Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
UK reissue of 1978 release, one of the most exciting debuts of the roots era, Same Song boasts the cream of Jamaican musicianship backing the vocal trio, including Sly & Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Chung, & Ansel Colli... more »
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UK reissue of 1978 release, one of the most exciting debuts of the roots era, Same Song boasts the cream of Jamaican musicianship backing the vocal trio, including Sly & Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Chung, & Ansel Collins. 14 tracks including four bonus tracks, 'Crisis' (Disco Mix), 'The Same Song' (12' Version), 'Weep & Mourn' (12' Version) & 'Crisis' (Dub). 2001.
One of the best low-key and positive groove albums.
James T. Moon | Seattle, WA, USA | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this after getting the very popular 'Same Song' stuck in my head. The rest of the album only gets better.
These 3 Rastafarians (which I learned is a concept somewhere between a lifestyle and a religion) create true, comforting, positive and beautiful harmonies.
True because the lyrics are about their subject of interest: Rastafarianism, Jah, a highly regarded King of Ethiopia, and general peace and justice. That may sound like some boring subjects initially but they seem to really mean their words. They don't speak them just because they're popular to sing about. And if you learn about the background of these subjects in relation to Israel Vibration it will make it more meaningful. It isn't a requirement that the listener understand the subject. As with nearly all music, you can fit your own ideas over their lyrics.
Comforting, Positive because the lyrics are also hopeful, positive and poetic. I can relate because it feels like they really mean the peace/love of humankind/jah things they say. And you don't have to be rastafarian or any particular religion to agree with their positive message.
For me the beautiful harmonies help to drive the message home. As if they are really divinely inspired to create their music. I get the same feeling as when listening to Marvin Gaye's "What's Happening Brother". I think soulful is an appropriate adverb.
My favorite right now is "Ball of Fire". This song moves in a slow, gentle rhythm that glides perfectly along with the "ball of fire" chorus.
The other album I have heard is Unconquered People. That is a good reggae album but doesn't have as much of the rich and slow harmonies like Same Song.
An interesting debate essay I found while googling israel vibration. The essay is titled "RASTAMAN VIBRATION: Israel Vibration by Jason Levy"
I think this is the best album of the group that i own
mrstillmanhr02 | new york, usa | 04/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"after all, most of the albums, especially the earlier ones, by israel vibration are pretty good. i do believe that the group is better when it consists of all three members. the group's talent for writing and singing shines throughout the album. my fav. songs are: the same song, why worry, lift up your conscience, and licks and kicks. actually, i like all of the songs here but these simply stick out for various reasons.
i also recommend why you so craven, strenght of my life, on the rock, and pay the piper (the last album features only two of the orignal members of the group).
this is a good introduction. get it..."
Best reggae cd ever
ron | raleigh, nc | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i am a huge fan of IV, and this album is their best in my opinion. i first heard them on a local reggae show and i was hooked instantly. this album is so soothing and beautiful, it's too bad all music isn't like this."