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Revival
Congos
Revival
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This roots reggae group debuted in the mid-'70s and recorded three albums--Heart of the Congos, Congos Ashanti, and Face the Music. Yet reggae fans will best recognize their "Row Fisherman Row," a tune that could still str...  more »

      
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All Artists: Congos
Title: Revival
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vp Records
Original Release Date: 1/12/1999
Re-Release Date: 1/26/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 054645152723, 054645152747

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This roots reggae group debuted in the mid-'70s and recorded three albums--Heart of the Congos, Congos Ashanti, and Face the Music. Yet reggae fans will best recognize their "Row Fisherman Row," a tune that could still strip the deadwood from many of today's rote efforts at reggae piety. But the group vanished from the scene for such a lengthy period that even Rita Marley didn't know who the Congos were in the mid-'90s, when two original members got together and resumed performing. Such are the vagaries of the reggae business. No matter, now their number has swelled to three. Watty Burnett, Cedric Myton, and Roydel Johnson return in full force, demonstrating in this set the durability of the truly gifted, no matter how much time has passed. Working that falsetto-tenor-bass magic and singing from reggae's favorite place--holy ground--the Congos tunnel deep within and come out with strikingly poetic leads and textured harmonies. With Israel Vibration, the Congos, and other vets catching their second wind, reggae's future is no long just in the hands of the young bloods. And that's a good t'ing. --Elena Oumano

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Variated and rootsy
mconci@zonnet.nl | Netherlands | 02/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is not a bad album. It's overall somewhat 'rawer' than the Congos' earlier album 'Natty Dread Rise Again', with an often more prominent bass, and in general a more 'rootsy' sound. Some songs are terrific. I particularly liked 'Arron and Moses' (with great percussion, and musically and vocally well structured) and the nice 'Prophets are Dying'. Other songs are somewhat simpler musically, but are not bad. I do note a differing quality of music however: sometimes the music is working better than on other moments. The first 2 songs e.g. are a bit less variated, to my opinion. What really adds that extra quality to most songs is the original, good-sounding falsetto (-voiced) singing of Cedric Myton. The harmonies are also well chosen.
It's all in all a nice combination of songs."