- Personnel includes: Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, Garnett Silk (vocals); Danny Browne, Firehouse Crew, Mafia, Fluxy (various instruments); Glen Browne (acoustic guitar); Lloyd Willis (guitar, keyboards); Dalton Browne (guitar); Dean Fraser (saxophone); Junior Chin (trumpet); Handel Tucker (keyboards, drums); Junior "Left Toe" Don (bass); Sly Dunbar (drums); Two Friends Crew, Marcia Griffiths, Twiggy (background vocals).
- Producers include: Bobby Digital, Buju Banton, Cell Block Crew, Donovan Germain, Steely.
- Reissue producer: Dana G. Smart.
- Recorded at Studio 2000, Digital, Penthouse, Cell Block Studios, Kingston, Jamaica in 1995.
- All tracks have been digitally remastered.
- This is part of Island Records "Reggae Classics" series.
- Personnel: Dalton Browne (guitar); Glen Browne (acoustic guitar); Dean Fraser (saxophone); Junior Chin (trumpet); Handel Tucker (keyboards, drums); Leroy Mafia, Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis, Robert Lyn, Steely (keyboards); Dave Kelly, Clevie, Dave Fluxy, Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell, Sly Dunbar (drums); Two Friends Crew, Marcia Griffiths (background vocals).
- Audio Remixers: Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Rob "Fonksta" Bacon.
- Recording information: Cell Block Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Digital Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Penthouse Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Studio 2000, Kingston, Jamaica.
- Editors: Drew Lavyne; Lisa Cortes.
- Photographer: Geoffroy de Boismenu.
- It was not pure ego that led Buju Banton to title his 1993 album VOICE OF JAMAICA; his unique voice is a gruff, melodic instrument, and his lyrics are precise. He built his career on controversial hits and slacker anthems, but has since helped spearhead a movement to swing reggae's pendulum away from sex and violence, back towards conscious lyrics and Rastafarian themes. On `TIL SHILOH, the voice of Jamaica has visibly evolved.
- Still, don't let all this consciousness talk scare you; Buju's strength is his ability to create hooks that buoy the weight of his words. The choruses of singles like "Murderer," "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Champion" drill themselves into your head and nest there for days. 'TIL SHILOH is also one of the most experimental dancehall releases ever, utilizing an a capella intro, a track built out of African chanting and percussion ("'Til I'm Laid To Rest"), and a song featuring an acoustic guitar ("Untold Stories"). A duet with the late Garnett Silk ("Complaint") provides a nice respite from Banton's trademark growl. For the most part, Buju and executive producer Donovan Germain steer clear of pandering to cross-over audiences, choosing instead to rely on innovative rhythms and Banton's natural pop sensibilities to win over listeners.
- While Buju may not yet be ready to inherit Silk's "Next Marley" tag, 'TIL SHILOH is without a doubt the most roots-oriented dancehall release of 1995. And if Banton continues to revitalize reggae's sound and vision, it will not seem strange to mention him one day with the same reverence reserved for Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear.
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.74) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Spin (p.128) - "Banton chatted and sang over live instrumentation, proving dancehall could be conscious, spiritual, and hard-core as ever."
Spin (12/95, p.63) - Ranked #12 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'
Q (9/02, p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Pithy and heartfelt..."
Vibe (8/95, p.134) - "...social commentary reigns supreme on these 15 tracks, but themes of love and violence are also incorporated....combines Buju's rough, gritty vocal style...and slammin' sound system quality, and shows that the longevity of reggae music is directly related to its ever-changing rhythm."
Musician (11/95, pp.93-94) - "...the deejay with the jagged-saw voice brings us a few surprises....Banton...has become a Rasta, and is attempting to introduce more consciousness and positivity into the dancehall....it's his turn to shine..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #27 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.78) - Included in Mojo's 50 Greatest Reggae Albums.
NME (Magazine) (8/26/95, p.43) - 6 (out of 10) - "...peaceful, positive and spiritual....The shock part of 'TIL SHILOH is that it doesn't shock. Buju's made a good album, pure and simple..."