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Singer H.R.'s performances were so insane, he reportedly had to be tied down to get through the first half of a set -- if he wasn't already banned from the venue in question. But that was only when he was fronting the legendary Bad Brains (now Soul Brains). When given a chance to perform the music they love, H.R. and his brother, drummer Earl Hudson (along with an excellent cast of supporting musicians), perform top-quality Roots Reggae filled with echoing drum claps and vintage vibes. H.R.'s voice is unlike anyone else's: chanting, squealing and sustaining with a soulful, wide vibrato, or barreling off in an authoritative tone about relevant social and Rastafarian issues. It was apparent on Bad Brains' early Reggae tracks (the astounding "Leaving Babylon" and "Rally Round Jah Throne") that H.R. and his brother had true Reggae talent, but from early classics such as The H.R. Tapes 84-86 to more recent albums, they've proven that quality Reggae doesn't have to come from Jamaica.
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