Aswad, Distant Thunder (1988)
Reggae music and reggae fandom – that’s where I’ve found the most snobbery. Not in classical or jazz or any of the other genres. Reggae music as a catch-all is rife with problems of course – there’s the pop side of thing and then separate elements – ska, dub, lovers rock, rocksteady, etc – and then there’s the British bands – many people will say that’s not real reggae at all. My introduction to the genre was, Bob Marley aside, through many of the British bands that grazed the pop charts in the 1980s. That’s because of my age and where I grew up and how I was processing music. So one of the first “reggae” records I owned was this one – by Aswad – a band that had been around since the 1970s but hit a form of paydirt in the mid/late-1980s. I was listening to this and things like Maxi Priest and Amazulu. I don’t really listen to them anymore.
Sample Track: The Message
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