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17th September 2013

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Ethiopians Live It Out; We Are Free; Fire Down Below; Creation; Don't Mess With Jill; Down By The Riverside // Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Pick Up The Pieces; Get Ready; Journey; Them A Come; He Prayed

Original Jamaican issue.

The original issues came in a variety of different sleeves - this is one of the early screenprint designs printed on a wax sleeve. Despite the title, and the Studio 1 logo on the sleeve, all were issued on a Coxsone label - note that the earliest labels credit The Burning Spears (plural). (Click sleeve to enlarge image.)

For a fascinating overview of all the early Burning Spear sleeves check out Burning Spear Albums at Studio One (courtesy of Greg at Graal Records).

THE BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (c.1980)

Studio One SOLP 0150
matrix: SOL 150

Ethiopians Live It Out; We Are Free; Fire Down Below; Creation; Don't Mess With Jill; Down By The Riverside // Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Pick Up The Pieces; Get Ready; Journey; Them A Come; He Prayed

US re-mix with overdubs (more echo on the vocal, and some tracks shortened).

BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Studio One SO CD 0150

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STUDIO ONE PRESENTS BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (1973)

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

STUDIO ONE PRESENTS BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (1973)

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

Another of the screenprint designs on a wax sleeve. This one probably issued a little later than the one above - later labels credit The Burning Spear (singular). (Click sleeve to enlarge image.)

Studio One CD with extended remixes of Ethiopians Live It Out and Pick Up The Pieces; He Prayed is replaced by an extended reprise of Door Peep.

Ethiopians Live It Out; We Are Free; Fire Down Below; Creation; Don't Mess With Jill; Down By The Riverside; Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Pick Up The Pieces; Get Ready; Journey; Them A Come; Door Peep Shall Not Enter (extended)

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