Ras Michael made true Rastafari reggae with his Sons of Negus group. Promised Land Sounds is so ecstatic in its approach and so dub-tweaked in its production that listening can really transport the listener somewhere else altogether: it’s nigh-on psychadelic. Recorded in the Black Ark in 1980, reissued to 180g vinyl by Dug Out.
Vinyl LP £15.99 DO-LGR1201
180g vinyl reissue LP on Dug Out in tip-on sleeve.
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Fantastic reissue of this LP from 1980 originally issued on Canadian label Lion’s Gate Records and now on Mark Ainley and Mark Ernestus (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound) always on point Dug Out label. Originally recorded at the Black Ark and now remastered at Abbey Road, cut at D+M and pressed on 180g wax in old school tip-on sleeve. Also reissued on Dug out is the group’s excellent ‘Numbered Days 7”.
This is pure reggae magic - Rasta music from the hills; heavy transcendent Nyahbinghi drumming, meditative, spiritual music with vocals that sound like they’re channeling the spirits. “Rockin’ Live Ruff and Tuff” indeed.
If you’re into Count Ossie, Black Uhuru, Dadawah, Burning Spear, early Upsetter productions etc. you should totally grab a copy.
9/10 The Doc 8th August 2016
I like a fair bit of ska, dub and reggae but Ras Michael is a new one on me. Took a punt on this after reading Ant’s review and I’m really glad that I did. There are some seriously heavy, deep vibes going on here.; beautiful vocals, smooth reggae grooves, loads of tribal drums and chanting right at the top of the mix. It’s got a really spiritual feel to it, trance-like and transcendental from start to finish. It’s incredibly melodic too – I’ve only played through it three or four times but I can call to mind so many tunes off it even now while I’m sat here at work with this office and this computer sucking away at my spirit – and the whole thing is infused with a wonderful, timeless spirit.
The sleeve says it was originally recorded in 1980 but it’s so fresh it could’ve been recorded at any point in the last thirty years, or you could just as easily say it was recorded at some kind of African ritual two hundred years ago. If you're a fan of Jamaican music, I'd advise swagging a copy of this immediately.
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