Black Power by Peace was released in the mid 1970’s, and it has taken as long as this for it to see an official reissue. And yet this is one of the premium albums of the whole Zambian Zamrock scene, a groovy and soulful thing. It is also the only album that Peace ever made. In print once more, with a booklet, courtesy of Now-Again.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 19 May 2016
When I saw I had a record by Peace to review, it's fair to say I panicked. However, this is not the awful Worcester band of the same name but a group of mid '70s musicians who headed up what the press release described as the Zam rock sound. Indeed, the group emerged from Zambia and if the opening title track suggests a sort of politicized Jimi Hendrix then 'I Have Got No Money' proves that the band had subtlety to go alongside their rhetoric. It's a gorgeous track reminiscent of the more melodic side of Love or the simple but effective compositions of Rodriguez. The lyrics are brilliant, the singer despairs that his lady will soon get fed up with him when she realises he has no money. 'I Need Mercy' too is a lovely track - a bit of Stax going on and some marvellously lo-fi production.
The band seem to veer between upbeat boogie-rockers and delicious slow burning ballads but whatever they turn their hand to their is a charm to these recordings that makes this essential historical document a fascinating if rudimentary listen.
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