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Cornerstone Roots

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Calling Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  2   Home Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  3   Jah Cornerstone Roots (Feat. Luciano) MP3 sample
  4   Freedom Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  5   Steppers Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  6   Forward Movement Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  7   Civilisation Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  8   Mankiller Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  9   Wake Up Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample
  10   War Cornerstone Roots MP3 sample

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More down-home, soulful and distinctly Kiwi sounding reggae from the Raglan roots collective - Cornerstone Roots. Free Yourself is the band's second album from the band, following 2003's fantastic Soul Revolution
The band has been anything but idle in the intervening years though; touring tirelessly here and across the Tasman (eight times to Australia in 2004 alone!) as well as Noumea and Japan. All this hard work is starting to pay off with the band garnering a solid fanbase in a growing amount of territories through touring and radio-play. They have shared the stage with Reggae royalty such as Burning Spear, Toots & The Maytals and legendary rhythm section Sly & Robbie. At their recent appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest they were joined onstage by none other than Spearhead's Michael Franti!
Free Yourself sees Cornerstone Roots returning to a 4-piece - giving a well-suited, 'no-frills' stripped back sound to the album. Brian Ruawai delivers his conscious lyrics as well as some Hendrix-inspired bluesy guitar licks over a solid rhythmic bed laid down by Bassist Naomi Tuao, Drummer Turongo and Percussionist Aaron Bush. Several guests appear on the album too - including Reggae MC/vocalist Luciano and veteran Studio One DJ Ranking Joe.
Free Yourself covers the gamut of Reggae styles - from the straight up Reggae of tracks like 'Calling' and 'Jah' to the more upbeat almost Ska feel of 'Home' and 'Forward Movement' and the instrumental track 'Steppers', which sees the group going into dubbed out mode - with big, deep bass and copious tape-echo all over the track. A solid second effort for this hardworking group and it will surely see the Cornerstone Roots sound spreading even further across the globe. Recommended.

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Artist: Cornerstone Roots
Album: Free Yourself
Cat #: mlrcd04
Date: 05/06/2007
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Motherland Collective
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: New Zealand , Reggae/Roots/Dub
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