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Aswad Showcase
     

Aswad Showcase

by Aswad
 
Those who know Aswad as the slick pop-reggae group responsible for such crossover hits as "Don't Turn Around" and "The Best of My Love" may not recognize them in this collection of early singles, which begins with "Back to Africa" (1976) and ends with "Babylon" (1980), the latter of which was recorded shortly before the band's big major-label

Overview

Those who know Aswad as the slick pop-reggae group responsible for such crossover hits as "Don't Turn Around" and "The Best of My Love" may not recognize them in this collection of early singles, which begins with "Back to Africa" (1976) and ends with "Babylon" (1980), the latter of which was recorded shortly before the band's big major-label break and their slow evolution from hardcore roots-reggae practitioners to pop-dancehall fave raves. Despite the militant lyrics of songs like "Back to Africa" and "Warrior Charge," the music here is very smooth and mellow, perhaps too much so. Brinsley Forde's jazzy vocals are clearly influenced by Steel Pulse frontman David Hinds, and the languid tempos and relatively complex chord progressions sometimes seem at odds with the songs' confrontational messages. An exception to that tendency is the bracing "Rainbow Culture," which proceeds at a brisk tempo and features an eerie background vocal chant. As the album title indicates, the songs are presented in "showcase" style, with a dub version following each vocal version without pause.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1990
Label:
Mango
UPC:
0016253986725
catalogNumber:
539867

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Performance Credits

Aswad   Primary Artist
Brinsley Forde   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Angus Gaye   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Donald Griffiths   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Background Vocals
Courtney Hemmings   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Bongo Levi   Bongos
B. Mackenzie   Background Vocals
George Oban   Bass,Percussion
Karl Pitterson   Piano
T. Robinson   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
D. Washington   Background Vocals
Michael "Bami" Rose   Flute,Alto Saxophone
D. Griffiths   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Aswad   Producer,Remixing
Godwin Logie   Engineer
Karl Pitterson   Producer,Engineer
Tony Platt   Producer,Engineer
Mark J. Wallace   Engineer
Michael Campbell   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Rich Williams   Executive Producer

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