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Showcase [Import]

Aswad Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000FDF20K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The real Aswad 3 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Although Aswad gained fame and fortune in the late 80s after the success of "Don't Turn Around", many people are unaware that they had been around for fifteen years before that. As a young roots band, they forged a huge reputation as accomplished musicians giving a hitherto Jamaican music a hard, British edge. "Showcase" marks the first and possibly only time Aswad's electrifying live abilities translated faithfully to the studio. It is a collection of independently released singles put out between 1978 and 1980, after their initial contract with Island ran out. This period represents a time in the band's history when strong songs were forged through constant touring. There is not a weak track here, from the beautiful re-working of "Back to Africa" to the social comment of "Three Babylon", an account of police brutality against young West Indians at the time. Each song was a smash in the reggae sales charts, with "Warrior Charge" being the most successful. The song was to feature in the 1980 movie "Babylon", which also starred Brinsley Forde, Aswad's lead singer and former child actor.
The album, when heard today, sounds a mile away from today's jerking electronic reggae sound, but it was recorded when an ability to play your instrument combined with strong songwriting made for good music. Add to that the superb production skills and you have Aswad's finest moment on vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 29 Jun 1999
By Terry Saundry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I read a raving review in a UK music paper about how "..the best had been made even better..." (or words to that effect) and decided that, if any album was going to change my mind about reggae, this would have to be the one. It did! Six "showcase" pieces (singles plus dubs) by this wonderful band before they got slick. I don't know how the CD sounds but the album is still on my faves list 20 years later.
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