Alpha And Omega are a rootsalpha_and_omega_daniel_in_the_lions_den 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. 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. 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.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”. 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.”A-43151-001.jpg

While they were initially influenced by original dub recordings by Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby and Augustus Pablo, Woodbridge and Sprosen have continued to evolve their own sound. “Option” magazine explained, “through minimal manipulation, (Alpha and Omega) deliver the listener to a place of great sonic peace”. According to “The Wire”, “The compelling presences at the hear of these airy sonic worlds have a harder edge than some of their ancestors’. “Pulse!” dug even deeper into their explanation of Alpha and Omega’s sound, which they described as, “massively thunderous bass lines, gallopinghqdefault drum tracks and a willingness to tastefully adorn dubs with digital flutes and various electronic sounding washes”. Bassist Woodbridge, one of reggae’s few woman instrumentalists, and keyboardist Sprosen Pooling their resources, Woodbridge and Sprosen spent several years recording rhythm tracks prior to releasing their debut album, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, as a cassette that they released on their own label, A & O, in 1990




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