Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Babylon Dis Way, Zion I That Way!!!
Julian P. Lazaro | San Diego, CA United States | 04/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The general vibe here is that Dr. Alimantado is a very legitimate Rastafarian. He and his brethren made this album for joy and communication of Rasta culture. This album is not a DJ album like most of Alimantado's early work, and you'll find him melodically singing all of these tunes. Lyrics are conscious, and don't hesitate to focus almost exclusively on politics, religion, and living. The cover art features Dr. Alimantado in a white lab suit presumably observing he and his friend's outdoor cannabis grow.
The riddim tracks are rub-a-dub or roots, not especially popular choices, but feature a classic lineup. Drums on most tracks are by Sly Dunbar and bass handled by Flabba Holt. The Heptones do backing vocals, and stand out exceptionally on the track "Marcus Garvey School," with the help of female vocalist Marcia Henry.
"Marcus Garvey School" is a track unheard in most roots circles, but I'd argue one of the most incredible and under-appreciated of any in this category. In fact, I'm only writing this review because respect is due. The beat is pulsating roots, with deep and steady nyabinghi drums cleverly blended in. This produces an unusual rhythm, especially with the Heptones and Henry chanting all kinds of messages of "Zion, Selassie!!! Oooooo!" in frantic high-pitched voices, producing an offset feeling kinda like early Israel Vibration.
The rest of the tracks are good, melodic roots, but aren't really standouts. DJ's out there seeking an instant hit at reggae night, buy this album. Reggae collectors, get Alimantado's "Best Dressed Chicken In Town" first."