Aston "Family Man" Barrett & The Wailers Band Soul Constitution: Instrumentals & Dubs 1971 – 1982

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    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Soul Constitution
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Distant Drums
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Eastern Memphis
    • Max Edwards – Gideons High
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Cell Block 11
    • The Wailers – Guided Missile
    • The Wailers – Work
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Family Man Skank
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Dub Combination
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Cobra Style (Disco Mix)
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Well Pleased (Disco Mix)
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Tribute To Y Mas Gan
    • The Wailers – Rebel Am I
    • Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Distant Drums Version
    • Gideon All Stars – Ixes
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    • 1. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Soul Constitution
    • 2. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Distant Drums
    • 3. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Eastern Memphis
    • 4. Max Edwards – Gideons High
    • 5. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Cell Block 11
    • 6. The Wailers – Guided Missile
    • 7. The Wailers – Work
    • 8. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Family Man Skank
    • 9. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Dub Combination
    • 10. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Cobra Style (Disco Mix)
    • 11. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Well Pleased (Disco Mix)
    • 12. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Tribute To Y Mas Gan
    • 13. The Wailers – Rebel Am I
    • 14. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Distant Drums Version
    • 15. Gideon All Stars – Ixes
    • 16. Aston "Family Man" Barrett – Steppers Rock

    Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett is much more than just one of the most renowned reggae bass players of all time. As the bassist of choice for Bob Marley and the Wailers from 1969 up until Marley’s untimely passing, Barrett acted as chief musical arranger and bandleader for the Wailers, greatly altering the course of reggae in the process. He has also been one of the most important Jamaican session musicians, beginning with the Hippie Boys in the late 1960s, and after helping reggae to become better established internationally as a member of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Upsetters band, he also performed bass duties for a range of noteworthy producers, including Bunny Lee and Keith Hudson, among many others. What is less known, but equally important, is that Family Man produced some of the most challenging and experimental reggae of the 1970s and 80s, issuing unique works in small quantity in Jamaica on a range of short-lived record labels. Soul Constitution collects the best of Family Man’s instrumental and dub output, issued between 1972 and 1982. Aside from a few early tracks recorded at Randy’s studio in the heart of downtown Kingston, much of the work was crafted at the rehearsal room of the original Tuff Gong, based at Marley’s uptown home at 56 Hope Road; some of these works have the very first instances of a drum machine being used in reggae, and all are marked by the supreme musicianship and unorthodox production techniques that has made Family Man’s releases greatly prized by reggae collectors. Several of the tracks are appearing for the first time on long-playing LP and CD format, and most come complete with stripped-down dub counterparts.

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