Revelation Part 1:Root Of Life CD (2011)

Artist: Stephen Marley

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 221018572
UPC 602527615189
UPC 14 00602527615189
Format CD
Release Date 5/24/2011
Author Stephen Marley
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Damian
Technical Info
Producer Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown; Stephen Marley; Paul Fakhourie
CatalogID B0015247-02
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 05/23/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 30s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527615189
Musical Guests
The Cast of Fela
Melanie Fiona
Damian Marley
Buju Banton
Ziggy Marley
Spragga Benz
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Dunham Studios; Lion's Den Studios, Miami, FL; Tuff Gong Studios, Jamaica.
Photographer: Neville Garrick.
As his brothers venture into unexplored territory such as children's music (Ziggy) and hip-hop (Damian), Stephen Marley acts as anchor for the clan on Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. While Part 2 is planned as a more electric and future-minded affair, this first Revelation is a roots reggae-oriented effort, or at least "roots" in the Wailers (post-Tosh and post-Bunny) sense of the word. Think Father Bob's Uprising and you're close to the feel here, which goes from cool and woozy ( "No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)" being a great re-creation of the "Pimper's Paradise" sway) to stately and militant (brother Damian and Buju Banton help make "Jah Army" the heir apparent to "Babylon System"), Stephen certainly has his own voice as well, with the wistful heartbreak of "She Knows Now" and the blues-flavored "Can't Keep I Down" being unique entries in the whole Marley clan catalog, plus his songwriting has grown with subtle imagery and rich storytelling playing a bigger role than before. These are the reasons to return to the album, but familiarity is an equally strong point, and also its initial pull. Stone-cold grooves and socially conscious lyrics run rich in the Marley bloodline, and while Revelation might be a less-than-fitting title, fans of the Marley family can simply write "satisfying" or "a welcome reminder" on the spine if they choose. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Like his father Bob, Stephen Marley uses music to teach history lessons."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There are a few covers of Bob's tunes and a cluster of mesmerising original works. Of the latter, some are slow and moody, such as 'No Cigarette Smoking'..."
Disc 1
1 Made in Africa - (featuring Wale/The Cast of Fela)
2 False Friends
3 Break Us Apart
4 Can't Keep I Down
5 No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room) - (featuring Melanie Fiona)
6 Freedom Time
7 Jah Army - (featuring Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Buju Banton)
8 Old Slaves
9 Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)
10 She Knows Now
11 Selassie Is the Chapel
12 Tight Ship
13 Working Days
14 Now I Know
Product Attributes
Artist Marley,Stephen
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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