Cedric Im Brooks* & The Light Of Saba ‎– The Magical Light Of Saba

Honest Jon's Records ‎– HJRLP4
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Lambs Bread Collie
Engineer – Joseph Robinson
A2 Sabasi
A3 Free Up Black Man
A4 Outcry
Featuring – Mutabaruka
A5 Salt Lane Rock
Producer – Clive Chin, Vincent "Randy" Chin
B1 Sabebe
B2 Nobody's Business
B3 Rasta Lead On Version
B4 Sabayindah
B5 Rebirth
C1 Satta Massa Gana
C2 Africa
C3 Sound
C4 Sly Mongoose
C5 Words Of Wisdom
D1 Jah Light It Right
D2 Ethiopia Tikdem
D3 Song For My Father
D4 Collie Version
Engineer – Joseph Robinson

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Comes in a special sleeve with a flap and one printed cardboard inner sleeve containing both vinyls in additional generic inner sleeves.


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January 28, 2020
This collection is a secret weapon and a total adventure! Mr. Cedric was a unique instrumental voice in reggae, equally influenced by the original Uptown rockers hitting it big in the first wave ska scene as the ‘new thing’ Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders were pushing in the States. But simply saying he was ‘influenced by’ doesn’t properly disclose the fact that he was a respective member of those scenes—and then some. He played with everybody. Coxsone Dodd and the Studio One boys, Baba Brooks, Ernest Ranglin, Leon Thomas, Jackie Mittoo, Philly jazz heads, and a host of rhumba/Afro-Cuban players from across the Caribbean. He studied under Olatunji and learned how to do BIG drums in a way none of the roots rockers were doing at that time or since. Legends, all.

He saw the way Sun Ra and Fela Kuti put together these live-in collectives and made music that was communal rather than egotistical; capable of transmuting messages from across the oceans and even beyond our earthly realm. So he went back to Jamaica and started his own little Arkestra. A lot of the recordings on this album came from that. And you can feel it! Enormous energy! Powerful riddims! Some of the baddest tunes and some of the heaviest percussion you’re liable to hear on any reggae album. If you're familiar with the ‘holy grail’ status of this group (their self-titled LP ebay’d for a cool $600 as recently as 2012), let me tell you that it is well-founded. Punching ska, pumping dub, sensual rocksteady, spiritual Rastafarian divinations, and quick-footed jazzforms can all be found here. The Honest Jon’s reissue is probably the closest I’ll get to the real thing, but no worries here, as the package is a beaut and the sound is heroic. Big ups!



November 17, 2019

Cedric Im Brooks* & The Light Of Saba ‎– The Magical Light Of Saba, truly magical indeed