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Below the Bassline

Ernest RanglinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001EA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (( : Roots Fusion : )) September 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD on impulse and was rewarded by a fantastic recording! Earnest Ranglin is one of those characters who's never really been in the limelight, despite the fact that he's been making music for about 50 years, and this release shows there's still plenty more to come. Ranglin was an influential figure in the beginnings and evolution of ska, has produced a steady output of solo LPs since the 1960s ("Wranglin" being a good example), as well as being in constant demand as a session musician for studios and sound systems in Jamaica. He has also played at festivals across the world and is probably most famous for arranging the global 60s smash 'My Boy Lollipop' for Millie Small.
"Below the Bassline" can be best described as a Jazz-Reggae crossover LP. Ranglin provides us with a fresh insight into some well-seasoned Reggae classics, as well as throwing in a few self-composed originals. Ranglin's guitar playing is inspired! The spotlight doesn't just shine on Ranglin - the other players are all incredible, in particular the bass and drums (Ira Coleman and Idris Muhammad respectively). The end result is some really authentic, stripped down acoustic versions of classic roots tracks. The highlights for me are the versions of Satta Massagana (by the Abyssinians), King Tubby Meets the Rockers (by Augustus Pablo), Black Disciples (by Burning Spear) and Congo Man (by the Congos). Being an acoustic recording adds a new dimension to compositions I've come to love over the years. Each track is excellently arranged, executed and produced, giving Ranglin a perfect platform on which to express his unique guitar prowess.
What more can I say? The music speaks for itself! Ranglin is a truly remarkable talent. He plays guitar with precise skill, conviction and real emotion. Whether you're a reggae fan or not I know you'll be enthralled by the tracks on this CD. All in all a great purchase which is well worth seeking out!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! August 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The man who taught Bob Marley how to play the guitar may finally get his just rewards. "BELOW THE BASSLINE" is a brilliant example of Jamaican Jazz in it's purest form. Ernest Ranglin has fast fingers for someone in his 60's. He has also mastered the technique of feathering the guitar strings with beathtaking precision. Add to this; an uncanny ability to comunicate such rich emotion through his music, and you have one sensational piece of music. This disc is testimony to his great love of Jazz, and his birth right Jamaica. Smooth, charming, and rhythmic. This is music you can either kick back and listen to, or get up and dance to. With "Below the Bassline", Ernest Ranglin has demolished any generation gap he may have had with the young or the old. This music is for everyone. Contagious to the last note. BRILLIANT!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique sonic experience !!! September 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Ernie Ranglin is a guitar virtuoso, and that is very evident on this album. On Below the Baseline, Maestro Ranglin interprets some classic Jamaican cuts in his silky smooth guitar playing style, that leaves you with a Jazzy-Reggae feel. I particularly liked Satta Massagana,54-46, and Ball of Fire. Big props to Ernie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection October 19, 2004
By Ally
Format:Audio CD
Ranglin first gained the world's attention in the 60s when he played a major role in developing Ska, and in this album his music still sounds fresh and exciting. The back-up group consists of acoustic bass, drums, percussion and famous Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. My personal favourite tracks have to be 'Surfin', 'Below the Bassline' and the Reggae classic 'Ball of Fire' with outstanding sax solos by the mighty Ronald Alphonso. A stunning blend of Ska, Reggae & Jazz, Definetly worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars opening to a great new world of funky sounds. April 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
welcome to a new world of sound. ernest ranglin is one of those artists who has played with almost every musician of credibility in the entire world.... i won't begin a list here as there are plenty of other places to find this info.
perhaps the most notable point of the album is the completeness of the work. All the musicians are balanced perfectly and are all remarkable players... in my humble opionion!
it's groovy, it's happy... it's perfect for a late night bailey's or a mid-day sunday seabreeze.
the tracks all have their own groove and there is enough in each piece to keep a listener interested for more than just the first couple of times. those of you who listen to jamaican stuff plenty will have heard most of these tunes before but these versions are truly magical. give a couple of tracks a listen.... check out the coolness of ranglin's own "surfin'" or the bluesy-but-with-joy-bursting-through "54-46 (was my number)". if you haven't listened to much of this kind of music "below the bassline" is a good place to start.... but it could mean that you will have to buy more sounds by ernie.... he's infectious!
i guess you could say guys like ronnie jordan and george benson have a similar guitar sound but ranglin is the supreme power of guitar of this fashion.
i was lucky enough to see ernest ranglin play at a womad festival and his performance turned me onto this disc.
groove on man!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one who has heard this hasn't liked it! May 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A bit of hyperbole, but that's been my experience. Certainly Reggae and Ska fans might be the first attracted to Below the Bassline but there is much here for Jazz fans and others as well. Ernest Ranglin is such a subtle virtuoso that you'll find yourself cruising along and then your jaw will drop at what he's playing. One of my all time favorites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent performance and sonics
Published 2 days ago by KCJR
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Records Ever Made!
I absolutely love this record and I play it almost daily after more than 10 years. It is instrumental Jamaican Jazz that sticks with you like white on rice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pietro G. Poggi
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, cracked cover
I truly delighted to have this music in my collection. Like any album, the listener discovers less known songs. However, the cover came broken. The hinge was broken off
Published 3 months ago by Madamesquire
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and skilled guitarist
If you're looking for a guitarist who shreds or plays power chords, this isn't the recording for you.

Ranglin's playing is lively, gorgeous, and tuneful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clay W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great background music
Certainly not for everyone, but if jazz covers of reggae classics sound good to you, odds are that you'll enjoy this record. Ranglin is a maestro.
Published 11 months ago by B. Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bridge between reggae and jazz
Recording quality is amazing -- a perfectly clear top end with a HUGE bass sound. Songs are great. Lots of grooving and jamming. Great album to play at a dinner party.
Published 12 months ago by Papageorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this guy
So I listen to a lot of different music. Though I don't spend all my time looking into the history of the different genres I enjoy, I do like to know the pioneers and influences of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. Charvat
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing original sound
Heard a song on satellite radio, went on line and found this CD on amazon, even my 81 year old mother loves him.
Published 15 months ago by Barry J. Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
Very pleased with this CD. First heard it many years ago in a pub in London. Quality is great and we are very happy to be listening to it once again! Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by JCook
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must-have!
If you're a fan of bass heavy jazz, this disc won't disappoint. Especially excellent are tracks 3 and 7, but the whole disc is a masterpiece.
Published on September 23, 2008 by Peter Bassney
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