Alpha & Omega (band)

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Alpha And Omega
Origin London/Plymouth, England, UK
Genres Reggae, dub
Years active Mid 1980s–present
Labels A&O, Greensleeves, ROIR, BSI
Website http://www.alphaandomega.co.uk/
Members Christine Woodbridge
John Sprosen

Alpha And Omega are a roots dub duo that mix both analogue and digital elements, comprising bassist Christine Woodbridge and keyboard player John Sprosen, both of whom had played in reggae bands previously, Sprosen also having worked with the Roaring Lion Sound System.[1][2] They began working together in the mid-1980s, splitting their time between their home towns of London and Plymouth, and issued their debut home-recorded cassette in 1988.[1] They were picked up by Greensleeves Records, who acted as a parent company to the duo's A&O label, and also worked with Jah Shaka, for whom they supplied rhythm tracks.[1] Although they are strongly influenced by artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, King Tubby and Augustus Pablo, they have developed a sound that has been described as "uniquely British".[3] In a review of their Mystical Things album, Rick Anderson, writing for Allmusic, wrote: "This prolific London-based duo is responsible for some of the most convincing old-school reggae to come from the first world."[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Almighty Jah (1988) A&O (Alpha & Omega meet Dub Judah)
  • Everyday Life (1988) A&O
  • Watch & Pray (1988) A&O
  • Safe in the Ark (1988) A&O/(1993) Greensleeves
  • Daniel in the Lion's Den (1990) A&O
  • King & Queen (1991) A&O
  • Overstanding (1991) A&O
  • Watch and Pray (1992) A&O/Greensleeves
  • The Signs (1994) Buback (Alpha & Omega meets The Iries)
  • Dubplate Selection Volume 1 (1995) A&O/Greensleeves
  • Sound System Dub (1995) ROIR (compilation)
  • Voice In The Wilderness (1996) Greensleeves
  • Dubplate Selection Volume 2 (1997) A&O
  • The Sacred Art Of Dub (1998) Greensleeves (Alpha & Omega Meets The Disciples)
  • Dub Magic (1999) Zion
  • Mystical Things (2000) BSI
  • Dub Philosophy (2001) BSI
  • Show Me a Purpose Versions (2001) Hammerbass
  • Serious Joke (2001) A&O
  • Spirit of the Ancients (2003) A&O
  • Legend of A&O
  • Tree Of Life
  • Trample The Eagle And The Dragon And The Bear (2005) A&O
  • City Of Dub (2006) A&O
  • Songs From The Holy Mountain

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.10
  2. ^ David V. Moskowitz (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p.9-10
  3. ^ Craig Harris "Alpha & Omega Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ Rick Anderson "Mystical Things Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation

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