Satta Massagana [Bonus Tracks]

Satta Massagana [Bonus Tracks]

by The Abyssinians
     
 

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This is one of those legendary reggae albums that's easier to admire than enjoy. There's no doubt of its importance: if you had to pick the five most influential Rasta anthems of the 1970s (and Jah knows there have been few if any since then), the title track of this album would be one of them. So, most likely, would "Declaration of Rights," which has been remade in…  See more details below

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This is one of those legendary reggae albums that's easier to admire than enjoy. There's no doubt of its importance: if you had to pick the five most influential Rasta anthems of the 1970s (and Jah knows there have been few if any since then), the title track of this album would be one of them. So, most likely, would "Declaration of Rights," which has been remade in countless different versions. And the Abyssinians themselves are a fine vocal trio. If they're not as sweet-sounding as the Mighty Diamonds, and not as tight and compelling as the Heptones, they do have a fierce and intense spirituality that is pretty compelling in its own right. But all that said, this is an album that takes some time and adjustment to enjoy. For one thing, every single song is taken at exactly the same tempo. Reggae is a music that is built on subtle differentiation (or, as philistines and Babylonians might say, it all tends to sound the same), and that means that it's important to sow a little variety wherever you can. It's also true that the group's spiritual intensity sometimes leads the harmonies to, shall we say, wander in the wilderness a bit. But the deep religious conviction of the songs and singers, as well as that unchanging, loping, serene groove, will begin to draw you in after a few listens. [This version of Satta Massagana includes four bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661783829
catalogNumber:
617838
Rank:
27847

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abyssinians   Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles   Bass
Richard Ace   Piano
Pablove Black   Keyboards
Geoffrey Chung   Keyboards
Val Douglas   Bass
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Jerome Francique   Horn
Eric Frater   Guitar
Vin Gordon   Horn
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Flute,Horn,Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Bernard Collins   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Donald Manning   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Lynford Manning   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Group Member
Carlton Manning   Guitar,Vocals
Mikey "Boo" Richards   Drums

Technical Credits

Abyssinians   Audio Production
Leroy Jodie Pierson   Material
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Bernard Collins   Vocal Overdubs
Chris "Poet" Wilson   Liner Notes,Remixing,Material

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