POLICE AND THIEVES - JUNIOR MURVIN
LP: Upsetters
LP: Island ILPS9499
CD: Mango 440 063 078-2
1977


Original LP:
01. Roots Train
02. Police And Thieves
03. Solomon
04. Rescue Jah Children
05. Tedious
06. False Teaching
07. Easy Task
08. Lucifer
09. Working In The Cornfield
10. I Was Appointed

2003 CD re-release:
01. Roots Train
02. Police And Thieves
03. Solomon
04. Rescue Jah Children
05. Tedious
06. False Teaching
07. Easy Task
08. Lucifer
09. Working In The Cornfield
10. I Was Appointed
11. Childhood Sweetheart
12. Bad Weed (Discomix)
13. Roots Train (Discomix)
14. Memories
15. Rasta Get Ready

Police And Thieves is perhaps the most famous Scratch-produced album, along with Party Time and War Ina Babylon. And with good reason: from start to finish it's a outstanding piece of work, capturing Junior Murvin and the Black Ark at their best. At first, the title track seems to overhsadow the other songs, but numbers like "Rescue Jah Children", "False Teaching" and the chilling "Lucifer" are just as potent. In 2003, Island re-released this classic album with five great bonus tracks, including some unreleased discomixes. Special mention must be made of "Rasta Get Ready", an inspired re-working of the Curtis Mayfield classic "People Get Ready". Essential listening.

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