Halfway Tree

Halfway Tree

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by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
     
 

In Kingston, Jamaica, the neighborhood of Halfway Tree is seen as a meeting place, a junction between the rich and poor parts of town. Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, wants his music to do the same thing, to be a bridge between the rich and the poor, the new and the old. For the most part, he succeeds as his NorthSee more details below

Overview

In Kingston, Jamaica, the neighborhood of Halfway Tree is seen as a meeting place, a junction between the rich and poor parts of town. Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, wants his music to do the same thing, to be a bridge between the rich and the poor, the new and the old. For the most part, he succeeds as his North American debut offers enough social consciousness to keep his father's fans happy while still dabbling in newer forms of dancehall and hip-hop. North Americans may be familiar with Marley's work from his cameo appearance on Eve's album Scorpion. On Halfway Tree, Eve returns the favor as she appears on "Where Is the Love?," one of the funkiest tracks on the album. Another highlight is "Stand a Chance," which features some funky harmonica as well as the rhymes of Treach of Naughty By Nature as well as the sweet vocals of dancehall legend Yami Bolo. Tracks like "More Justice" and "Give Dem Some Way" feature the kind of social commentary you'd expect from a member of the Marley clan. The family influence is also felt throughout the album -- his brother Stephen Marley, produced much of the album and they even sample their father's classic "Could You Be Loved" on their track "And Be Loved." But Marley also strays away slightly from family tradition, dealing with love and sex in a raw, direct way on tracks like "Mi Blenda" and "Cool and Dandy." For the most part, Marley does an excellent balancing act. He handles his legacy and his future flawlessly and what's more surprising is that he makes it look easy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044001474224
catalogNumber:
014742
Rank:
27688

Tracks

  1. Educated Fools  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  2. More Justice  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  3. It Was Written  -  Drag-On
  4. Catch a Fire  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  5. Still Searchin'  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  6. She Needs My Love  -  Sabor a Cacao
  7. Mi Blenda  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  8. Where Is the Love  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  9. Harder (Interlude)  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  10. Born to Be Wild  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  11. Give Dem Some Way  -  Daddigan
  12. Half Way Tree (Interlude)  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  13. Paradise Child
  14. Stuck in Between  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  15. Half Way Tree  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  16. Stand a Chance/And You Be Loved  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Yami Bolo   Background Vocals
Capleton   Track Performer
Noel Davey   Organ
Alvaughn Jackson   Background Vocals
Bunny Wailer   Percussion
Stephen Marley   Organ,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Christopher Meredith   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Treach   Track Performer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Guitar
Bounty Killer   Track Performer
Julian Marley   Background Vocals
Rohan "Ruggu" Marley   Guitar
Drag-On   Track Performer
Rovleta Fraser   Background Vocals
Sabor a Cacao   Track Performer
Daddigan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Cole   Producer,drum programming
Sly Dunbar   drum programming
Stephen Marley   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Chris Carrol   Engineer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Producer,drum programming
Commissioner Gordon   Engineer
Chris Athens   Mastering
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Kid Nyce   Producer,drum programming
Cortez Farris   Engineer

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