Halfway Tree (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

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Product Overview


Label Uni/motown
SKU 60499760
UPC 044001474224
UPC 14 00044001474224
Format CD
Release Date 9/11/2001
Author Damian Jr. Gong Marley
Associated Artist/Work Rusko
Artist Influence Barrington Levy
Artist Influence Big Youth
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Bunny Wailer
Artist Influence Charlie Chaplin (Reggae)
Artist Influence Dennis Alcapone
Artist Influence Dillinger
Artist Influence Eek-A-Mouse
Artist Influence Horace Andy
Artist Influence Laurel Aitken
Artist Influence Peter Tosh
Artist Influence Prince Buster
Artist Influence U-Roy
Artist Influence Ziggy Marley
Artist Contemporary Bounty Killer
Artist Contemporary Buju Banton
Artist Contemporary Capleton
Artist Contemporary Garnett Silk
Artist Contemporary Lauryn Hill
Artist Contemporary Lovindeer
Artist Contemporary Morgan Heritage
Artist Contemporary Mos Def
Artist Contemporary Sean Paul
Artist Contemporary Shaggy
Artist Contemporary Stephen Marley (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Wyclef Jean
Technical Info
CatalogID 0147422
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 09/11/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044001474224
Musical Guests
Bunny Wailer
Bounty Killer
Jimmy Cozier
Yami Bolo
Sly & Robbie
Stephen Marley
Mr. Cheeks
Album Notes and Credits
Contains a hidden track after " Stand A Chance".
Personnel includes: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (vocals, programming); Stephen Marley (vocals, guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, percussion, programming); Bunny Wailer (vocals, percussion); Sabor (vocals, programming); Treach, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Drag-On, Yami Bolo, Eve, Daddigan, Mr. Cheeks, Jimmy Cozier (vocals); Diavallan "Dia" Fearon, Earl "Chinna" Smith (acoustic guitar); Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis, Rohan Marley, Owen "Dready" Reid (guitar); Wilburn "Squidly" Cole (piano, synthesizer, drums); Randy Lyfook (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Noel
Davey Pluck (organ); Christopher Meredith, Robbie Shakespeare (bass);
Harry "T" (percussion); Sly Dunbar (programming); DJ Khaled (vinyl sratches).
Producers include: Stephen Marley, Kid Nyce, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, David Cole, Diavallan "Dia" Fearon.
Engineers include: Ann Mincieli, Alrick Thompson, James "Bonzai" Caruso.
HALFWAY TREE won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Personnel: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (drum programming, background vocals); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, acoustic guitar); Rohan "Ruggu" Marley, Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis (guitar); Stephen Marley (electric guitar, harmonica, organ, synthesizer, drums, percussion, drum programming, background vocals); Noel Davey (organ); Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Bunny Wailer (percussion); David Cole, Kid Nyce, Sly Dunbar (drum programming); Alvaughn Jackson, Julian Marley, Yami Bolo, Rovleta Fraser (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Alrick Thompson; Errol Brown ; Rick St. Hillaire; Bunny Wailer.
Recording information: Marley Music Studios, Jamaica; Quad Studios, NY; Sonic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; The Hit Factory, Miami Kingston 2, Jamaica; Tuff Gong Recording Studios, 220 Marcus Garvey Dr.
Photographers: Kwaku Alston; Adrian Boot.
In Kingston, Jamaica, the neighborhood of Halfway Tree is seen as a meeting place, a junction between the rich and poor parts of town. Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, wants his music to do the same thing, to be a bridge between the rich and the poor, the new and the old. For the most part, he succeeds as his North American debut offers enough social consciousness to keep his father's fans happy while still dabbling in newer forms of dancehall and hip-hop. North Americans may be familiar with Marley's work from his cameo appearance on Eve's album Scorpion. On Halfway Tree, Eve returns the favor as she appears on "Where Is the Love?," one of the funkiest tracks on the album. Another highlight is "Stand a Chance," which features some funky harmonica as well as the rhymes of Treach of Naughty By Nature as well as the sweet vocals of dancehall legend Yami Bolo. Tracks like "More Justice" and "Give Dem Some Way" feature the kind of social commentary you'd expect from a member of the Marley clan. The family influence is also felt throughout the album -- his brother Stephen Marley, produced much of the album and they even sample their father's classic "Could You Be Loved" on their track "And Be Loved." But Marley also strays away slightly from family tradition, dealing with love and sex in a raw, direct way on tracks like "Mi Blenda" and "Cool and Dandy." For the most part, Marley does an excellent balancing act. He handles his legacy and his future flawlessly and what's more surprising is that he makes it look easy. ~ Jon Azpiri
Artist Overview
Damian Marley is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Nicknamed "Junior Gong" as a tribute to his father's "Tuff Gong" moniker, Marley began performing at the age of 13. He released his debut full-length, MR. MARLEY, in 1996 to limited success. HALFWAY TREE followed in 2001, and, focusing more on Marley's dancehall- and hip-hop-inspired toasting style, earned the singer a Grammy. His skills came to full fruition with the release of 2005's WELCOME TO JAMROCK, which proved to be a huge success on both the reggae and the R&B charts. In an apparent effort to keep it in the family, Marley's first three albums have all been produced by half-brother Stephen Marley.
Disc 1
1 Educated Fools - (featuring Treach/Bunny Wailer/Bounty Killer)
2 More Justice
3 It Was Written - (featuring Stephen Marley/Capleton/Drag-On)
4 Catch A Fire
5 Still Searchin' - (featuring Stephen Marley/Yami Bolo)
6 She Needs My Love - (featuring Yami Bolo/Sabor)
7 Mi Blenda
8 Where Is The Love - (featuring Eve)
9 Harder (Interlude)
10 Born To Be Wild
11 Give Dem Some Way - (featuring Daddigan)
12 Half Way Tree (Interlude)
13 Paradise Child - (featuring Mr Cheeks/Jimmy Cozier)
14 Stuck In Between
15 Half Way Tree
16 Stand A Chance - (featuring Treach/Yami Bolo)

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