Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Ain't Givin' Up
Third World
Shanachie-Munich
CD
May 19 - 2003

Track list
  1. Ain't Giving up
  2. Jah Is In Your Heart
  3. Natural Mystic
  4. Hold Tight (featuring Julian Lennon)
  5. Rebel Rock Session (featuring Glen Washington)
  6. It's All Right
  7. Get Over It
  8. It's Not Too Late
  9. As One
  10. Fire My Desire (featuring Lady Saw)
  11. Paradise
  12. Shine On Me
  13. More Love
  14. It's Over Now
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Third World is a band that some reggae purists disdain because they dare to eliberately cross-over to other genres to popularize their music for international mainstream audiences. By combining Jamaican reggae and folk music with all strains of African Rhythms, American Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Classical music Third World has become one of the longest running and most diverse bands Jamaica has ever produced.
In 1973 a teenaged guitarist, cellist and singer named Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore - then with the Inner Circle Band - left the safety of the ‘Circle’ to pursue this dream. ‘Cat’ and a fellow musician from another band, Colin Leslie, conceived and launched the band Third World. Soon they were joined by Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper on keyboards and vocals, and recruited bassist, Richie Daley, drummer Carl Barovier, Irvin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett on percussion and on lead vocals, Milton ‘Prilly’ Hamilton.
'Third World', their debut album in 1976, featured the hypnotic "Satta Amasa Gana". It was closely followed in 1977 by the legendary album, "96 Degrees In The Shade"- released to rave reviews in Europe and the UK . This album also heralded the arrival of new drummer, Willie Stewart and of soulful new lead singer, William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark (another ex-Inner Circle member).
Their next album, "Journey To Addis" (1978), spawned the worldwide Top Ten hit “Now That We Found Love” (a disco-reggae remake of an O’Jays tune). In 1979 this commercial pattern was furthered by the album "The Story's Been Told", with tracks like 'Talk To Me', 'Irie Ites' and the sweet, swaying 'Always Around'. At the dawn of a new decade, Third World (a.k.a. ‘Worl’ers) released not one but two new projects: their final album with Island, "Arise In Harmony’ and also music on the Island soundtrack for the film, "Prisoner In The Street".
Albums released during the eighties were "Rock The World" ,"Sense of Purpose" and "Hold On To Love". Punctuating 20 years as a group, Third World expressed it’s dedication with the album "Comitted" (1993). The songs reaffirmed their roots like the ska-sound of "Give The People What They Need" and stretched their limits to incorporate computerized dancehall, dj grooves and also reggae-fied hip-hop in tunes such as "Riddim Haffe Rule", "Committed" and "Mi Legal".
In 1997 came the departure of founding member Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, and of drummer Willie Stewart, who decided to take their musical development down different avenues. The current line up consists of the original members William "Bunny Rugs" Clark - lead vocals and guitar, Stephen "Cat" Coore- lead guitar and cello, Richard 'Bassheart' Daley on bass. Third World has recruited some of Jamaica's most talented musicians: Noel 'Ras Klamps' Aiken -keyboards, Herbert "Herbie" Harris -keyboards, and ex-Jimmy Cliff drummer Tony 'Ruption' Williams on drums.
Recently, the band signed a 4 album recording contract with Shanachie for the North American market. The first release currently scheduled for May 2003 is the album "Ain't Givin' Up". The album was released on 21 Sept 2002 in Japan on Victor.
The album sees the band in extremely fine shape, returning more or less to their initial rootical releases. The album opens with the title track, a song about holding on and never giving up, no matter what. The band covers the Bob Marley tune Natural Mystic, reforming it into a complete new ballad, without losing the strength of the original tune! Hold Tight features pop star Julian Lennon on backing vocals. Rebel Rock Music is a rocky reggae song about the pleasures of dancing and jamming all night on which reggae veteran Glen Washington joins the band. Although most songs here are done inna one drop stylee, Fire My Desire is a dancehall tune, featuring the Queen of Slackness, Marion Hall aka Lady Saw. The ballad It's Not Too Late (Sleeper Awake) is a tune one MUST check out...
With "Ain't Givin' Up" Third World has delivered a thoughtful and sophisticated roots album.