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Dream Chasers Radio w/Yahaloma interviews Joseph Israel

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Gone Are the Days (Lions of Israel, 2005) What an impressive solo debut from newcomer Joseph Israel Gone Are the Days is. Everything about it scream "professional," and it has a Jamaican authenticity that belies the fact that Israel is from the US. Its lush roots sound was recorded in part at Tuff Gong Studio and was co-produced and arranged by legendary Jamaican musicians Earl "Chinna" Smith and William "Squidley" Cole. And it features guest vocals from big names like Luciano and Mikey General. Luciano's appearance is appropriate, as it's that sort of humble modern roots sound that Israel strives for. He succeeds with wonderful tunes like "Jerusalem," the soulful "Gone Are the Days," the funky call to action "Jah Souljahs," and the lively love song "Be Together." The only piece that at times falls short is Israel's vocals, which aren't as full-bodied or polished as, say, Luciano, and thus are occasionally overpowered by the potent music (A dub album could certainly be in order.). Joseph Israel cuts a striking figure in the reggae realm, with his pallid features and dangling auburn beard, but any prejudices about his appearance should be put to rest with one listen to the sparkling Gone Are the Days. Take a gander at lionsofisrael.com. Booking and Management:.. Israel Music Management :303-444-1554 479-841-4092 Email:israel@josephisrael.com israel@josephisrael.com
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