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Ancient King
Conquering Sound
I Grade Records
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Conquering Sound is the debut album from Ancient King (formerly known as Willow).  This is the first 'Chanta' album to be released by I Grade Records and contains combinations with Prince Pankhi, Empress Michel and Vaughn Benjamin

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Track List:

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1. Conquering Sound w/ Prince Pankhi Real Audio 9.

Children Of The World w/ Empress Michel

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2. Your Defense Real Audio 10.

Get The Best

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3. Do Good Real Audio 11.

Heading For Failure

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4. Nah Bow Real Audio 12.

Here It Comes

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5. Battlefield Marshall Real Audio 13.

Faith, Courage & A Just Cause w/ Vaughn Benjamin

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6. Access Psychologically Real Audio 14.


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7. She's So Awesome Real Audio 15.

Wake Up and Live Up

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8. St. Croix Run Red Real Audio 16.

Liner Notes

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All lyrics and vocal melodies by Ancient King (W. Francois) except respective lyrics & performances by Prince Pankhi (Track 1), Empress Michel (Track 9) and Vaughn Benjamin (Track 13)
Vocals (except Track 13) recorded at The Outpost Studio, Hampton, VA.
Recorded, mixed and executive produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred
Mastered at CDM Studios, NYC
All songs published by I Grade Music (ASCAP)

Graphic Design by Mark "Feijao: Milligan II - Soul Indigo

Give thanks and praise to the Most High, Jah Rastafari, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Give thanks to the producer of this album for making it possible.  Give thanks to Pankhi for the bright ideas.  Give thanks to Vaughn for the strength and energy.  Give thanks to Empress Michel.  Give thanks to the players of instruments.  Give thanks to Trippa, Kenyatta and Abja.  Bless the whole nation.  Give thanks for word, power and sound.  Blessed Love
- Ancient King

"It is the duty and responsibility of the world's fortunate few to help fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the world's unfortunate many." - Haile Selassie I

01. Conquering Sound (Featuring Prince Pankhi) - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums: Astor Campbell; Bass: Kenyatta Itola; Keys, Guitar, Timpani: Tippy; Background Vocals: Empress Michel
02. Your Defense - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums: Astor Campbell; Bass, Keys, Guitar: Tippy
03. Do Good - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred & Kenyatta Itola.  Drums: Astor Campbell; Bass: Kenyatta; Binghi Drums, Guitar, Organ: Tippy
04. Nah Bow - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred & Kenyatta Itola.  Drums, Keys, Guitar: Tippy; Kette Drum: Kenyatta; Guitar: Tuff Lion; Keys: Eric Williams
05. Battlefield Marshall - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums, Bass, Keys: Tippy; Guitar: Tuff Lion
06. Access Psychologically - Produced by Abja. Drums, Bass, Keys: Abja; Guitar: Tippy
07. She's So Awesome - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums, Bass, Keys: Tippy; Guitar: Tuff Lion
08. St. Croix Run Red - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums, Bass, Keys: Tippy; Keys: Eric Williams; Background Vocals: Vaughn Benjamin
09. Children Of The World  (Featuring Empress Michel) - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred & Kenyatta Itola.  Drums: Astor Campbell; Bass: Kenyatta; Keys, Acoustic Guitar: Tippy; Guitar: Tuff Lion
10. Get The Best - Produced by Tippy & Gregory "Mr. Bassie" Jackson. Drums: Astor Campbell; Bass, Keys: Gregory "Mr. Bassie" Jackson; Organ, Guitar: Tuff Lion; Keys: Tippy
11. Heading For Failure - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums, Bass, Keys, Electric Guitar: Tippy; Acoustic Guitar: Tuff Lion
12. Here It Comes - Produced by Tippy & Abja. Drums, Bass: Abja; Keys, Guitar: Tippy; Guitar: Tuff Lion
13. Faith, Courage And A Just Cause (Featuring Vaughn Benjamin) - Produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred.  Drums, Keys: Tippy; Bass: Kenyatta; Guitar: Tuff Lion
14. JAH - Produced by Tippy & Abja. Drums: Astor Campbell; Keys, Guitar: Tippy; Bass: Kenyatta; Keys: Eric Williams; Electric Guitar: Tuff Lion
15. Wake Up And Live Up - Produced by Tippy & Kenyatta. Drums: Astor Campbell; Keys, Guitar: Tippy; Bass: Kenyatta; Keys: Eric Williams; Electric Guitar: Tuff Lion

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I Grade Records
Album Reviews
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Reggae Vibes:
Ancient King - real name Wendell Francois - hails from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. In 2002, he was featured on I Grade Records' solid compilation set "Weep Not" (then recording under the name, Willow) with three tunes -- "Manage", "Calculate The Levels" and "Ancient Of Days". Since that time, Ancient King has sharpened his craft through recording and stage show work in the Newport News, VA area with the King Lion Crew. Now here's Ancient King's first full-length release, "Conquering Sound", actually the first album released as part of I Grade Records' New Release Trilogy called 'Fyah, Earth, Wind'. - More

Reggae Reviews:
Ancient King's debut album Conquering Sound doesn't play in your stereo so much as it explodes.  The gruff-voiced St. Croix DJ (a bit of a departure for the singer-heavy I Grade label) has a rough 'n tumble delivery made all the more intimidating by the mega-bass-driven musical backing.  If Prince Far I had a "voice of thunder," then Ancient King has a "sound of thunder" -- or, as this album so aptly puts it, a "conquering sound."  His vocals erupt with a passion and a gravelly texture not unlike the now missing-in-action Lion had when he emerged in the late '90s. - More

Achi's Reggae Blog:
For me personally, within the Fyah -Earth- Wind releases from I-Grade, initially and maybe still I was most impressed with Ancient King (since then, my tastes have DEFINITELY shifted towards NiyoRah) as his style was something which was more familiar. At that time, still new listening to Virgin Islands Reggae, I hadn’t really found an artist who sounded like the Jamaican artists with the exception of Pressure (who I may have actually ‘discovered’ after Ancient King.  - More

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