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THE HERBALISER BAND – “SESSION 2”
!K7245 1xCD
Release: July 27th 2009 / August 4th 2009

Back in 2000, West London’s funky, forward-thinking, experimental hip-hop collective The Herbaliser released their acclaimed double-vinyl album Session 1. Recorded in raw and organic studio jams, these expansive instrumentals marked the group’s evolution from ... Read more in Amazon's Herbaliser Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B00171NYN6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Same As It Never Was 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. On Your Knees 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Just Won't Stop 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Next Spot 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Can't Help This Feeling 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. You're Not All That 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Game Set and Match 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Clap Your Hands 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stranded on Earth 6:44£0.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krisman on 1 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
For all Herbaliser fans out there this is a must. For all non Herbaliser fans who like funny, thoughtful diverse and just plain enjoyable beats this one is also for you. Herbaliser takes you on a fun ride that doesn't tire and has enough uplifting material to put a smile on your face in these times of mass media misery. This is the pill that will make you happy, so put down the valium and put this on instead. If only the NHS prescribed these kind of albums I swear there would be less problems out there! Put it in your basket and set the stereo to 11.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaveW on 23 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Quite listenable but not one of their strongest albums, sadly. One or two tracks stand out (including the title track) but most seem to be rehashed from earlier albums ("Street Karma" is strongly reminiscent of a rap track from Something Wicked...). The weirdest track on the album has to be "Amores Bongo" simply because it sounds like it should be the theme tune to some 70's sitcom ("Terry And June Do Acid", perhaps??). Good to see that the genre of funky jazz with a brass section is still alive and kicking but there are better specimens around.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ganjin @ Da Pa-goda on 18 Dec 2008
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Bought this album having purchased the Herbs Fabriclive cd and a couple of their albums over the years. What can I say, it's flat, lacking the Herbs usual input of ideas and general enthusiasm for creating a sound that is going to make you want to hear it more than just the once and then put the cd to the back of your collection (which is where this will be going or a car boot sale). I would say beware before purchasing, very disapointing album!!.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review 30 Jun 2008
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So what exactly prompted The Herbaliser to release Same As It Never Was on the infamous Studio !K7? After all, their deep discography is tied almost exclusively to Ninja Tune [if anyone knows the answer, drop me a line]. Since 1995, Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry have released five studio albums and two live mixes on Fabric (see my previous review of Fabric.26), not to mention a dozen singles, appearances and remixes. The group has also grown from an original duo into a full 5-piece band - you have to check out the amazing Session One album (Department H., 2000). Same As It Never Was indeed sounds a bit more funky, as the group is attempting to trace the hip-hop roots and bring back the elements of jazz, r&b, and soul. This time they are also joined by the London based "22-year soul diva" Jessica Darling - who lays her lovely voice so smoothly over the grooves - really brings back the fun of the 70s. The track Can't Help This Feeling will validate any doubts. NYC based Jean Grae (aka What? What?) returns with an excellent track, Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale) previously collaborating with The Herbaliser on Take London (Ninja Tune, 2005). Revitalizing the genre, The Herbaliser sparks a wave of nu-soul, if you will, across the continent. It would be a pleasure to watch them live. My typical artist cloud for The Herbaliser would include DJ Food, The Cinematic Orchestra, Funki Porcini, DJ Krush and Up, Bustle and Out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hip soundtrack to a Blaxploitation movie that never was!! 15 Sep 2008
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Herbaliser are a Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop duo from the UK, and listening to their new CD "Same as it never was" is like stepping back into the seventies to some Blaxploitation movie. Loads of horns, groovy basslines and funky beats.

Opening is the title track which is largely a funky instrumental with darting horns, organ and an incredible bassline. There are 3 other instrumentals; "The next spot" (with an almost Afrobeat feel), the awesome "Amores Bongo" (a delightful guitar/horn/percussion mix that sounds like it should be some movie soundtrack), and the more mellow "Blackwater drive".

Five songs feature vocalist Jessica Darling, "On your knees", "Can't help this feeling", "You're not all that", "Clap your hands" (these four are retro funk ditties James Brown/Sly & The Family Stone-style) and the sprawling 6 minute plus opus "Stranded on Earth" (a psychedelic sounding number with deep bass, Hip hop beats kicking in about 2 minutes in, and Jessica's few vocals coming in the final 2 minutes). This song is simply amazing!

There are a trio of Hip hop numbers "Just won't stop" features Yungun aka Essa, a Rap touching on the changes technology has brought to social life (Youtube, Myspace, etc). "Street karma (a cautionary tale)" is a midtempo rap with a creepy vibe, horns and sound effects (a car revving, kids playing, etc) adding to the drama. It features Jean Grae on vocals, and is a tale about the violent life on the streets. "Game set and match" features More or Les in a spitfire Rap delivery and some nice guitar effects.

I'm going to hunt down their other releases. This is simply superb!
Really like a few songs especially that ones that feature Jessica Darling 13 Nov 2012
By K. Kardos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I think these guys just take her as the permanent lead singer. Others are ok but some of the hip-hop artists that are in here (and I didn't call them rappers for a reason) are good but the songs that have Jessica at the mic just blow me away and leave no room for hip-hop. Those songs are freakin awesome! Like On Your Knees. That's my number one.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Almost There... 13 Jun 2008
By BernardP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been interested in The Herbaliser for a couple of years, having been introduced to some of their intrumental tracks on internet radio stations. I could never bring myself to buy one of their CD's because, outside of these great intrumentals, the music is rap, and I don't like rap.

In this latest release, The Herbaliser is moving away from rap. There are only three rap tracks on the CD and they are bearable. The rest of the album is all excellent, with great instrumentals and vocal tracks.

The formula is an energetic and upbeat mix of hip-hop and funk, with a lot of inspiration/sampling from seventies film music and fifties big band sound.

Yes, this time I bought it. Highly recommended.

Here's hoping that for their next release, The Herbaliser ditches rap
completely, for a five-star rating
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