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The Aggrolites may be the best reggae/soul/funk band in the land, a hard hitting ensemble now trimmed down to a powerful quartet -- Roger Rivas on piano and organ, Brian Dixon on guitar, bass man Jeff Roffredo, and frontman Jesse Wagner, a singer with a powerful, soulful set of pipes. They're proudly retro and although their sound is pumped up with a tough post-punk energy, their bedrock grooves pay tribute to the early days, and bands, of Jamaica's music scene when hungry young dudes were mashing up American soul and local folkloric rhythms to produce a sizzling hybrid that went by the names of ska, bluebeat, soul, and, by the mid-'70s reggae. The Aggrolites have studied JA's ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
The Aggrolites may be the best reggae/soul/funk band in the land, a hard hitting ensemble now trimmed down to a powerful quartet -- Roger Rivas on piano and organ, Brian Dixon on guitar, bass man Jeff Roffredo, and frontman Jesse Wagner, a singer with a powerful, soulful set of pipes. They're proudly retro and although their sound is pumped up with a tough post-punk energy, their bedrock grooves pay tribute to the early days, and bands, of Jamaica's music scene when hungry young dudes were mashing up American soul and local folkloric rhythms to produce a sizzling hybrid that went by the names of ska, bluebeat, soul, and, by the mid-'70s reggae. The Aggrolites have studied JA's book of rules and trimmed away all the fat, to forge a sound that tips its hat to the past while remaining fiercely contemporary. Like the bands they love, they combine killer melodies and socially conscious lyrics to produce songs that keep you moving and thinking. IV has 21 tunes and delivers more than an hour of solid music that bounces along from the Toots & the Maytals tribute "What a Complex" with a suitably raspy lead vocal from Wagner, slinky keyboard work from Rivas on clavinet, and soaring backing vocals, to the bubbly ska/R&B fusion of "Keep Moving On," and the Memphis-meets-bluebeat raveup of "Wild Time," a rowdy tune that shows the band at its uncontained best with a greasy Dixon guitar solo that tosses a bit of fat into the fire. Other standouts include the one-drop rocker "Feelin' Alright" laughs at the hard times with its positive vibration, "Tear That Falls" and "Precious and Few" are slow, simmering reggae love songs with gorgeous backing harmonies, and "The Sufferer" is another socially conscious lyric with an aggressive groove and an uplifting message. "It's Gonna Be OK" closes the album with a mellow lover's rock groove, buoyed by the chiming piano of Rivas, the band's mellow vocal harmonies, and Wagner's smooth, soulful crooning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Hellcat Records
  • UPC: 045778050529
  • Catalog Number: 80505
  • Sales rank: 108,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Firecracker (4:31)
  2. 2 What a Complex (3:59)
  3. 3 Wild Time (3:02)
  4. 4 Feelin' Alright (4:00)
  5. 5 The Sufferer (3:09)
  6. 6 It's Time to Go (3:58)
  7. 7 By Her Side (3:32)
  8. 8 Brother Jacob (3:55)
  9. 9 Musically on Top (3:14)
  10. 10 Reggae Summertime (4:11)
  11. 11 Ever Want to Try (3:09)
  12. 12 Keep Moving On (4:00)
  13. 13 Tear That Falls (3:09)
  14. 14 Gotta Find Someone Better (4:00)
  15. 15 Lick It Up (4:12)
  16. 16 The Least I Could Do (2:51)
  17. 17 Runnin' Strong (2:41)
  18. 18 Precious and Few (3:46)
  19. 19 Tonight (3:04)
  20. 20 Soul Gathering (2:35)
  21. 21 It's Gonna Be OK (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Aggrolites Primary Artist
Tom Cook Trombone
Efren Santana Saxophone
Brian Dixon Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Scott Abels Percussion, Drums
Todd M. Simon Trumpet
Jesse Wagner Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Roffredo Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Roger Rivas Organ, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Korey "Kingston" Horn Drums
Technical Credits
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Brian Dixon Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tom D. Kline Artwork
Jesse Wagner Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jeff Roffredo Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Roger Rivas Composer, Producer, Engineer, Artwork, Audio Production
Wagner Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Do the Dirty Reggay

    Imagine the Meters doing reggae. Okay, they did that with the track "Soul Island" on their 1972 LP Cabbage Alley. Imagine if The Meters had recorded a reggae album in the vein of said 1972 track. I am not saying these fellas are as great as The Meters but they're damn well close enough. Also give them props on their stance againsy file sharing on the track "Feelin' Alright." These guys give their lives to you, the least you can do is pay them for the privelage to listen to this wonderful music.

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