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1. Brain Damage meets Vibronics w/Sir Jean : "Do U remember ? (extended mix)"

Brain Damage meets Vibronics w/Sir Jean :

Brain Damage meets Vibronics "Empire soldiers" Vibronics & Brain Damage teamed up and decided to come together around a concept, a narrative inspiration that will undoubtedly surprise: Anglo-Caribbean and Franco-African soldiers’ experience during the first world war. The academic historian, poet & songwriter, Madu Messenger, uses the product of years of study and research, to develop, within that very framework, a series of texts on some key topics such as travel, friendship, war and death. This project thus aims at offering a learning experience about this often little-known period of our history. It will draw troubling parallels with some more contemporary considerations on culture shocks, immigration, imperial powers and horrors of war that still affects all of us today. Following their reflection on this sensitive issue, the musicians of the project’s – all of many other origins, Anglo-French, Jamaican or Asian – move towards a cultural alignment, opposite to certain enslaving and communitarian models. DO U REMEMBER ? w/ SIR JEAN Ah Me seh One, World War One Two, World War Two Do U remeber those African soldiers Who died for your Freedom Why, why ô why A me seh why, why ô why You never mention those African soldiers Who died for your Freedom Cuz when U big up de fallen soldiers U nah name dem at all Me check out your walls and monuments Me nah see dem at all Memorial days a come and U nah call dem at all Me check out your books of history We nah see dem at all It is a shame U don't remember dem Dem have given dem youth and dem lives Just for your Freedom I come to call out their names And put a little light pon dem Their grand sons come to call out their names And put a little light pon dem Their African grand sons come to call their names And put a little light pon dem Lord of mercy And put a little light pon dem CHORUS Baionets, Fixed ! B company, Fire ! African soldiers on the wire They were Senegalese, Marocans, or Algerians They were young, beautiful And full of strength They were lions trodding on da battlefield Now they're lying in complete oblivion Do U ever, ever remember dem ? Their grand sons come to call out their names And put a little light pon dem And put a little light pon dem CHORUS They were fighting with glory Forgotten at da moment of victory Ô U used dem as manpower African warriors Courageous soldiers African fighters on da frontline But inna ya books dem nah have a single line So we come fe mek de glory shine Me seh de medal of merit haffi shine CHORUS

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2. Brain damage meets Vibronics w/Parvez : "Sufferation (extended mix)"

Brain damage meets Vibronics w/Parvez :

Brain Damage meets Vibronics "Empire soldiers" Vibronics & Brain Damage teamed up and decided to come together around a concept, a narrative inspiration that will undoubtedly surprise: Anglo-Caribbean and Franco-African soldiers’ experience during the first world war. The academic historian, poet & songwriter, Madu Messenger, uses the product of years of study and research, to develop, within that very framework, a series of texts on some key topics such as travel, friendship, war and death. This project thus aims at offering a learning experience about this often little-known period of our history. It will draw troubling parallels with some more contemporary considerations on culture shocks, immigration, imperial powers and horrors of war that still affects all of us today. Following their reflection on this sensitive issue, the musicians of the project’s – all of many other origins, Anglo-French, Jamaican or Asian – move towards a cultural alignment, opposite to certain enslaving and communitarian models. SUFFERATION w/PARVEZ Sufferation we don’t need no more in Babylon As Britain she stood with her back up against wall The sons of old India came and would battle and fall. In there thousands they went off to fight for duty they offered their lives And many would never survive like a mill grinding corn Many thousands now lost Many thousands now gone They suffered the pain, mental strain As bombs fall like the monsoon rain As brothers they stood side by side A thin brown line sent to stem up the tide Sufferation we don’t need no more in Babylon In this time of the islamophobe It’s a half that’a seldom is told With the death in the mud and cold They showed bravery, were steadfast and bold Fighting for Europe to be free But little is written down in history Sufferation we don’t need no more in Babylon

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3. Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Sir Jean : "Royal Salute"

Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Sir Jean :

Brain Damage Dub Session "Meets Sir Jean" (Dub) Vinyl / Digital (MP3/Flac) 23 avril 2012 http://www.cd1d.com/fr/album/brain-damage-dub-sessions-meets-sir-jean --------------------------- Après plus de 12 ans d’existence, Brain Damage est une nouvelle fois en pleine refonte, prêt à prendre le contre pied, à surgir là où on ne l’attend pas... Suite au départ du bassiste Raphaël Talis, c’est désormais seul que Martin Nathan donne une nouvelle direction au projet. Si le son de Brain Damage reste toujours personnel et identifiable, il se teinte ici d’une couleur résolument plus «roots», à l’image des premiers albums, notamment Ashes to ashes / Dub to dub. Testée grandeur nature depuis quelques mois dans le cadre de la tournée High Damage, la formule live Brain Damage Dub Sessions est radicalement consacrée à une certaine vision du Sound System. Pour la création de ce nouveau set, de nombreux intervenants ont été sollicités : Sir Jean, Brother Culture, Madu Messenger, M. Parvez, ainsi que la section cuivres ArtDeko, pour de puissantes et fructueuses sessions de studio. Comme il se doit, ces rencontres donnent le jour à plusieurs productions discographiques. Première pierre à l’édifice de ce renouveau, un maxi vinyl en compagnie de Sir Jean (Mei Tei Sho, Le Peuple de l’Herbe), qui retrouve ainsi ses premières amours, le reggae. On avait déjà eu un aperçu de cette heureuse rencontre avec le somptueux Royal Salute sur la FX100, ici décliné en version sound-system. Quatre titres qu’on ne se lassera pas d’écouter en boucle en attendant l’album prévu pour l’automne, chez Jarring Effects. Après s’être tant éloigné du modèle dub anglo-jamaïcain, Brain Damage Dub Sessions en propose donc finalement sa version en 2012. Released by: Jarring Effects Release/catalogue number: fx988 Release date: Apr 23, 2012

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4. Brain Damage Dub Sessions

  • Published: 2017-07-20T13:55:36Z
  • By RASTON
Brain Damage Dub Sessions

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5. Fyah Bun (feat. Willi Williams)

Fyah Bun (feat. Willi Williams)

Extracted from the album « Walk the Walk » October 16th 2015 • Jarring Effects Recorded, for the voices, at legendary Harry J Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. Featuring Horace Andy, Willi Williams, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I & Ras Michael. At the controls of the Brain Damage project since 1999, and through a rich discography of more than 10 albums, Martin Nathan already explored my facets of his favorite style: the dub. After having contributed to settle its Brain Damage foundations in France, he remains consistently involved in its evolution, suggesting various versions, alternatively urban, atmospheric, experimental, and recently way closer to some models developed in the UK. This time, that’s in Kingston that he realizes the main part of this new opus, to delve more deeply into the dub origins. His friendship with Samuel Clayton Jr, sound engineer and internationally respected producer (Steel Pulse / Toots & the Maytals) was decisive in the choice of this destination. This essential figure in Jamaica indeed opens the doors of the mythical Harry J Studio (Bob Marley / Burning Spear) to Brain Damage, and enables improbable connections with legendary artists for unforgettable studio sessions. The initial idea of the project was to involve certain actors of this famous generation that contributed in the 1960s / 70s to create what reggae is, and by extension, the dub. Five veterans of the genre line then up behind Jamaicathe microphone, all contemporaries, but with totally diverse sensibilities and backgrounds. Nowadays still superstar for some of them like Horace Andy whose tone is recognizable miles away, and who is used to collaborate with Massive Attack, kind of forgotten for some others like Kiddus I that yet was, in 1978, the hero if a key scene in the cult film « Rockers », all of them have kept their talents unimpaired. This being the case of Willi Williams, author of the timeless hit « Armagideon Time », covered by The Clash as so many others did, but also of Winston Mc Anuff who Harry J Studio Sessionsnever ceases to amaze us by collaborating with French artists in a marked contrast to reggae vibes (Camille Bazbaz, Fixi, Java). Lastly, the dean Ras Michael, which was for so many years one of the ambassadors of Nyabinghi traditions on an international scale, continues to blow us away by his vocal interventions imbued with so much spirituality, and by this unique style of percussion-playing. For the span of one studio session, all of them succeed in blending into the musical universe suggested by Brain Damage, and undertake the stylistic exercise submitted by the artist: writing most of their lyrics on the theme of their childhood, the childhood, youth and education. The outcome of these meetings is unique, a singular combination of maturity and genuineness, doubtless resulting from the open-mindedness and talents of each protagonist.

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6. High Damage - High Tone meets Brain Damage : "Shake up" (feat.Zeb McQueen)

High Damage - High Tone meets Brain Damage :

High Damage - High Tone meets Brain Damage : "Shake up" (feat.Zeb McQueen)

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9. Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Sir Jean : "Royal Salute - version"

Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Sir Jean :

Brain Damage Dub Session "Meets Sir Jean" (Dub) Vinyl / Digital (MP3/Flac) 23 avril 2012 http://www.cd1d.com/fr/album/brain-damage-dub-sessions-meets-sir-jean --------------------------- Après plus de 12 ans d’existence, Brain Damage est une nouvelle fois en pleine refonte, prêt à prendre le contre pied, à surgir là où on ne l’attend pas... Suite au départ du bassiste Raphaël Talis, c’est désormais seul que Martin Nathan donne une nouvelle direction au projet. Si le son de Brain Damage reste toujours personnel et identifiable, il se teinte ici d’une couleur résolument plus «roots», à l’image des premiers albums, notamment Ashes to ashes / Dub to dub. Testée grandeur nature depuis quelques mois dans le cadre de la tournée High Damage, la formule live Brain Damage Dub Sessions est radicalement consacrée à une certaine vision du Sound System. Pour la création de ce nouveau set, de nombreux intervenants ont été sollicités : Sir Jean, Brother Culture, Madu Messenger, M. Parvez, ainsi que la section cuivres ArtDeko, pour de puissantes et fructueuses sessions de studio. Comme il se doit, ces rencontres donnent le jour à plusieurs productions discographiques. Première pierre à l’édifice de ce renouveau, un maxi vinyl en compagnie de Sir Jean (Mei Tei Sho, Le Peuple de l’Herbe), qui retrouve ainsi ses premières amours, le reggae. On avait déjà eu un aperçu de cette heureuse rencontre avec le somptueux Royal Salute sur la FX100, ici décliné en version sound-system. Quatre titres qu’on ne se lassera pas d’écouter en boucle en attendant l’album prévu pour l’automne, chez Jarring Effects. Après s’être tant éloigné du modèle dub anglo-jamaïcain, Brain Damage Dub Sessions en propose donc finalement sa version en 2012. Released by: Jarring Effects Release/catalogue number: fx988 Release date: Apr 23, 2012

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11. Vibronics meets Brain Damage w/Sir Jean : "Do U remember ?" (Echo Ranks teaser)

Vibronics meets Brain Damage w/Sir Jean :

Vibronics meets Brain Damage Extracted from the "Empire soldiers" project : Strickly limited 10" dublate, mixed by Steve Vibronics : A1 Do U remember ? w/ Sir Jean A2 Do U dub ? AA1 Youts to war w/ M. Parvez AA2 Youts to dub ---------------------------- Brain Damage meets Vibronics "Empire soldiers" Vibronics & Brain Damage teamed up and decided to come together around a concept, a narrative inspiration that will undoubtedly surprise: Anglo-Caribbean and Franco-African soldiers’ experience during the first world war. The academic historian, poet & songwriter, Madu Messenger, uses the product of years of study and research, to develop, within that very framework, a series of texts on some key topics such as travel, friendship, war and death. This project thus aims at offering a learning experience about this often little-known period of our history. It will draw troubling parallels with some more contemporary considerations on culture shocks, immigration, imperial powers and horrors of war that still affects all of us today. Following their reflection on this sensitive issue, the musicians of the project’s – all of many other origins, Anglo-French, Jamaican or Asian – move towards a cultural alignment, opposite to certain enslaving and communitarian models. --------------

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12. Vibronics meets Brain Damage : "Siege of Kut" (Echo Ranks teaser)

Vibronics meets Brain Damage :

Vibronics meets Brain Damage Extracted from the "Empire soldiers" project : Strickly limited 10" dublate, mixed by Steve Vibronics : A1 Siege Of Kut (sound system mix) A2 Siege Of Dub AA1 Neuve Chapelle dub AA2 Neuve Chapelle version ---------------------------- Brain Damage meets Vibronics "Empire soldiers" Vibronics & Brain Damage teamed up and decided to come together around a concept, a narrative inspiration that will undoubtedly surprise: Anglo-Caribbean and Franco-African soldiers’ experience during the first world war. The academic historian, poet & songwriter, Madu Messenger, uses the product of years of study and research, to develop, within that very framework, a series of texts on some key topics such as travel, friendship, war and death. This project thus aims at offering a learning experience about this often little-known period of our history. It will draw troubling parallels with some more contemporary considerations on culture shocks, immigration, imperial powers and horrors of war that still affects all of us today. Following their reflection on this sensitive issue, the musicians of the project’s – all of many other origins, Anglo-French, Jamaican or Asian – move towards a cultural alignment, opposite to certain enslaving and communitarian models. --------------

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13. Vibronics meets Brain Damage w/Madu Messenger : "Kings engine" (Echo Ranks teaser)

Vibronics meets Brain Damage w/Madu Messenger :

Vibronics meets Brain Damage Extracted from the "Empire soldiers" project : Strickly limited 10" dublate, mixed by Steve Vibronics : A1 - Sufferation - FEAT. M. Parvez A2 - Sufferation dub AA1 - Kings Engine - FEAT. Madu Messenger AA2 - Dub engine ---------------------------- Brain Damage meets Vibronics "Empire soldiers" Vibronics & Brain Damage teamed up and decided to come together around a concept, a narrative inspiration that will undoubtedly surprise: Anglo-Caribbean and Franco-African soldiers’ experience during the first world war. The academic historian, poet & songwriter, Madu Messenger, uses the product of years of study and research, to develop, within that very framework, a series of texts on some key topics such as travel, friendship, war and death. This project thus aims at offering a learning experience about this often little-known period of our history. It will draw troubling parallels with some more contemporary considerations on culture shocks, immigration, imperial powers and horrors of war that still affects all of us today. Following their reflection on this sensitive issue, the musicians of the project’s – all of many other origins, Anglo-French, Jamaican or Asian – move towards a cultural alignment, opposite to certain enslaving and communitarian models. --------------

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15. Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Brother Culture : "Radical plan"

Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Brother Culture :

Brain Damage Dub Sessions "What you gonna do ?" Avec l'album Ashes to ashes, Brain Damage opérait en 2004 une plongée presque schizophrène dans une musique au fond plutôt sombre et froid, qu'il opposait alors à une version personnelle d'un reggae dub infiniment plus mélodique et harmonieux. S'il est vrai que le duo avait depuis fortement glissé vers le côté obscur de cette dichotomie, il aura fallu attendre 2012 pour assister à un grand retour vers la mélodie, la chaleur et le rapprochement de certains grands modèles anglo-jamaïcains du genre. Pour ce faire, Martin NATHAN - désormais seul aux commandes a choisi de s'entourer de vocalistes de talent qui ont su transcender les univers musicaux qu'il leur a proposé. Et si chaque individualité a amené un peu de son univers, il est intéressant de noter que ces artistes semblent bel et bien posséder des préoccupations communes, qu'ils évoquent respectivement dans leurs textes. Quand Learoy Green parle de la jeunesse du ghetto, Madu Messenger évoque les grands généraux des armées de la finance, que Brother Culture propose de combattre avec son plan radical. Zeb Mc Queen, quant à lui s'interroge sur l'attitude à adopter quand le totalitarisme fondra sur nous, ce à quoi M. Parvez semble vouloir répondre que nous ne disposons aujourd'hui que d'une marge de manœuvre plus que réduite. C'est Sir Jean qui mettra sans doute tout le monde d'accord en engageant les différents artistes contemporains à faire attention aux mots qu'ils utilisent, aux rôles qu'ils doivent tenir, à l'exemple qu'ils doivent donner, en particulier à la jeunesse. A notre humble niveau, agir avec nos propres armes sur les choses et les gens qui nous entourent, c'est justement le message que Brain Damage entend faire passer avec ce nouvel album. Un manifeste musical résolument optimiste, contrastant avec l'esthétique ténébreuse développée ces dernières années. Brain Damage Dub Sessions What you gonna do ? 1 - What you gonna do ? w/Zeb McQueen 2 - We a di danger w/ Learoy Green 3 - Radical Plan w/ Brother Culture 4 - Royal salute w/ Sir Jean 5 - The armies of darkness w/ Madu Messenger 6 - No solution w/ M Parvez aka The Dub Factory 7 - What you gonna do ? version 8 - We a di danger version 9 - Royal salute version 10 - The armies of darkness version 11 - Radical Plan version 12 - No solution version CD bonus track 13 - Tanx for life (unplugged version) w/ Sir Jean

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16. Rebel Music

Rebel Music

first extract taken from the upcoming album "Liberation Time" to be released on 20.10.2017 www.brain-damage.fr www.harrisonstafford.com ---------- Liberation time To gain some grasp of the genesis of this new project, that may seem surprising at first, let’s address what both artists have in common, rather that what differentiates them. Internationally recognized masters in the styles, respectively reggae & dub, that they are developing in parallel for almost 20 years, without BDxHrSfrd_LiberationTimeCover never really meeting each other, the two protagonists strive to challenge their codes in an ever greater respect to their Jamaican roots: two decades furthering a relentless fight against musical orthodoxy, to the benefit of interbreedings that have always been major contributions to music — and arts in general — History. This is evidenced by jazz and Jamaican traditional music fusion in the case of Harrison Stafford, and notably with his amazing adventure with Groundation, as well as by Martin Nathan countless experimentations, over Brain Damage prolific discography, always digging in more unlikely and audacious directions. From this unexpected collaboration will stem « Liberation Time » album, an LP that will delight many fans of the two artists’ works, all what builds theirBrain Damage meets Harrison Stafford respective uniqueness being there so well intricated. Harrison Stafford unique voice supports, in a most elegant way, the delivery of a uniting message focused on self-empowerment through music and his universalist vision of Rastafarian faith. Brain Damage writing and production, on the other hand, appear always more subtle and personal, intellectualized yet visceral. Solid compositions, hit melodies and classy dub effects are among assets that will undoubtedly confirm « Liberation Time » as one of the most accomplished collaboration project of this year.

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17. Brain Damage Dub Sessions : "Roots'n Future Hi Fi minimix"

Brain Damage Dub Sessions :

Brain Damage Dub Sessions "What you gonna do ?" Avec l'album Ashes to ashes, Brain Damage opérait en 2004 une plongée presque schizophrène dans une musique au fond plutôt sombre et froid, qu'il opposait alors à une version personnelle d'un reggae dub infiniment plus mélodique et harmonieux. S'il est vrai que le duo avait depuis fortement glissé vers le côté obscur de cette dichotomie, il aura fallu attendre 2012 pour assister à un grand retour vers la mélodie, la chaleur et le rapprochement de certains grands modèles anglo-jamaïcains du genre. Pour ce faire, Martin NATHAN - désormais seul aux commandes a choisi de s'entourer de vocalistes de talent qui ont su transcender les univers musicaux qu'il leur a proposé. Et si chaque individualité a amené un peu de son univers, il est intéressant de noter que ces artistes semblent bel et bien posséder des préoccupations communes, qu'ils évoquent respectivement dans leurs textes. Quand Learoy Green parle de la jeunesse du ghetto, Madu Messenger évoque les grands généraux des armées de la finance, que Brother Culture propose de combattre avec son plan radical. Zeb Mc Queen, quant à lui s'interroge sur l'attitude à adopter quand le totalitarisme fondra sur nous, ce à quoi M. Parvez semble vouloir répondre que nous ne disposons aujourd'hui que d'une marge de manœuvre plus que réduite. C'est Sir Jean qui mettra sans doute tout le monde d'accord en engageant les différents artistes contemporains à faire attention aux mots qu'ils utilisent, aux rôles qu'ils doivent tenir, à l'exemple qu'ils doivent donner, en particulier à la jeunesse. A notre humble niveau, agir avec nos propres armes sur les choses et les gens qui nous entourent, c'est justement le message que Brain Damage entend faire passer avec ce nouvel album. Un manifeste musical résolument optimiste, contrastant avec l'esthétique ténébreuse développée ces dernières années. Brain Damage Dub Sessions What you gonna do ? 1 - What you gonna do ? w/Zeb McQueen 2 - We a di danger w/ Learoy Green 3 - Radical Plan w/ Brother Culture 4 - Royal salute w/ Sir Jean 5 - The armies of darkness w/ Madu Messenger 6 - No solution w/ M Parvez aka The Dub Factory 7 - What you gonna do ? version 8 - We a di danger version 9 - Royal salute version 10 - The armies of darkness version 11 - Radical Plan version 12 - No solution version CD bonus track 13 - Tanx for life (unplugged version) w/ Sir Jean

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19. Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Zeb McQueen : "What you gonna do ?"

Brain Damage Dub Sessions w/ Zeb McQueen :

Brain Damage Dub Sessions "What you gonna do ?" Avec l'album Ashes to ashes, Brain Damage opérait en 2004 une plongée presque schizophrène dans une musique au fond plutôt sombre et froid, qu'il opposait alors à une version personnelle d'un reggae dub infiniment plus mélodique et harmonieux. S'il est vrai que le duo avait depuis fortement glissé vers le côté obscur de cette dichotomie, il aura fallu attendre 2012 pour assister à un grand retour vers la mélodie, la chaleur et le rapprochement de certains grands modèles anglo-jamaïcains du genre. Pour ce faire, Martin NATHAN - désormais seul aux commandes a choisi de s'entourer de vocalistes de talent qui ont su transcender les univers musicaux qu'il leur a proposé. Et si chaque individualité a amené un peu de son univers, il est intéressant de noter que ces artistes semblent bel et bien posséder des préoccupations communes, qu'ils évoquent respectivement dans leurs textes. Quand Learoy Green parle de la jeunesse du ghetto, Madu Messenger évoque les grands généraux des armées de la finance, que Brother Culture propose de combattre avec son plan radical. Zeb Mc Queen, quant à lui s'interroge sur l'attitude à adopter quand le totalitarisme fondra sur nous, ce à quoi M. Parvez semble vouloir répondre que nous ne disposons aujourd'hui que d'une marge de manœuvre plus que réduite. C'est Sir Jean qui mettra sans doute tout le monde d'accord en engageant les différents artistes contemporains à faire attention aux mots qu'ils utilisent, aux rôles qu'ils doivent tenir, à l'exemple qu'ils doivent donner, en particulier à la jeunesse. A notre humble niveau, agir avec nos propres armes sur les choses et les gens qui nous entourent, c'est justement le message que Brain Damage entend faire passer avec ce nouvel album. Un manifeste musical résolument optimiste, contrastant avec l'esthétique ténébreuse développée ces dernières années. Brain Damage Dub Sessions What you gonna do ? 1 - What you gonna do ? w/Zeb McQueen 2 - We a di danger w/ Learoy Green 3 - Radical Plan w/ Brother Culture 4 - Royal salute w/ Sir Jean 5 - The armies of darkness w/ Madu Messenger 6 - No solution w/ M Parvez aka The Dub Factory 7 - What you gonna do ? version 8 - We a di danger version 9 - Royal salute version 10 - The armies of darkness version 11 - Radical Plan version 12 - No solution version CD bonus track 13 - Tanx for life (unplugged version) w/ Sir Jean

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