RELEASE
June 29, 1999
LABEL
ARK 21
GENRES
Reggae, Roots Reggae

Album Review

Roots Revival is an apt title for this album, since Aswad's greatest successes have been as a pop-reggae crossover band, most notably with the huge 1988 hit "Don't Turn Around." On this one the group returns to its roots with a vengeance. The sound is still pretty slick, but the material includes a remake of Ken Boothe's rocksteady classic "Freedom Street," two seldom-covered Bob Marley tunes ("Caution" and "Thank You Lord"), a decent cover of the Police's "Invisible Sun" (featuring Sting in a guest appearance), and a bunch of relatively roots-wise new originals. The only remaining members of the band, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad still have a great melodic sense, as evidenced on the smooth and silky "Follow '99" and the churning "Breakout." But the rhythms are deep and compelling as well, resulting in a sound that will move them in the dancehall even as it pleases more roots-oriented fans.
Rick Anderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Best Times of Our Liveshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-best-times-of-our-lives%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216356%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Freedom Streethttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ffreedom-street%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216383%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Cautionhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fcaution%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216385%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Boom Boom Carnivalhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fboom-boom-carnival%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216441%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Follow '99http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ffollow-99%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216497%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Take It Easyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ftake-it-easy%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216573%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Roots Revivalhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Froots-revival%252Fid44217030%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Breakouthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbreakout%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216732%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Peace Trucehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Froots-revival%252Fid44217030%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. My Lovehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmy-love%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216864%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Thank You Lordhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthank-you-lord%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216929%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Invisible Sunhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Finvisible-sun%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216975%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. The Best Times of Our Lives [Dub]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-best-times-of-our-lives-dub%252Fid44217030%253Fi%253D44216998%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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