Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
From the All Music Guide: — As the formerly cassette-only ROIR label continues to slowly reissue its catalog of classic punk, reggae and ska titles on CD, hidden treasures are coming to light again, some for the first time ... more »
From the All Music Guide:
As the formerly cassette-only ROIR label continues to slowly reissue its catalog of classic punk, reggae and ska titles on CD, hidden treasures are coming to light again, some for the first time in years. Ras Michael, one of the foremost exponents of traditional Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, recorded his Rastafari album in 1972, and a dub version of that album was released simultaneously in a limited edition. Scraps of it have turned up from time to time, some on legitimate releases and some not, but ROIR's cassette reissue in 1989 was the first complete and fully-licensed release since the original vinyl first came out. It's too bad the non-dub version isn't included as well (there's plenty of space on the disc), but this CD is still a treasure. Ras Michael and his crew of drummers are joined by reggae demigods Carlton "Santa" Davis (drum set), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Tommy McCook (flute), Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar) and others! , and the fusion of electric, urban reggae and organic, rural Nyabinghi drumming is perfect. Particular highlights include the dub versions of "None a Jah Jah Children No Cry" (recommended especially in conjunction with its vocal version) and the very dry and heavy "In Zion." ? Rick Anderson
Very nice dub set.
Murdoch | Massachusetts | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dub doesn't disappoint! Buyers should be aware however that this album is NOT just dub versions of songs from Ras Michael's "Rastafari"- it also includes tracks from "Kibir-Am-Lak". According to the Rough Guide to Reggae, it collects the best tracks from both of those albums.The sound quality of these dubs is clear and deep; they are truly a pleasure to listen to. The liner notes are pretty useless however, as they contain just as much MIS-information about the album as correct info. (I refer here to the text written by Elena Oumano, as well as the recording date. The info about producer and musicians seems to be correct.)"
Reggae Got Soul
Mr. Charlie | Terripen, ST GD | 06/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rastafari Dub is a far cry from mainstream reggae. It pulls deep into it's tribal roots and emerges as a box. A huge box. Once you step in side this box you are in a forest. You're path is the bass and drums, you have a guide in Peter Tosh's guitar and Ras Micheal comes down like thunder, while the backup singers are like rain. While this may sound really weird and loosey goosy or somthin, listen to the album and try to find a better way to describe it, you cant (unless you wish to describe the pyrotechnics of the bass and sound like a stiff who didn't even get the point) The Album is amazing, it is the first album I have ever listened to that frustrates me. You always feel that there is something more. That you are missing something. If you don't have the album i urge you to get it. You will never understand it from samples or reviews. If you don't like the album and wish to mark it poorly I urge you not to because it is one of those albums that is like a Poem for an english class that cannot be graded for it was never really assigned. And if it was assigned it would have gotten an F becuase the teacher was to stuck up to admit that he didn't understand it either. I can't say that I think you (the reader of this) will like this, but one things for sure, you'll be confused as hell after it breaks down everything you know about music."