Two Sevens Clash," Culture's most influential record, was based on a prediction by Marcus Garvey, who said there would be chaos on July 7, 1977, when the "sevens" met. With its apocalyptic message, the song created a stir in his Caribbean homeland and many Jamaican businesses and schools shuttered their doors for the day. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Birth of a Phenomenon: 'Two Sevens Clash' |url=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11926707 |quote=The title refers to apocalyptic prophecies by Marcus Garvey |publisher=National Public Radio |date=July 12, 2007 |accessdate=2007-06-21 ] [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Culture Leader Joseph Hill Dies In Berlin|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003020324 |quote=Hill said "Two Sevens Clash," Culture's most influential record, was based on a prediction by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, who said there would be chaos on July 7, 1977, when the "sevens" met. With its apocalyptic message, the song created a stir in his Caribbean homeland and many Jamaican businesses and schools shut their doors for the day. |publisher=Billboard |date=August 21, 2006 |accessdate=2007-06-21 ]

The liner notes of the album read: "One day Joseph Hill had a vision, while riding a bus, of 1977 as a year of judgment -- when two sevens clash -- when past injustices would be avenged. Lyrics and melodies came into his head as he rode and thus was born the song "Two Sevens Clash" which became a massive hit in reggae circles both in Jamaica and abroad. The prophecies noted by the lyrics so profoundly captured the imagination of the people that on July 7, 1977 - the day when sevens fully clashed (seventh day, seventh month, seventy-seventh year) a hush descended on Kingston; many people did not go outdoors, shops closed, an air of foreboding and expectation filled the city."

Track listing

# "Calling Rastafari" – 2:30
# "I'm Alone in the Wilderness" – 3:25
# "Pirate Days" – 2:52
# "Two Sevens Clash" – 3:30
# "I'm Not Ashamed" – 3:59
# "Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion" – 3:27
# "Black Starliner Must Come" – 2:42
# "Jah Pretty Face" – 3:39
# "See Them a Come" – 3:24
# "Natty Dread Taking Over" – 3:46

Personnel

*Joseph Hilllead vocals
*Albert Walker – harmony vocals
*Kenneth Dayes – harmony vocals
*Lloyd Parks – bass
*Sly Dunbardrums
*Lennox Gordon – guitar
*Robbie Shakespeare – guitar
*Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont – guitar
*Franklyn Waul – keyboards
*Errol "Tarzan" Nelson – keyboards
*Harold Butler – keyboards
*Uziah "Sticky" Thompsonpercussion
*Herman Marquisalto saxophone
*Vin Gordontrombone
*Tommy McCooktenor saxophone
*Bobby Ellistrumpet

References


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