King Man

King Man

by Everton Blender
     
 
Long considered one of the leaders of the "conscious dancehall" movement, Everton Blender takes a step back from his trademark computer-based style and delivers what is not only his best album so far, but also one of the best old-school roots reggae albums to appear in recent years. Fronting a band that consists entirely of actual human beings playing acoustic drums,

Overview

Long considered one of the leaders of the "conscious dancehall" movement, Everton Blender takes a step back from his trademark computer-based style and delivers what is not only his best album so far, but also one of the best old-school roots reggae albums to appear in recent years. Fronting a band that consists entirely of actual human beings playing acoustic drums, real guitars, keyboards, and horns, Everton Blender shows himself to be just as comfortable harking back to reggae's classical period as he is riding the digital rhythms of the new millennium. In addition to fine original songs on the standard themes (Babylon can't keep him down, herb gets a bad rap, his girlfriend's father doesn't want her dating a Rastaman, etc.) the program includes sweet and beautifully sung renditions of the lounge classic "Little Green Apples," and the soul standard "Is It Because I'm Black." Blender's dancehall roots are showing a bit when he repeatedly talks about BMWs on "Throw Down Your Arms" and "King Man," and he sounds a bit defensive about his relatively comfortable financial situation on "Do Good" ("They don't know how hard you work to achieve/Them say vanity"), but in general he sounds like he's been singing this roots-and-culture stuff his whole life. Here's hoping he'll do a bit more in this vein before returning to the dancehall. [The CD version includes several fine bonus tracks, among them a disco mix of "Tabernacle Tree" featuring DJ Trinity, and Nyahbinghi-style remixes of "The System" and "False Tongue."]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661775824
catalogNumber:
617758

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everton Blender   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Wayne Armond   Guitar
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Geoffrey Chung   Clavinet
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
David Fuentes   Bass
Harry T. Powell   Bass Drums,funde drum
Joseph Hill   Percussion,Tambourine,funde drum
Robert Lyn   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Clavinet
David Madden   Trumpet
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Trombone
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion,funde drum
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Glen Brownie   Bass
Lukie D   Background Vocals
Dalton Brownie   Guitar
Robert Brownie   Guitar
Shawn "Mark" Dawson   Drums
Leba Thomas   Background Vocals
Chris Wilson   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Clavinet,funde drum
Ethan Avineri   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Cabasa
Jesse Wagner   Guitar
Kerdell Boatswain   Trumpet
Delroy Thomas   Drums
Charles Calvo   Saxophone
Keith "Sleepy" Coley   Background Vocals
Nicholas DeZouza   Bass
Michael Selah   Bongos,Kete
David "Scottie" Scott   Background Vocals
Mickey Fletcher   Bass
Everton Pryce   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Clyde "Blip" Golding   Kete
Herman "P Nut" Johnson   Drums,Tambourine
Aaron "Boogie" Jones   Saxophone,Tambourine
Gregory Mullings   Drums
Obi Fernandez   Trombone
Roger Rivas   Piano
Christopher Blake "Sky Juice"   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bobby Russell   Composer
Geoffrey Chung   Engineer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Ancel Edwards   Engineer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer,Engineering
Syl Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Composer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Rohan Richards   Engineer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Robert Russell   Composer
Everton Williams   Executive Producer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Everton Blender   Executive Producer
Randy Phipps   Engineer
E. Williams   Composer
Brian Dixon   Engineer
Joshua Blood   Lyric Transcription
D. Wilson   Composer
Chris Wilson   Producer,Engineer
Omar Bent   Engineer
Joshua Driscoll   Engineer
Steval Hanns   Engineer
Glenn C. Watts   Composer
G. A. Molina   Composer

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