Police And Thieves
This is one of those albums that winds up on just about every list of essential reggae recordings, & with good reason.
Like Max Romeo's 'War Ina Babylon' (which is equally essential, & can be considered a companion to this one), it was recorded under the auspices of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at his legendary Black Ark studio, & is saturated with Perry's trademark dense, murky sound. Murvin sings in a fierce & beautiful falsetto, a voice which lends a unique weight to such dark masterpieces as ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Roots Train’ & the title track. Perry surrounds Murvin's voice with great washes of echo & reverb & keeps the tempos slow & intense, giving the album an almost Biblical feel.