Kingston Sessions 1992-2002
01 - 04 - 2002
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Lead Instruments : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
You all probably know the feeling. Someone makes a statement, and all you
can think of is proving him wrong. That's what happened to me when this CD
was sold to me at Irie Records in Münster (Germany). The guy in the shop
(who also happens to be the distributor of this disc - check for more info
on the distribution and shop, as well as mail-order:
www.irierecords.de) said: "You do know Rico's "Man From Wareika",
don't you? Well this CD is not only in that same vein, it's got the same
quality." All I thought was, put it on then, make me buy it, but I ended up doing so.
Straight away, only a few bars into the album's opener "Africa" it seems someone has
discovered lost tracks from the "Man From Wareika" sessions. Superb instrumental
reggae, roots riddims, with fabulous horns on top. Jill & Stuff, the core of Restless
Mashaits started playing together in numerous Swiss outfits in the late 80s, before
they started their own label Addis Records in 1992, with the help of befriended JA
recording engineer Bravo from Leggo Studios. Being fans of the 70s sound captured on
albums like "Man From Wareika" it was just logical for them to record with veterans
from that era, their first four singles that included "Faya Dub" and "Adwa March".
After that they concentrated on backing reggae artists visiting Jamaica, several
collaborations like Junior Delgado's "Reasons", and becoming better known in the UK
than they were in their own Switzerland.