Bass Culture is the title for Linton Kwesi Johnson's most famous and best record. Strong music - strong lyrics!

Bass Culture LKJ CCD9605 500


Side One:

  • "Bass Culture" 6:04
  • "Street 66'" 3:43
  • "Reggae Fi Peach" 2:40 (CD: 3:09)
  • "Di Black Petty Booshwah" 3:34 (CD: 3:36)

Side Two

  • "Inglan Is A Bitch" 5:25 (CD: 5:26)
  • "Loraine" 4:07 (CD: 4:06)
  • "Reggae Sounds" 3:10 (CD: 3:09)
  • "Two Sides of Silence" 2:12 (CD: 2:13)

All words and music: Linton Kwesi Johnson


  • Linton Kwesi Johnson (voc)
  • Floyd Lawson (bg)
  • Vivian Weathers (bg)
  • Jah Bunny (dr, perc)
  • Winston Curniff (dr on 'Street 66')
  • John Kpiaye (g)
  • Dennis Bovell (keyb)
  • Webster Johnson (keyb)
  • James Danton (as)
  • Buttons Henry Tenyve (ts, tr)
  • Dick Cuthell (tr, flugel horn)
  • Rico (tb)
  • Julio Finn (harmonica)
  • Clinton Bailey (perc)
  • Everald (Fari) Forrest (perc)

Engineerd by John Caffrey, Mark Lusardy, Dennis Bovell Mixed by Dennis Bovell Recorded at Gooseberry Sound Studios Produced by LKJ and Blackbeard Sleeve Concept and Design: Dennis Morris (c) Zebulon Designs, 1980

This is one of reggae's best records with one of the best sleeves!

Release historyEdit

Original ReleaseEdit

  • LP: Island ILPS 9605 /UK

Other ReleasesEdit


  • LP: Island /Ariola 202 211-320 /D
Pressing details: 202211 A-1/80S // 202211 B-1/80S (Made in Germany)
(p) 1980 Island Records Ltd.

Ca. 1988:

  • CD: Mango CCD 9605 /US
Pressing details: W.O. 12689-1 - CCD9695 - MADE BY DISCTRONICS <H>
(p) 1980 Island Records Ltd.
(c) Zebulon Designs


  • CD: Island Reggae Refreshers RRCD 26 (UK, Europe)


Bass Culture received rave reviews in the international music press. German mag Sounds published in top position a review by Michael O.R. Kröher saying that "BASS CULTURE has everything I expect from contemporary music" (Sounds, 6/1980, p. 66).

"Bass Culture was a more audible project that met a mixed reception, with tracks including love-caht 'Lorraine' and the title song offering a far broader sweep of subjects than his previous work." (Larkin 1994, p. 133)


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