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Grounation: Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari (2CD) - Count Ossie, Cedric "Im" Brooks

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Media Format: CD
SKU: SJRCD488.2
UPC: 5026328104881
Release Date: Sep. 23, 2022
Label: SOUL JAZZ RECORDS
Media Format: CD
Genre: Reggae

"Like Sun Ra's Arkestra and John Coltrane are to jazz, the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are to reggae – the ultimate expression of roots music and Rastafarian ideology in reggae music, music functioning at a high level of spiritual consciousness combined with an equally avant-garde and forward-looking approach to sound. 

The group's stunning, unique and groundbreaking 1973 album ‘Grounation’, a mighty conceptual album is, similar to Marvin Gaye's 'What's Goin' On', a definitive all-encompassing cultural statement of its time and place. A sprawling album of raw and unique cultural expression that combined Rastafari consciousness with deep spiritual jazz music – an absolute and essential classic of Reggae music.  

The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari group came into existence at the start of 1970s, the union of two former Studio One artists (and groups) of equal repute – Count Ossie & his African Drums and saxophonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’ & his group, The Mystics. Master drummer Count Ossie and his collective of Rastafarian drummers performed for Haile Selassie on his momentous visit to Jamaica in 1966. Cedric Brooks came out of the Alpha Boys School – the fertile breeding ground of musicians who dominated the Jamaican music scene from the 1960s onwards.

The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari’s ’Grounation’ is a massive opus, a work of profound musical genius that tells the story of Jamaica through music and words. The album is a cornerstone in the history of reggae, a unique and other-worldly album the like of which has never been made since.

Track Listing
CD 1
1. Bongo Man
2. Narration
3. Narration Continued
4. Mabrat (Passin Thru)
5. Poem
6. Four Hundred Years
7. Poem
8. Song
9. Lumba

CD2
1. Way Back Home
2. Ethiopian Serenade
3. Oh Carolina
4. So Long
5. Grounation
6. Grounation Continued