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Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha's Vineyard

  • 1. Island Vibration - Winston Grennan
    2. Is This Love - Carly Simon
    3. Rise Up - Judd Fuller
    4. I Know a Place - Reincarnation/The Itals
    5. Live on My Mind - Emily Furlong
    6. Lovers Like You and Me - Jonathan Edwards
    7. Garden Song, The - David Mallett
    8. Too Hot - Mike Benjamin
    9. Everything Must Change - Johnny Hoy
    10. Back to the Island - Toots Hibbert
    11. Island Girl - Heather Goff
    12. Roll, Nyabinghi, Drummer - Sabrina/Die Kunst Der Drum
    13. Bob Marley International - Joel Zoss
    14. Shine On - John Cruz
    15. One Earth - Entrain
    16. Proud to Be a Women - The I-Tones/Florisca Carter
    17. Talk All Night - Taffy McCarthy
    18. I Believe - Rita Glassman
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 613170

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Wilson; Charlie Esposito; Guy DeVito; Leah Kunkel; Mike Mainieri; Peter Simon; Steve Gaboury
    EngineerNorman Blain

    Includes liner notes by Peter Simon.
    Personnel: Winston Grennan (vocals, rap vocals, drums, shaker); David Mallett (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Johnny Hoy (vocals, harmonica); Sabrina, Carly Simon (vocals, background vocals); Keith Porter, Toots Hibbert (vocals); Jim Parr (guitar, bass guitar, percussion); Chris Wilson, Andy Bassford, Sam Bisbee (guitar); Eric Gale , Joe Belmont (electric guitar); Craig Eastman (mandolin); Mindy Jostyn (violin); Jeremy Berlin (accordion, piano); Neil Dorfsman, Peter Simon (recorder); Rob Loyot (saxophone, piano, background vocals); Steve Tully (saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Alan Rubin (trumpet); Sam Holmstock (trombone); Steve Gaboury (piano, keyboards); Mike Tinus (piano); Charlie Esposito (clavichord, keyboards); Don Grolnick, Stuart Kimball (organ); Dow Brain, Chris Knight , Mitch Chakour (keyboards); Tom Major, Sly Dunbar, Alex Alexander (drums); Rick Bausman (steel drum, percussion); Mike Muldoon, Crusher Bennett (percussion); Judith Ann-Marie, Christine Box, Jemima James, Leah Kunkel, Marcus Miller, Tawatha Agee (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Chris Wilson; Jim Parr.
    Recording information: Audio Resource; Audiolutions, Vinyard Haven; Cary Simon's Barn; Double L Music, NY; Fletcher Road; Guy's Boogity-Shoe Shop, Shutebury, MA; Platunum Paciic; Power Station, NY; Sea West, Honolulu, HI; Shaney Boy Studio; Sonic Brothers, Oak Bluffs; Sonic Brothers, Vineyard Haven.
    Here's what makes this album a little bit hard to take: Reggae is a music that emerged from a crucible of dire poverty, political violence, and racial oppression; it's a weird hodgepodge of disparate musical influences that came about primarily as a result of Jamaican youth taking local folk and calypso styles and combining them with the R&B they heard on clear nights coming over the airwaves from New Orleans and Miami. Now granted, Martha's Vineyard is an island, too. But there is tremendous irony in the juxtaposition (made explicit by the geographic double entendre of the album's title) of the Vineyard with Yard, given that the former is a longstanding bastion of white bohemian privilege every bit as rarefied as the white-shoe enclaves of the American mainland. Now, as for the music itself: There are some great moments on this album -- the Itals roll and skank effortlessly through "I Know a Place," Entrain gets nicely Police-y with "One Earth," and there's a very nice appearance by the gruff-but-genial Toots Hibbert. But there are also a few really embarrassing ones. There was probably no way to stop Carly Simon from trying to cover Bob Marley, but someone should have tried (she's saved, just barely, by Sly & Robbie and a great horn section), and David Mallett's "The Garden Song" sounds like Peter, Paul & Mary, only more earnest. But really, this isn't so much a reggae album as it is a Martha's Vineyard album, designed for baby boomers with memories of Camelot for whom the island itself has a totemic significance. And as such, it's not bad. ~ Rick Anderson

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