December 19, 2008

Aswad - Cool Summer

The original members of Aswad were Brinsley Forde, George Oban, Angus "Drummie Zeb" Gaye, and Donald Griffiths. Courtney Hemmings was a frequent contributor in the 1970s, including as part of the backing band on Burning Spear's 1977 Live album, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Other contributors included Vin Gordon, Bongo Levi, and Karl Pitterson. They became one the UK's top reggae bands with songs, typical of the time, about the oppression of black youth, such as "Three Babylon" and "It's Not Our Wish", and the powerful jazz-influenced instrumental "Warrior Charge" (full versions of these available on the Showcase album). 'Cool Summer Reggae' contains the UK reggae act's first new recordings since 1999's 'Roots Revival'. Alongside re-recordings of their hits such as 'Don't Turn Around' and 'Shine', they turn their hand to material originally performed by acts such as Crowded House, Toploader and The Police. Former Eternal star, Easther Bennett, joins them to perform lead vocals on 'Shy Guy'.

1. Night Nurse
2. Good Thing Going
3. Roxxane
4. Don't Turn Around
5. Stir It Up
6. Lifted
7. Uptight
8. Shine
9. Would I Lie To You
10. Weather With You
11. Searching
12. No No No
13. Dancing In The Moonlight
14. I Can See Clearly Now
15. Shy Guy
16. Smokey Blues (Live)
17. Two Makes One (Live)

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