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Album Review

Joseph Israel is certainly not the most original artist to come along during the roots reggae revival of the early 2000s. His voice is not particularly distinctive and his songs cover no ground that hasn't previously been trodden. But in spite of all that, Gone Are the Days is an extremely likable set of conscious, uplifting music, pure in its intentions and occasionally rising to thrilling in its delivery. Like a million other roots singers before him, Israel, a Christian-born Arkansan turned Rasta, praises Jah, pines for truth, righteousness, unity, justice and a lot more love, and turns often for his imagery and lyrical direction to the Bible — and even more often to common respect, decency and brotherhood. Requesting that mankind stop its foolish fighting and come together, right our wrongs, love one another and be truthful might, on the surface, cause one to roll the eyes, but Israel sings his songs with such honest conviction that there's never a doubt he's sincere. The album was recorded at the famed Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica, and features guest spots from the reggae star Luciano, the great guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, Mikey General and others. [The 2007 edition includes bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Refreshing Roots Music

Refreshing reggae music from artist Joseph Israel. This music takes you higher and higher with spiritual anthem's like "JAH Kingdom" and the call to rise up and awaken on the title track "Gone are the Days" The songwriting and musicianship is at times astounding. All in all this CD is a must listen to! This is sweet reggae music inspired by an obviously deep and prophectic message. Blessed.

Uplifting and Healing

Joseph Israel's music is very healing, soothing, and inspiring. His words flow beautifully through his beautifully written songs. Good vibes all around.

long time comin'

ive been fortunate enough to listen to this fine artist over the year. and just now discovering there is more on this itunes release than the release i got. he brings the feeling straight to you. when i wanna kick it with friends this is the album i wow them with...hope you all enjoy it as much as i do.


Born: Tulsa, OK

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s

It isn't often that an Oklahoma-born white musician earns praise for his approach to roots reggae in Jamaica, but singer and songwriter Joseph Israel is a pretty singular guy, and his blend of soul, jazz, folk, world, and reggae, while not exactly innovative, is certainly infectious. Born Joseph Montgomery Fennel in Tulsa, OK, Israel grew up listening to reggae music and fell early under the spell of classic artists like Bob Marley and Burning Spear. By the time he was a teenager, his parents began...
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Gone Are the Days, Joseph Israel
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Roots Reggae
  • Released: Sep 26, 2006

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