Sunday, March 25, 2012

GROUNDATION - DISCOGRAPHY (Reggae Band)

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GROUNDATION - BIOGRAPHY:
Groundation is an American roots Reggae band from Sonoma County in Northern California.
Formed in the fall of 1998 by Harrison Stafford, Marcus Urani, and Ryan Newman, Groundation began on the campus of Sonoma State University's Jazz Program. (Between 1999 and 2001, Harrison Stafford taught the first course on the History of Reggae Music at Sonoma State University).
In 1999, Stafford teamed up with Kris Dilbeck to found Young Tree Records and release Groundation's debut album of the same name.
"Groundation" comes from the Rasta term "Grounation". Grounation Day (April 21) is an important Rastafarian holy day, and second after Coronation Day (November 2). It is celebrated in honor of Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica.
The 9-piece band creates an altogether new reggae sound, featuring swirling, jazz/funk inspired horns, stout Latin and African based poly-rhythmics, and soulful harmony vocals. Their concerts utilize live improvisation, in classic jazz fashion, and are renowned for their high energy, communion-type atmosphere. Having gained international notoriety for their progressive fusion style, Groundation regularly plays at major international festivals like Summerjam.
In march 2012, the band releases the new album "Building An Ark".
[Source: wikipedia.en]


GROUNDATION - OFFICIAL DISCOGRAPHY:

1) Albums:
.1999 - Young Tree - (Remastered and re-released in 2003)
.2001 - Each One Teach One (with Ras Michael & Marcia Higgs)
.2002 - Hebron Gate (with Don Carlos & The Congos)
.2004 - We Free Again (with Apple Gabriel & Don Carlos)
.2006 - Upon The Bridge
.2009 - Here I Am
.2012 - Building An Ark


2) DUB Albums:
.2003 - Dragon War - [Includes Dub Remixes of "Hebron Gate" 2002]
.2005 - Dub Wars - [Includes Dub versions of the Albums: "Hebron Gate" & "We Free Again"]
.2011 - We Dub Again - [Includes Dub Remixes of "We Free Again" 2004 + 1 previously unreleased Dub Track]


3) Groundation Alternative Projects:
- A) Rockamovya - A Groundation side project
The three founding members of Groundation (Harrison Stafford, Marcus Urani and Ryan Newman) joined with the Jamaican drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace and Will Bernard
Album:
.2008 - Rockamovya (Groundation's three founding members' project featuring Will Bernard and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace)

- B) Professor - (A side project of Groundation lead vocalist Harrison Stafford).
Albums:
.2011 - Madness (by Professor)
.2012 - Throw Down Your Arms (by Professor)
.2013 - Fire Fire: Live 2012 EP (by Professor)


4) Compilation/Best Of:
.2011 - The Gathering Of The Elders - [Best Of (2002-2009) - (Groundation Music Label) and (Naïve Label)]


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Groundation - Discography:
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1) Official Albums:

.1999 - Young Tree - (Remastered and re-released in 2003)
(Original Press):

"Young Tree" 1999 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Long, Long, Ago. 2) Glory To The Kings. 3) Confusing Situation. 4) Congress Man. 5) Craven Fe' Dead. 6) Dream. 7) Young Tree. 8) Vibes Alive. 9) Groundation Chant. 10) Grounding Dub.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 1999)(Cd Remastered: 2003)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2004), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]]

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Album originally released in 1999.
In 2002, this album has been remastered by engineer Jim Fox at Lion & Fox Studios, Washington DC.
Cd re-released in 2003.
Tracks 1-8, recorded in 1999
Tracks 9-10, recorded in 1998
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.2001 - Each One Teach One (with Ras Michael & Marcia Higgs)
(Original Press):

"Each One Teach One (with Ras Michael & Marcia Higgs)" 2001 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Weak Heart. 2) We Na Forget [Rome]. 3) Wanna Know. 4) Throwing Stones. 5) One More Day [Live It Up]. 6) Head Strong. 7) If I. 8) Waterfall. 9) Nyabinghi Order. 10) Jah Spirit. 11) Each One Teach One.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 2001)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2005), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2002 - Hebron Gate (with Don Carlos & The Congos)
(Original Press):

"Hebron Gate (with Don Carlos & The Congos)" 2002 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Jah Jah Know. 2) Babylon Rule Dem. 3) Silver Tongue Show. 4) Weeping Pirates. 5) Picture On The Wall. 6) Something More. 7) Hebron. 8) Freedom Taking Over. 9) Undivided.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 2002)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2003), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2004 - We Free Again (with Apple Gabriel & Don Carlos)
(Original Press):

"We Free Again (with Apple Gabriel & Don Carlos)" 2004 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Praising. 2) Dem Rise. 3) Suffer The Right. 4) Music Is The Most High. 5) Wish Them Well. 6) We Free Again. 7) Smile. 8) Fourth Dimension. 9) Feel Jah. 10) Cultural Wars I. 11) Cultural Wars II. 12) Cultural Wars III. 13) Cultural Wars IV. 14) The Seventh Seal.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 2004)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2004), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2006 - Upon The Bridge
(Original Press)

"Upon The Bridge" 2006 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) What Could Have Been. 2) Down. 3) Me Na In De. 4) Ratant Crow. 5) Nonbeliever. 6) Upon The Bridge. 7) Used To Laugh. 8) Fight All You Can. 9) Mighty Souls. 10) Sleeping Bag-O-Wire. 11) The Seesaw.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 2006)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2006), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2009 - Here I Am
(Original Press)

"Here I Am" 2009 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Run The Plan. 2) Everyone Could Lose. 3) So Blind. 4) Time Come. 5) By All Means. 6) Blues Away. 7) Not So Simple. 8) Here I Am. 9) You Can Profit. 10) Beating Heart. 11) Walk Upright. 12) Golan To Galilee.
[Labels: Groundation Music (Cd: 2009)(Digital Release: 2009), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2012 - Building An Ark
(Original Press)

"Building An Ark" 2012 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Building An Ark. 2) Humility. 3) Be That Way. 4) Payaka Way. 5) Merry-Go-Round. 6) The Dreamer. 7) Who is Gonna. 8) Keep It Up. 9) Daniel. 10) Sunlight Reflection.
[Labels: VP Records (Cd: 2012)(Digital Release: 2012), Soulbeats (Cd: 2012)(Digital Release: 2012)]




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2) DUB Albums:

.2003 - Dragon War
[Includes Dub Remixes of "Hebron Gate" 2002]
(Original Press):

"Dragon War" 2003 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Ruling Dub* [Babylon Rule Dem Version Dub]. 2) Don's Intro* [Undivided Dub Version]. 3) Elder's Dub* [Freedom Taking Over Dub Version]. 4) The Dragon* [Weeping Pirates Dub Version]. 5) Elements* [Silver Tongue Dub Version]. 6) Freedom Taking Over^ [Original Release].
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Lp: 2003), Soulbeats (Lp: 2011)]

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"Dragon War" includes Dub Remixes of "Hebron Gate" 2002:
(5 Dub* Tracks + the original version of "Freedom Taking Over^")
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.2005 - Dub Wars
[Includes Dub versions of the Albums: "Hebron Gate" & "We Free Again"]
(Original Press):

"Dub Wars" 2005 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Ruling Dub. 2) Don's Intro. 3) Elders Dub. 4) Dragon. 5) Elements. 6) Dub Rise. 7) Dub Them Well. 8) Mountain. 9) Feel Jah's Dub. 10) Seventh Dub.
[Labels: Young Tree Records (Cd: 2005)(Digital Release: 2006), Nocturne/On the Corner (Cd: 2006), Naïve (Cd: 2009)]
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.2011 - We Dub Again
[Includes Dub Remixes of "We Free Again" 2004]
(Original Press):

"We Dub Again" 2011 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Dub Rise [Dem Rise Dub Version]. 2) The Mountain [Praising Dub Version]. 3) Dub Them All [Wish Them Well Dub Version]. 4) Fourth Dubmension* [Fourth Dimension Dub Version]. 5) Feel Jah [Feel Jah Dub Version]. 6) The Seventh Dub [The Seventh Seal Dub Version].
[Label: Soulbeats (Lp: 2011)]

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"We Dub Again" includes 5 Dub tracks from the album "Dub Wars" 2005 + 1 previously unreleased Dub Track "Fourth Dubmension*", for the first time in a album.

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3) Groundation Alternative Projects:

A) Rockamovya - (A Groundation side project)
The three founding members of Groundation (Harrison Stafford, Marcus Urani and Ryan Newman) joined with the Jamaican drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace and Will Bernard.
Album:

.2008 - Rockamovya (Groundation's three founding members' project featuring Will Bernard and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace)
(Original Press):

"Rockamovya" 2008 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Take The Night. 2) Ya Better Rally. 3) The Bounty. 4) Warrior Sound. 5) Battling Within. 6) Red Rose. 7) Coolin'I. 8) Brown Stew Fish. 9) Rock In Place. 10) Horse Dance.
[Labels: Groundation Music (Cd: 2008)(Digital Release: 2008), Nocturne/On The Corner (Cd: 2008), Soulbeats Records (Lp/Cd: 2011)]
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B) Professor - (A side project of Groundation lead vocalist Harrison Stafford)
Albums:

.2011 - Madness (by Professor)
(Original Press):

"Madness (by Professor)" 2011 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Jah Sending Out. 2) Roller Coaster [Feat. Bernard "Sataa" Collins/Abyssinians].
3) Mind Of Man. 4) Intifada. 5) East Jerusalem. 6) Madness [Feat. U Roy]. 7) Right On [Feat. Winston McAnuff]. 8) See Them Come [Feat. Ashanti Roy Johnson/Congos]. 9) Sending Out A Dub. 10) Roller Dubster.
Cd Bonus Tracks:
11) Mind Of Dub. 12) Sign Of A Dub. 13) East Jerusalem Dub. 14) Mad Dub. 15) Dub On. 16) See How They Dub.
[Labels: Groundation Music (Cd: 2011)(Digital Release: 2011), Soulbeats Records (Lp/Cd: 2011)]

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.2012 - Throw Down Your Arms (by Professor)
(Original Press):
"Throw Down Your Arms" 2012 - (Cd + Dvd)
Tracks:
Disc 1:
Cd: "Live at Reggae Sun Ska 2011"
1) Rockfort Rock. 2) Jah Sending. 3) Roller Coaster. 4)  Mind Of Man. 5) Intifada. 6) East Jerusalem. 7) Madness. 8) Right On. 9) See Them Come. 10) Throw Down Your Arms. 11) They Never Love. 12) Armagideon. 13) There's a Reward.
Disc 2:
Dvd: "Live at Reggae Sun Ska 2011"
[Label: Soulbeats (Cd+Dvd: 2012)(Digital Release: 2012)]
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.2013 - Fire Fire: Live 2012 EP (by Professor)
(Original Press):
"Fire Fire: Live 2012 EP" 2013
Tracks:
1) If I Could Rule This World. 2) King Solomon. 3) Love Fire. 4) Promised Land. 5) Natty Take Over.
[Label: Young Tree Records (Digital Ep: 2013)]

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GROUNDATION - CONTACTS:
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Website: www.groundation.com 



Groundation "Humility" 2012 - Official Video



Groundation "Merry-Go-Round" (Oakland, 02-02-2012)


Groundation "Building An Ark" 2012


Groundation "Payaka Way" live at "La Cigale" (PARIS)



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Biography taken from wikipedia

Discography by Weststar & M. Rasta
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