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Joseph Israel


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Joseph Israel Reviews:
Reggae newcomer Joseph Israel's impressive debut, "Gone Are The Days," is filled with such a warm, authentic feel that it's hard to believe the red-haired Rastafari was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. Taking an interest in music at a young age (his father owned a music club), his influence came from none other than than the sounds of Bob Marley. At 14 he took the first of several trips to Jamaica, where he would learn the culture, music and local religions, as well as connect with some of the island's top producers to help hone his skills. After opening for Ziggy Marley on his "Dragonfly" tour, Israel set off for Jamaica once again, with a couple of Marley's bandmates in tow, where he recorded his debut disc at such legendary studios as the elder Marley's Tuff Gong and Shaggy's Big Yard.

"Gone Are The Days" is proof that Israel learned from the best-- it's a crisp, clean, virtually flawless recording. Occasionally Israel's vocals falter, but when they do it's hardly noticeable due to the multi-layered music that at points overpowers them. Starting with the aptly titled "Jerusalem," the album grooves through such high points as "Truth," the heavenly R&B vibe of "Jah Kingdom," and the hit single "Ruff Times," which features Reggae legend Luciano, a chronicle on the state of the world. Overall, this album is full-bodied with religious hints and undertones flowing within the melodic neo-roots sound that Israel creates and should not be overlooked by any reggae fans.

"Gone are the Days Review"

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

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'Gone are the Days' (Lions of Israel)


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