Culture began recording in 1976 with an early cut of ''This Time'' which was only released on an obscure Jamaican single. Composed in response to the state of emergency declared by the Jamaican government in that year, the early recording is a tame and lyrically altered version of the original song as fi nally presented on this album. ''We couldn't do it in dem time, We gonna give you the real 'This Time'.'' During the late 1970s Culture recorded seven fi ne albums, three for Joe Gibbs, three for Sonia Pottinger, and one issued in America by April Records, which Joseph Hill regarded as a bootleg. Culture was truly in their prime when they recorded the material included on this album. The first three tracks were recorded in 1981 with backing by the Roots Radics. The remaining tracks were taped in 1983 with backup by The Wailers band. -Leroy Jodie Pierson ''Calling Rastafari,'' ''Dem A Payaka,'' and ''This Time'' were all originally included on the 1982 Nighthawk compilation album, Calling Rastafari.