Uhuru in the early 1980's was as much Sly
and Robbie as it was Michael Rose, Duckie
Simpson and Puma Jones. The Reggae vocal
group gained superstardom because of their
works with the Rhythm twins.
Sly and Robbie were at the forefront of
producing cutting edge studio material, some
of which can even be considered progressive
decades after it's original release.
Reggae Music itself is predominantly a
studio music: even most of the live
performances (read: sounds and dances)
include pre-recorded material.
And so, you will find that live Reggae
albums are kind of exceptional. They're
there, but not in big amounts. Superb live
albums can even be a rare species: when you
found one, you surely have something quite
This is where Tear it Up demands it's
place. Yes, a superb album indeed.
Originally released in 1982, the disc
contains a recording from a concert they did
in London a year earlier.
Performing raw, militant versions of
tracks from "Guess Who's Coming To
Dinner" and "Sinsemillia",
Sly & Robbie lead the band as they back
up the Michael Rose-led vocal trio.
Long parts of live Dubbing and even a
great drum solo by Sly Dunbar, add to this
album what can usually not be found on a
Without being bored by too much sound
from the actual audience, the album captures
the great vibe of the concert almost as if
you're there yourself.