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Familyman in Dub
Aston Barrett
Familyman in Dub
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Most reggae fans know seminal bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett as the musical anchor and arranger for Bob Marley's Wailers. The association spans from the time when the Wailers meant the trio of Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bu...  more »

      
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All Artists: Aston Barrett
Title: Familyman in Dub
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Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
Original Release Date: 3/2/1999
Release Date: 3/2/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661765924

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Most reggae fans know seminal bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett as the musical anchor and arranger for Bob Marley's Wailers. The association spans from the time when the Wailers meant the trio of Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer through Marley's solo career and until his untimely '81 passing. But even before his Wailers association, Familyman was reggae's first bass hero, and, if he had not been so busy touring with the Wailers, he would have appeared on even more artists' credit listings. As it stands, though, Familyman's catalog is voluminous enough, and this companion CD to Cobra Style pulls back the vocals that appear there and turns up the bass, the better to appreciate the master's tasteful growlings on dub or instrumental versions of seminal tracks. Dropping his weighty, core-of-the-earth notes with the precision of a stealth bomber, Familyman becomes the worthy star here in tracks like "Cobra Style" and "Pleasing," recorded at Marley's Tuff Gong studio, and "Rebel I Am," out of Randy's Studio 17. --Elena Oumano

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Dank, dank grooves
Andrew Duckles | Los Angeles, CA | 07/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album, is full of fat, fat, groovalicious groovages. Many of you have come across Aston Barrett before, as he spent several years as the preferred bass player of Bob Marley, and collaborated with Bob on most of his albums as bass guitarist. This album are essentially Barrett's "Dubs" of a series of great reggae melodies. His versions of tunes such as "Cobra Style and "Elegant Shape" are melodies deep, heavy grooves, driven by Barrett on the bass. The keyboards, rhythmic interplay and space-age effects are all offspring of the dominant bass line throughout the album. The Dubs are tastefully put together, and the album grooves extrememly heavily. What I love so much about this album is the amount of space and simplicity that each dub reveals. Barrett's using simple ingredients here, bass, keyboard, guitar, and some wild syth effects. Each element operates independently, but at the same time is synchronous in groove with every other element. Amazing. It gives the music the ability to work with flow instead of clutter, and change it's shape and color without being noticed. Beautiful, and heavy in its groovatude."