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This is as sweet a slice of mid-’70s reggae as you’re likely to find. Never purists, Aswad nudge soul and jazz into these sophisticated compositions, and the result can be exhilarating: Listen to Donald Griffiths’ guitar engage in a blues-style call-and-response with Brinsley Forde’s voice on “I a Rebel Soul,” or Drummie Zeb channeling soul on “Back to Africa.” The connections make intuitive sense, but they also expand reggae’s palette in marvelous ways. Dub also gets its due in “Ethiopian Rhapsody’s” sparse, clattering atmospherics.

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Classic

Jah bless any who buy this album big up to real music smoke de life till ya gon die

As good as it gets

One of the first reggae albums I bought years ago and still in my top 5. If you like roots reggae, you won't be disappointed.

Cant get anymore Reggae than this

Traditional bass drums contrepuntal dialogue, lyrics tyhat will give you goose bumps. buy it!

Biography

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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