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Album Review

Probably the first and best fusion of reggae and soul music by a reggae group. Third World was looking to sell records worldwide and not just in Jamaica and England, and while the band's fusion of these genres may have infuriated the die-hard Rasta man, it helped the music reach a larger base. After the opening "One Cold Vibe," a melodic reggae bouncer, a tepid "Cold Sweat" (not the James Brown tune) has floating rhythms that soften the harsh lyrics. Falsetto vocals propel "Cool Meditation," which has a faster beat then most of these tracks, but it's the remake of the O'Jays' "Now That We Found Love" that established them as international stars. The title track "Journey to Addis" is an amalgamation of practically everything, and it works; though traditionalists will dismiss it and these other tracks, there's nothing superficial about this winning album that is now available on CD.

Customer Reviews


One of the vinyls that introduced reggae to GenX. This is one you can load into your Ipod and listen to it in its entirety without skipping anything. The longer tracks lend well to dancing. PERFECT for outdoor party music.

Drop the Beat Bro!

Awesome -- the golden time of the band -- it was not the same without Ossie Mills on drums.

Buy this album!!!!

Next to Bob's "Survival," this is hands down the best reggae album ever recorded!!! Buy it!!


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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Journey to Addis, Third World
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Pop, World
  • Released: 1978

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