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Album: CYMANDE
# Song Title   Time
1)    Zion I More Info...
2)    One More More Info...
3)    Getting It Back More Info...
4)    Listen More Info...
5)    Rickshaw More Info...
6)    Dove More Info...
7)    Bra More Info...
8)    The Message More Info...
9)    Ras Tafarian Folk Song More Info...
10)    The Message (7" Mix) More Info...
11)    Bra (7" Mix) More Info...
 

Album: CYMANDE
# Song Title   Time
1)    Zion I More Info...
2)    One More More Info...
3)    Getting It Back More Info...
4)    Listen More Info...
5)    Rickshaw More Info...
6)    Dove More Info...
7)    Bra More Info...
8)    The Message More Info...
9)    Ras Tafarian Folk Song More Info...
10)    The Message (7" Mix) More Info...
11)    Bra (7" Mix) More Info...
 
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  • Cymande: Joey Dee (vocals, percussion), Patrick Patterson (guitar); Derek Gibbs (soprano & alto saxophone); Mike Rose (alto saxophone, flute, bongos); Desmond Atwell (saxophone); Steve Scipio (bass); Sam Kelly (drums); Pablo Gonzales (congas).
  • Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
  • Invigorating head music done Rastafarian style by Cymande. "Zion I" is a spiritual chant put to music, setting the mood for Cymande. A laid-back "One More" lulls you into subliminal meditation before "Getting It Back" jolts you into some scintillating Jamaican funk-fusion. There's a message in many of Cymande's cuts, with "Listen," and "Bra" (a recognition of the women's lib movement), the most inspiring. Both are sung with passion, and are skillfully executed; the former is slow and painstaking in its message, while "Bra" slaps you upside the head with a stirring sax solo and bass-fueled vamp. An air of supreme coolness permeates Cymande, unusual for a first effort written by members of the band. Cymande sound like they have done this before; nowhere is this more evident than on the beautiful "Dove," a gorgeous concoction of lead guitar, tambourines, haunting backing vocals, and percussion, with the horns used as sparingly as table-seasoning on a gourmet dish. Along with "Bra," the group's most popular cut is "The Message" -- it's difficult keeping body parts still on this grooving mutha. All in all, Cymande is a marvelous collection that premiered a fine funk band. ~ Andrew Hamilton
Professional Reviews
Q (11/99, p.160) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...they could clearly cut a slinky War-like, jazz-funk groove between the praises to Jah. Much sampled in recent times, not least by the Fugees. Justification, then, at least."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.66) - "[A] unique hippy funk rooted in calypso, reggae, jazz, R&B and African rhythms."
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