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New Age Steppers

Foundation Steppers

Foundation Steppers

UPC: 5060263722755

Format: LP

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The third and final New Age Steppers album (unless one considers the Creation Rebel dub sets), Foundation Steppers is dominated by Bim Sherman's magnificent vocals, with the majority of his showcases then segueing into a lengthy dub interlude, to complete one of the finest "traditional" reggae albums in the On-U canon. Assuming, of course, that a traditional album would find space for "Five Dog Race," an earthquake instrumental that Adrian Sherwood would return to on several occasions in the future. Lol Coxhill, Doctor Pablo, and Prince Hammer have all distinguished subsequent versions of this mighty rhythm. Another dub, the sparser "Mandarin," is equally forthright, but the key moments here are the vocal tracks -- the buoyant "Memories," the confidential "Misplaced Love," and the pushy "Vice of My Enemies" (reworking the old "Rebel Party" rhythm) all testify to Sherman's mighty presence -- to the point where the absence of the Steppers' most familiar vocalist, Ari Up, is scarcely even noticed. ~ Dave Thompson


1 - Some Love
2 - Memories
3 - 5 Dog Race
4 - Misplaced Love
5 - Dreamers
6 - Stabilizer
7 - Stormy Weather
8 - Vice of My Enemies
9 - Mandarin