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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Review - Tree of Satta

Artist: The Abyssinians

Posted on Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 4:00 AM

Tree of Satta
Label: Blood and Fire
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Tree of Satta

Chronicling the history of one song, "Satta Massa Gana," "Tree of Satta" compiles versions ranging from the original 1969 cut to recent interpretations. And though each track shares the same bass line and musical hook, everything else differs. From Tommy McCook's instrumental tenor sax version to Prince Far I's dub poetry, each song varies wildly from The Abyssinians' original roots-reggae tune (considered by some to be the greatest Rasta anthem of all time). Through interviews with the original Abyssinians, the liner notes provide an interesting history, putting the song's genealogy and importance into perspective.

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