With the trend in reggae turning back to the "conscious" reggae lyrics
and rhythms of the classic roots era, the time was right to bring together some of the
greatest masters of roots reggae to record new material. Acclaimed reggae dub poet Mutabaruka
gathered many master singers and musicians for a series of all-star sessions which
resulted in the reggae event of the year: Gathering Of The
"Gathering Of The Spirits"
returns to the old methods of recording reggae by using all live musicians (no drum
machines or synth basses!) to record spontaneously in the studio. Such notables as Sly
Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Rockers film star Horsemouth
Wallace, Dean Fraser, original Studio One bassist Leroy
Sibbles (better known as the lead singer of The Heptones) and many more created
the classic grooves.
Highlights of the album include a powerful new song by Culture,
the first venture into a studio in many years for revered Rasta group The Mystic
Revelation Of Rastafari, Judy Mowatt's stirring version of Donny
Hathaway's "Someday We'll Be Free," Big Youth's toast on the
Culture rhythm, the legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin's take on Bob
Marley's "Ion Lion Zion" and more.