May 24, 2015 – 4:25 pm

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New York 1981 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Ritz, New York, NY; October 13, 1981 (late show). Very good FM broadcast.

In their day, Black Uhuru had two of the slickest and hottest rhythm section/producers around - Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Four days after this New York gig, Black Uhuru became one of the first groups (if not the first) to play at Germany’s Rockpalast Festival. According to Jahre Rockpalast, one of the band’s guitarists had to learn about German thoroughness and intolerance while going through customs at the Dusseldorf Airport. He was so thoroughly ‘examined’ that he ended up in the hospital. [Vocalist Puma Jones died of cancer in 1990. She was 36.]

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Thanks to taper markp; and to bleroy for sharing the tracks at Dime.

FM; transfer from master cassette, tracks 1 & 2 from 2nd gen cassette (MC > C > cdr)

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Track 01. Introduction by Frankie Crocker 0:36 (1.0MB)
Track 02. Shine Eye Gal/Plastic Smile 9:05 (15.3MB)
Track 03. Puff She Puff 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 04. I Love King Selassie 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 05. Youths of Elgington 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 06. Push Push 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 07. General Penitentiary 4:37 (7.7MB)
Track 08. Happiness Is/The Whole World Is Africa 9:45 (16.4MB)
Track 09. Sponji Reggae 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 10. Sensimilla 7:35 (12.7MB)
Track 11. crowd/MC 0:53 (1.5MB)
Track 12. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner/Abortion/DJ outro 14:31 (24.4MB)
76 mins

Puma Jones - vocals
Michael Rose - vocals
Duckie Simpson - vocals
Sly Dunbar - drums
Robbie Shakespeare - bass
Sky Juica - percussion
Derryl Thompson - guitar
Billy Johnean - guitar
Bubler - keyboards

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  1. 9 Responses to “BLACK UHURU - NEW YORK 1981”

  2. Saw them live on Pier 84 in NYC in Sept. 1984. They were great! RIP Puma Jones. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane BigO!

    By je n'regret rien on May 24, 2015

  3. Whoa! Can’t wait to hear this.

    By SteveD on May 24, 2015

  4. Whoa! Awesome. More reggae please (and not Marley or Tosh)

    By Yukon John on May 24, 2015

  5. When they played Toronto at this time Sly and Robbie ‘opened’ and jammed for 30 or so min before and after the main show and it was a dubby listening treasure. Would love to hear those tracks as well.

    By MK on May 24, 2015

  6. Saw these folks at a club in Chicago, and opening for King Sunny Ade in D.C. Thanks for reminding me.

    By Ken on May 25, 2015

  7. Hello to all the Reggae Freaks, I used to listen to this show in casette all the time years ago… Black Uhuru was definately one of the best in their time. Glad they are getting their due at least here at the mighty Big-O! Thanks alot Big-O!
    I also saw Black Uhuru at the Aragon Ballroom (Chicago, Il.) back in the day w/King Sunny! Great billing for that one! I also saw them with out Michael Rose (W/Junior Reed also at the Aragon). Not as good of a show but still with the great Michael Rose. Saw Michael Rose at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Co. now also some time ago!

    Ok, tell me which Dylan record has Sly/Robbie laying down the drum/bass?

    By Brian on May 27, 2015

  8. in fi de l s

    By Anne All on May 27, 2015

  9. @brian…


    great outtakes from those sessions are called “outfield intakes”…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 28, 2015

  10. damn spell check…”outfidel intakes”

    maybe they should’ve been called outfield intakes with Bobby’s love of baseball & the crazy way out of (left) outfield decision for not including “blind willie & foot of pride” on the official release back in ‘83…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 28, 2015

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