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FRKWYS Vol. 9 : Meet The Congos [CD+DVD]

M. Geddes Gengras & The Congos Sun Araw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: RVNG Intl
  • ASIN: B007IX39K0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. New Binghi
2. Happy Song
3. Food Clothing and Shelter
4. Sunshine
5. Jungle
6. Invocation
7. Thanks and Praise
Disc: 2
1. Icon Eye (DVD)

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant slow-burning oddity 25 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this LP for some time now and only recently had a bit of an epiphany. For the first couple of listens I came away with the feeling that I would rather be listening to "Heart of The Congos" or "On Patrol" but not perhaps at the same time.
Skip forward a few months I dug out the CD again, approaching with fresh ears and it has blossomed in my mind to a bit of a beauty. Like a child on a bike with stabilisers it starts a bit wobbly then really finds its feet as it travels along.
All of the tracks are strongly roots-based consciousness vocally as you'd expect from The Congos - I can't remember the last time I listened to such a 100% uplifting album.

If you are aware of Cameron Stallone's output as Sun Araw you might be surprised at the respectful sensitivity of the accompanying soundscapes. The music is never allowed to swamp the vocals and acts as a perfect, if eccentric, accompaniment. The vibe is shamanic like much of his early output with seashell percussion and searching psych guitars. The highlights for me are the mantras of 'Sunshine', 'Invocation' but particularly 'Thanks and Praise' which invokes the spirit of Popul Vuh, The Cosmic Jokers and other Kosmiche alumni infused with Rastafari. It really is a blissful meeting of minds and worlds.

Where this could've been a godawful culture-clash of stoner white boys meeting their heroes, against the odds it has created one of my favourite mood-enhancing albums in recent years. And any chance to hear again the vocal interplay between Cedric's sweet falsetto and Ashanti Roy's deep, deep tenor is a moment to be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As promised 28 May 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
All good. Why do I have to get in so much detail? It was all good. I don't get it.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Araw + The Congos = Mind blowing. 21 Dec 2012
By Jaime Villalobos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Can't believe I got the vinyl version. It comes with a DVD showing Sun Araw travelling to Jamaica and showing how they made this album. As well as a paper poster of a collage of Sun Araw with The Congos.

Totally worth it. Buy it and support the artists.

Jah Bless.
5.0 out of 5 stars Expand Your Mind and Your Soul will Follow 5 Jun 2014
By Nathan D.Duvall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Just when I thought I knew what it meant to be a psychedelic ranger these masters of trip arrive. Congos are legends and sound great filtered through the dubbed out psychedelia of Araw and Gengras. The accompanying DVD helps put a context to this other worldly music and its heartening to see everyone living together as family in Jamaica. Awesome!!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly successful mix of vintage Jamaican band and elctro 19 Feb 2013
By Philip Hayward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's enough fresh about this collaboration to engage a reggae enthusiast. The electronic elements are mostly textual and the Congos vocal character shines through. Makes a pleasant change from endless re-releases of classic JA roots material.
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