Best Of Maxi Priest CD (1991)

Artist: Maxi Priest

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Product Overview


Label Emd/capitol
SKU 60134993
UPC 077778625926
UPC 14 00077778625926
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/1991
Author Maxi Priest
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Janet
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Delroy Wilson
Artist Influence Dennis Brown
Artist Influence Gregory Isaacs
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Peter Tosh
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Sly & Robbie
Artist Contemporary Aswad
Artist Contemporary Barrington Levy
Artist Contemporary Beres Hammond
Artist Contemporary Bitty McLean
Artist Contemporary Cocoa Tea
Artist Contemporary Dean Fraser
Artist Contemporary Eddy Grant
Artist Contemporary Eek-A-Mouse
Artist Contemporary Frankie Paul
Artist Contemporary Freddie McGregor
Artist Contemporary Half Pint
Artist Contemporary Macka B
Artist Contemporary Shabba Ranks
Artist Contemporary Shaggy
Artist Contemporary Shinehead
Artist Contemporary Steely & Clevie
Artist Contemporary Third World
Artist Contemporary Tiger
Artist Contemporary UB40
Artist Contemporary Yellowman
Technical Info
CatalogID DIXCD 111
Lable Name Virgin
Released 10/01/1991
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00077778625926
Musical Guests
Shabba Ranks
Jazzie B.
Beres Hammond
Album Notes and Credits
Producers: Willie Lindo, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Paul Robinson, Geoffrey Chung, Handel Tucker, Drummie Zeb, Mikey Bennett, Clifton Dillon, Augustus "Gussie" Clarke, J.P. Maunick (Bluey), Jazzie B., Nellie Hooper.
Audio Mixer: Phil Bodger.
Audio Remasterers: Carlton Ogilvie; John Gallen; Maxi Priest ; Bobby Konders.
Audio Remixers: The Boilerhouse Boys; Carlton Ogilvie; John Gallen; Maxi Priest ; Bobby Konders.
Editor: Crispin Murray.
Photographer: Greg Allen .
Unknown Contributor Role: Geoffrey Chung.
The Best of Me collects nearly all of Maxi Priest's pre-1992 U.K. and U.S. singles, and results in a timeless, breezy, and thoroughly engaging album. Maxi Priest doesn't really tackle the heavy social themes that many of his reggae contemporaries do -- instead, he sings about love, life, and summertime (what, in other words, is known as "lovers rock"). Included here are nearly all of his U.K. hits, including "Strollin' On," "How Can We Ease the Pain," "Peace Throughout the World," and his cover of "Some Guys Have All the Luck," as well as his near-perfect version of Cat Stevens' "Wild World," which broke him to U.S. audiences, and his funky and immortal 1990 U.S. chart-topper "Close to You." Also included is his hit duet with Shabba Ranks, "Housecall," in which Maxi Priest, with his honey-smooth vocals, completely steals the show, as well as his minor U.S. hit "Just a Little Bit Longer." This CD was released in 1991, after the phenomenal success of "Close to You" and its album Bona Fide, therefore, later hits such as "Groovin' in the Midnight," "That Girl" (with Shaggy), and his massive duet with Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music," don't appear. Until a later and complete hits package is assembled, The Best of Me, which also features great pictures, song lyrics, and detailed liner notes, more than fits the bill. ~ Jose F. Promis
Artist Overview
Of Jamaican descent but born and raised in the U.K., Maxi Priest released his first album (YOU'RE SAFE) in 1985, but it wasn't until his 1988 self-titled breakthrough, with its reggae-inflected cover of Cat Stevens's "Wild World," that Maxi Priest gained significant attention. Fusing elements of R&B, pop, and reggae into a smooth, radio-ready concoction, Maxi Priest is regarded as one of the best latter-day practitioners of lovers rock. The artist released a number of albums throughout the '90s and into the 2000s. As a British reggae artist, Maxi Priest achieved the rare feat of landing a number-one slot on the American Billboard chart with his 1990 single, "Close to You."
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (2/14/92, p.54) - "..the genuine sense of love and longing in his voice should win over any fan of reggae, pop, or soul.." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 Wild World
2 In The Springtime
3 Should I
4 Close To You
5 How Can We Ease The Pain (with Beres Hammond)
6 Let Me Know
7 Housecall (with Shabba Ranks)
8 Just A Little Bit Longer
9 Caution
10 Some Guys Have All The Luck
11 I Know Love (with Tiger)
12 Strollin' On
13 Best Of Me
14 Crazy Love
15 Woman In You
16 Peace Throughout The World (with Jazzie B)

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