29/03/2019: “Harvest Time” by Don Carlos

Don Carlos was part of Black Uhuru, and was even part of the re-union in the 90s.

This is a deeply religious song, containing Biblical references such as “separate the wheat from the chaff” and “Woe unto those who say they are Jews when they are not”.

The song is about the inevitability of judgement from God (Jah) and how he will separate the bad from the good.

The actual song itself is a classic vocal roots cut, presenting Don Carlos’ voice in its splendour. The bassline is nice and fat, and the song is quite upbeat considering the dread message.

There’s some nice guitar licks as well, embellishing the organ skanks and tribal drums.

I particularly like the “Woi oi oi woi” parts, which are a big feature of a lot of roots reggae vocalists of this period.

The song is the title track of Harvest Time, released in 1982.


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