BY: THIRD WORLD
Genre or type: Reggae
This disc has an appropriate and telling title, "Reggae Ambassadors." They were and still are one of the best bands to have surfaced despite Bob Marley getting most of the attention then and now. Third World were contemporaries of Bob Marley and I was lucky enough to have seen them both on the same stage. Third World have some of the sweetest soulful vocals that is reminiscent of the best American soul dating back to the 60's. This is not to say that the music is only reggae soul but rather a hybrid that flucuates and integrates the patois of the streets.There music is the best of both worlds with a highly polished yet raw sound. The songs featured on this disc are some of their best songs from the various LP's they released.There are several live songs, including "Jah Glory," "African Woman," and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." The two discs features songs from thirteen different albums so there are bound to be some songs missing. Most of the signature Third World songs are here like "96 Degrees in The Shade," "Always Around" and "Talk to Me." There are also some oddities, previously unreleased songs, DJ edits and( including a 8:15 version of "Now That We Found Love") 12 inch versions of several songs. This deluxe two disc set is part of the Looking Forward to Looking Back Chronicles where the intent is to discover again. If your reggae knowledge is limited and you are just discovering Jamaicas sweet sound than give Third World a listen. They had great vocals, sweet harmony and music that was danceable while the lyrics stimulated your mind. A great package from one the best bands to emerge from the world of reggae music.
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