Anthem is an album by Black Uhuru, released originally in 1983 and internationally in 1984. In 1985, the album won Black Uhuru the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording.Anthem has been released in three editions, each with different track listings and mixes, as well as a box set.
The album was well-received, earning Black Uhuru the highest accolades and broadest audience of their career. The traditionally non-reggae elements added in the remixes were polarizing. Both Robert Christgau and Allmusic's John Gonsalves were dubious about the remixes; Christgau felt that the songs held up in spite of the added effects while Gonsalves did not.
The album's success led to tensions between Duckie Simpson and Michael Rose, resulting in Rose's departure from the group. Rose has stated that the album "came before its time".
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Anthem has been released in three editions: the original recording, the UK remix and the US remix; despite their names, both of the latter were marketed internationally. All three editions were included in a limited-edition box set, The Complete Anthem Sessions, along with non-album and previously-unreleased tracks.
Originally produced by Sly and Robbie, the album was resequenced and remixed by record company Island Records, omitting gaps between songs and further emphasizing the electropop aspect, particularly on the US version. The UK and US editions respectively omitted "Party Next Door" and the Sly and the Family Stone cover "Somebody's Watching You", substituting a cover of Steven Van Zandt's "Solidarity", a charting non-album single from late 1983.