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25th Anniversary

Third World

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Two and a half decades is a hell of a long time for a band to remain together, and Third World is one of the few to reach that quarter-century landmark intact. To celebrate, they re-recorded some of their best tunes, wrote a new one, and released the results on the plainly titled 25th Anniversary. Fans who know these songs, "96 Degrees in the Shade," the Stevie Wonder-penned "Try Jah Love," their hit cover of "Now That We Found Love," and "Sense of Purpose," will find the new recordings interesting, but will pine to hear the originals. "Jamaica," the new track written for this release, is a solid if light tribute to the band's homeland. They also recorded a new cover song, Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," and, as part of the special-edition package, included three remixes as well.

Biography

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...
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25th Anniversary, Third World
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Reggae
  • Released: 16 July 2001

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