ASWAD - UK 1984/88

December 13, 2009 – 3:59 am

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UK 1984/88 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Marcus Garvey Centre, Nottingham, 1984; Rankin’ Miss P Session, BBC, January 2, 1988; Manchester, March 23, 1988. Very good FM radio broadcast.

What with global warming playing havoc with the weather - instead of the [usual] wet and rainy run-up to the holidays - it’s now hot and sunny outside, and before all hell breaks loose (weatherwise), maybe it’s not a bad idea to spend the weekend roots rockin’ to Aswad.

The British reggae group was crucial especially in the early ’80s and hit a nerve with albums such as Showcase (1981); A New Chapter Of Dub (1982) and Not Satisfied (1982) - with a good balance between hitting out at oppression and calling for liberation and brotherhood. But to general listeners, their more pointed political songs such as Three Babylon, It’s Not Our Wish and Warrior Charge were probably overshadowed by the more populist hit single, Don’t Turn Around.

Interestingly these three radio shows, though extremely pleasant to the ears, show the changing faces of Aswad: from the youthful rebels in 1984 crying Not Satisfied and Not Guilty; to the svelty smooth Your Recipe (with Trevor Walters) - an appeal to the quiet storm/drive time folks probably; and to the radio very friendly Don’t Turn Around.

Just as Dr Dre (among the hip-hop crowd) has a good ear for catchy rhythms; Aswad do have a sweet sound. While that’s not a bad thing in itself, too much icing can be a turn off and that seems to be the task Aswad have to face all these years.

Thanks to allmac, smiler and everyone involved in sharing these tracks on the internet.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Marcus Garvey Centre (38:22)
BBC Radio 1 FM broadcast, February 25, 1984

Track 01. Introduction 0:32 (761k)
Track 02. Not Satisfied 5:11 (7.1MB)
Track 03. Love Fire 3:21 (4.6MB)
Track 04. Not Guilty 4:51 (6.7MB)
Track 05. Ina Your Rights 4:37 (6.3MB)
Track 06. Your Recipe 4:10 (6.0MB)
Track 07. Roots Rockin’ 4:27 (6.1MB)
Track 08. Chasing For The Breeze 5:02 (6.9MB)
Track 09. Drum & Bass Line 3:17 (4.5MB)
Track 10. African Children 2:54 (3.9MB)

Rankin’ Miss P Session, BBC, January 2, 1988 (11:34)
Track 11. Your Recipe (with Trevor Walters) 3:13 (4.4MB)
Track 12. Bubbling (with Janet Kay) 2:38 (3.6MB)
Track 13. Breezin’ (with Ciyo) 3:18 (4.5MB)
Track 14. Roots Rockin’ (with Adrian De’Allie) 2:25 (3.5MB)

Manchester, March 23, 1988 (29:14)
Track 15. Roots Rockin’ 4:18 (5.9MB)
Track 16. Warrior Charge (?) 3:57 (5.4MB)
Track 17. Unknown 3:46 (5.1MB)
Track 18. Set Them Free 7:23 (10.1MB)
Track 19. Can’t Afford To Lose That Feeling 3:05 (4.2MB)
Track 20. My Baby Just Cares For Me 1:53 (2.5MB)
Track 21. Don’t Turn Around 4:53 (6.7MB)

In June 2009, Aswad released City Lock, their first studio album in 10 years. Click here to order the album.

  1. 8 Responses to “ASWAD - UK 1984/88”

  2. Thanks so much for this wonderful post.Aswad is and will always be the greatest reggae group to come out of Britain.This is an invauable addition to my collection.Jah Bless!

    By shmince on Jan 30, 2010

  3. Thanks for this. Anyone interested in British reggae should check this out:

    Excellent compilation.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jun 12, 2013

  4. british reggae is like british blues.
    nothing but a mere copy of an already existing art form.

    By tall ships on Jun 12, 2013

  5. silly brits

    By tall ships on Jun 12, 2013

  6. so no one should ever record or perform in any artform because its been done already. fabulously logical. mind numbing. if there was ever a reason to (smh) this is one now.

    By darth on Jun 13, 2013

  7. I’ve never heard Aswad before. I am digging this!! Killer roots reggae.

    By Paul on Dec 11, 2013

  8. Hadn’t heard the Miss P session for 20 odd years. Love it.

    By Paul Taylor on Oct 13, 2014

  9. hi i just love aswad but i cannot download this wonderful live concert. can you reupload??

    By fabrice on Dec 12, 2017

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