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Allen, Lillian - Conditions Critical

Format: LP
Label: Verse to Vinyl VV102
Year: 1988
Origin: Kingston, Jamaica - New York, USA - Toronto, Ontario
Genre: Spoken Word dub poetry, reggae
Value of Original Title: $10.00
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Release Type: Albums
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Playlist: Ontario, 1980's, Canadian Women in Song, The Ultimate Jamaica to Ontario Collection, Reggae, Caribbean and African


Side 1

Track Name
One Poem Town
Why Do We Have to Fight
Sister Hold On
Unnatural Causes
Why (Dub Version 1)
Freedom is Azania (South Africa Must Be Free)

Side 2

Track Name
Conditions Critical
His Day Came
Jazz You
Dis Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem)
Why (Dub Version 2)


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A mixture of resistance dub poetry and unrelenting reggae-rap rhythms to new heights here, as she vocalizes her seering political and personal insights, indictments, and visions with poetic brilliance. Assisted by Parachute Club-members Lauri Conger, Billy Bryans, plus percussionist Nydia Liberty Mata and others, the sound is energizing and inspiring."

Allen, Lillian. Poet, vocalist, lyricist, b Kingston, Jamaica, 5 Feb 1951; BA (York) 1978. Allen is Canada's foremost 'dub poet,' performing verses on social and political issues in a rhythmic, declamatory vocal style to reggae accompaniment. Allen lived briefly in Kitchener, Ont, in 1969, and after dividing five years between New York and Jamaica, settled in Toronto in 1974. There she studied at York University, and worked as a lyricist for the reggae band Truth & Rights. She published her first book of poems, Rhythm An' Hardtimes, in 1982 and subsequently recorded the cassette Dub Poet: The Poetry of Lillian Allen (1983) as well as the EP De Dub Poets (1985), the latter with fellow Toronto poets Clifton Joseph and Devon Haughton.

Allen provided the text for Kristi Allik's 1984 composition Riddim (premiered by the Canadian Electronic Ensemble at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto, 25 Nov 1984). Collaborating with percussionist Billy Bryans and guitarist Dave Grey of the Parachute Club, bassist Terry Lewis, and others, she made the LPs Revolutionary Tea Party (1986) and Conditions Critical (1987), the former including such notable songs as "I Fight Back," "Riddim an' Hardtimes," and "Birth Poem." Both records were released and distributed by Allen's label, Verse to Vinyl, and received Juno awards for best reggae/calypso album, in 1987 and 1988 respectively. She has appeared at literary, music and feminist festivals and events in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Great Britain, France, and Germany, and was heard at Expo 86.

Throughout the 1980s-90s Allen wrote and published books of poetry, short fiction, and plays. She was featured in the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film Unnatural Causes (1989), co-produced and co-directed the documentary Blak Wi Blakk (1994), and released her third album, Freedom and Dance, in 1999. In 2003 Allen was a driving force in the founding of the Dub Poets Collective and in 2004 hosted Wordbeat, the CBC radio program on poetry and spoken word. Allen has been a consultant on diversity and culture for government and community groups, and since 1992 has been a professor with the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Arts and Design.

Lillian Allen: vocals
Dave Gray: guitar
Anthony Campbell: guitar (tracks: A2, A5, B5)
Terry Lewis: bass
Billy Bryans (Parachute Club): drums
Lauri Conger (Parachute Club): keyboards
Dennis "Chunky" Hutchinson: keyboards(tracks: A2, A5, B5)
Nydia Liberty Mata: timbalas, congas, percussion

Written by Lillian Allen
Produced by Billy Bryans; Dave Gray (tracks A1 to A3, A5 to B5); Jeff McCulloch, Lillian Allen
Engineered by Jeff McCulloch, assisted by Roger Slemin, Dina Brands, and Scott Keenan
Mastered by Peter Norman
Executive producer: Billy Bryans

Artwork by Barbara Klunder


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