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The Rastafarians - Orthodox album

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Insert is a black and white photo of the band. Catalog number taken from the matrix.

Album · 2005 · 10 Songs. Formed in California by a pair of Jamaican ex-pats, The Rastafarians perfectly caught the sound and spirit of mid-'70s roots reggae. With its clavinet and percussion, the title track harks back to Exodus-era Wailers, while the ominous dub echoes and fiery lead vocal on "Occupation" recall the heyday of Burning Spear. If you hear a Marley-like voice on "Roll Call," it belongs to Constantine "Vision" Walker, himself an ex-Wailer. The gospel harmonies on "Rasta Theme" make a fitting close to The Rastafarians' only album.

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Rightfully named "Orthodox", The Rastafarians represent jah work, as the wailers did, as bob did, with will, desperation and grace. This album is well remembered and it's recent re-release is creating great vibes all over the world. Roots Reggae with great hooks, vocals and musicianship. I bought this album on vinyl in 1981 or '82 at a time when I was first exploring reggae and I enjoyed its great melodies, vocals and playing. true to its roots both thematically and musically, well-produced but not too slick or otherwise contrived for American tastes.

Rastafarians - Orthodox. Album style: roots reggae Recorded: 1981 First released: 1981. Hold On Jah Jah Children. This Ya Musik (aka This Ya Music). A Love We Deal Wit. Roll Call. Jah's Greatest Blessing. Producer: The Rastafarians.

The Rastafarians were a California-based super-group formed around bassist Haile Maskel (formerly known as Mikey Ras Starr – who put out the album/collection Fire & Rain through Makasound in 2008), drummer Wolde Manifesskiddus (aka Shaka Man) and guitarist Herb Daly. Released in 1981, when the dancehalls of Jamaica were headed as far away from this anti-sound system, roots mysticism as possible, Orthodox represented a landmark in musicianship and spiritual conviction. Shaka Man went on to release his own version of Orthodox on the US label Jubilee Palace in 2005. Makasound and Maskel have shuffled the tracklisting of the original LP, but otherwise it remains unaltered. Psychedelic synths, bluesy rock guitars and busy basslines, clattering percussion and esoteric, densely cultural lyrics combine across the ten tracks.


1 Rasta Theme
2 Seek H.I.M.
3 Orthodox
4 Occupation
5 This Ya Music
6 A Love We Deal Wit
7 Jah Greatest Blessings
8 Roll Call
9 Words Of Wisdom
10 Hold On Jah Jah Children


  • Producer – The Rastafarians


2009 French Makasound MKS23 , All tracks recorded In 1981 .

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5414939013423

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
KM6182 The Rastafarians Orthodox ‎(LP, Album) ULC, Inc. KM6182 US 1981
none The Rastafarians Orthodox ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Makasound none France 2009
ROOO10 The Rastafarians Orthodox ‎(CD, Album) ULC, Inc. ROOO10 Unknown

The Rastafarians - Orthodox album
Roots Reggae
Performer: The Rastafarians
Title: Orthodox
Category: Reggae
Country: US
Released: 2009
Rating: 4.4/5
Votes: 568