by Israel Vibration


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Israel Vibration is one of the last of the many great reggae harmony groups that emerged in the 1970s, a period during which "cultural" (i.e., religious and political) messages and slow, minor-key melodies dominated the music. On Jericho, the group is reduced to a duo (Cecil "Skelly" Spence and Lacelle "Wiss" Bulgin), though they are still supported by the cream of Jamaica's studio crop, including Roots Radics bassist Earl "Flabba" Holt, drummer Sly Dunbar, and an all-star horn section comprised of Dean Fraser, Junior "Chico" Chin, and Nambo Robinson. As is always the case with Israel Vibration, the melodies tend to be a bit dry; there are no hooks to speak of, and while that may be intentional and fully in line with the group's social seriousness, it gets a little bit tiresome sometimes. "Gang Bang Slam" benefits from a great horn section, and "Trouble" is pretty singable. Among the more austere material, there's no denying the incantatory power of "Lost Souls." Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2000
Label: Ras
UPC: 0021823325521
catalogNumber: 3255

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Israel Vibration   Primary Artist
Pam Hall   Harmony
Bunny Brissett   Harmony
Lascelle Wiss Bulgin   Vocals,Harmony
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Steve Golding   Rhythm Guitar
Richard Johnson   Organ,Piano
J.C. Lodge   Harmony
Robert Lyn   Organ,Synthesizer
David Madden   Trumpet
Julian Marvin   Guitar
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Cecil Skelly Spence   Vocals,Harmony
Keith Sterling   Organ,Synthesizer
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Derrick Stewart   Drums

Technical Credits

Israel Vibration   Producer
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Producer

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