Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha's Vineyard

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Here's what makes this album a little bit hard to take: Reggae is a music that emerged from a crucible of dire poverty, political violence, and racial oppression; it's a weird hodgepodge of disparate musical influences that came about primarily as a result of Jamaican youth taking local folk and calypso styles and combining them with the R&B they heard on clear nights coming over the airwaves from New Orleans and Miami. Now granted, Martha's Vineyard is an island, too. But there is tremendous irony in the juxtaposition (made explicit by the geographic double entendre of the album's title) of the Vineyard with Yard, given that the former is a longstanding bastion of ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Here's what makes this album a little bit hard to take: Reggae is a music that emerged from a crucible of dire poverty, political violence, and racial oppression; it's a weird hodgepodge of disparate musical influences that came about primarily as a result of Jamaican youth taking local folk and calypso styles and combining them with the R&B they heard on clear nights coming over the airwaves from New Orleans and Miami. Now granted, Martha's Vineyard is an island, too. But there is tremendous irony in the juxtaposition (made explicit by the geographic double entendre of the album's title) of the Vineyard with Yard, given that the former is a longstanding bastion of white bohemian privilege every bit as rarefied as the white-shoe enclaves of the American mainland. Now, as for the music itself: There are some great moments on this album -- the Itals roll and skank effortlessly through "I Know a Place," Entrain gets nicely Police-y with "One Earth," and there's a very nice appearance by the gruff-but-genial Toots Hibbert. But there are also a few really embarrassing ones. There was probably no way to stop Carly Simon from trying to cover Bob Marley, but someone should have tried (she's saved, just barely, by Sly & Robbie and a great horn section), and David Mallett's "The Garden Song" sounds like Peter, Paul & Mary, only more earnest. But really, this isn't so much a reggae album as it is a Martha's Vineyard album, designed for baby boomers with memories of Camelot for whom the island itself has a totemic significance. And as such, it's not bad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661317024
  • Catalog Number: 613170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Island Vibration - Winston Grennan (4:00)
  2. 2 Is This Love - Carly Simon (4:13)
  3. 3 Rise Up - Judd Fuller (3:58)
  4. 4 I Know a Place - Reincarnation (4:55)
  5. 5 Live on My Mind - Emily Furlong (5:06)
  6. 6 Lovers Like You and Me - Jonathan Edwards (3:07)
  7. 7 The Garden Song - David Mallett (3:52)
  8. 8 Too Hot - Mike Benjamin (3:20)
  9. 9 Everything Must Change - Johnny Hoy (3:42)
  10. 10 Back to the Island - Toots Hibbert (5:45)
  11. 11 Island Girl - Heather Goff (2:39)
  12. 12 Roll, Nyabinghi, Drummer - Die Kunst Der Drum (3:22)
  13. 13 Bob Marley International - Joel Zoss (6:15)
  14. 14 Shine On - John Cruz (5:00)
  15. 15 One Earth - Entrain (4:16)
  16. 16 Proud to Be a Women - Florisca Carter (2:56)
  17. 17 Talk All Night - Taffy McCarthy (3:46)
  18. 18 I Believe - Rita Glassman (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Mallett Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
The Itals Track Performer
Carly Simon Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Don Grolnick Organ
Leah Kunkel Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Alex Alexander Drums
Andy Bassford Guitar
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Dow Brain Keyboards
Mitch Chakour Keyboards
Guy DeVito Bass
Neil Dorfsman Recorder
Sly Dunbar Drums
Steve Gaboury Piano, Keyboards
Eric Gale Electric Guitar
Winston Grennan Drums, Vocals, Rap, Shaker
Toots Hibbert Vocals
Mindy Jostyn Violin
Stuart Kimball Organ
Leslie Langston Bass
Marcus Miller Background Vocals
Geoff Patterson Pedal Steel Guitar
Keith Porter Vocals
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Sabrina Vocals, Background Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Mike Tinus Piano
Joel Zoss Track Performer
Johnny Hoy Harmonica, Vocals
Jeremy Berlin Piano, Accordion
Mike Muldoon Percussion
Joe Belmont Electric Guitar
Craig Eastman Mandolin
Peter Simon Recorder
Sam Bisbee Guitar
Tom Major Drums
Christine Box Background Vocals
Judd Fuller Track Performer
Charlie Esposito Clavichord, Keyboards
Judith Ann-Marie Background Vocals
Rick Bausman Percussion, Steel Drums
Entrain Track Performer
Jim Parr Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Sam Holmstock Trombone
Rob Loyot Piano, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Steve Tully Saxophone
Chris Wilson Guitar
Jemima James Background Vocals
Chris Knight Keyboards
Technical Credits
Leah Kunkel Producer
Norman Blain Engineer
Guy DeVito Producer
Steve Gaboury Producer
Mike Mainieri Producer
Leon Pendarvis Horn Arrangements
Peter Simon Producer
Charlie Esposito Producer, Horn Samples
Chris Wilson Producer
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