- 1.African Children
- 2.Natural Progression
- 3.Ways of the Lord
- 4.I Will Keep on Loving You
- 5.He Gave the Sun to Shine
- 6.Tuff We Tuff
- 7.Didn't Know at the Time
- 9.Ina Your Rights
- 11.Love Fire
Aswad includes: Brinsley Forde (vocals, guitar, percussion); Tony "Gad" Robinson (vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion); Angus "Drummie Zeb" Gaye (vocals, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Martin Augustine, John Kaipye, Jimmy "Senya" Haynes (guitar); Michael "Bammie" Rose (saxophone); Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton (trumpet); Vin "Trommie" Gordon (trombone); Clifton "Bigga" Morrison (keyboards).
Producers: Aswad, Mikey Campbell.
Reissue producer: Jerry Rappaport.
Recorded at Island, CBS Studios, London, England between June and September 1981. Includes liner notes by Tom Terrell.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Formed in London in the mid-1970s just prior to the advent of punk rock, Aswad were one of the most successful of the first wave of U.K. roots reggae bands. Their combination of Rastafarianism, social consciousness, and earthy, impeccably performed music made them one of the mainstays of the British reggae movement at a time of great social and racial upheaval.
The rootsy combo had just switched record labels when they released this stylistically varied collection in 1981. The band had evolved considerably since its self-titled 1976 debut, jettisoning its Wailers influences in favor of a more confident, home-grown sound. Here, the lovers rock of "I Will Keep on Loving You" shares space with the militant roots-rockers rhythm of "Natural Progression" and the subtle, Rasta-influenced "He Gave the Sun to Shine," while the infectious, commercial "Tuff We Tuff" displays the band's confidence in forging a unique sound less beholden to Jamaica than to its west London roots.