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Jah Raver’s MIDNITE Massacre Vol. II

Included here is Jah Raver’s MIDNITE Massacre Vol. II, a crucial mix featuring plenty of Jah Raver’s top MIDNITE selections!  When it comes to MIDNITE Jah Raver don’t play…We are talking about a group who, over their amazing 25-year career, released the most astounding catalog of roots reggae and toured incessantly, giving reggae fans much more than they bargained for.  They changed the course of reggae history, writing a whole new story that evolved entirely outside Jamaica.  If someone had told me in 1994 that the biggest thing in reggae over the next 25 years would be an American act I would have told you you’re crazy!

1. Platune
2. Forces and Flames
3. Native Story
4. Time and Time Again
5. Meditation (Babylon Fruits)
6. Worker Be
7. Reminder
8. Jah In I
9. Lion Out Of Zion
10. Jah Bless Her
11. Humanity Cry
12. Valuue Life
13. These Are Things To Be Thankful For
14. Rastafari Is King
15. Good Thing Happen
16. Calm The Day
17. Arise Again
18. Haile Selassie I The First Time
19. Lianess
20. Urgency

From MIDNITE:  It A Go Dread Inna DC:

Summer 1997, East Coast Flavor Recording Studios, Washington, D.C.

A small crowd of Rasta and conscious musicians converge on a small D.C. recording studio to record an album. No, not to record an album – those are the wrong words – to perform 10 songs live in-studio while an audio recorder is running. After several years of incessant touring up and down the east coast of the United States, Midnite, a struggling roots reggae outfit borne in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, enters the studio to perform 10 songs that were forged during late nights in front of small crowds inside of small clubs. Each song the equivalent of a time bomb set to detonate on the busy streets of Babylon at a time to be determined. The band is harmonizing together as one cohesive unit on the same vibration. This tends to happen when you are crammed inside vans and shitty hotel rooms for several years. They eat together. They sleep together. They are a machine lubricated with the anointing oils of His Majesty, Jah Rastafari, Emperor Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God. As Vaughn Benjamin wails into the mic, eyes closed, head to the sky

“They can’t feel love yeah
Even when Jah show them love
They don’t know love
They can’t feel love yeah
I am the kaaba stone”

-Kaaba Stone

“Bushman,” “Love the Life You Live,” “Eyes Are the Light,” “Propaganda,” “Kaaba Stone,” “Due Reward,” “Don’t Move (Lion’s Dread),” “Meditation (Babylon Fruits),” “Mama Africa,” “Time and Time Again.” Each song will be performed and recorded live. Here in this small Washington, D.C. recording studio. Just like a live gig. Benjamin wails into the microphone:

“Did not this morning start with darkness
Well so does tonight
Alpha alpha and omega I
The beginning and the end”

-Propaganda

Two mics.

No overdubs.

No delay.

No equalization.

No reverb.

No mixing.

Just raw, naked talent and pure instinct. Unpolished.

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From left to right: Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Ras L (keys, bass), Sly Molina (drums)

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