Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Album review
Roots And Branches
Horace Andy
Ariwa
CD
27-03-1997


Tracking list

  1. Roots and branches
  2. Kunte kinte
  3. Repatriation is a must
  4. Holy mount zion
  5. Betcha by golly wow
  6. Pillow talk
  7. Sugar my coffee
  8. Papa was a rolling stone
  9. Rolling down to Babylon
  10. Chant them down
  11. Why late and regret
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4


"Roots And Branches" is the second album Horace Andy has recorded for London based Ariwa Sounds label. His first cooperation with the founder of this label, Neil Fraser a.k.a. the Mad Professor, resulted in an album called "Live is for living". Without doubt this new album outmatches the first one. This conceptual CD moves from hardcore roots, "Repatration is a must", "Holy mount zion", "Chant down Babylon", to smooth "Pillow talk", "Sugar my coffee", and of course "Betcha by golly wow", the all-time Stylistics' classic which has been covered several times by many great artists. The same can be said about "Papa was a rolling stone" (originally done by the Temptations). This track delves into dub territory without dropping out the vocal. The title track itself is a unification call reminding all that we are all branches of the tree. Worth mentioning is the fact that real drum and bass are used in most of the tracks. Musicians include Mafia & Fluxy and hornsman Dean Fraser.

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