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96 Degrees In the Shade

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On their second album, Third World was still in the roots-reggae camp, but they had already laid claim to a singular sound: dreamy, free-flowing, and full of sweetly soulful vocals. The harmonic shadings on the opening cut, "Jah Glory," border on jazz, while the cover of Bunny Wailer's rocksteady nugget "Dreamland" is as ethereal as its title. Lyrically, they shift from the feel-good vibe of "Feel a Little Better" to the title track's social statement without breaking a sweat.

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96 Degrees in the Shade

The definitive Third World album. Roots reggae at its best.

Ca reste en tête !

Un de mes meilleurs albums. Découvert il y a plus de 20 ans et j'aime toujours autant l'écouter.


Formed: 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Third World are one of the longest-lived reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. While they were long capable of authentic roots reggae, they usually preferred to mix in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock (and, later on, dancehall and rap). Purists often criticized their music as tame and polished, overly beholden to commercial concerns. Indeed, they were regular visitors to the American and British charts during the...
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96 Degrees In the Shade, Third World
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  • $8.22
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Rock, World
  • Released: 1977

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