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earl rodney - friends & countrymen - em records

EM1077CD - jpncd

Genre: World - Misc


1. Juck Juck
2. Peace Pipe
3. Strife In The Village
4. Midnight Man (O Mo ORu)
5. Conversation Of Love
6. Friends and Countrymen



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Steel band funk from Earl Rodney -- a really wonderful record with a very unique feel! Although Rodney uses tuned pans, the overall sound here is quite different than the regular steel band groove -- thanks to a very open, almost experimental approach at times -- one that seems almost more concerned with the overall sounds in the process than the structure of the tunes!
Basslines build up most of these numbers slowly -- rising up from the earth, almost with a Cymande-like feel at points, but a bit funkier too -- especially when guitar starts grooving along to the rhythms. There's a bit of vocals on the record, plus touches of alto sax and trumpet -- and the overall sound is totally great -- with just the right blend of steel band notes and more familiar funk.

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