Cymande - Promised Heights (1974)

Cymande - Promised Heights (1974)

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Release Info: Cymande - Promised Heights (1974)

Cymande - Promised Heights (1974)
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


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
Cymande - Promised Heights (1974)
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