Dub Nation
Rising Force for Change

 

Produced by Frank “Fantom” Caruso
Recorded at Nationrizn Studios, San Jose, CA
Mixed at Open Path Studios, Willow Glen, CA with Scott Sorkin
Mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk at Sienna Digital, Menlo Park, CA
Executive Producers – A.M. Caruso and Linda J. Jones
Assistant Producers – Peter Nuessmann, John Caredio & Kenny Schick
Graphic Artists – Sabine Huesler-Schick, Randy Reese & Ben Jeffries
Management – Warren Smith & Gretchen Franz of Epiphany Records
Web master – Daniel Frankston

 

 

The Band:

Frank “Fantom” Caruso – Bass, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer
GC Cameron -  Lead Vocals
Tatiana Miath – Lead and Backing Vocals
Paul “Fish” Dawson – Lead and Backing vocals
Peter Nuessmann – Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synthesizer and Melodica
David Rampley – Acoustic and Electric Guitars
John Caredio – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Orchestrations
Kenny Schick – Saxophone, Flute
Greg Saul – Trombone
Tony Chin – Guitar
Chris Cortez – Drums
David Tucker – Drums
Victor Carstarphen – Keyboards
Donny Bilinski - Guitar

The Orchestra:

Carole Mayedo- Violin and Viola
Sally Dalke – Violin
Renata Bratt – Cello
Stan Poplin – Contrabass
Diane Ryan – French Horn
Ed Ivey - Tuba

1. Prelude: We Bring Unity  
by Frank Caruso, GC Cameron and John Caredio

We bring Unity, let’s live together

If you can feel it, sing it out not

Unity, unite together

If you believe it, sing it out

All the people of the world

Tell me I’ve got to know

Note: An orchestral introduction to all the featured players and
singers and brings out the album’s thematic essence. 
Influences from classical music, rock and roll and jazz prelude
the listener with what’s to come.  Nothing synthesized here;
all instruments are real including the string section and French horns. 

2. iGotono (Forward Now)
by Frank Caruso, Paul Dawson, Peter Nuessmann and Kenny Schick

I thought you could understand

The stabbing in the back, oh tell me when will it end

Fuss and fight, until you’re all alone

Turn back the clock a hundred years

How have you grown, and I got to know

Are you worth the wait, the problems you create

We must alleviate this here tension

And move forward now

Note: Written in 1997, this song was used as an introduction
for our live shows. Being an intro, it was never fully developed
as a studio track and was left off the album Let the Truth be Known.
It was recreated mostly from memory and features original vocalist Paul “Fish” Dawson. 

3. Giving You All
by Frank Caruso and Tatiana Miath

You’re giving all your love, I’m giving you all mine

You’re a star that’s shinning bright in my life

I have it all I wished to find, we can share our love so sublime

That if you were to tell me you’re going to love me all my life

So unconditional, you can say that it’s all I got

It’s only fair that I should know, are you gonna love me all of my life? 

Note: A “lover’s rock” style reggae song with its non-traditional style of
structure and the use of strings in the arrangement, as well as the solo
sax of Kenny Schick. Tatiana Miath gives an inspired vocal performance
sweetening the authentic roots reggae sound. Guest MC – Black Shakespeare. 

4.  Carousel
by Frank Caruso, GC Cameron and Roman Pryce 

It has occurred to me that it just ain’t right no more

But if move on, a brighter day will surely dawn

As that old carousel will be gone

Spinning on a carousel, seems like I’ve been going round for too long

I can tell it’s best that I be going now on my own

That’s how it has to be though it don’t seem right I know

I got to move on, I can see the morning light

I made it through the darkest night

Spinning on a carousel, seems like I’ve been down this road once before

A parellell, guess that I’ll be going on my way back home

I need to go home, so I can come back with all my might this time

The world keeps spinning round, the years they go by fast for sure

And as they move on, a brighter day will surely dawn

And that old carousel will be gone

Notes: Here we feature the legendary vocals of G.C. Cameron and his strong
Motown voice. The traditional reggae with the Motown sound brought out by G.C. is unique. 
The song was first recorded in Jamaica by the legendary reggae team Sly and Robbie.
Written by Roman Pryce and featuring celebrated artist Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals.  

5.  Don’t Waste Your Time
by Frank Caruso, Paul Dawson, Peter Nuessmann and David Rampley 

Time is running out for you

We’ve got to work it out, time is running out

Hate breeds hate and it builds up a wall of oppression

Don’t waste your time on me

I won’t fight your wars

Like evil rises night shall fall

Some think big and some of them think small

Like a snake in the grass they pass it off, why?

Use your intellect, you better intercept

Are we gonna waste away these days?

The I education, the I irration

Don’t waste your time on me

I won’t fight your wars

Notes:  Jazz and hip hop influences fuse with the reggae. Bringing
in the flute from saxophonist Kenny Schick, as well as guest vocals
from Black Shakespeare and Fish Dawson.

6.  Everywhere in the World
by Frank Caruso

Open up and feel the sun, it’s gonna be a lovely morning

The day has come to be as a symphony

If the music’s right, it can be ecstacy 

Living in harmony is where I want to be

Singing sweet melodies everywhere

If every heart could beat as one

Each chorus sung by everyone

Unity is what we believe can turn our world into a symphony

Living in harmony is where I want to be

Singing sweet melodies everywhere

Put down the bass take up the mic in me hand

It’s Amlaktafari I ride the version

Upon the simple riddim to a simple song

With a simple lyric from days long gone

Simply requesting participation

Promoting community cohesion

In all the world you’ll find a Rastaman

With a simple message to make us all sing along

Notes: This song emphasizes the true sense of the word “Nation”
when it comes to the singers. Along with Tatiana and Fish, we hear
vocalizations from Big Mountain singer Quino.  Big Mountain’s 1994 reggae
remake of the Peter Frampton song Baby, I Love Your Way was an
international hit featured on the soundtrack for the movie Reality Bites.
Doing the toasting is vocalist Amlaktafari.  Amlak is an English Jamaican-
born musician who played with Pato Banton as a bassist in the late 1980s. 
Currently, Amlak is the bassist for Steel Pulse, the well-known reggae group,
alive and kickin’ since the late 70s. On drums is guest musician Wadigad. On
Lead Guitar Is Donny Bilinski.

7. Voice of Humanity
by Frank Caruso, Peter Nuessmann, David Rampley and Kenny Schick 

If I didn’t know you better I would think you were my enemy

You better watch what you’re saying

I just might find the hidden meaning

Who can you trust in a time of insanity

I need a voice of humanity in this time of insanity

I’ve got to find the things I need

The freedom to love at will your fellow man

A link to hold the chain together, no I’m not alone

Waiting for the day we’re free

Notes: As vocalists GC and Tatiana perform a superb duet unlike
anything else on the album, the music derives from progressive
rock with its changes and wall-of-sound production.

8. Goodbye to Yesterday
by Freddie Perren and Christine Yarrian 

How do I say goodbye to what we’ve had

The good times that made us laugh outweigh the bad

I thought we’d get to see forever

But forever has flown away

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday

I don’t know where this road is gonna lead to

All I know is where we’ve been and what we’ve been through

If it gets me to tomorrow, I hope it’s worth all the pain

And I’ll take with me the memories

To be my sunshine after the rain

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday

You know it ain’t easy to say goodbye

When the one you love has got to say goodbye

You had to get up and you went away

Saying goodbye to yesterday

Notes: G.C. made this song popular in 1975 and it was highlighted
in the movie Cooley High.  The group Boyz II Men re-worked it in
the 1980s in a doo-wop style.  This track incorporates the big band
sound and again pushes the envelope of traditional reggae. GC’s
performance is excellent on this one as is the band’s rendition.
Includes guest keyboardist Victor Carstarphen of The Temptations.

9. Tis a Shame
by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett 

It’s shame the way you mess around with your man

It’s a shame the way you hurt me

I’m sitting all alone by the telephone

Waiting for your call, but you don’t call at all

It’s a shame the way you mess around with your man

It’s a shame the way you hurt me

You’re like a child at play on a sunny day

First you play with love, then you throw it away

Why do you use me, play to confuse me

How can you stand to be so cruel

Why don’t you free from this prison

Where I’ve served my time as your fool

Notes: Here G.C. shares his remarkable vocal prowess
demonstrating once more that he still owns the wow-factor
first revealed on those 1971 recordings. Could be the
strongest song on the album. The fluent lead guitar line is
played by famed Jamaican musician, Tony Chin. Chin has
recorded and performed with virtually everyone over his thirty-
plus years in the business. Skyler Jett worked as a vocal arranger on this one.

10.  Jah Gives Love
by Frank Caruso, GC Cameron and Skyler Jett 

I foresee the world to be at an end

The treachery is novelty and peace a luxury

Rasta is a higher philosophy

It’s what the people are needing, that’s why he gives love

Jah gives love

The look upon your face when they take your rights away

The hatred in your heart, fear within your soul

Eliminate and let Jah create

Jah Gives Love

No such thing as a holy war, fighting and killing in the name of Jah

I foresee the world looking for unity

Liberty we all can see without brutality

Rasta is a higher philosophy

It’s what the people are needing, that’s why he gives love

Jah Gives Love

Notes: This heavy roots reggae cut blends elements of rock with
power guitar tracks.  As the opening line echoes “I foresee the world
to be at an end,” somehow the darkness is overpowered by the faith
that one has in God at the bleakest moments.

11.  Salvation
by Frank Caruso, John Caredio, Peter Nuessmann  

I could be wrong cause I’m set in my ways

Music will help us to conquer and feel no pain

We must stay strong, don’t let them get you down

Hard as we try with resolve we must ease the pain

All I want to do, searching for something new

Never down and blue, we got to see it through

I may be wrong, is it all in my head?

Tear down these walls that keep killing the world again

All I want from you is everything you can do

For all those who need you to

And don’t be afraid no

As they’re sipping on a wine glass making their plans

No worry about the way they got blood on their hands

We puff upon the herbstock to know

There’s still some beauty in the world

Conquer the pain with music

Salvation, music going to teach them a lesson

Notes: Quino of Big Mountain returns, featured on lead vocals. 
The song has traces of Bob Marley, the father of reggae music.
We wonder aloud: If he were still alive today what would his music
sound like? With his songs of beauty and songs of revolution ringing
in our ears, here we humbly, but intentionally work to bring that Marley
magic and majesty into the modern day.

12.  The Fire in Our Eyes
by Frank Caruso, GC Cameron, John Caredio, Peter Nuessmann and David Rampley 

Fire in our eyes looking for a resolution

But how many have gone away victims of persecution

Come together, Rising Force for Change

Fire in our eyes looking for a resolution

Looking to straighten it out, Rising Force for Change

We’ve got to come together, Rising Force for Change

Let the Truth be Known, there’s a Rising Force for Change

We bring unity to all nations

We bring peace and joy, a revelation

Get on board the train is rolling

It’s rolling out of the station, get on board

We are one people with fire in our eyes

Notes: Herein Dub Nation harmonizes all the elements of the
entire album musically, vocally and emotionally within one track.
The listener will hear power vocals from all three singers trading
lines in the accomplished style of The Temptations, triumphant horns,
wailing lead guitar and keyboards, sweet string section lines and
thunderous bass and drums. The message of the song reprises the
meaning from the opening Prelude:  We must fight to achieve the
Unity and Peace we seek.  The lyrical irony of fighting for peace again
spotlights the theme of Rising Force for Change.

13. Generous Dub
by Frank Caruso and Tatiana Miath 

Notes: And finally, a spirited dub mix of the song Giving You All.  Peter
Nuessmann on Melodica voices the melody of the instrumental though
selected vocals appear from nowhere.  The many layers of the rhythm
section are revealed clearly along with saxophonist Kenny Schick.

We would like to thank Warren Smith, Gretchen Franz and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Staff.  All our families and friends, including Linda Jones and Antonio Caruso.  Ken and Elaine Jones.  Frank and Helen Caruso.  Harriett Chandler.  Pat Forst, Kim Nuessmann.  Barbara Fregosa-Caredio.  Sabine Huesler-Schick.  All the folks at Open Path Music, including Gordon Stevens, Tim Volpicella, Scott Sorkin and Lee Ray. All the new generation Dub Kids: Isaiah, Pete Jr, Myles, Atiana, Zion, Nicole, Robert, David Jr., Amber, Nico, Serafina, Denyale, Jostlyn, Autumn Marie, Ambrea, Christina, Abathar, Glen, Derrick, Trooper, George Jr and Gee Cee.  The incomparable Tony Chin, Carole Mayedo, Renata Bratt, Stan Poplin, Ed Ivey, Sally Dalke, Diane Ryan, Black Shakespeare, Quino and James of Big Mo, Amlaktafari from Steel Pulse, Victor Carstarphen and all our bros on The Temptations gig. Our excellent engineers and friends, Mike Droke, Dwayne Jones, Cameron Nuessmann and Shannon Craig. Lisa, Nino and Ken Caruso for their love and support.  Robin at City hall, Mark Gorney  Lee Smith , Donny Bilinski, Skyler Jett, Wadigad, Arthur “Buster” Marbury, Tim “THC” Kahihikolo, Fazal Prendergast rest in peace band mates.  Also our other departed Robert and Mildred Caredio, John Nuessmann, Robert Schick, Victor Casten, Harvey Fuqua, Chris and the Native Elements crew, Dale and the Dub FX crew. Roman Pryce, Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian, Syretta Wright, Lee Garrett and the man himself Stevie Wonder for their great collaborations to this album. Ben Jeffries and Randy Reese for their artistic touch along with Sabine and Basement3 Productions head of the art department. The Web Master Daniel Frankston. Marketing and Social Media guru Henry Everson. Our photographers Lee Abel, Pollen Heath, Dave Wendlanger and video director and documentary filmmaker Dave Manzo.  All the DJ’s including Spliff Skankin who’ve been there for us throughout the years., and anyone we may have missed.  We love you!