Aswad
Aswad


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by Rastapunk USER (28 Reviews)
February 16th, 2014 | 10 replies | 627 views


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: UK Reggae legends put out their first effort, probably one of their best!

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When Reggae went international in the 1980s a few band bands in the UK emerged and remained icons of the genre until today. To name a few : Steel Pulse, UB40 and of course Aswad. The latter was recognized in the 1980s with their album A New Chapter (1981) although their most interesting work is for me their first album Self Titled (1976). Coming from London, the band was formed of descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean. Their work was distinctively different from Jamaican acts especially since they talked about issues that UK youth would run into.

The album starts off on a powerful Reggae jam of electric guitar solos backed by a perfectly executed drum line and later by an intense off-beat rhythm guitar. The lyrics on this song are those of a rebel hence the name of the song "I A Rebel Soul", which is also the highlight of this LP. The rest of the album would never reach that level of implication from the band but will still be an outstanding record of reggae jams. Apart from "Ethiopian Rhapsody" and "Red Up", the rest of the album is a collection of fined played reggae with awesome solos for lead guitars and harmonica. It is very clear that the band has a huge Dub influence (as most of Reggae acts does) and this is shown in songs like "Ethiopian Rhapsody" which is a Dub song filled with Harmonica and Acoustic Guitar solos. "Red Up" on the other hand is a straight up Reggae instrumental that contains some very interesting riffs.

The Band released a total of twenty-one albums, the latest one being City Lock - Bubblin in 2009. This a must hear for any Reggae fans out there as it is one of the best UK Reggae record released. In fact this band has some very interesting LPs, one would be the next record Hulet which is filled with experimentation of Jazz-Reggae and Soul-Reggae.



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Rastapunk
February 16th 2014



735 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Short one, will probably do their next album in a while (Hulet).

Ending
February 16th 2014



1893 Comments


I need to listen to more reggae. Never listened to these guys before, is this a good place to start?

Alright review. Change the word "Band" in the last paragraph to lowercase, and LP to LPs.

Rastapunk
February 16th 2014



735 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It is a good band, you can also listen to The Wailers days when Marley was part of the band and not by himself, you'll hear some of the history of Reggae going from ska to the One Drop rhythm.
This is with Steel Pulse, some of the first UK Reggae.

Mad.
February 16th 2014



3695 Comments


Hell yes, another Rastapunk review. Pos'd.

Have you heard Lionize? They do quite a modern take on reggae and I bet you'd dig them. Try Superczar or Space Pope

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Rastapunk
February 16th 2014



735 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nope I haven't! I will definitely!

Thanks for the pos!

Rastapunk
February 16th 2014



735 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yep, good pick, instand dig :D

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2014



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeh need to jam this again, nice rev

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Rastapunk
February 16th 2014



735 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Menawati!

MeatSalad
February 16th 2014



14437 Comments


Asswad

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Mad.
February 17th 2014



3695 Comments


so witty



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