Revelation, Pt. 1: The Root of Life

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
As his brothers venture into unexplored territory such as children's music (Ziggy) and hip-hop (Damian), Stephen Marley acts as anchor for the clan on Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. While Part 2 is planned as a more electric and future-minded affair, this first Revelation is a roots reggae-oriented effort, or at least "roots" in the Wailers (post-Tosh and post-Bunny) sense of the word. Think Father Bob's Uprising and you're close to the feel here, which goes from cool and woozy ( "No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)" being a great re-creation of the "Pimper's Paradise" sway) to stately and militant (brother Damian and Buju Banton help make "Jah Army" the heir ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
As his brothers venture into unexplored territory such as children's music (Ziggy) and hip-hop (Damian), Stephen Marley acts as anchor for the clan on Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. While Part 2 is planned as a more electric and future-minded affair, this first Revelation is a roots reggae-oriented effort, or at least "roots" in the Wailers (post-Tosh and post-Bunny) sense of the word. Think Father Bob's Uprising and you're close to the feel here, which goes from cool and woozy ( "No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)" being a great re-creation of the "Pimper's Paradise" sway) to stately and militant (brother Damian and Buju Banton help make "Jah Army" the heir apparent to "Babylon System"), Stephen certainly has his own voice as well, with the wistful heartbreak of "She Knows Now" and the blues-flavored "Can't Keep I Down" being unique entries in the whole Marley clan catalog, plus his songwriting has grown with subtle imagery and rich storytelling playing a bigger role than before. These are the reasons to return to the album, but familiarity is an equally strong point, and also its initial pull. Stone-cold grooves and socially conscious lyrics run rich in the Marley bloodline, and while Revelation might be a less-than-fitting title, fans of the Marley family can simply write "satisfying" or "a welcome reminder" on the spine if they choose.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527615189
  • Catalog Number: 001524702
  • Sales rank: 12,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Made in Africa - The Cast of Fela (5:37)
  2. 2 False Friends (3:24)
  3. 3 Break Us Apart (3:45)
  4. 4 Can't Keep I Down (3:19)
  5. 5 No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room) - Melanie Fiona (3:41)
  6. 6 Freedom Time (3:21)
  7. 7 Jah Army - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:44)
  8. 8 Old Slaves (6:26)
  9. 9 Pale Moonlight (How Many Times) (3:25)
  10. 10 She Knows Now (5:21)
  11. 11 Selassie is the Chapel (4:54)
  12. 12 Tight Ship - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:15)
  13. 13 Working Days - Spragga Benz (5:07)
  14. 14 Now I Know (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Marley Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards
Bongo Herman Percussion
Denver Smith Percussion
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Randy Singer Harmonica
Chris Meridith Bass
Bagga Mitchell Guitar
Marc Lee Overdubs
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown Keyboards
Dan Warner Guitar
Tamika Moncrieffe Background Vocals
Richie Bravo Percussion
Ranoy Gordon Guitar
Nicholas Laraque Flute, Saxophone
Aston Barrett Jr. Drums
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Clifton Bailey Composer
Paul Fakhourie Producer
Stephen Marley Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Mark Myrie Composer
Michael Rose Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Composer
Neville Garrick Art Direction
Michael Fuller Mastering
Roland McDermott Engineer
Marc Lee Engineer
Illestr8 Composer
Gregory Morris Engineer
Thomas Brenneck Engineer
Wale Composer
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown Producer
Melanie Fiona Composer
Desmond Smith Composer
Nikolas Marzouca Engineer
Carlton Grant Composer
Nesta Garrick Art Direction
Richard Booker Composer
Abraham Amayo translation
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