Damian Marley Halfway Tree
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- Released: September 11, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Motown
- 1.Educated Fools - (Patois, featuring Treach / Bunny Wailer / Bounty Killer)
- 2.More Justice
- 3.It Was Written - (Patois, featuring Stephen Marley / Capleton / Drag-On)
- 4.Catch a Fire - (Patois)
- 5.Still Searchin' - (Patois, featuring Stephen Marley / Yami Bolo)
- 6.She Needs My Love - (Patois, featuring Yami Bolo / Sabor)
- 7.Mi Blenda - (Patois)
- 8.Where Is the Love - (Patois, featuring Eve)
- 9.Harder (Interlude)
- 10.Born to Be Wild - (Patois)
- 11.Give Dem Some Way - (Patois, featuring Daddigan)
- 12.Half Way Tree (Interlude)
- 13.Paradise Child - (Patois, featuring Mr. Cheeks / Jimmy Cozier)
- 14.Stuck in Between - (Patois)
- 15.Half Way Tree - (Patois)
- 16.Stand a Chance / And You Be Loved - (Patois, featuring Treach / Yami Bolo)
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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
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