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14th February 2018

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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 - screenprint on pink textured card. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The first issues came in a variety of different sleeves, illustrated below in chronological order. Note that the earliest labels credit THE BURNING SPEARS (plural) in capital letters.

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

Secondl Jamaican issue - screenprint on pink textured card. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Apparently, Dodd considered the first sleeve design to be too complicated and quickly replaced it with this dark brown alternative. The image of Winston Rodney under the palm tree is repeated on subsequent issues.

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

The first of the screenprints on wax card. Black, red and yellow ink on the front cover and green ink on the back. Studio One logo on the right. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

The second of the screenprints on wax card. Black, red and orange ink on the front cover with red ink on the back. Note that the Studio One logo now appears under the title. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

The third of the screenprints on wax card. Black, orange and yellow ink on the front cover with black ink on the back. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

Alternative screenprint design on wax card. Black, red and orange ink on the front cover with black ink on the back. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

The alternative screenprint design on wax card with black, orange and yellow ink on the front cover and black ink on the back. Note that the label now credits The Burning Spear (singular) in lower case lettering. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve illustration courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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

1980s re-mix with overdubs (more echo on the vocal, and some tracks shortened). Cover design by O'Neil Nanco. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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

1980s repress in facsimile sleeve with honeybee logo ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Studio One SO CD 0150

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (1973)

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (1973)

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (c.1973)

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear

Coxsone
matrix: FCD 7940

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (c.1980)

Studio One SOLP 0150
matrix: SOL 150

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BURNING SPEAR
Burning Spear (c.1980)

Studio One SOLP 0150
matrix: SOL 150