Israel Vibration

Live & Jammin' [DVD]

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Israel Vibration have been bringing roots and culture to the world for over a quarter of a century now, and even their reduction from a trio to a duo has not slowed the group down, which Live & Jammin' amply illustrates. The DVD captures Cecil "Skelly" Spence and Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin on-stage during their 2003 French tour, before enthusiastic crowds who are repaid with a fabulous career-spanning set of songs, although Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig's own contributions, of course, are missing. Since their debut album, 1978's Same Song, the Vibes have been backed by the cream of Jamaica's musicians, most regularly in recent years by the Roots Radics. And here they are on-stage, giving fans the opportunity to see them take on Vibes classics that predate their arrival on the scene, a real treat in itself. Bouncing between searing cultural numbers, uplifting reggae songs, and Feelin' Irie crowd-pleasers, the Vibes put on one Babylon-burning show, all of which can also be heard on the group's Live & Jammin' CD. There are also 40 minutes' worth of bonus footage, but as none of it is actual concert footage, it's for hardcore fans only; few else will find the band wandering around French markets and the like that riveting. However, the inclusion of the group's "Fighting Soldiers" video is to be welcomed. The Vibes and Radics are both top-notch, and with a set list guaranteed to please, fans will be enthralled.