Regardless, Aswad's ability to adapt themselves to the changing times -- new musical trends, shifting personnel -- was ultimately the driving force behind their decades-long career. Their sound was already rather eclectic from the beginning, mixing elements of soul, jazz, and funk with hard roots reggae, lovers rock, and dub. In , Aswad became the first British reggae band to sign with a major label when they landed a deal with Island Records.
Their debut single, the classic "Back to Africa," was released that year and hit number one on the U. Their self-titled debut album -- a collection chronicling the experiences of London's West Indian immigrant community -- followed not long after, and the group scored another hit with "Three Babylon. Hemmings subsequently left the band and was replaced by Tony "Gad" Robinson.
In , Aswad moved over to the independent Grove label and issued the single "It's Not Our Wish," which was followed by their second album, the rootsier Hulet later licensed for release by Island. Oban left the group in , at which point Gad switched from keyboards to bass. Also in , Forde appeared in the film Babylon, whose soundtrack featured the Aswad classic "Warrior Charge. The singles "Love Fire" and the non-LP "Finger Gun Style" found some success that year, yet New Chapter wasn't quite the breakout commercial hit that both band and label had hoped for; the punk era and its fascination with reggae were waning, and the record was somewhat underpromoted.
Aswad stripped back their sound on the follow-up, Not Satisfied, but it too met with relative commercial indifference, and the group parted ways with CBS. Before the end of , Aswad issued a one-off single, the classic "Roots Rockin'," on their own Simba label, and subsequently returned to Island on the Mango subsidiary.
Their next release was the concert set Live and Direct, which appeared in ; by this time, the core group had been reduced to a trio of Forde, Gad, and Zeb, augmented by a horn section featuring saxman Michael "Bami" Rose and trumpeter Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton. Children Infinity Another Night Let's Push It 3. Shy Guy 4. Warriors 5. Tarantino's New Star 6. Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! Your Town 8. Stomp 9. Betcha Can't Wait Old Pop In An Oak Teardrops Love Guaranteed Telefunkin' U Krazy Katz Avenging Angels So Young Feel Good Step By Step 4.
Ready Or Not 5. Got The Feelin' 7. Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg 8. You're The One 9. Chains Each Time Forever Back Here Reverence I've Been Thinking About You Everybodys Free To Feel Good Infinity 2. Don't You Want Me 3. Move Your Body 4. Love Thing 5. Sure Do 6. Take The Long Way Home 7. Never Gonna Let You Go 8. You're Making Me High 9. Freak Me One For Sorrow The First Night Wopbabalubop Let's Stay Together Love II Love Summer Rain Tracks of Disc 3 1. Tearin' Up My Heart 2. Tonight 3. I Want It That Way 4.
Warm It Up 5. If Ya Gettin' Down 6. Summertime Of Our Lives 7. I Want You For Myself 8. Heartbeat More Than You Know Daydreamin' Here We Are Lazy Tracks of Disc 4 1. Where Love Lives 2. Waterfall 3. That Look 5. Feels Like Heaven 6. A Deeper Love 8. Jump 9. Shy Guy Right Here Boy You Knock Me Out Bye Bye Baby Un-Break My Heart All True Man Creep Money Last Night Electricity 2.
Lucky You 4. Insane In The Brain 5. Nobody Knows 6. Live Your Life Be Free 7. Good Feeling 8. Female Of The Species 9. Run To You Fun Fun Fun Holding On To You Let's Get Ready To Rhumble.
Toxic 2. Lady Marmalade 6. I'm Outta Love 7. Crazy Chick 8. My Happy Ending 9. Torn Holding Out For A Hero Runaway Horses Moonlight Music And You It's In His Kiss You're A Superstar Roses 2. I Want It That Way 3. I Want You Back 4. Shine 5. Loverman 6. My Guy 8. Summer Breeze Pt. Hold Back The Night Break My Stride Lowdown A Little Respect Walk On The Wild Side Thanks for the pos! Album Rating: 4. Aswad Aswad 5. Review Summary: UK Reggae legends put out their first effort, probably one of their best!
When Reggae went international in the s a few band bands in the UK emerged and remained icons of the genre until today. The latter was recognized in the s with their album A New Chapter although their most interesting work is for me their first album Self Titled Coming from London, the band was formed of descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean.
Their work was distinctively different from Jamaican acts especially since they talked about issues that UK youth would run into. The band also hold the distinction of having played with each one of the ex- Wailers. Aswad suffered their first line-up change in sixteen years in , when Forde departed the band for spiritual reasons; leaving Gaye as the only founding member left in the band's line-up. Once again, the remaining members opted not to seek to recruit a replacement musician to the line-up, and thus Aswad became a duo of Gaye and Robinson.
With the exception of a brief reunion with Forde in for the Island record label's 50th anniversary celebrations,  the band's line-up has remained the same to the present day.
Aswad released their most recent material in , with the album City Lock. They released the singles "What Is Love? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab. Back to home page Return to top. Back to home page.Aswad, an Album by Aswad. Released in on Island (catalog no. ILPS ; Vinyl LP). Genres: Roots Reggae.