Jah Wobble is not a name you hear often. But it has been associated with one of the more recognizable names in rock history, Johnny Rotten. When Glen Matlock left/was kicked out (go with whatever side you believe) of the Sex Pistols, bass player Jah Wobble was in the running for replacement. The job went to Sid Vicious (we all know how that turned out). Soon enough, when the Sex Pistols disintegrated, it was Jah Wobble that Johnny Rotten went with to fill the bass playing duties in Rotten's newly formed PiL (Public Image, Ltd) band.
Jah Wobble lasted only two years with PiL. After a heavily supportive project with the excellent Metal Box album, released in 1979, Jah Wobble left over differences. Immediately, Wobble started working on more solo projects, creative works leading up to his 1994 release of Take Me To God.
Take Me To God was a deeper foray into world music explorations. It was obvious that Jah Wobble's musical creativity was a boiling cauldron in need of stirring, and his brilliant album releases after PiL (and during), revealed his penchant for taking music to different levels. While not an ultra-popular form of music (you wouldn't be getting your music played on necessary radio outlets with what he was producing with the likes of Without Judgment), Wobble tinkered until he came out with Take Me To God.
Take Me To God is more a structured blend of world music
with a bit of pop sensitivity, never more evident than in the single issued from
the album, "The Sun Does Rise." That
song had, at its heart, Delores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, whose lilting
voice was highly recognizable at the time. This brought proper attention to the album that featured Jah Wobble's
Invaders Of The Heart.
If you haven't heard "The Sun Does Rise," then there is never a better time than now. The song is entrancing, engaging, and points right to the album like a signpost. The album, released by the innovative Island Records, charted well and spun off another single, "Becoming More Like God." The album also had the benefit of other talents that included Jamaican reggae star Chaka Demas and popular African fusion artist Baaba Maal, along with a few others.
On June 20, UK label Cherry Red Records reissued Take Me To God in a two-CD collection that includes the original album and adds in a second disc with 16 extra tracks of dubs, B-sides, mixes, and bonus songs, eight that are non-album tracks, and eight bonus tracks of later recorded songs that "fit" the style of Take Me To God. Unfortunately, the new reissue doesn't add in the radio edit of "The Sun Does Rise," a noticeably different tune with more than a minute of music shaved off it from the original album's 4:22 track. (The radio edit of "The Sun Does Rise" does show up in a later released collectible four-track, Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart Rarities Editions in 1994.) Nor does it add in "Snake Charmer," a tune that featured The Edge (U2) and the excellent "So Many Years," both also found on the 1994 Rarities Edition. The Deluxe Edition releases in the US as an import title on June 28.
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart is one of rock's braver early alternative bands with a rich history of recorded music dating back to Wobble's involvement with PiL. This UK-born Deluxe Edition reissue of Take Me To God is a welcome reintroduction of a classic. It is certainly one to take note of.