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Cymande - Promised Heights (1974) [Reissue 2007]

3-10-2014, 09:09
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Cymande - Promised Heights (1974) [Reissue 2007]

Artist: Cymande
Title Of Album: Promised Heights
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Newhouse Records / NHR-020
Genre: Funk, Soul, Blues Rock, Soul-Jazz
Total Time: 1:12:35
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 175 mb / 424 mb

Cymande, Promised Heights is the unreleased back catalogue of Cymande material. The tracks mainly come from Cymande's last LP recorded in 1974, also entitled - Promised Heights, with the exception of "Equatorial Forest," which appears on the album Cymande - Renegades of Funk. The albums Promised Heights and Renegades of Funk comprise Cymande's entire catalogue.

This album features three bonus tracks "Friends," "Our Love (Will Really Get Going)," and Mighty Heavy Load," and two nicely crafted reworks of "Brothers on the Slide," by Ruffy and Tuffy and "Fug" by The Greenskeepers. Cymande was an unique and multi faceted group that created an amazing mixture of funk, jazz, soul, and reggae. Promised Heights shows Cymande at their finest, recording their last LP at Chess Studios. Cymande deserves those "Promised Heights," not previously granted to this group of future funk pioneers. Famously sampled by Biz Markie, The Fugees, EPMD, and De La Soul. Cymande's universal timeless music should be known by music lovers everywhere.


1. Crawshay
2. Recluse
3. Friends
4. Leavert
5. Losing Ground
6. Our Love (Will Really Get Going)
7. Promised Heights
8. Breezeman
9. Changes
10. Mighty Heavy Load
11. Them and Us
12. Fugs Back [Greenskeepers Rework]
13. Brothers on the Slide [Ruffy & Tuffy Edit]
14. Pon de Dungle
15. Sheshamani
16. Rastafarian Folk Song

On their final LP for Janus Records, Cymande continues the heavy message theme of Second Time Around. "Pon de Dungle" is about the secrets of life and love articulated over a lazy beat. "Equatorial Forest" is a multifaceted tune with a lightning tempo and sliding, accentuating horns, while the Curtis Mayfield-ish "Brothers on the Slide" has some commercial appeal. The flavorful "Changes" is like viewing a good oil painting; the slow moody instrumental has a meditating effect, and a soft, airy flute makes for an inconspicuous lead instrument. "Promised Heights," the title cut, is strong, and should have done better for Cymande. It has the lilt and beauty of earlier sides, the horn work is sensational, and a nice sax solo scintillates. That same looping reggae beat is matched with meaningful lyrics and a positive, working-together theme on "Losing Ground." "The Recluse" has a great hook ("When will all the lights go, will they leave the blackest night") and features a nice romping beat spiced with sweeping horns. Cymande is a perfect example of music's universal appeal; despite not knowing 70-percent of what they're saying, you're still drawn into the sounds. Review by Andrew Hamilton



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