Reggae Anthology: Music is the Rod

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All Music Guide - Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Reggae Anthology: Music Is the Rod commemorates the tenth anniversary of the death of influential dancehall singer Garnett Silk. Since his tragic death at the age of 28, various collections and "best ofs" have been rushed to stores but this two-disc tribute manages to showcase the singer's talent and spirit most thoroughly. It's important to note that Silk was heralded as the next Bob Marley and in the Jamaican music industry, that's no small feat. It wasn't just the obvious connections -- a poor youth, fervent Rastafarian faith, or raw charisma -- that led to the Marley comparison. Like Marley before him, Silk's spiritually uplifting songs triggered a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Reggae Anthology: Music Is the Rod commemorates the tenth anniversary of the death of influential dancehall singer Garnett Silk. Since his tragic death at the age of 28, various collections and "best ofs" have been rushed to stores but this two-disc tribute manages to showcase the singer's talent and spirit most thoroughly. It's important to note that Silk was heralded as the next Bob Marley and in the Jamaican music industry, that's no small feat. It wasn't just the obvious connections -- a poor youth, fervent Rastafarian faith, or raw charisma -- that led to the Marley comparison. Like Marley before him, Silk's spiritually uplifting songs triggered a conscious revival amid the violent and "slack" lyrics of the '90s dancehall reggae. These two discs not only document the luminous, pure singing that Silk used on hits such as "Hello Africa," "Love Is the Answer," and "Fill Us Up With Your Mercy," but also the rapid-fire toasting from his early years as a DJ. "See Bimbo Ya" and "Lion Heart" glimpse the lyrical skill of a young Silk while also hinting at the vocal ability that would later emerge. Perhaps the most telling indication of the authenticity of Music Is the Rod in representing Silk's legacy is the fact that the liner notes start with two pages of psalms. A deeply spiritual person, Silk's lyrics always reflected his faith, even on tunes that appear to be about romantic love, such as the passionate "It's Growing." With 36 comprehensive tracks that illustrate the importance of Silk's career, personal photos, and extensive liner notes, as well as his last recorded interview, Music Is the Rod serves as an authoritative account of Silk's musical legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645169325
  • Catalog Number: 1693
  • Sales rank: 71,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Splashing Dashing (3:20)
  2. 2 Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders (3:46)
  3. 3 Kingly Character (3:34)
  4. 4 Every Knee Shall Bow (3:07)
  5. 5 Jah Jah Is the Ruler (4:03)
  6. 6 Mama (3:35)
  7. 7 Hello Africa (3:24)
  8. 8 Like a Mother (3:39)
  9. 9 Nothing Can Divide Us (3:43)
  10. 10 Oh Me Oh My (3:29)
  11. 11 Commitment (4:00)
  12. 12 It's Growing (3:36)
  13. 13 Mystic Chant (3:32)
  14. 14 Bless Me (3:35)
  15. 15 Love Is the Answer (3:47)
  16. 16 Lionheart (3:26)
  17. 17 See Bimbo Ya (3:11)
  18. 18 Keep Them Talking (3:32)
  19. 19 I Am Vex (3:31)
  20. 20 Blessed Be the Almighty (3:36)
  21. 21 Everything I've Got (3:32)
  22. 22 Place in Your Heart (3:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slave (5:23)
  2. 2 Disadvantaged (3:48)
  3. 3 Retreat Wicked Man (3:28)
  4. 4 Fight Back - Richie Stevens (3:49)
  5. 5 Complain (3:50)
  6. 6 Christian Soldiers (3:55)
  7. 7 Music Is the Rod (3:20)
  8. 8 Fill Us Up With Your Mercy (Belly Full) (3:38)
  9. 9 Green Line (3:38)
  10. 10 Harder (3:35)
  11. 11 Man Is Just a Man (3:38)
  12. 12 Zion in a Vision (3:23)
  13. 13 Spread the Love (3:29)
  14. 14 Singing for the People (3:55)
  15. 15 Garnet Silk Interview (Feb. 94) (26:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garnett Silk Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Danny Browne Producer
D. Browne Composer
Clevie Producer
Courtney Cole Producer
Bobby Digital Producer, Audio Production
Bobby Dixon Composer
Donovan Germain Producer
Lloyd James Composer
M. Johnson Composer
D. Morris Composer
Jack Scorpio Producer
Phillip Smart Producer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Steelie Producer
E.J. Robinson Producer
Paul Shields Mastering
Garnett Smith Composer
A. Bennett Composer
D. Collins Composer
G. Smith Composer
P. Smart Composer
Richard "Bello" Bell Producer
Traditional Composer
Novlyn Banton Executive Producer
C.Carroll Cole Composer
Deron D. James Art Direction
Erik Steinbach Promotional Director
Dustin Edelhertz Promotional Director
Neil "Diamond" Edwards Executive Producer, Mastering
Shawn "Promo" King Promotional Director
W. Jack Riley Composer
Bridgett Anderson Liner Notes
Anthony Rochester Composer
Steelie & Clevie Audio Production
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