Bunny WailerBlackheart Man

Label:Island Records – ILPS 9415
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style:Roots Reggae


A1Blackheart Man
Rhythm GuitarAston "Family Man" Barrett
A2Fighting Against Conviction
A3The Oppressed Song
Acoustic GuitarBunny Wailer
Rhythm GuitarMichael Murray
A4Fig Tree
HornsMark West
Backing VocalsBob Marley
B1Rasta Man
BongosWillie Pep*
Lead GuitarEric Frater
B2Reincarnated Souls
B3Armagideon (Armagedon)
BongosWillie Pep*
Lead GuitarEric Frater
B4Bide Up
Backing Vocals, HarmonicaPeter Tosh
CongasLarry McDonald
B5This Train
Acoustic GuitarKarl Pitterson
MelodicaTyrone Downie

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All songs written by Bunny O'Riley
℗ 1976 Island Records Ltd
Published by Solomonic Music Publishers, Kingston, Jamaica, WI

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Center label side A): ILPS 9415-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Center label side B): ILPS 9415-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - side A runout etched): I-20 ILPS 9415 A1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - side B runout etched): I-25 ILPS 9415 B2 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - side A runout etched): I-10 ILPS 9415 A1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - side B runout etched): I-15 ILPS 9415 A1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - side A runout etched): I-19 ILPS 9415 A1 EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - side B runout etched): I-28 ILPS 9415 B2 EG

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Blackheart Man (LP, Album)Island Records200 569Germany1976
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Blackheart Man (LP, Album, Gatefold)Island RecordsILPS 9415Canada1976
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Blackheart Man (LP, Album, Gatefold)Island RecordsILPS 9415US1976
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Blackheart Man (LP, Album)Island RecordsILPS 19415Italy1976
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Blackheart Man (LP, Album, Gatefold)Island Records, Island RecordsL 36119, ILPS 9415Australia1976



  • erald's avatar
    Trivia. Bought this as soon as it hit the shops. The original orange palm tree labeled vinyl came in a generic white inner sleeve. The company inner shown above showcases late 1977 albums (Burning Spear Live, Ultravox 2nd LP) and is thus a later variant.

    The orange palm tree label was replaced during Summer 1978 by the blue Island labels (first spotted on the IJahMan debut which also was a first including EMI credits on the cover back)
    • ColinCookies's avatar
      Despite Bunny claiming to have wrote all the songs on this LP. The most famous is actually a cover. This is the original:
      • Zebrababa's avatar
        Wow. I spent almost 45 years of my life until I picked up a copy of this record from Robert @ Zen records in Tottenham and listened to it first. I must have been living under a rock my entire life as this record is as old as me. Absolutely stunning.
        • Stosh9's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Blackheart Man, is without doubt one of the finest albums of any genre ever made, vocally, lyrically and musically superb, even the album cover/artwork is excellent. Neville O’Riley Livingston PKA Bunny Wailer, was a mystical singer, writer, musician and live performer of the highest calibre. If you have not already done so, take the time to listen to his body of work, first with The Wailers and then as Bunny Wailer.
          May you Rest In Everlasting Power
          • bongo-hifi's avatar
            Edited 4 years ago
            This refers to the Music On Vinyl re issue
            I was interested in this so emailed MOV who said they recieved and used a 24/96 file. I think it's from the digital remaster that first came out on the Island Def Jam Chronicles CD re issue which sounds awful, I listened to some samples of the MOV and it sounds equally awfull, drowned in hiss and overly bright.
            If you cant find a decent condition original I would recommend the first CD edition from the Reggae Refreshers series, it's a straight to digital flat transfer AAD that hasn't been messed with (remastered) and inexpensive.
            • dieguite's avatar
              I have a US First Press but I read on the web that the Jamaican press has another Mix. I hope get one soon. AMAZING ALBUM. A must in any reggae collection!!!
              • jmacetas1's avatar
                Dear All, .....I completly agree with comments below. One of the Best Reggae álbum released. Plenty of Love, roots, peace humanity, and Jah message. Big up . ONE LOVE !!
                • jforrest1980's avatar
                  Edited 5 years ago
                  Bunny Wailer's Blackheart Man is one of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion. I mean, you can compare it to Bob Marley Legend, but that's a compilation! Compare Balckheart Man to any Bob Marley non-greatest hits album, and tell me this one doesn't hold its own.
                  • benny.dale.h's avatar
                    This has to be one of the best albums of all time. Each instrument is so present, given space, so expressive. Bunny Wailer's message in each of these songs is vital. And his voice... Incredible.


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