Conscious Party

Conscious Party

by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Conscious Party

The Melody Makers' breakout album, and why is clear from the opening notes of the title track which kicks off the set. Producers Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, of Talking Heads fame, gloss the record with a perfect electro-sheen, helping shine the pop edges to a sharp gleam, while still emphasizing the dance beats. The Melody Makers add the magic; veterans now after two previous albums, they've honed their sound to a fine edge. They still mix styles -- party music, cultural songs, and rootsy numbers -- but the production with its keyboard heavy emphasis and digitized beats makes the stylistic shifts less startling than in the past. A song like "New Love," a hybrid of emotional ballad, deep roots, and synthi-dance, shows how cleverly the band have become at combining seemingly opposing elements. "Have You Ever Been to Hell" is equally intriguing, with its bouncy upbeat melody, surrounded by ever more sinister effects, surely the aural illustration of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions. "Lee and Molly" is masterful dubby roots on the theme of love gone very wrong, while "Dreams of Home" is a sublime repatriation song, which blends African harmonies and rhythms to a wistful, emotive ballad. Every single track has something equally exciting to offer. And the Melody Makers are now proving that they really can be all things to all people.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0093652360912
catalogNumber: 90878
Rank: 41343

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Performance Credits

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Jerry Harrison   Hammond Organ
Cedella Marley Booker   Background Vocals
Mulu Gessessee   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Zeleke Gessessee   Bass Guitar
Ziggy Marley   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephen Marley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dereje Mekohnen   Keyboards
Sharon Pendergast   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Contrabass (Vocal)
Gary Pozner   Keyboards
Melaku Retta   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Keith Richards   Guitar
Mark Roule   Tambourine
Asrat Aemro Selassie   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Vibraslap,Cabasa,Wood Block
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
Raphael W'Mariam   Drums,Timbales
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Laura Weymouth   Background Vocals
Tina Weymouth   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Frantz   Producer
Ziggy Marley   Composer
Chris Romanelli   Contributor
Glenn Rosenstein   Engineer
Asrat Aemro Selassie   Contributor
Tina Weymouth   Producer

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