'Til Shiloh

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'Til Shiloh
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 18, 1995
  • Cell Block Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Digital Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Giant Studios, New York City
  • Penthouse Recording Studio, Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Studio 2000, Kingston, Jamaica[1]
Buju Banton chronology
Voice of Jamaica
'Til Shiloh
Inna Heights
Singles from 'Til Shiloh
  1. "Murderer"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Wanna Be Loved"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Champion (Remix)"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Untold Stories"
    Released: 1995

'Til Shiloh is the fourth album by Jamaican dancehall artist Buju Banton, released in 1995 by Loose Cannon Records, a short-lived subsidiary of Island Records.[2] In 2019 the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album marked a significant change in Banton's artistry, going to a direction closer to roots reggae. 'Til Shiloh was widely acclaimed by critics, and is considered to be a classic album for reggae music.[1]

Music and lyrics[edit]

'Til Shiloh was described as an introspective record.[3] Its themes mainly explore Buju's then newfound faith in the Rastafari movement, with songs such as "Til I'm Laid to Rest", and "Untold Stories". This could be seen as a transition from the rude-bwoy style, made of glorifications of gun violence, to a more roots-oriented fashion.[4] Jo-Ann Greene of AllMusic said that the album "consolidated his move into social awareness and adopted a more mature, reflective tone that signaled Banton's arrival as an artist able to make major creative statements".[4]

The title track, which opened the album, was based on an introduction Banton had used in live shows. According to producer Donovan Germain, "'Til Shiloh mean forever."[2]

The track "Untold Stories" was later covered by Sinéad O'Connor on her 2005 reggae album Throw Down Your Arms.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[9]
The Village VoiceA−[10]

Angus Taylor of BBC Music commented that "this is a very listenable landmark, which reminds us that while lyrical topics may differ, musically, reggae is one".[11] AllMusic's reviewer Jo-Ann Greene said that "this is a gentler album than its predecessor, although still very much in a dancehall style. Another masterpiece".[1] Robert Christgau stated that the record is "The most fully accomplished reggae album since the prime of Black Uhuru", praising "how he perfectly articulates empathy, vulnerability, and concern".[10]

The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.[12]


In 2002 the album an expanded and remastered edition was released on Island/IDJMG/Universal Records, featuring the tracks "Sensemilia Persecution" and "Rampage".

In 2020, the album was reissued on its 25th anniversary on December 18, including remixes of "Not an Easy Road", "Wanna Be Loved" and a unreleased track called "Come Inna The Dance" as bonus tracks.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the issue dated August 5, 1995, Til Shiloh debuted at number 148 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[14] The album also debuted at number 27 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[15] The album was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for streams and sales equating to 500,000 units in the United States.[16]

Track listing[edit]

'Til Shiloh track listing
2."'Til I'm Laid to Rest"Dixon, Myrie4:24
3."Murderer"Dodd, Myrie3:56
4."Champion"Myrie, Sibbles3:59
5."Untold Stories"Germain, Myrie, Tucker4:36
6."Not an Easy Road"Myrie4:01
7."Only Man"Kelly, Myrie2:51
8."Complaint" (with Garnett Silk) 4:01
9."Chuck It So"Myrie, Tucker, Tyrell3:57
10."How Could You"Dodd, Myrie3:56
11."Wanna Be Loved"Browne, Kelly, Myrie4:05
12."It's All Over"Browne, Johnson, Myrie4:05
13."Hush, Baby, Hush"Myrie, Williams4:21
14."What Ya Gonna Do?" (with Wayne Wonder) 3:43
15."Rampage" 3:46
16."Sensemilia Persecution" 4:03
17."Champion" (remix)Ice Cube, Life, Myrie, QDIII, Sibbles, Wansel4:32
Total length:64:35



Chart performance for 'Til Shiloh
Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard 200[17] 148
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[18] 27
US Top Reggae Albums[19] 2


Certifications for 'Til Shiloh
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b c d e Greene, Jo-Ann. "'Til Shiloh – Buju Banton". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Cooke, Mel (2015) "Two Decades Since Til Shiloh", Jamaica Gleaner, July 19, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r318491
  4. ^ a b "'Til Shiloh – Buju Banton | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Glanvill, Rick (August 4, 1995). "CD of the week: Buju Banton is out of the doghouse". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh". NME. August 26, 1995. p. 43.
  7. ^ Houghton, Edwin "STATS" (5 November 2023). "Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh Album Review". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ "Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh". Q. No. 194. September 2002. p. 122.
  9. ^ Oumano, Elena (2004). "Buju Banton". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 44. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 29, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "BBC – Music – Review of Buju Banton – 'Til Shiloh".
  12. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (1999). Reggae: 100 Essential CDs, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-85828-567-4
  13. ^ Peacock, Tim (2020-11-06). "Buju Banton Announces 25th Anniversary Edition Of Til Shiloh". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Buju Banton". Billboard.
  16. ^ a b "American album certifications – Buju Banton – Til Shiloh". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 6, 2023.
  17. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – August 5, 1995". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  18. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – August 5, 1995". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Top Reggae Albums – October 14, 1995". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

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