Halfway Tree
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Halfway Tree

September 11, 2001

  Song Title
Educated Fools [feat. Treach]
More Justice
It Was Written [feat. Capleton]
Catch A Fire
Still Searching [feat. Yami Bolo]
She Needs My Love [feat. Sabor]
Mi Blenda
Where Is the Love? [feat. Eve]
Harder (Interlude)
Born To Be Wild
Give Dem Some Way [feat. Daddigan]
Halfway Tree
Paradise Child [feat. Mr.Cheeks]
Stuck In Between
Halfway Tree
Stand A Chance [feat. Yami Bolo]

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  • Label: Ghetto Youth Intl
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  • Total Length: 1:12:05
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  • ASIN: B001NT1NTO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,461 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid August 10, 2005
By L. Rowe
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of the greatest modern reggae albums out there. Named after a particular area in Kingston, Jamaica where all major roads meet, Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley sampled a variety of musical genres while collaborating with many big time reggae, dancehall & hiphop artists.

1. Educated Fools (5/5) - Nice hiphop beat. Great way to start things off. Bunny Wailer opens with an interesting skit leaving Jr Gong to do his thing along with Bounty Killa & Treach (Naughty by Nature). 2nd best track of the album.
2. More Justice (4.5/5) - Big time reggae tune. Good message.
3. It Was Written (4/5) - (modern reggae/hiphop) Very popular track. Nice collab with Capleton, Stephen Marley, and Drag-On.
4. Catch a Fire (3/5) Not bad for a solo effort.
5. Still Searchin' w/ Yami Bolo (5/5) - 3rd best track on the album.
6. She Needs My Love w/ Yami Bolo (4.5) - Dancehall track. Very nicely done.
7. Mi Blenda (5/5) - More Danchall here. Arguably the best track on the album, and Jr. Gong's best solo effort. He delivered an absolute scorcher!
8. Where Is the Love (4.5/5) - Nice Hip Hop beat. Good vibes. Nice collab with Eve. Positive message.
9. Harder (Interlude) - see #10
10. Born to Be Wild (3.5/5) - A rather dark/violent story was told but overall it's a well produced song.
11. Give Dem Some Way (5/5) - Modern Reggae. Nice african inspired beat. Jr Gong was sharp on this one.
12. Half Way Tree (Interlude)
13. Paradise Child (4.5/5) - Nice collab with Jimmy Cozier. Very smooth and relaxing R&B beat.
14. Stuck in Between (4/5) - Modern reggae tune. Jr Gong did his thing as usual. Well done track.
15. Half Way Tree (5/5) - Danchall/HipHop. Major props to Jr Gong for bringing in Swizz Beatz on this one. The beat is sick!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sophmore album second best October 10, 2001
By hotspam
Format:Audio CD
Inferior to his first album "Mr. Marley", Damian Jr.Gong strays from his father's influence and his dancehall style to a confusing mix of R&B, Hip-hop, and Rap. Guest appearance by Treach? Whose down with O.P.P? Not me! What's with the munchkin voice on the title track "Halfway Tree"? Must be all the Ganja smoking! Save the dramatic spots for MTV and get on with the roots. Besides "And Be Loved" and "Catch a Fire" where he samples Bob's original classics "Could You Be Loved" and "Slave Driver", "More Justice" sampled from Ziggy and the Melody Makers, and collaborations with the most vocally talented of the Marley brothers--Steve, the rest of the album is sort of disappointing. About half the songs are good, and as a hardcore reggae fan, buy it...but if you don't own his 1996 debut "Mr. Marley", buy that one first!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halfway Tree-Reinvention of Rebel Music August 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Halfway Tree, Damian Marley's major label debut is a ground-breaking blend of reggae riddims and dancehall bass lines. beginning with the electrifying reality rhyming of Educated Fools, and pushing into more solemn and inspirational songs such as It Was Written (my favorite), he then pays a beautiful homage to his father in Catch a Fire, doing a very worthy job putting a modern twist to Bob's Slave Driver. From there Damian moves into some R&B and more dance-able tunes, but brings the revolutionary spirit back with the Halfway Tree Selah, and with the humbling social critiques of Stand a Chance. Overall, this album is a well-rounded and fantastic reinvention of Rebel Music and Damian shows his roots and inspirations, mixing everything together, and creating an album that you can dance too and draw inspiration from. His BEST album!

You can lead a revolution with this stuff...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% solid.. October 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Jr Gong is following his half brother Ky-mani's step by releasing this album that is cross over reggae CD..so many
pop tracks, it's amazing none of it has made it into POP radio,
especially when SO many rap groups (i include shaggy in that group) are doing Faux ragga rap..More Justice is one of the Killer tracks there..and there's a hidden track at the end of the last song..every track is good..just get it, and see how
real ragga is done, Hiphop ragga is a waste of time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE HIS VOICE! August 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am totally in love with Damian Marley's voice. It is edgy, but smooth and incredibly easy to hear. I have all of his albums and there is absolutely NO WAY you can get tired of listening to him sing. On this album, one of my favorite songs is "Still Searchin'". You can't get enough! Seriously. If you are not convinced, listen to the sample. A girl could fall in love, literally! I highly recommend this album to anyone. Very well put together!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend continues . . . September 1, 2006
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One of the best reggae albums I've heard in some time with its raw, driving, hard and relevant lyrics. I like this one even better than Jamrock. This brother has a style that is his own, and his interpretation of the Marley message will ensure that the word of the Last Known Living Prophet survives . . . If you like hard unfiltered reggae, you'll love this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it only takes ONE SONG to make a CD addictive October 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Every single day for the past few months I have been listening to Stand A Chance. There are several great songs on this CD, Educated Fools, Give Den Some Way etc etc. But Stand a Chance is hypnotically beautiful, conscious, great rhythm, power voice, great message, its got it all. AND THE BONUS TRACK right afterwards is also great. On give dem some way, the last 5 seconds are very unusual in music these days....he just goes OFF . I wish the whole song had this power that the last 5 seconds have. ITS AMAZING. Those last 5 seconds fill a universe!
Damian Marley is his own man. I am hoping in t he future, he gets rougher and tougher and spits the truth louder. he's poised to receive it all. lisabancroft.com fullmoonstone.com
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Walks right in his dad's shoes!
Young but already wise for his age. I love his dad and Damian like his brothers, does his father proud! Love him!
Published 5 months ago by Wanatsha Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Jr Gong Strikes Again!
For a second album this absolutely one of my ALL TIME favorite cds. At the acacolipse I'm definately going to save my Jr. Gong Halfway Tree cd. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Vince Acadiz
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL SATISFIED!
This was an awesome buy, and I'm very satisfied! I like this equally as much as Welcome to Jamrock! ;-)
Published 14 months ago by Funky
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracks 11 and 13 are my favorites
I like an album that stands as one complete work - this album is almost there for me. Just not quite.
Published 15 months ago by Jeff W.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a non skip album!
Simply put u can listen to Half way tree from the first track to the last without skipping! Its a classic regardless of the Marley name and fame Jr. Gong is a genius.
Published on January 22, 2010 by A. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!!
This CD never gets old, the lyrics are amazing! Sit down put the music on and follow along with the words and become addicted! Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by April Shawl
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album...
First of all, this is not the best Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley album. Welcome To Jamrock is. However, this is not bad. Read more
Published on August 29, 2007 by Cindy F. Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I was expecting a lot more from this album and was so excited when it was released. I found it to be a disappointment, probably because my expectations were so high. Read more
Published on June 4, 2007 by Karlene Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have...
When I first heard this album, I was blown away. This is not a reggae album, as most ppl describe it. But a classic nonetheless. Read more
Published on April 23, 2007 by Sun Yun
4.0 out of 5 stars Junior Gong Rocks!
I think that Damian Marley is one of the best new reggae artists out there. You can't go wrong with getting Halfway Tree. I wouldn't recomend it over to Welcome to Jamrock. Read more
Published on July 3, 2006 by Story L. Rhinehart
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