Heaven and Earth

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Fusing Eastern and Western classical influences with elements of ambient, dub, and hip-hop, Jah Wobble has created a truly brilliant pancultural concept album. The title track opens the LP with a near-orchestral range of dynamic emotions centered around Zi Lan Liao's vocals and violin, Kui Hsuing Li's soaring bamboo flute, and Wobble's percolating tribal drums. "A Love Song" is a hypnotic dub track showcasing the vocal talents of Natacha Atlas, whose Middle Eastern melody lends a sultry feel to the song, perfectly matched by the sensual bassline. Bill Laswell lends his distinctive touch on "Gone to Croatan" and "Hit Me," which perfectly match the hip-hop beats and turntable ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Fusing Eastern and Western classical influences with elements of ambient, dub, and hip-hop, Jah Wobble has created a truly brilliant pancultural concept album. The title track opens the LP with a near-orchestral range of dynamic emotions centered around Zi Lan Liao's vocals and violin, Kui Hsuing Li's soaring bamboo flute, and Wobble's percolating tribal drums. "A Love Song" is a hypnotic dub track showcasing the vocal talents of Natacha Atlas, whose Middle Eastern melody lends a sultry feel to the song, perfectly matched by the sensual bassline. Bill Laswell lends his distinctive touch on "Gone to Croatan" and "Hit Me," which perfectly match the hip-hop beats and turntable wizardry provided by DJs DXT and Rob Swift, with Pharoah Sanders' mind-bending flute and horn solos and Bernie Worrell's synth textures. But the pièce de résistance is "Om Namah Shiva," which combines Najma Akhtar's nimble vocal calisthenics and Inder Matharu's dazzling tabla rhythms with programmed percussion and Wobble's bottom-end bass wallop to create a highly effective world/dance track. Laswell himself calls Heaven and Earth "the best thing Jah Wobble has ever recorded." Who are we to argue?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/1996
  • Label: ISLAND RED / PGD
  • UPC: 016253105041
  • Catalog Number: 531050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heaven & Earth (8:41)
  2. 2 A Love Song (7:23)
  3. 3 Dying Over Europe (3:11)
  4. 4 Divine Mother (11:12)
  5. 5 Gone To Croatan (15:30)
  6. 6 Hit Me (7:42)
  7. 7 Om Namah Shiva (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jah Wobble Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Electric Bass, Drums, Gong, Keyboards, Acoustic Bass
Najma Vocals
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer, Keyboards
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Jerome Brailey Drums
D.X.T. Turntables
Aiyb Dieng Conga, Gong
Mark Ferda Keyboards, Background Vocals
Inder Matharu Tabla
Neville Murray Conga, Bells
Pharoah Sanders Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nicky Skopelitis Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rob Swift Turntables
Kui Hsuing Li Bansuri, Erhu, Don Shui
Zi Lan Liao Vocals, Ku Cheng
Justin Adams Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Laswell Producer
Aiyb Dieng Contributor
Mark Ferda Engineer, drum programming
Jah Wobble Producer, Orchestration
Robert Musso Engineer
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