Conscious Party

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For the album by Asian Dub Foundation, see Conscious Party (Asian Dub Foundation album).
Conscious Party
Studio album by Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Released April 5, 1988
Genre Reggae
Length 46:22
Label Virgin Records
Producer

Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth

link
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers chronology
The Time Has Come: The Best of Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
(1988)
Conscious Party
(1988)
One Bright Day
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars

Conscious Party is Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' third album. It was released in 1988. This album became popular with the hits "Tumblin' Down" and "Tomorrow People". It won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae album in 1989.

In 2009, "Tomorrow People" was voted the "85th Greatest One-Hit Wonder of the 80s" by VH1.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Ziggy Marley except where noted

  1. "Conscious Party" – 4:54
  2. "Lee and Molly" – 4:27
  3. "Tomorrow People" – 3:38
  4. "New Love" – 3:41
  5. "Tumblin' Down" (Tyrone Downie, Marley) – 4:01
  6. "We a Guh Some Weh" – 3:51
  7. "A Who a Say" (Mayley, Steve Marley) – 3:33
  8. "Have You Ever Been to Hell" – 5:22
  9. "We Propose" – 4:34
  10. "What's True" – 3:27
  11. "Dreams of Home" – 4:54

Personnel[edit]

  • Rita Marley - Background Vocals
  • Jerry Harrison - Hammond Organ
  • Cedella Marley Booker - Background Vocals
  • Chris Frantz - Producer
  • Mulu Gessesse - Guitar
  • Zeleke Gessesse - Bass
  • Ziggy Marley - Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Stephen Marley - Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Dereje Makonnen - Keyboards, Composer
  • Sharon Pendergast - Background Vocals
  • Lenny Pickett - Clarinet, Piccolo, Saxophone, Contrabass
  • Gary Pozner - Keyboards
  • Melaku Retta - Keyboards
  • Keith Richards - Guitar
  • Chris Romanelli
  • Glenn Rosenstein - Engineer
  • Mark Roule - Tambourine
  • Asrat Aemro Selassie - Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Vibraslap, Cabassa, Wood Block
  • Earl "Chinna" Smith - Guitar
  • Raphael W'Mariam - Drums, Timbales
  • Franklyn Waul - Keyboards
  • Laura Weymouth - Background Vocals
  • Tina Weymouth - Background Vocals, Producer

Chart success[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America)
Year Chart Highest
Chart Position
1988 Top R&B Albums
#26
1988 Billboard 200
#23
1989 Billboard 200
#23
1989 Top R&B Albums
#26
Year Single Chart Highest
Chart Position
1988 "Tomorrow People" Billboard Hot 100
#39
1988 "Tumblin' Down" Modern Rock Tracks
#5
1988 "Tumblin' Down" Hot R&B Singles & Tracks
#1
1988 "Tumblin' Down" Hot Dance Music/Club Play
#28
1988 "Tumblin' Down" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
#1
1988 "Tomorrow People" Mainstream Rock Tracks
#16