The Dub All Stars
Gathering Of The Spirits
“Gathering Of The Spirits” is an excellent compilation that was conceived and produced
by Mutabaruka. Two years in the making, it’s Mutabaruka lashing out at computerized
music, as he assembled an all-star cast (“The Roots All Stars”) to record “live” in the
studio. The liner notes state that “...the studio was finally booked at night. It was a
reuniting of spirits, a travelling back in time, to the days when musicians played
instruments...It reminded us of a first time Jamaican studio session. The feeling of
togetherness was truly once in a lifetime synergy.”
Using Cream of the crop musicians, this disc has 12 tracks and over 56 minutes of modern
sounds. Starting off with “Big Turtle River” by Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, the CD
also contains songs by (in order) Culture, Big Youth, Justin Hinds, The Mighty Diamonds,
Judy Mowatt, Mutabaruka, Marcia Griffiths, Pablo Moses, Ernest Ranglin, Hortense Ellis
and another one by Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari.
“Gathering Of The Spirits” is a well-done project, and in the liner notes Mutabaruka writes “I hope the
songs included here will fulfill your reggae expectations so that your purchases will enable
the creation of Volume 2.”
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