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Cymande Cymande

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  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

This 1970s London-formed band was truly international, comprised of members from Guyana, Jamaica and St. Vincent. Their sound can best be described as a raw mixture between the California latin rock of Santana and the Brooklyn Latin Jazz of Mandrill. This is a re-release of their album which was a Top 20 hit on the R&B album chart.

Entertainment 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."

Tracks:

  • 1.Message
  • 2.Brothers on the Side
  • 3.Dove
  • 4.Bra
  • 5.Fug
  • 6.For Baby Woh
  • 7.Rickshaw
  • 8.Equitorial Forest
  • 9.Listen
  • 10.Getting It Back
  • 11.Anthracite
  • 12.Willy's Headache
  • 13.Genevieve
  • 14.Pon de Dungle
  • 15.Rastafarian Folk Song
  • 16.One More
  • 17.Zion I

Product Description:

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.
Personnel: Ray King, Joey Dee (vocals, percussion); Patrick Patterson (guitar); Derek Gibbs, Peter Serreo (saxophone); Sam Kelly (drums); Mike Rose (percussion, wind).
Liner Note Author: 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

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Rating 5.0 great album found on cd Music Lover: from PHILA, PA US -- April, 16, 2011

this is one great selection of music put out on an album i have and never thought i would find it ever again in any form like a CD but checked on this site as i always do and now i have it on CD. listen to it in my car or just sitting outside/ sound exceptional this band is from way back real music it is great to know i can find CD to some of my very out of print LPS


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  • UPC: 090431520222
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