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Joy and Blues
     

Joy and Blues

by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
 

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Joy and Blues is Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' most personal album to date. Within the album, the group members explore their beliefs, adeptly expanding them into universal themes. Of course, they have done this from their earliest days, but now they've reached a new height of lyrical power. "Lies, they sell cheaper than bread, what they do starve the

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Joy and Blues is Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' most personal album to date. Within the album, the group members explore their beliefs, adeptly expanding them into universal themes. Of course, they have done this from their earliest days, but now they've reached a new height of lyrical power. "Lies, they sell cheaper than bread, what they do starve the people of truth," is a line worthy of Mutabaruka, while "We are living in a partial world, they make so the fight is never done" equally resonates. "Mama," Stephen Marley's heartfelt tribute to his mother, Rita, has some of the most moving lyrics and is one of the most poignant songs on the album. Father Bob is honored by a cover of his "There She Goes," itself a song haunted by memories and emotions, which fits well within the album's own tendency to glance backwards while resolutely moving forward. A cover of Richie Havens' "African Herbsman" is similarly well chosen; Stephen makes the song his own, while Harry J.'s tribal drumming takes the track to its true roots. Previous albums have been acclaimed for their productions and intriguing crossover stylings, but Joy and Blues focuses firmly on the message. The arrangements are more subtle than in the past, quietly enhancing the songs' atmospheres and lyrics. This may disappoint the group's dance fans, while reggae aficionados will equally miss the heavier roots numbers. However, their more mature sound bodes well for the long term. There's still a sense of exploration, as on Stephen's bluesy "Rebel in Disguise," while songs like the funky "X Marks the Spot" and the bouncy title track keep the band in touch with its past. Although the album did not equal past records in sales, it proved that the band would outlive its pop past.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1993
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778796121
catalogNumber:
87961

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Performance Credits

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Glen Brown   Bass
Aston Barrett   Bass
Cedella Marley Booker   Background Vocals
Glen Browne   Bass
Junior Chin   Brass
Ian Coleman   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dean Fraser   Brass
Harry T.   Akete
David Madden   Brass
Sharon Marley Prendergast   Background Vocals
Ziggy Marley   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sharon Marley   Background Vocals
Stephen Marley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carrol McLaughlin   Keyboards
Christopher Meredith   Bass,Background Vocals
Nambo   Trombone
Erica Newell   Background Vocals
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Mallory Williams   Keyboards
Cedella Marley   Vocals
Addis Gessesse   Prayers
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Drums

Technical Credits

Errol Brown   Engineer
Glen Browne   Sound Effects
Ziggy Marley   Producer
Christopher Meredith   Sound Effects
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Producer
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Addis Gessesse   Contributor
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Programming,drum programming

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