Cymande ‎– Second Time Round

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Anthracite 5:32
Willies' Headache 4:50
Genevieve 3:60
Trevorgus 3:25
To You 3:31
For Baby Ooh 2:17
Fug 4:25
Crawshay 4:21
Bird 4:25
Them And Us 5:25

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, Gat) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 1973 Sell This Version
8098-3054H Cymande Second Time Round(8-Trk, Album) Janus Records 8098-3054H US 1973 Sell This Version
7098-3054H Cymande Second Time Round(8-Trk, Album, Quad) Janus Records 7098-3054H US 1973 Sell This Version
9098-3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album) Janus Records 9098-3054 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 1973 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, Gat) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 1973 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, Promo, Pit) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 1973 Sell This Version
NEM LP 429 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Sequel Records NEM LP 429 UK 1999 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 2003 Sell This Version
CDMRED630 Cymande Second Time Round (CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red Records Ltd. CDMRED630 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 2014 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Janus Records JLS 3054 US 2014 Sell This Version
MRBLP159, 9098-3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mr Bongo, Janus Records MRBLP159, 9098-3054 UK & US 2018 Sell This Version
MRBLP159 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, RE, TP) Mr Bongo MRBLP159 UK & US 2018 Sell This Version
JLS 3054 Cymande Second Time Round(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Janus Records JLS 3054 Unknown Sell This Version

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cruzanson

cruzanson

December 31, 2019
referencing Second Time Round, LP, Album, RE, Gat, JLS 3054
Anyone else have this pressing? I think this is the one I own. I purchased new in 2019, so I'm surprised if my local record shop would have a 2003 release, but the deadwax etchings in the run-out don't match what been cited on Cymande - Second Time Round for the 2018 reissue on Mr Bongo. Any insight is appreciated.
Babaluma1

Babaluma1

February 17, 2015
referencing Second Time Round, LP, Album, Gat, JLS 3054
Basically if you are into Cymande you have to have all their albums as they only made three (in their original incarnation). They have been slowly getting their just dues as an influential band both through sampling and a greater appreciation for the UK's take on funk, reggae and soul through some cool reissues on various compilations. I used to have a very good CD called The Message that collected all their albums but these guys are a band you really have to experience on vinyl. Their sound is quite light and bubbling but will virtually all the top end rolled off so they sound very deep and funky despite the more melodic grooves compared to the more aggressive sounds of James Brown and Sly Stone.

Very laid back with elements of reggae, dub and soul the sound on this second LP is very welcoming. While they tended to have only one or two essential classics on each album (in this case Fug and Anthracite) the rest is far from filler, in fact once you hear the whole album you are not satisfied with just the odd tune, the rest just flows together beautifully and they make perfect Sunday afternoon records.

The vocals are not outstanding but rough hewn and filled with personality like, as an example, The Band. They are clearly brilliant players but they are never showy for the sake of it, everyone plays very tastefully with a particular emphasise on the bass guitar which is very prominently mixed and highly melodically played. The mix of the bass reminds me both of dub albums and the way the bass of Michael Henderson was mixed on Miles Davis albums.

The style is based on mid tempo bass riffs with Curtis Mayfield style soul guitar with attractive solos buy both flute and sax. It is possible fans of more zany funk like Parliament may find this too laid back but I like both and feel that they had a very distinctive sound thanks to the West Indian background of the players and in many ways are similar to the vibe of UK bands like Steel Pulse who successfully reinvented reggae into a very British sound. In a sense bands like Cymande were a precursor to artists such as Massive Attack with their successful integration of many sounds brought to the UK by immigrants from Jamaica and Africa and fused with their new experiences of life in a new land to make something special.

What a great band!

Maningrey @ london school of sound