An unimpeachable classic considered to be the pinnacle of Rastafarian inspired music. Master drummer Count Ossie’s band, including the incomparable tenor saxophonist Cedric ‘I’m’ Brooks, recreate a Rasta grounation, or gathering, playing and chanting a sublime supplication, including Bible readings, in praise of Emperor Haile Selassie I
A1 Bongo Man 4:50 A2 Narration 9:00
B1 Narration Continued 4:50 B2 Mabrat (Passin Thru) 3:15 B3 Poem 2:45 B4 Four Hundred Years 4:35
C1 Poem 1:10 C2 Song 1:55 C3 Lumba 7:15 C4 Way Back Home 4:35
D1 Ethiopian Serenade 4:10 D2 Oh Carolina 3:36 D3 So Long 4:52 E1 Grounation 15:07 F1 Grounation Cont'd 15:07
Superb record, spiritual, mystical and deeply moving, probably one of the more “African” LPs (or trinity of LPs, to be precise) that have come out of Jamaica. As James Carnegie writes in the liner notes of the original 1970s release, “these recordings and this group, represent a summary of much that is vital in Jamaican music of the last fifteen years (early 60s to mid 70s) while in many respects it is not really typical of that music”. It’s not only Count Ossie playing here. It’s also Cedric Brooks playing beside him, and the latter’s Light of Saba - One Truth sound also comes to mind as a reference point in terms of aura and style when you hear Ossie’s Grounation. The repress is top Japanese quality. It all looks, feels and sounds the way it should. This is a record to behold. In the words of the Mystics themselves, what’s recorded here was a great emotionally charged, meaningful experience.
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