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Aswad became one of England's most celebrated bands by combining roots reggae with dub and pop-savvy hooks; that amalgam catches fire in front of a rapturous audience on this concert document. Aswad manages to achieve complex effects live, like the dub moves over cyclical horn riffs on "Not Satisfied". But things take a turn toward lovers rock when Drummie Zeb croons the easy-rolling, romantic "Your Recipe". And it's hard to think of a more effective roots-reggae anthem than "Drum & Bass Line".


Formed: 1975 in London, England

Genre: Reggae

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

Aswad was arguably Britain's most successful reggae band, in terms of both popularity and longevity. Critical opinion on their body of work is often divided; some hail their early material as the greatest roots reggae Britain ever produced, while others find their later pop-crossover phase more distinctive and unique, even at the expense of authenticity. Regardless, Aswad's ability to adapt themselves to the changing times -- new musical trends, shifting personnel -- was ultimately the driving force...
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