Cymande ‎– The Message

Janus Records ‎– J 203
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

Tracklist Hide Credits

A The Message
Written-By – Patrick Patterson, Steve Scipio
B Zion I
Written-By – Mike Rose*, Pablo Gonzales*

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From The Cymande LP #JLS 3044 "Cymande".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): J 2314-E
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): J 2318
  • Matrix / Runout (A side hand etching): J-2314-E
  • Matrix / Runout (B side hand etching): J-2318
  • Matrix / Runout (A & B sides stamped): STERLING
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
41.084 Cymande The Message(7") RCA 41.084 France 1972 Sell This Version
ALA 4 Cymande The Message(7") Alaska ALA 4 UK 1973 Sell This Version
ALA 4 Cymande The Message(7", Single, Sol) Alaska ALA 4 UK 1973 Sell This Version
ALA-4 Cymande The Message(7") Sonet ALA-4 Sweden 1973 Sell This Version
J 203 Cymande The Message(7") Janus Records J 203 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version



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September 1, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
One of Cymande's most well known classics, "The Message" reached the status of top-influential music (alongside "Dove" and "Bra"), affecting the lifes of countless artists since then. "The Message" became part of several major compilations like "Got To Get Your Own (Some Rare Grooves)", "Essential Funk Classics Volume 1", "Cutmaster Swift Presents The Breaks II", "Mega Disco Funk", "The Funk Box", just to mention some - and reached the status of primal reference for Breakers, Junglists, Rapers and clubbers all around.
'Cymande - The Message' was sampled by artists from the range of Brothers Like Outlaw to MC Solaar, King T, Kings Of Swing, Masta Ace, RRA, & The Coup, consolidating its importance through the next couple of decades.

On the other side, "Zion I" was as well sampled (Cash Crew, Zhigge) which makes this 7 inch release one of the hottest spread from Cymande first LP's tunes. If you have the chance, try to find this one and the one with "Bra" and "Rastafarian Folk Song". Highly recommended.