Joy and Blues

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Joy and Blues is Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' most personal album to date. Within the album, the group members explore their beliefs, adeptly expanding them into universal themes. Of course, they have done this from their earliest days, but now they've reached a new height of lyrical power. "Lies, they sell cheaper than bread, what they do starve the people of truth," is a line worthy of Mutabaruka, while "We are living in a partial world, they make so the fight is never done" equally resonates. "Mama," Stephen Marley's heartfelt tribute to his mother, Rita, has some of the most moving lyrics and is one of the most poignant songs on the album. Father Bob is ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Joy and Blues is Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' most personal album to date. Within the album, the group members explore their beliefs, adeptly expanding them into universal themes. Of course, they have done this from their earliest days, but now they've reached a new height of lyrical power. "Lies, they sell cheaper than bread, what they do starve the people of truth," is a line worthy of Mutabaruka, while "We are living in a partial world, they make so the fight is never done" equally resonates. "Mama," Stephen Marley's heartfelt tribute to his mother, Rita, has some of the most moving lyrics and is one of the most poignant songs on the album. Father Bob is honored by a cover of his "There She Goes," itself a song haunted by memories and emotions, which fits well within the album's own tendency to glance backwards while resolutely moving forward. A cover of Richie Havens' "African Herbsman" is similarly well chosen; Stephen makes the song his own, while Harry J.'s tribal drumming takes the track to its true roots. Previous albums have been acclaimed for their productions and intriguing crossover stylings, but Joy and Blues focuses firmly on the message. The arrangements are more subtle than in the past, quietly enhancing the songs' atmospheres and lyrics. This may disappoint the group's dance fans, while reggae aficionados will equally miss the heavier roots numbers. However, their more mature sound bodes well for the long term. There's still a sense of exploration, as on Stephen's bluesy "Rebel in Disguise," while songs like the funky "X Marks the Spot" and the bouncy title track keep the band in touch with its past. Although the album did not equal past records in sales, it proved that the band would outlive its pop past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1993
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778796121
  • Catalog Number: 87961

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joy and Blues (4:12)
  2. 2 Brothers and Sisters (2:50)
  3. 3 There She Goes (4:55)
  4. 4 Talk (4:33)
  5. 5 Rebel in Disguise (4:01)
  6. 6 X Marks the Spot - Ziggy Marley (3:50)
  7. 7 Head Top - Ziggy Marley (4:09)
  8. 8 African Herbsman - Ziggy Marley (3:14)
  9. 9 World So Corrupt - Ziggy Marley (3:19)
  10. 10 Garden - Ziggy Marley (3:28)
  11. 11 Mama - Ziggy Marley (4:07)
  12. 12 This One - Ziggy Marley (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Ziggy Marley Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Glen Brown Bass
Aston Barrett Bass
Cedella Marley Booker Background Vocals
Glen Browne Bass
Junior Chin Brass
Ian Coleman Guitar, Background Vocals
Dean Fraser Brass
Harry T. Akete
David Madden Brass
Sharon Marley Prendergast Background Vocals
Sharon Marley Background Vocals
Stephen Marley Vocals, Background Vocals
Carrol McLaughlin Keyboards
Christopher Meredith Bass, Background Vocals
Nambo Trombone
Erica Newell Background Vocals
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Mallory Williams Keyboards
Cedella Marley Vocals
Addis Gessesse Prayers
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Drums
Technical Credits
Errol Brown Engineer
Glen Browne Sound Effects
Ziggy Marley Producer
Christopher Meredith Sound Effects
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Producer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Addis Gessesse Contributor
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Programming, drum programming
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