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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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Hale to the roots

This is a timeless album in the entire music culture, not just in the reggae genre. It gives us a crystal clear view of what reggae began as, before it was infected by hip-hop producers. Few if any reggae albums today convey such strong messages of hardships that so many peoples of this world, especially the children of jah, endure. Don't get me wrong, this album isn't entirely about hardships. Songs like Tribal War and Rhythm of Life have nice upbeat lyrics and instrumentals, but are definitely balanced out by 1865 and Human Market Place. Like always the men of Third World sing in a soulful manner and not the typical heavy Jamaican accent that is commonplace. I don't have a problem with Jamaican accents, it is just refreshing to hear some unconventional singing that is backed up by roots instrumentals

Sweet Memories

I put this music on, and am immediately--no pause, no hesitation--brought back to when I was 18 and cruising around Vallejo in my 1970 VW beetle. I think I wore through 2 cassette tapes of this album--it is THAT good.

Try Jah Love

when i first heard this song, I was about 19 with my fake ID in hand, i entered a underground spot in downtown Philly and the DJ blew my mind with this one. I never looked back. Hepburns off Pine street thanks sweet girl! this whole album can play again over and over and will deep'n your soul and free your mind.


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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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Rock, World
  • Released: 1977

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