Third World have al­ways had had a dif­fer­ent sound, lean­ing quite a bit on sweet har­monies and in­stru­men­tal fla­vors. It’s reg­gae all right, but im­pure like most great mu­sic, and sounds as tasty as any­thing you can imag­ine. Jah Glo­ry is such a sweet wel­com­ing thing, a soar­ing song of wor­ship. (You don’t have to be­lieve in Jah.)

96 degrees in the shade by Third World

I saw Third World once in Toron­to, I think part of the big Carib­ana fes­ti­val, in a soc­cer sta­di­um. The con­cert pro­mot­er had re­al­ly screwed the pooch; the stage was one side of the field and when we filed in we found our­selves bot­tled up in the stands on the oth­er side of the field, with the grass fenced off and a hand­ful of cops lined up be­tween the stands and the field. The band looked tiny, over there across the tur­f.

I can’t re­mem­ber the se­quence ex­act­ly; there was a cer­tain amount of yelling, then a cer­tain amount of look­ing at each oth­er, then ev­ery­one got up and walked down the step­s, across the track, pulled down the flim­sy tem­po­rary fenc­ing, and sat down in front of the band. Hm­m­m, maybe that’s the thing about Third World; it’s reg­gae you can sit down to. Any­how, the cops shrugged os­ten­ta­tious­ly and looked at the sky, what were they gonna do?

Third World

Jah Glo­ry is on 96° In The Shade; the ti­tle track is prob­a­bly their biggest hit too, but today’s song is the open­er, and there’s just this great feel­ing when you cue up the al­bum and those har­monies fill the room.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, Spo­ti­fy, iTunes. Here’s re­cent (2015) live video.

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