Land Of The Free
Martin Zobel & Soulrise
Irievibrations Records
June 18, 2012

Land of the Free - Martin Zobel & Soulrise Track list
  1. Earth Wind & Fire
  2. Take It Easy
  3. Land Of The Free
  4. They Got Soul
  5. Where You Came From
  6. Legends
  7. Our Voices
  8. What You Love
  9. Slow Runner
  10. Why Not
  11. Never Let You Down
  12. We Want More
  13. Live It Up
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In 2008 MKZwo-Records released Martin Zobel's solo-acoustic-album "Soul To Soul", which brought him to the forefront of the German reggae scene. For his sophomore album, "One Future!", he worked with the Soulrise band and Berlin‘s reggae artist/producer Ganjaman. And now there's Martin Zobels third full length album release -- his first international album -- for which he and the Soulrise band teamed up with the legendary George "Fully" Fullwood.

Founder and leader of the crucial Jamaican reggae band, the Soul Syndicate, Fullwood was jointly responsible for several hits reggae superstar Bob Marley recorded during the sessions with Lee "Scratch" Perry, and as a bass player he was a vital part of Peter Tosh's Word, Sound & Power band. Furthermore, his bass lines can be heard on countless other legendary recordings, including those of Dennis Brown, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Michael Rose, Keith Hudson, and Big Youth, to name a few. It is by no means exaggerated to say he’s one of the most important musicians since the very beginning of the genre until the present day.

Over the years Fully Fullwood has become more and more involved in producing. When Martin Zobel and Fully Fullwood met in person in February 2011, the chemistry between them seemed to be right, and it was agreed that Fullwood would produce his new album. Martin Zobel significantly reduced his live appearances to focus on writing new songs, and only six months after that first meeting, Fully and his wife Frances were welcoming Martin and his whole band into Fully's Kitchen, their Southern California studio, to begin the recordings which took an entire month.

The final result of these recordings can be heard on "Land Of The Free", a 13 track album that, both musically and lyrically, is a very satisfying and thoroughly convincing effort from start to finish. Martin Zobel's impressive vocal delivery comes to full expression on pure, well arranged 'live' played riddims that hark back to the cherished sounds of the golden years of reggae music. After having spun the album only once, it's very obvious that Fully Fullwood, Martin Zobel & Soulrise have managed to create a record that apart from roots reggae fans will also appeal to a broad group of music lovers. After the beautiful opener, "Earth Wind & Fire", it are highlights such as the title track "Land Of The Free", "Where You Came From", "Our Voices", "Slow Runner", "Why Not", and "Never Let You Down" that caress the eardrums. For the album closer "Live It Up" he goes back to the acoustic vibe of his debut album.

All in all, a very good album that might propel Martin Zobel's career on an international level.