Spirit of Music (1999, Elektra)
As reggae's foremost internationalist ensemble, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers have taken their father's music in directions musically uncharted while never losing sight of their foundation of faith, fellowship and family.
"Spirit of Music" continues this tradition, with the spare, bluesy feel of several tracks presenting a side of the band not previously heard. "Keep My Faith" shines as one of Ziggy's most heartfelt and powerful vocal performances to date, while Stephen produces a now typically powerful lead on "Couldn't Be Better". The Marley girls sparkle as usual throughout. Add co-producer Don Was to the mix and the result is a beautifully crafted and stylistically varied effort. Check it.
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1. Keep My Faith 2. We Are One 3. Beautiful Day | [real audio clip] 4. Gone Away 5. You Got My Love (All Day All Night) 6. Higher Vibration | [real audio clip] 7. All I Need 8. One Good Spliff | [real audio clip] 9. Let It Go 10. 13 Months of Sunshine 11. Many Waters 12. High Tide Or Low Tide 13. Won't Let You Down 14. Jah Will Be Done plus...hidden bonus track!
Produced by Don Was and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Released by Elektra Records.
"Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers make their richest CD yet ... the most focused and mature of the band's career so far." -TIME (July 19, 1999)
Jah for the blessings, the lessons, the tears and joy. Special thanks to mom & dad for your ever-present guidance. Our children for the laughter and inspiration. All our friends, fans and soldiers for your support and loyalty. Addis for taking all the heat. Nancy Jeffries for years of believing in us. John Marx and the WMA crew for taking care of us. Sky high for being our confidant over the years. Thanks to all the musicians who played on this record. Unity is strength.
All Glory To The Most High.
-- The Melody Makers