Jimmy Cliff’s Glorious REBIRTH

This piece was originally published August 27th, 2012.

Jimmy Cliff Ivan Post Icon TemplateIt’s been a really good year for album releases by music legends.

There have been great albums turned out by the usually reliable: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Americana, Patti Smith, Bhangra, Air, La Voyage Dans la Lune, Paul McCartney, Kisses On The Bottom, Tom Jones, Spirit In The Room, and Public Image Ltd.,This Is PIL. 

The Beach Boys delivered a surprisingly wonderful (and I have to admit, completely unexpected) album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, and two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released not only among the year’s best albums, they are two of my faves of this year, plus they will also rank alongside these artists discographies finest.

The first album is Dr. John’s Locked Down, reviewed previously here, and the second, the subject of this Mystery Box— the newest album by Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, astutely entitled Rebirth.

The Beginnings

 

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THE ENGLISH BEAT: FINALLY…THE COMPLETE BEAT!

This piece was originally published July 30th, 2012.

English BeatBirmingham, England has been called the birthplace of Heavy Metal.

Primarily since this industrial, largely working class city was home to Black Sabbath and later, Judas Priest.

However, though musically the city of Birmingham has stood in the shadows of both London and Liverpool as landmark cities in the U.K.’s rich musical timeline, it is just as illustrious, culturally vibrant and hugely important.

Birmingham’s musical scene in the 60’s was second greatest to Liverpool and while no city anywhere produced an act as world changing as The Beatles, Birmingham gave music The Nightriders/The Idle Race with first, Roy Wood and then Jeff Lynne, both of who became huge stars. Wood joined The Move, enlisted Lynne and then the two eventually transitioned the band into The Electric Light Orchestra (Roy Wood then formed Wizzard). There was The Moody Blues, Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group and in the 80’s Duran Duran, among many other notable acts that came form Birmingham.

Meanwhile back in the 70’s as punk rock caught on with England’s disenfranchised youth, so too did Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady and Dub music, which was always a part of the fabric of the nation’s heavy Jamaican populace since the 60’s anyway, as well as what many teenagers that gravitated towards punk rock also grew up listening to.

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RETURN OF GRINGO!: PRINCE FATTY MEETS THE MUTANT HIFI = BULLSEYE!

This piece was originally published February 27th, 2012.

The Mustant Hi-Fi Post TemplateThe soundtrack to Return Of Gringo has indeed become one of the finest recent releases garnering heavy rotation here at Mystery Box HQ. 

However, an album this steeped in the complexities of Jamaican musical styles, needs some background info beforehand…

In the 1960’s, throughout the low income areas of Kingstown, Jamaica, the Rude Boy culture first emerged.

 

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