Cool and Dread

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All Music Guide - Vince Ripol
Because Brutal out Deh was such a striking debut album, the Itals' subsequent releases seem to suffer unfairly by comparison. For any other roots harmony group, Cool & Dread might be viewed as a career highlight, but since the Itals already accomplished that feat on their first try, they'll have to settle for recording another tight, provocative, sometimes transcendent set of songs. Keith Porter, Ronnie Davis, and David Isaacs produce themselves on this effort, supported by the combined talents of the Roots Radics and the Vital Band. Effective use of keyboards and punchy horns adds unexpected toughness without detracting from the hypnotic rhythms and gorgeous harmony ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vince Ripol
Because Brutal out Deh was such a striking debut album, the Itals' subsequent releases seem to suffer unfairly by comparison. For any other roots harmony group, Cool & Dread might be viewed as a career highlight, but since the Itals already accomplished that feat on their first try, they'll have to settle for recording another tight, provocative, sometimes transcendent set of songs. Keith Porter, Ronnie Davis, and David Isaacs produce themselves on this effort, supported by the combined talents of the Roots Radics and the Vital Band. Effective use of keyboards and punchy horns adds unexpected toughness without detracting from the hypnotic rhythms and gorgeous harmony vocals. Sometimes the trio's voices are so lovely and uplifting they nearly conceal the seriousness of the lyrics. The sunny vocals of "Material Competition" belie the song's anti-materialistic message to the point where the Itals almost sound as if they are celebrating materialism rather than criticizing it. Yet that same cheerful, positive delivery gives "Sing Farewell" a wistful credibility that might actually persuade a listener to follow their example and turn the other cheek while humming the inescapable chorus. The heavenly "Peace and Love" is also instantly memorable. The album ends with the persuasive groove of "Jah Help Those" who help themselves, which segues into "Helpful Dub," allowing the Itals to explore creatively while inspiring their audience. Cool & Dread matches the quality of any Itals album since their remarkable debut, and thanks to those incredible harmonies, soul searching has rarely sounded so exhilarating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/1997
  • Label: Nighthawk Records
  • UPC: 043024031124
  • Catalog Number: 311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heathen (4:02)
  2. 2 Sing Farewell (3:54)
  3. 3 Easy Now (3:44)
  4. 4 Material Competition (3:26)
  5. 5 I Am What I Am (3:51)
  6. 6 What an Agony (3:30)
  7. 7 Peace and Love (3:52)
  8. 8 Chat with My Woman (3:55)
  9. 9 Jah Help Those (3:48)
  10. 10 Helpful Dub (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Itals Primary Artist, Track Performer
Lindell Allen Bass Guitar
Bingy Bunny Guitar
Bo Peep Guitar
Ronnie Davis Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Ellis Horn
Earl Fitzsimmonds Keyboards
Paul Francis Drums
Dean Fraser Horn
Felix "Deadly" Headley Horn
Bongo Herman Percussion
David Isaacs Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Sky Juice Percussion
Tommy McCook Horn
Patrick Murray Keyboards
Dwight Pinkney Guitar, Keyboards
Keith Porter Vocals, Harmony
Style Scott Drums
Scully Percussion
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Charlton Williams Guitar
Errol "Flabba" Holt Bass
Jah Blue Horn
Technical Credits
The Itals Producer
Ronnie Davis Producer
David Isaacs Producer
Sylvan Morris Engineer
Keith Porter Producer
Winston Wright Contributor
Robert Schoenfeld Producer, Executive Producer
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