by Alpha Blondy


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Six years old when it finally reached America, Elohim isn't the great lost Alpha Blondy album as much as it is an exciting collection of tunes with a crummy cover and so-so production. The original Elohim cover displayed Blondy as a righteous, cross-carrying warrior, but ignore the post-concert, shoved-in-the-corner singer here and you're in for an excellent -- sometimes chilling -- set of conscious lyrics with breezy music. Breezy to a fault, actually, since Blondy's Solar System band seems flattened by the thin production most of the time. Compare the version of "Black Samourai" on the live Paris Bercy album to the one included here for proof, or consider how the wicked lyric "We take no prisoners/And we eat the wounded" sits on mannered, sterile beats. The tougher Merci from 2002 displayed that Blondy would grow as an executive producer, but Elohim is filled with prime Blondy songs, ones good enough to forgive the musical stiffness. "The Devil's Tail" is up there with his best, "Take No Prisoner" is tougher than tough, and "Black Samourai" became the man's anthem. To Shanachie's credit, Elohim is 80 percent in French and the label does an excellent job of translating the lyrics for the booklet. Elohim is hardly the first reggae album to be brought down a peg by cheap, sterile production, but it makes you pine harder than usual for what could have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351456120
catalogNumber: 45061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alpha Blondy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wayne Armond   Guitar
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Bass,Bass Guitar
Samuel Kone   Drums
Guy N'Sangue   Bass
Phillipe Slominski   Trumpet
Marylou Seba   Background Vocals
Julia Fenere Sarr   Background Vocals
Mao Otayeck   Guitar
Christopher Burch   Keyboards
Ekwala   Didjeridu
Sarr Julia   Background Vocals
Abou Watt   Percussion
Lydie "Oliza" Zamata   Background Vocals
Guy Sangue   Bass Guitar
Samuel Kone   Drums
Philipp Slominski   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Alpha Blondy   Composer,Executive Producer
Desmond Dekker   Composer
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Producer
Boncana Maïga   Arranger
Rohan Dwyer   Programming,Engineer
Bruno Fourrier   Engineer
Rohan Romain   Programming

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