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Raving Tonight [RAS, 1983]
Like so many dread heartthrobs, this long-ago Black Uhuru co-founder loves Jah more than Woman, which whatever its limits sure beats hating Woman. In the hallowed reggae tradition, the melodies all seem to have been written by the same gifted five-year-old, who wins gold stars only for "Music Crave" and "Spread Out." But his way of taking off from a simple refrain gives reggae's religious impulse a musical dimension this unbeliever can feel in his soul, or whatever it is. B