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The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari
Soul Jazz Records
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September 23, 2022

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 triple album (the first ever reggae triple) is, similar to Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going 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 artists (and groups) of equal repute - Count Ossie and his African Drums and saxophonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’ and his group, The Mystics. Both Ossie and Brooks were alumni from the great Studio One Records. 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: Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Headley Bennett, Johnny Osbourne, Yellowman, Leroy Smart, Bobby Ellis, Joe Harriott, Eddie Thornton, Vin Gordon, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and more. 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. Deluxe 2 CD version complete with large format booklet encased in double-walled slipcase. Soul Jazz Records are also releasing this long-revered album release as a deluxe box set triple vinyl edition complete with a free 7” single, art print, exact replica reproduction Mystic Revelation 1977 zine and digital download code. Also available as a triple LP with digital download code. All editions come with extensive new sleevenotes, photography, exact reproductions of the original text and artwork, and a new interview with founding member Sam Williams (aka Time).

  • All editions come with extensive new sleevenotes, photography, exact reproductions of the original text and artwork, and a new interview with founding member Sam Williams (aka Time).

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Bongo Man 4:45 Buy
  2. 2 Narration 8:52 Buy
  3. 3 Narration Continued 3:55 Buy

    Narration Continued

  4. 4 Mabrat (Passin Thru) 3:24 Buy

    Mabrat (Passin Thru)

  5. 5 Poem I 2:42 Buy
  6. 6 Four Hundred Years 4:28 Buy

    Four Hundred Years

  7. 7 Poem II 0:59 Buy
  8. 8 Song 1:57 Buy
  9. 9 Lumba 7:00 Buy
  10. 10 Way Back Home 4:39 Buy
  11. 11 Ethiopian Serenade 4:13 Buy

    Ethiopian Serenade

  12. 12 Oh Carolina 3:33 Buy
  13. 13 So Long 4:49 Buy
  14. 14 Grounation 15:06 Buy
  15. 15 Grounation (Continued) 15:07 Buy

    Grounation (Continued)

Track List

  1. Bongo Man
  2. Narration
  3. Narration (Continued)
  4. Mabrat
  5. Poem 1
  6. Four Hundred Years
  7. Poem 2
  8. Song
  9. Lumba
  10. Way Back Home
  11. Ethiopian Serenade
  12. Oh Carolina
  13. So Long
  14. Grounation
  15. Grounation (Continued)
  16. Blacker Black
  17. Grounation (7 inch edit)

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