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Various Artists / Compilation: The Congos & Friends / Fisherman Style
Buy! - (Blood and Fire)
This is a double-disc compilation featuring both veteran and newer regga artists doing previously unreleased songs using the rhythm from the classic reggae song "Fisherman", which comes from a 1977 album, Heart Of The Congos, by Jamaican duo Congos (and produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry at the famous Black Ark studio in Kingston). While the idea of making an entire CD's worth, let alone two CD's, of tracks all based on the rhythm of one song may seem strange, it is in fact a concept that has long been a staple of Jamaican popular music, dating back to the mid-70s when dancehall deejays would play a rhythm over and over again until its lyrical inspiration dried up. Surprisingly, throughout the course of both discs the songs do not all sound the same or grow monotonous, which is in no small part thanks to the hundreds of studio hours spent by Mark Ernestus and Moritz van Oswald expertly mixing and editing the raw recordings at the world reknowned Rhythm & Sound dub studio in Berlin. The first disc contains the tracks done by the veteran artists and features such heavyweights as Big Youth, Horace Andy, Max Romeo, U Roy, and Dillinger just to name a few. The second disc showcases mainly newer artists and features such names as Luciano, Paul St. Hilaire, Lucan I, and Al Pancho among others. And not to be left incomplete, the original Congos version of "Fisherman" and the dub version done by the Upsetters, the only two versions ever released, are both on this very nice compilation. 6/9/2006 - Don Yates