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- LOVE IN THE GHETTO
THE POWER OF JAH
LIVE UP JAH CHILDREN
JAH CHILDREN LIVE
I & I LOVE JAH
JAH LIVETH (ONE LOVE)
ONE JAH LOVE
I MAN JUST A DEAL WITH LOVE
DEAL WITH LOVE
- HOLY MOUNTAIN
WITHOUT H.I.M. DUB
I & I LOVE JAH REMIX
JAH LOVE REMIX
UNDILUTED BLOOD SHANTI & THE SHANTI-ITES CAT NO:ABA LP/CD 005
This long awaited new album from Blood Shanti has finally been released.
It took so long because Blood wanted to re-record some
of the tracks and record some new songs that we all felt would
be a better representation of where Blood Shanti and his music
is at right now. So three songs where pulled and four new songs
The track 'Holy Mountain' was never going to be on this album, but due to the unforeseen passing of Sister Rowena it's inclusion was due to public demand. I will explain: Blood Shanti did an accappella version of this song at the funeral of Sister Rowena and it was the first time that it had been performed in any form in public, as it was still in the 'work in progress' phase. It was a new song that was being pencilled in for the next album. It moved so many people at the funeral including me, with its poigiant lyrics, that people kept asking me when it was coming out. Hence only the vocal cut on the album, no dub.
When Blood first played the backing track to me about 3 months
before I shuddered. "It's Lover Rock" I said to him
and I must admit to being biassed as far as that style of music
is concerned. I, (hate would be too strong a word) prefer
not to listen to it.
It's not that I think that D.Brown, Freddie Mcgregor, Pat Kelly, Don Carlos, The Cool Ruler, Bob Marley etc didn't record some serious lovers tunes, it's the female strangulated vocals I can't stand. Names like T.T. Ross spring to mind.
I could never understand why they would try and pitch their voice an octave or two above their natural pitch so that the noise that came out sounded like the 'Royal Society For the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals' should be called as someone is swinging a cat by the tail.
My feelings on the genre can be summed up with
a little anicdote: In the mid 70's I drove 120 miles to a dance
in the West Midlands between Mafiatone & Sir Christopher.
I arrived at 23:30 and settled into a corner to listen and observe.
At 23:55 Sir Christopher started to run these 'Lovers Rock'
tunes with female vocals (sic),and he just kept playing them.When it came time for
Mafiatone to play, with me expecting some serious 'Roots
& Culture', you guessed it, he started to play 'Lovers
Rock' with female vocals (sic) as well.
At 00:20 I was in my car driving back to London. That says it all.
So for me to like a tune with a 'Lovers Rock' vibe it has to
be special and believe me 'Holy Mountain' is special.
It has passed the 'Old Grey Whistle Test'
My cubs are singing the lyrics.Their cubs are singing it. Samari's cub, Levi is singing it. Momma Shanti, Lioness and all who have heard it are singing it..."All the children in the garden"..excerpt from the chorus of 'Holy Mountain'.
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