Aswad – Rebel Souls (1984)

Aswad - Rebel Souls (1984)

Aswad - Rebel Souls (1984)

For a split second we were torn about this album art, could it be actually good in a retro-hipster way? And then we went with our gut instinct and decided this one goes straight into the bad album covers bucket. Sorry Aswad.

Aswad had some great album artwork in their time….and they also had some bad album artwork. Most of the bad album artwork actually stems from major record labels and design teams that were either trying to capture a marketable or fashionable trend of the time, or they tried present Aswad as soul crooners in order to capture a different demographic (see the ‘Crucial Tracks’ album cover fro evidence).

Not sure what was going on with this cover art session though – they look like a Village People tribute act that look surprised to suddenly find themselves in a comic book city….the last thing they remembered was being on stage in the local community hall when there was a sudden flash of light and a puff of smoke….

Anyway, the facts:
Released on Island records in 1984 (as if you couldn’t tell it was an 80s album). The terrible album art hides a mostly dark and deep sounding album, loads of solid tracks….but with hints of overproduction and indulgence in places (in our opinion). Worth checking out though.

Track Listing:

  • In My Father’s House
  • Rebel
  • 54-46 (Was My Number)
  • Just A Little Herb
  • Rainfall, Sunshine
  • Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  • You Can’t Show Me
  • Gave You My Love
  • I Asked The Question
  • Need Your Love (Each & Every Day)
  • Chasin’ For The Breeze

Listen To It
Listen to ‘Just A Little Herb’ by Aswad:

Listen to ‘Chasing For The Breeze’ by Aswad:

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