King Man

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661775824
  • Catalog Number: 617758
  • Sales rank: 278,322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hail the King (3:36)
  2. 2 Gone a Country (4:09)
  3. 3 Little Green Apples (3:48)
  4. 4 Tabernacle Tree (3:20)
  5. 5 Is It Because I'm Black (3:55)
  6. 6 Throw Down Your Arms (3:34)
  7. 7 King Man (3:43)
  8. 8 False Tongue (4:50)
  9. 9 True Love (3:15)
  10. 10 Who Cares (3:59)
  11. 11 Abbabajani (3:20)
  12. 12 Do Good (3:30)
  13. 13 Backra (3:28)
  14. 14 The System (5:13)
  15. 15 Tabernacle Tree (8:42)
  16. 16 The System (5:14)
  17. 17 False Tongue (4:42)
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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
Toby Mountain Mastering
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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