Throw Down Your Arms
|Throw Down Your Arms|
|Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor|
|Released||4 October 2005|
|Recorded||2004 at Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica|
|Length||CD 1: 47:27
CD 2: 48:09
|Label||Chocolate and Vanilla|
|Producer||Sly and Robbie|
|Sinéad O'Connor chronology|
The album was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in 2004 and released by Chocolate and Vanilla on 4 October 2005. It sold over 250,000 copies worldwide, with 10 per cent of the profits going to support Rastafari elders in Jamaica.
|CD 1 (Original versions)|
|1.||Jah Nuh Dead||3.20|
|5.||Y Mas Gan||3.49|
|8.||Prophet Has Arise||4.26|
|10.||Throw Down Your Arms||4.02|
|CD 2 (Dub versions)|
|1.||Micah 4:1-5 about the Kingdom come and "swords into plowshares"
with last line reading: "All the peoples walk each in the name of their Gods."
|2.||Jah Nuh Dead||3.12|
|6.||Y Mas Gan||3.51|
|9.||Prophet Has Arise||4.24|
|11.||Throw Down Your Arms||4.12|
The original songs were recorded by the following Jamaican reggae artists:
- "Marcus Say Jah No Dead" (Burning Spear in 1978)
- "Marcus Garvey" (Burning Spear in 1975)
- "Door Peep" (Burning Spear in 1976)
- "He Prayed" (Burning Spear in 1973)
- "Y Mas Gan" (The Abyssinians in 1969)
- "Curly Locks" (Junior Byles in 1974)
- "Vampire" (Devon Irons in 1976)
- "Prophet Has Arise" (Israel Vibration in 1978)
- "Downpressor Man" (Peter Tosh in 1977*)
- "Throw Down Your Arms" (Burning Spear in 1977)
- "Untold Stories" (Buju Banton in 1995)
- "War" (Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1976)
The Japanese version of the CD also includes:
- "Move Out Of Babylon" (Johnny Clarke in 1974)
- "Abendigo" (The Abyssinians in 1969)
- "Jah Can Count On I" (Little Roy in 1975).
- Note: Sinéad O'Connor cover of "Downpressor Man" is closer to Peter Tosh recording made in 1977. But the song was previously recorded three other times by Peter Tosh with The Wailers: "Sinner Man" (1966, produced by Coxsone Dodd), "Downpresser" (1971, produced by Lee Perry) and "Oppressor Man" (1972, produced by Peter Tosh).
The cover of "Marcus Say Jah No Dead" is closer to Burning Spear's a cappella version featured on the Rockers soundtrack.
A few other reggae covers were done by Sinéad O'Connor when she was touring to promote the album, such as "Rivers Of Babylon" (by The Melodians), "None A Jah Jah Children No Cry" (by Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus), "Keep Cool Babylon" (by Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus), "Stepping Razor" and "Creation" (by Peter Tosh).
- Sinéad O'Connor - vocals, low whistle
- Sly Dunbar - drums
- Robbie Shakespeare - bass
- Mikey Chung - lead guitar
- Dalton Brownie - rhythm guitar
- Glen Brownie - acoustic guitar on "Untold Stories"
- Robbie Lyn - keyboard, organ
- Carol "Bowie" McLaughlin - piano
- Steven "Lenkky" Marsden - piano on "Curly Locks"
- Uziah "Sticky" Thompson - percussion
- Dean Fraser - saxophone
- Ed Rockett - low whistle
- David Madden - trumpet
- Pam Hall, Keisha Patterson, Katrina Harley - backing vocals
|Republic of Ireland||6 October 2005||17||Gold|
|Billboard Independent Albums||2005||36|
|Billboard Reggae Albums||2005||4|
|French Album Charts||2005||26 |
|Italian Album Charts||2005||73|
|Polish Album Charts||2005||24|
- Critic reviews at Metacritic
- Allmusic review
- Entertainment.ie review
- The Guardian review
- The Observer review
- Paste review
- Pitchfork Media review
- Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sinéad O'Connor". Robert Christgau.
- Sinéad O'Connor: Throw Down Your Arms, Discogs. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- ChartTrack.co.uk Irish album charts week 40, 2005 Accessed: 2 November 2006
- IrishCharts.ie Gold certifications Accessed: 2 November 2006
- Billboard.com Sinead O'Connor album chart history Accessed: 3 December 2006