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Zion Crossroads

  • 1. Ark of the Covenant
    2. No Peace for the Wicked
    3. Heathen Rage
    4. Sweatshop
    5. In the Morning
    6. Fire Go Come
    7. Walter Rodney Intro
    8. Walter Rodney
    9. Afrique (Chez Moi)
    10. Cleanliness
    11. Plantation Town
    12. You Never Know
    13. Keep Your Culture
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83656

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Goldwasser
    EngineerJeff Romano; Michael Goldwasser; Paul Schellack; Ariel "A Train" Levine; Victor Rice; Victor Axelrod

    Personnel: Corey Harris (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Cheick Hamala Diabate (vocals); Michael Goldwasser (guitar, melodica, shaker, wood block); Kenny Kosek (fiddle); Jeff Romano (harmonica); Victor Rice (organ); Victor Axelrod (shaker, tambourine).
    Audio Mixers: Michael Goldwasser; Victor Rice.
    Recording information: Capture Sound Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Greenwood Studios, Greenwood, VA; Mellowstone Studios, Queens, NY; Obstacle Course Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
    Photographer: Aaron Hawkins.
    Arranger: Michael Goldwasser.
    Roots revivalist Corey Harris continues his ambitious exploration of musical history with ZION CROSSROADS, a project that finds Harris immersed in the rhythms and consciousness of traditional roots reggae. Unlike Harris's previous efforts, however, which blend country blues with jazz, Americana, and African styles, ZION CROSSROADS sticks closely to its genre, riding deep, dread rhythms in a manner that recalls Burning Spear and Black Uhuru. The exceptions are the African-inflected "Walter Rodney" and the straight country tune "Plantation Town." The overall result is a satisfying, groove-driven album heightened by a political consciousness that will appeal to Harris fans as well as to classic roots reggae enthusiasts.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Revealing timbres he only hinted at in the past, Harris emotes lyrics that carry edgy political messages..."
    Dirty Linen (p.79) - "His band is very solid behind him and shows great dexterity with the music. A very interesting and intriguing disc."
    No Depression (p.106) - "the record bristles with social commentary and unrest and employs a roots-oriented sound as the broadcast platform."
    The Beat (Magazine) (p.13) - "[A] straightforward reggae release that is hard-hitting and sturdy, drawing on the classics..."
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