Israel Vibration / Fighting Soldiers
Album: Fighting Soldiers   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Israel Vibration   Added:May 2003
Label:Ras/Ice Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-09-29 Pull Date: 2003-12-01 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 9 Nov 2 Oct 26 Oct 19
Airplays: 1 2 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 13, 2020: KZSU Training Hour
Miscalculation, Unseen Bullet
4. Jul 27, 2005: Dub Blue
Peace not War
2. Dec 26, 2005: Sacowen
Unseen Bullet
5. Nov 05, 2003: press and release
3. Oct 12, 2005: A Better Version
6. Oct 29, 2003: Wednesday Morning Radio Program
Unseen Bullet

Album Review
Kareem Ghanem
Reviewed 2003-09-30
Israel Vibration is a seminal roots reggae group that cut several groundbreaking albums in the seventies and eighties. Ever since the mid-nineties, I believe, they’ve existed as a two-some (they were once a three-person group). This album, while lacking the rougher production I personally typically prefer, offers up some solid tracks, especially considering how this scene has changed. Not bombastic like much of dancehall nor irritating like so many so-called “dub” mixes that have come into vogue. Vocals are always ear-pleasing signature Israel Vibration and the music itself incorporates enough of an array of instruments to stay interesting. Thematically, it deals mostly with personal/cultural issues. Not the most exciting album, but worth a listen.

My picks:
1 Incorporates a vague eastern sensibility.
3 Mellow but with an understated tension.
5, 6 Rocksteady influence but almost too smooth-sounding.
7 Darker, slightly anthemic.

Track Listing
1. Unseen Bullet   7. Miscalculation
2. Craven Raven   8. Sodom and Gomorrah
3. Level Every Angle   9. Men in High Places
4. Fighting Soldiers   10. Peace not War
5. Tippy Tippy Toes   11. Bloodstain
6. Jah Runnings   12. Wish You Were Here