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Kool Roots

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01
False Ruler
3:39
 
02
Holy Land Of Home
3:16
 
03
Devil Must Of Made You
3:24
 
04
Free Black Man
3:20
 
05
Jail House Set Me Free
3:27
 
06
That’s The Way You Fell
3:03
 
07
Don't Let Them Fool You
3:06
 
08
In Time To Come
2:27
 
09
Three Wise Men
2:58
 
10
Once Bitten Twice Shy
3:14
 
11
Dub Ruler
3:34
 
12
Holy Land
3:16
 
13
Devil Wise
3:20
 
14
Black Roots
3:18
 
15
House Of Dub
3:14
 
16
Feelings
2:56
 
17
Wester Not
3:20
 
18
Future
2:04
 
19
Knowledge
3:05
 
20
Wiser Dub
3:08
 
Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 63:09

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Great Reggae/Rockers Album

jadoctorbird

Earth & Stone was well-known by roots reggae listeners in Jamaica in the rockers-era of the mid-to-late 70's. Some of their songs are absolute classics, such as "Jail House Set Me Free" and "In Time To Come", and so are the matching dub-tracks. However, the recording seems to be made from vinyl, which is not unusual (unfortunately), but the quality is fairly good apart from the scratches.

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Malevolent Gangstas With a Conscience

Murgatroyd

I searched for this record for years after hearing the exquisitely malevolent "Give Me" and thinking there must be more to these guys. I was not disappointed. Killer grooves, sublime vocals, a sort of gangsta approach to social justice - all you could want from reggae. "Give Me" is not included here but can be found elsewhere on eMusic. Get that track immediately as well.

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deadly!

moodi

what can you say...wicked vocals, hoo kim on the mixing board, glorious horns, when reggae was king.

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it never fails to amaze me...

mickofleeds

how such a place, with such a relatively small population, can produce such a huge amount of wonderful music. download all of this!

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Great find! Download this now!

BlackbeardsDelight

This is an amazing reggae album from start to finish. "False Rulers" and "The Devil Must Have Made You" are two standout tracks. None of your nice Bob Marley here - but great vocals and a SOLID rhythm section courtesy of The Revolutionaries.

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Reggae’s Ba-Ba Boom Time

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Despite the fire and brimstone that characterized reggae's revolutionary emergence in the 1970s, I have always had an abiding affection for the evolutionary period that immediately preceded that breakthrough, when the music seemed caught between two worlds. The style is usually referred to as rocksteady - post-Ska, but still experimenting with and expanding the possibilities of that one-drop, loping afterbeat; and though Rastafarian ideology was already beginning to swiftly gospelize the music (anthemed most notably… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell were an obscure vocal duo who cut several Jamaican hit singles for Channel One producer JoJo Hookim under the name Earth & Stone in the mid-1970s. Kool Roots, which compiles most of the group’s Channel One output, was originally released in 1978 as a double album (standard vocal mixes on one LP, dub versions on the other) in a gatefold sleeve — an almost unheard-of packaging extravagance for a reggae act at the time. Little more is known about the duo, and they dropped from sight after Kool Roots was released. But the haunting single “In Time to Come” has endured, and this reissue, which combines both LPs on a single CD, shows that Earth & Stone was capable of producing consistently high-quality material. Bailey and Howell’s sweet harmonies are the main attraction, but a good portion of the credit for this album’s success must also go to the Revolutionaries, Channel One’s crack house band. – Rick Anderson

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