Jericho RAS 3255
Date: May 16, 2000
It is not every day that groups like Israel Vibration are born. Neither is it every day that albums like Jericho (RAS 3255) are created. If you know Israel Vibration, then you know that their disabilities are secondary to their struggle for truth and justice. Perhaps youíve seen Skelly and Wiss skank on stage with unspeakably creative use of their crutches. And if youíve listened to their words, you know that they are men of unconquerable strength and optimism. They are models of survival. Now, RAS Records is pleased to present to you their most unique album to date.
Skelly and Wiss really look forward to their work in the studio, as it is their chance to express their faith in new and creative ways. Jericho has them reaching to the next level. For starters, their picks for musicians on this album reads like a "Whoís Who" of Jamaican music with the likes of Roots Radics members Flabba Holt on Hofner bass and Tee-bird gracing the piano. Jericho also features stellar performances from Chinna Smith on lead guitar, classically trained and former Peter Tosh rhythm guitarist Steve Golding, the undeniable sounds of Dean Fraser on saxophone, the full sounds of Chico (trumpet), Nambo (trombone) and David Madden (trumpet), Robbie Lynn (organ and synthesizer), and Harry T and Sticky lending percussive support to the legendary Sly Dunbar. Even Junior Marvin couldnít resist laying down some guitar licks! Skelly and Wissís songs are beautifully supported by their own harmonies as well as those of Pam Hall and JC Lodge (just try to get them out of your mind after listening to "On Borrowed Time!").
But what really makes this album something else is the pure magic of Israel Vibration. They have the honorable status of reaching a very wide audience- from very spiritual Rasta brothers and sisters to youthful reggae enthusiasts in France, Brazil and hundreds of countries and cultures in between. They do this by giving their full commitment to each honest lyric, always singing from the heart, with the true spirit of universality. Whether itís the bounciní "Jammin," social critique on "Violence in the Street" or reaching out to the Motherland on "African Unification," the listener will agree that Jericho is undeniably the most crucial Israel Vibration collection of recent years.
Executive Producer Israel Vibration, Inc.
Produced by: Israel Vibration, and Flabba Holt
Recorded at: Leggo Recording Studios, Kingston, JA by Jim Fox, January 3-8. 2000
Special thanks to Buffy at Leggo.
Mixed at: LION and FOX Recording Studios, USA by Jim Fox, February 21-26. 2000
Mastered by Fox
Lead vocals: Lacelle
"Wiss" Bulgin, Cecil "Skelly" Spence
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