Forces Of Victory is Linton Kwesi Johnson's second album after Dread Beat An' Blood. It was originally realeased in 1979 on Island Records. Rico Rodriguez plays in the Dennis Bovell led backing band.

Forces Of Victory Cover 500

Artwork by Zebulon Design

Original releaseEdit

LP: Island Records ILPS 9566 (UK)

(p) Island Records Ltd.

(c) Island Records Ltd.


Side 1:

  1. "Want Fi Goh Rave" 4:20
  2. "It Noh Funny" 3:42
  3. "Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)" 3:50
  4. "Independant Intavenshan" 3:20

Side 2:

  1. "Fite Dem Back" 4:27
  2. "Reality Poem" 4:44
  3. "Forces Of Victory" 4:56
  4. "Time Come" 3:28

All Tracks written by Linton Kwesi Johnson


  • Vivian Weathers (b on all tracks except "Want Fi Goh Rave" and "Fite Dem Back")
  • Floyd Lawson (b on "Want Fi .." and "Fite ...")


Produced by Linton Kwesi Johnson. Enineered by Dennis (Blackbeard) Bovell and John Caffrey. Mixed by Dennis Bovell

Other releasesEdit

LP: Island 200 459 /Ariola (DE)

LP: Mango MLPS 9566 (US)


CD: Reggae Refreshers RRCD 32 / Mango /510 069-2 (Europe)

CD: Reggae Refreshers RRCD 32 / Island/510 069-2 (UK)


"Politically conscious dub poetry with every patois term ennunciated clearly enough for Johnson's white audience. Flawless musical contributions are from the likes of Dennis Bovell, Jah Bunny and Rico." (Barrow 1997, p. 332)