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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
An instant classic released out of order, Rasta Got Soul could have been Buju Banton's 2004 album if an arrest for ganja possession hadn't sent the singer into exile. While the great "Magic City" single previewed the album during this time, two years later the more contemporary effort, Too Bad, arrived and what was rumored to be an awesome album seemed lost forever. One listen to 2009's final product and it's obvious the rumors were true, but it also suggests that Banton was hedging his bets after some time off and launched Too Bad instead to make sure the fast-living Jamaican youths came back to the Gargamel fold. Rasta Got Soul is mature, almost a throwback effort with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
An instant classic released out of order, Rasta Got Soul could have been Buju Banton's 2004 album if an arrest for ganja possession hadn't sent the singer into exile. While the great "Magic City" single previewed the album during this time, two years later the more contemporary effort, Too Bad, arrived and what was rumored to be an awesome album seemed lost forever. One listen to 2009's final product and it's obvious the rumors were true, but it also suggests that Banton was hedging his bets after some time off and launched Too Bad instead to make sure the fast-living Jamaican youths came back to the Gargamel fold. Rasta Got Soul is mature, almost a throwback effort with plenty of horns, plenty of references to the Rastafarian lifestyle, and songwriting on the level of 'Til Shiloh, his 1995 masterpiece. "Bedtime Story" is a heart-wrenching story of abandoned children that delivers its message perfectly, while "A Little Bit of Sorry" reclaims ska for the Island of Jamaica as the lyrics deceptively persuade the big-headed masses to tone down their egos. Anyone spiritually lost at sea will be done right by the comforting "Optimistic Soul," one of the many numbers here that finds an especially positive Buju being sweet but not sugary. That blunder is saved for the cheeseball instrumentation on "Mary," which starts off with a doo wop intro and then goes downhill with a fake, synthetic string section. If it's Buju being whimsical, he should really give a wink, but it's a small complaint on an album that makes one wonder what other treasures are locked in the Gargamel vault. Beyond recommended, this one is vital.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Gargamel
  • UPC: 856481001667
  • Catalog Number: 100166
  • Sales rank: 136,332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hurt Us No More (5:28)
  2. 2 Magic City (5:13)
  3. 3 I Rise (5:10)
  4. 4 Rastafari (6:03)
  5. 5 I Wonder (4:44)
  6. 6 A Little Bit of Sorry (4:01)
  7. 7 Affairs of the Heart (4:15)
  8. 8 Lend a Hand (4:54)
  9. 9 Optimistic Soul (4:15)
  10. 10 Make You Mine (5:11)
  11. 11 Mary (4:09)
  12. 12 Bedtime Story (4:09)
  13. 13 Sense of Purpose (4:07)
  14. 14 Be on Your Way (3:33)
  15. 15 Lights Out (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist, Vocals
Dalton Browne Guitar
Michael "Ibo" Cooper Keyboards
Glen DaCosta Flute, Saxophone
Richard Daley Bass
Donald Dennis Bass, Bass Guitar
Lloyd Denton Keyboards
Tyrone Downie Background Vocals
Earl Fitzsimmonds Keyboards
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Alvin Haughton Percussion
David Madden Horn
Lloyd Parkes Bass
Dwight Richards Horn
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Willie Stewart Drums
Earl "Bagga" Walker Bass
Mallory Williams Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt Bass
Glen Brownie Drums
Paul Crossdale Musician
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards, Musician
Heather Cummings Vocals
Wyclef Jean Musician
Stephen Coore Guitar
Jerry Wonder Musician
Rochell Bradshaw Background Vocals
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Kirk Bennett Drums
Sydney "Congo Billy" Watson Percussion
Althea Layne Hamilton Background Vocals
Mickey Richards Drums
Nicky Burt Background Vocals
Angel Shalome Background Vocals
Derrick Stuart Drums
Kirk Bennet Drums
Sydney Watson Percussion
Technical Credits
Michael "Ibo" Cooper Engineer
Richard Daley Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Donovan Germain Producer
Andrew Howell Composer
Mark Myrie Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Willie Stewart Composer
Paul Crossdale Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Composer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Tracii McGregor Executive Producer, Audio Production
Stephen Coore Composer
Jermaine Reid Engineer
Austin Green Engineer
Darhil Crooks Art Direction
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