Below The Bassline
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Although this one is not a reggae album we do a review after all because it
is an album of a man whose skills as composer, arranger and session player
have enjoyed reggae listeners for more than 30 years. Ernest Ranglin was
literally the man behind the scenes, instrumental in the creation of ska,
rocksteady and reggae. Particularly noteworthy is his role in creating many
of the enduring rhythms that came out of Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One
in the late sixties. Rhythms that are still used in today's dancehall music.
Familiar tunes like the Abyssinians' "Satta Massagana", Johnny Clarke's
"None Shall Escape The Judgement", Burning Spear's "Swell Headed" (retitled
"Black Disciples"), Augustus Pablo's "King Tubby's Meets The Rockers Uptown"
and the Congos' "Congo Man Chant" are mostly given a straightforward acoustic
jazz interpretation, wich sometimes delivers an exciting result. We already
pointed out that this one definitely is not a reggae album, so if you are a
real reggae purist you may be disappointed. But if you have a wider musical
view you have to agree that this collection is memorable as a graceful tribute
to 30 years of Jamaican composition.