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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's hard to make a great roots reggae album these days, in large part because doing so means striking an exceedingly delicate balance between originality of vision and fidelity to a pretty rigid set of stylistic criteria. The Archives, a Washington, D.C. band incubated by Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton, has done it. The band's members are touring, and session pros who have worked alongside such A-list reggae artists as Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs, and Culture take their place. They got together at Hilton's invitation and started out by playing covers of classic reggae and rocksteady hits at local venues, honing their ensemble sense while gradually putting together a ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's hard to make a great roots reggae album these days, in large part because doing so means striking an exceedingly delicate balance between originality of vision and fidelity to a pretty rigid set of stylistic criteria. The Archives, a Washington, D.C. band incubated by Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton, has done it. The band's members are touring, and session pros who have worked alongside such A-list reggae artists as Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs, and Culture take their place. They got together at Hilton's invitation and started out by playing covers of classic reggae and rocksteady hits at local venues, honing their ensemble sense while gradually putting together a solid repertoire of original compositions. These are showcased on the band's excellent debut album, which could serve as a master class in that delicate balance mentioned above. Every song harks back to the glory days of classical reggae, from the one-drop grooves of "Ghetto Gone Uptown" and "Nuff a Dem Claim" to a soulful cover of "Why Can't We Live Together?" and the militant steppers beat of "Blasting Through the City." You've got your sufferer's anthems and your ganja-legalization pleas, and your sonic tribute to Black Uhuru "Music Is My Prayer". There's also a richly dubwise cover version of the Clash/Mikey Dread collaboration "One More Time." But despite the Archives' faithfulness to the sounds of reggae past, they never come across like a revival band -- they take the sounds and influences of an earlier era and use them to make original music that feels as relevant and fresh today as it would have in 1979.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • UPC: 795103019829
  • Catalog Number: 198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who's Correct? - Ras Puma (3:55)
  2. 2 Ghetto Gone Uptown - Lenny Kurlou (3:42)
  3. 3 Crime (3:02)
  4. 4 Nuff a Dem Claim - Ras Puma (3:32)
  5. 5 One More Time - Lenny Kurlou (3:14)
  6. 6 More to Life - Ras Puma (6:03)
  7. 7 Melodica Funk (3:26)
  8. 8 Boof Baff - Ichelle Cole (3:59)
  9. 9 Message for the Messenger - Ras Puma (3:32)
  10. 10 Music Is My Prayer (3:45)
  11. 11 Sensibility - Ras Puma (4:06)
  12. 12 Why Can't We Live Together? - Lenny Kurlou (3:43)
  13. 13 Blasting Through the City - Ras Puma (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Archives Primary Artist
Greg Boyer Trombone
Frank Mitchell Saxophone
Sleepy Wonder Vocals, Background Vocals
Craig Considine Trombone
Ashish Vyas Bass
Desi Hyson Organ
Mateo Monk Flute, Guitar, Melodica, Group Member
Pablo Fiasco Organ, Melodica, Soloist
Dave Finnell Trumpet
Sitali Background Vocals
Joe Brotherton Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Reginald Cyntje Trombone
Jeff Franca Percussion
Darryl Burke Keyboards, Group Member
Megan Nortrup Tenor Saxophone
Enea Diotaiuti Organ, Clavinet
Monsoon Vocals
Stephen Samuels Bass
Leslie James Jr. Drums, Group Member
Joe Hererra Trumpet
Ichelle Cole Vocals
Ras Puma Vocals, Group Member
Lenny Kurlou Vocals, Group Member
Justin Parrott Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Mikey Dread Composer
The Clash Composer
Timmy Thomas Composer
Eric Hilton Composer, Producer, drum programming
Rob Garza Composer
Desi Hyson Composer
Mateo Monk Composer
Darryl Burke Composer
Monsoon Composer
The Archives Arranger
Ichelle Cole Composer
Ras Puma Composer
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