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Pay the Piper
Israel Vibration
Pay the Piper
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Once upon a time, three boys living in a home for polio-stricken youth in Kingston, Jamaica, ran away for the freedom of "bush living" and their dream of musical stardom. "Wiss," "Skelly," and "Apple" became Israel Vibrati...  more »

      
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All Artists: Israel Vibration
Title: Pay the Piper
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sanctuary Records
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Re-Release Date: 2/9/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 060768972124, 731452460523, 021823325149, 021823325125

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Once upon a time, three boys living in a home for polio-stricken youth in Kingston, Jamaica, ran away for the freedom of "bush living" and their dream of musical stardom. "Wiss," "Skelly," and "Apple" became Israel Vibration, a celebrated reggae harmony trio of the '70s that beautifully realized the form's electric synthesis of the sweet and the raw. Few artists can match the spiritual conviction edged by poignant yearning of early Israel tunes like "Friday Night" and "Give I Grace," from Unconquered People (recorded on vinyl for Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label). Despite equal parsing out of lead vocal privileges, internal conflicts kept the group dormant during most of the '80s. They reunited toward the end of the decade, only to see Apple, the strongest vocalist and writer, depart. But it's not over until it's over, and this story's end is nowhere in sight. Israel Vibes, as they are fondly known, live, as this set attests. Seasoned by decades of performance and recording experience, yet bellies still afire, Wiss and Skelly step up to deliver one of the group's most captivating recordings in years, coating their scathing attacks on those darned bloodsucking Babylonian vampires with the honey of their signature harmonies and jaunty reggae and ska "jump-up" rhythms, as in the title track and "Exploitation." This one gets a figurative volley of gunshot salutes. Bo! Bo! Bo! --Elena Oumano

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Israel Constant Vibration
ken plagge | Mason City, Iowa USA | 03/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many years when I have gone to Jamaica I have taken with me the most recent release of Israel Vibration along to give away. My favorite west end Negril friend Dennis would always be an undecided listener to the offerings. But my heart would always be lifted when I went to his place the next year and the Israel Vibration C.D. that I had placed there was played every day. On this day 3/5/99 I am vowing to take this Israel Vibration C.D. to Dennis Lynch so he can play it for all. If you can understand Jamaica you will understand this record. Good Luck"
Very dynamic reggae
I X Key | tomorrow | 11/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is so groovy, & the political lyrics are always vital. From the beginning of the cd with its floating planes of wordless vocals & the direct statement, "The system is a fraud," to the final "Give me love," this cd is very inspiring for dealing with life in the Babylon system. Their rhythmic & intellectual sense never ever misses."
A SOLID RELEASE FROM ISRAEL VIBES
56hoperoad | Arlington, VA United States | 11/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I hate to say this, but I truly believe Israel is better off without Apple. Skelly and Wiss truly have the chemistry that is necessary to make quality roots reggae in this day and age. "Get Up And Go" is a very crucial track!"