Roots champion and living legend Burning Spear remains one of the giants of reggae because he never changed to cheaply fit the sound of the times. When digital beats and super-producers took over the music, the booming-voiced Spear was still making wall-shaking roots reggae with live musicians and fire-and-brimstone lyrics. Spear Burning traces that classic sound to the source, bringing together a rare series of singles the singer released on his own Spear imprint after leaving the Studio One laboratory. The mid-70s rockers are impossibly heavy, with bass that leaves you breathless, and righteous, Babylon-baiting lyrics. Most of these singles never made it beyond Jamaica, yet while the material is unfamiliar, the vibe is unquestionably Spear's, setting the template for classic albums like Marcus Garvey that would come soon after. Roots reggae has never sounded as deadly.