King Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.
New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.
New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.
"I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel," says King Jammyof the set. "I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans."
New Sounds of Freedom will be released August 12, 2016 on VP Records and follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy's Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).