The Best Of Reggae

by Various Artists
The Best Of Reggae
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CD Details

  • Released: April 3, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us


  • 1.Columbus - Burning Spears
  • 2.Guide Me From My Friends - Peter Tosh
  • 3.Ghetto On Fire - Inner Circle
  • 4.Native Woman - Gregory Isaacs
  • 5.Jordan River - I-Roy
  • 6.Rasta Fiesta - Sly Dunbar
  • 7.Uptown Top Ranking - Althea And Donna
  • 8.Wear You To The Ball - U-Roy
  • 9.This Land Is For Everyone - The Abyssinians
  • 10.Never Give In - Pato Banton

Product Description:

Virgin's budget release The Best of Reggae looks like a tool of the Babylon system for a couple reasons. First, the FBI warning concerning piracy is twice as big as the credits. Second, the title and the scattershot track list just don't jive since so many important names are missing, up to and including Bob Marley. All that said, the tunes are huge, pulled from all over the place with no context given, but huge nonetheless. There's the serious rasta music of Burning Spear and the Abyssinians, the effervescent DJ stylings of I-Roy and U-Roy, plus the crucial sound of the "Stepping Razor" himself, Peter Tosh. As great as the music is, the lack of liner notes doesn't give the music any context. It would be helpful to know that the Jacob Miller-era Inner Circle is represented here, rather than the later, more pop-oriented outfit. The Sly Dunbar track is a dub of Miller's big hit "Baby I Love You So," and the Althea & Donna cut ruled the U.K. when it was released, but you won't learn any of this from the booklet. Still, it beats the budget-priced competition with its original artists and original recordings, so in this case, you get slightly more than you pay for. ~ David Jeffries

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  • Sales Rank: 81,527
  • UPC: 094638751526
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