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Five Man Army

by Bob Harding on 29 April 2014

FIVE MAN ARMYInitially released as a Record Store Day exclusive the classic 12” single “Five Man Army” is now on general release on both vinyl and as MP3 or FLAC download.

Written and produced by Lester Bullock a.k.a. Dillinger, the record features Dillinger himself alongside Trinity, Wayne Wade, Al Campbell & Junior Tamlin.

Copies of the original 1982 Oak Sound release are much sought after and change hands for considerable sums. This is a BIG record in the reggae community! If you haven’t heard this record you can hear samples in the downloads section below.

The description on Ernie B’s website says it all:

“Colossal. The rhythm is so heavy it took 5 guys to voice on it. No joke this is known as one of the greatest singles released in the early 1980s. An indispensable record, end of story!”

It’s also more widely known as it was sampled by Massive Attack on their 1991 debut album “Blue Lines” for a track also entitled “Five Man Army”.

After 32 years out of print this long-overdue reissue will be a welcome addition to any serious reggae enthusiast’s collection.

The rhythm is played by Lloyd Parks’ We The People band comprising:

  • Lloyd Parks – Bass
  • Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis – Drums
  • Uziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson – Percussion
  • Winston ‘Bo-Pee’ Bowen – Guitar
  • Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waul – Keyboards
  • Dean Fraser – Saxophone
Recorded and Mixed by Errol Thompson at Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.

Purchase Vinyl

The King Spinna reissue has been lovingly remastered by ‘King’ Kevin Metcalfe for optimum sound quality and comes with brand new artwork from the talented designer and animator Stirzocular, who has worked closely with King Spinna from the beginning, and who more recently made a major contribution to the Bunny Lee biopic “I Am The Gorgon” with his unique and striking animations.
 
Price: £7.99
 

Purchase MP3 or FLAC Downloads

Five Man Army is also available as a FLAC or MP3 download. These mp3 downloads are encoded at the highest possible quality (320Kbps) and are just 75 pence a track and full quality FLAC single tracks are 99 pence each, we don’t believe you will find a better deal anywhere else.

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Five Man Army
Price: £0.75

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Five Man Dubb
Price: £0.75

FLAC Downloads

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Five Man Army*
Price: £0.99

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Five Man Dubb*
Price: £0.99


*Samples are MP3 NOT FLAC!!

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