Mission in Progress

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Morgan Heritage declares their music "reggae music with an edge," they're not talking aggressive dancehall. Instead, they're speaking of reggae music that's as slick and smooth as the times allow but with lyrics that are uncompromising and filled with the bitterness and despair they've experienced while living in Jamaica. On this, their tenth album, it's the land of "Nothing to Smile About." The song of the same name features a scenario where a tourist is pulled out of his all-inclusive world and shown the more desolate side of the island. Not the kind of thing the Jamaican tourist board might endorse, and few of the tracks are, but Morgan Heritage have long used ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
When Morgan Heritage declares their music "reggae music with an edge," they're not talking aggressive dancehall. Instead, they're speaking of reggae music that's as slick and smooth as the times allow but with lyrics that are uncompromising and filled with the bitterness and despair they've experienced while living in Jamaica. On this, their tenth album, it's the land of "Nothing to Smile About." The song of the same name features a scenario where a tourist is pulled out of his all-inclusive world and shown the more desolate side of the island. Not the kind of thing the Jamaican tourist board might endorse, and few of the tracks are, but Morgan Heritage have long used the Marley technique and coated their bitter pills in a sweet sound. It's an approach perfectly executed on "Politician" which offers the much more global sentiment "Why should we vote in their elections?/When then there is no place for we/You and me/In their secret society?" Hope is given on "Love You Right" which drops the politics in favor of pillow talk romance, plus the sunshine bright "Raid Rootz Dance," a soulful rebel number that could have fallen off Stevie Wonder's Talking Book. This band, made up of the sons and daughters of reggae singer Denroy Morgan, are often accused of a shameless crossover mentality, but all of the album's R&B moments feel genuine. Plus the bits of hip-hop work better than expected, especially when rapper Mr. Mojo spits a little comic relief with "I'm a Major Payne like Damon Wayans." While there's little here for the staunch reggae traditionalist -- this is, after all, Rootz with "z" -- Mission in Progress has plenty to offer Damien or Stephen Marley fans or anyone who believes climbing the charts and uplifting the people are not mutually exclusive endeavors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645177924
  • Catalog Number: 1779
  • Sales rank: 67,246

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cross Wi Borda (3:55)
  2. 2 Raid Rootz Dance (3:44)
  3. 3 Politician (4:13)
  4. 4 Yute dem Share (3:20)
  5. 5 The Fight (4:07)
  6. 6 Brooklyn and Jamaica (3:49)
  7. 7 Mission in Progress (5:37)
  8. 8 Nothing to Smile About (3:25)
  9. 9 Love You Right (4:20)
  10. 10 Faithful - Laza (4:22)
  11. 11 Be Sure (4:09)
  12. 12 12 Shotz - Laza (4:16)
  13. 13 Headline (3:31)
  14. 14 Youths Today (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morgan Heritage Primary Artist
Dalton Browne Guitar
Chico Chin Horn
Ian Coleman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Michael Fletcher Bass
Dean Fraser Horn
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Bongo Herman Percussion
Melbourne Miller Drums
Peter Morgan Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
Nambo Robinson Horn
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Clifford Branch Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Paul Crossdale Keyboards
Robert Browne Guitar
Stephen McGregor Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Andrew Simpson Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Una Morgan Vocals, Background Vocals
Shaun Darson Drums
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass, Keyboards
Hopeton Hibbert Bass
Alessandro Sorisini Drums
Kemar McGregor Drums
Chanda McKnight Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown Drums, Keyboards
Aeion Hoilett Bass
Lukes Morgan Rhythm Guitar
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Dixon Engineer
Philip Linton Producer
Shane Brown Producer, Engineer
Leroy Champaign Art Direction
Chris Athens Mastering
Mickie Koos Producer
Mikey Steer Producer
Roland McDermott Engineer
Stephen McGregor Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Randy Chin Executive Producer
Andrew Simpson Producer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Kemar McGregor Producer, Engineer
Katrina "DJ Sunshine" Irons Producer
Everton Hardware Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    MORGAN HERITAGE produces the goods once again. This talented family of musicians is arguably the best reggae band today. MISSION IN PROGRESS hits you with incisive lyrics of social commentary on life for the downtrodden largely in Jamaica. 'Yute Dem Share' is a typical example. Throughout the CD, the musicianship is tight, polished yet at the same time creative. Over the years, Morgan Heritage has simply got better and better. They have always been a strong unit vocally but they sound more accomplished on this set. The musical 'edge' of Mission In Progress will please existing Morgan Heritage fans and open the doors to new ones. Heritage's reworking of Steel Pulse's 'Raid Rootz Dance' stands out as a classic. For me, this is the best roots rocking reggae CD by a reggae band for 2008 so far. Give yourself a treat and take a listen - you may just agree with me.

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