Princess Gone...The Saga Bed

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There were a handful of Jah Mason albums released before Princess Gone ...The Saga Bed, but none were released by a label as big as VP, an especially big reggae label in 2006 since the company is still benefiting from a Warner Bros. distribution deal, landing their authentic Jamaican music in malls across America and beyond. So for most of the world, Princess Gone might as well be Mason's debut and the singer couldn't ask for a better situation. Previous releases held plenty of promise but felt -- or actually were -- cobbled together in a hurry. Princess Gone is solid, and while a handful of the tracks were previously available as singles, the album flows perfectly. If ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There were a handful of Jah Mason albums released before Princess Gone ...The Saga Bed, but none were released by a label as big as VP, an especially big reggae label in 2006 since the company is still benefiting from a Warner Bros. distribution deal, landing their authentic Jamaican music in malls across America and beyond. So for most of the world, Princess Gone might as well be Mason's debut and the singer couldn't ask for a better situation. Previous releases held plenty of promise but felt -- or actually were -- cobbled together in a hurry. Princess Gone is solid, and while a handful of the tracks were previously available as singles, the album flows perfectly. If making an approachable full-length -- one that would reach outside of rootsy reggae's core audience -- wasn't a conscious decision from the start, it's still the outcome. Imagine a Sizzla delivery over Anthony B.-styled music and you've got part of Mason's charm, but he can also croon sweetly and bounce between metaphors and straight documentary lyrics without ever sounding anything but sincere. The tear-jerking "My Princess Gone" is the huge Jamaican and sizable European hit, a Cocoa Tea-styled ballad that shows off Mason's versatile pipes, his singjay skills, and his ability to deliver from the heart. From the rousing anthem "Saga Bed" to the sexy grind of "Real Lioness" and right on through the humble uptempo "So Good," where Mason gleefully praises Jah for all his blessings, the singer stands behind every tune, persuading the listener that this is the best song written about whatever the subject. This accessible album is not without its bitter rebel music. Capleton-worthy tales of fire and ominous predictions are here, but delivered from a much more personal angle than usual. On the urgent "Stop It," Mason declares his love for the country during the serene chorus, but he lives in the modern world and the city always pulls him back in, its horrors represented by verses where the singer sounds as if he's in the devil's grip. "Plan Out" -- a reverb-drenched, bitter call for Babylon's destruction -- is nearly as good, although it's much bleaker and just about as nihilistic as a Rastafarian has ever come across. Any of these tracks on their own would draw attention to the singer, but put together with care they present an effortlessly agile artist able to communicate love, pathos, revolution, spirituality, and even sensuality on equal terms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645172325
  • Catalog Number: 1723
  • Sales rank: 243,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saga Bed (4:06)
  2. 2 My Princesss Gone (4:05)
  3. 3 Same Place (3:27)
  4. 4 Stay in My Heart (3:58)
  5. 5 Stick Nor Stone (3:39)
  6. 6 Got to Pay the Price (3:47)
  7. 7 Get Along (3:24)
  8. 8 Togetherness (3:13)
  9. 9 Plan Out (3:45)
  10. 10 Stop It (3:22)
  11. 11 So Good (4:03)
  12. 12 Waiting For (4:01)
  13. 13 Real Lioness (3:08)
  14. 14 Can't Control Me (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jah Mason Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Andrew Campbell Bass
Ian Coleman Guitar
Lloyd Denton Piano
Michael Fletcher Bass, Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Christopher Meredith Bass
Style Scott Drums
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion, Piano, Tambourine
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Christopher Birch Piano, Strings
Paul Crossdale Organ, Piano
Earl J. Smith Jr. Background Vocals
Dwight Dawes Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Carol "Bowie" McLauglin Piano
Maria Smith Background Vocals
Strickland Stone Bass
Rolando Wilson Drums
Stanley "Barnabas" Bryan Drums
Carol Dexter Background Vocals
Robert Angus Guitar
Daniel Thompson Bass
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Chris Meredith Bass
Shaun Darson Drums
George "Dusty" Miller Drums
Junior Marvin Guitar
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass
Anthony Thomas Drums
Phillip James Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Ras Barnibas Drums
Vernon Dinnall Bass
Rohan "Macka" Gordon Guitar
Carol Dexter Background Vocals
Technical Credits
P.D. James Composer
Christopher Birch Contributor
Greg Morris Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
Mikey Jarret Engineer
Roland McDermott Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Christopher Miller Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Rohan Gibson Engineer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards Executive Producer, Mastering
Phillip James Producer, Contributor
Carlos Allwood Engineer
Louis "Keon" Rafflington Art Direction
Andrae "Jah Mason" Johnson Executive Producer
Anthony Martin Audio Production
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