Artist : Various Artist compilation
Title : Rastafari Teachings
Label : Reggae On Top
Cat No : Rotcd 014
Release Date : Out Now
Format : CD/LP
The full title for this one is 'Rastafari Teachings, Various Artists,
Vocals And Dub Showcase, Part Two'. Which in itself tells you quite a lot.
It highlights the work of Hughie Izachaar, Pablo Gad, Barry Issac, Levi
Judah, Eli Emmanuel and Tony Roots.
This is the latest compilation from 'Reggae on Top', one of the
UK's foremost providers of quality roots. 'Rastafari Teachings' bears
all the hallmarks of a traditional 'roots reggae' album, but with the added
bonus of digital-age quality recordings. Nevertheless, this album's
focus is very much on the traditional side of things, and I don't think
you'll find anything here to offend purists.
Rastafari Teachings is moulded in the tradition of classic-conscious
steppers-style reggae-and-dub. Each track is followed by it's dub
counterpart - which (in this case) works very well, putting you in mind of
a dance where you'll often hear first the vocal and then the dub.
So to the track breakdown :-
Rastafari Teachings features performances by some of the UK's great roots-reggae
singers. The dubplates are admirable in themselves for their subtlety and restraint. And
are not too over-the-top in there reworkings. All are very nicely done indeed.
If you want to be put into a good mood, stick on this album and it'll soon have ya
skipping and skanking to your hearts content.
- 'Hola Zion' by Tony Roots. Whose's vocal style reminds me of 'The Twinkle Brothers'.
The tune has a summer-vibes/outdoors-in-the-sun feel.
- 'Zion Dub'. A version which is particularly suited to the sound-system play-out.
- 'History' by Pablo Gad. Which takes the beat up a pace into a pure stepper's rhythm.
- 'History Dub'. DJ's: this is an ideal cut to pull your audience up onto the floor.
- 'The King of Kings Shall Reign Forever' : Barry Issac. A fine reworking of this
tradional psalm from Barry 'Reggae On Top' Issac.
- 'King Of Kings Dub'. One that's fast become a particular favouite with this
writer. It has a beautiful introduction and is the most radically reworked
version of all the dubs featured on this album.
- 'Rising Of The Sun' by Levi Judah. Features a lyric full of optmism
and a happy, uplifting warm-summer feel. It puts you in mind of outdoor skanking
with the sun beating down. A perfect festival playout and an ideal summer tune.
- 'Rising Of The Dub'. Features beautiful guitar and tabla's interacting within a
lovely Dubpiece. This one is also fast becoming a personal fave.
- 'Move' by Hughie Izachaar. A tale of police oppression & harassment.
- Moving Dub : A rocking dub 'version'. This one will get your head nodding, your
toes tapping & your fingers rolling.
- Mash Down Babylon : Eli Emmanuel. A tale of warning to all Babylonia
- Mash Down Dub. The version on this one is a storming 'steppers' delight. An ideal tune to
close this fine compilation LP.
I'll leave you with H.I.M Haile Selasse's
famous quote which adorns this album's front cover and best sums up it's lyrical message.
Peace and Love
"UNTIL THE COLOUR OF A MAN'S SKIN IS OF NO MORE SIGNIFICANCE
THAN THE COLOUR OF HIS EYES.
EVERYWHERE IS WAR
UNTIL THERE IS NO MORE FIRST & SECOUND CLASS CITIZEN OF ANY NATION.
EVERYWHERE THERE IS WAR.
I & I AFRICANS WILL FIGHT IF NECESSARY
I & I IS SURE OF VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL
JAH LIVE !
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