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Formed in 1968, the Abyssinians — Bernard Collins and brothers Donald and Lynford Manning — will be remembered as one of reggae’s premier harmony vocal trios. They recorded their landmark song of faith, “Satta Massagana” (“give thanks”), in 1969, and over the course of the next several years, it would become one of the most influential roots tracks ever created, a Rastafarian paean that was covered, sampled, reworked, and copied countless times (by the Abyssinians and other artists). After recording several other monumental singles in the early ‘70s, the group decided to make their first LP in 1976, under the supervision of Clive Hunt. Taking advantage of much improved audio fidelity, they produced this roots-reggae milestone, a profoundly deep album that revisited a few of the earlier classics and was centered on their fervent spiritual devotion, Afrocentric ideals, and calls for social justice. With the heavy subject matter tempered by the hypnotic grooves and dazzling vocal harmonies, tracks like the spellbinding “I and I” have the power to both pacify and inspire.

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Itunes review doesn't cut it

This album is as important to reggae as any bob marley record. period. great songs, great harmonies, great riddims, classic production, and all around great work. The imperfections are part of the perfection that lies within this timeless gem.

Deep Roots

This album is one of the cornerstones of the genre. Ultimate harmonies and devout rootical vibes prevail throughout. The title track is essentially a reggae national anthem. Must have for those that want a complete reggae collection, or those looking to start one...

Nice!

This is a great record. I'm only a passing reggae fan so I don't know a lot about this records influence. I would put this as much in the limelight with the Four Tops and the Temptations as much as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Not to suggest any kind of old style Studio One/ Motown comparison. This is roots. However, as a harmony group these guys are so creative and kick arse!

Biography

Formed: 1969

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s

Few groups better captured the heart and soul of roots reggae than the Abyssinians; the vocal trio's heavenly close harmonies, dark melodies, and Rastafarian themes, all delivered with a deep spiritual feeling, were instrumental in defining and refining the genre. Bernard Collins and Donald Manning were longtime friends, and neither initially planned a career in music. That all changed one night in 1968, when during a creative burst, the pair composed "Satta Massa Gana" (also spelled "Satta Amassa...
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