Island 50 Reggae CD (2009)

Artist: Various

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 211513099
UPC 600753204658
UPC 14 00600753204658
Format CD
Release Date 8/25/2009
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Danny Holloway; Donovan Germain; Gregory Isaacs; Jimmy Cliff; John Burns; Karl Pitterson; Leslie Kong; Robbie Shakespeare; Sly Dunbar; Augustus Clarke; Augustus Pablo; Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo
CatalogID 001321402
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 08/25/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00600753204658
Album Notes and Credits
Photographers: Clive Allen; Jonnie Black; David Corio; Peter Simon.
Arrangers: Robbie Shakespeare; Sly Dunbar; Augustus Pablo.
There's no scarcity of compilations focused on Island's reggae output, and when it comes to the one-disc format, the vaults are just too big and meaty to be properly represented. Keeping artists to one track apiece is no easy chore either when considering the epic names Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, and Lee Perry, but the 50 years since Chris Blackwell launched Island with Laurel Aitken's hit single "Little Sheila" deserve some kind of marker in the record bins, so here it is. Note that Aitken's cut is missing and you'll see the story here isn't complete or even very sentimental, but what's shocking is that no Bob Marley cuts appear, which is akin to compiling Motown with no Michael Jackson or Diana Ross. Still, the material chosen is all stellar on a one-by-one basis, with the Cliff, Toots, Burning Spear, Junior Murvin, and Gregory Isaacs tracks being especially mammoth both in appeal and importance. The liner notes are informative and the way the disc flows is surprisingly good; just expect to buy more Island comps if your reggae fandom rises above the ground level. ~ David Jeffries
Disc 1
1 Harder They Come, The - Jimmy Cliff
2 Country Boy - The Heptones
3 Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
4 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
5 Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
6 Satta Massagana - Third World
7 Dreadlocks In Moonlight - Lee "Scratch" Perry
8 War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & The Upsetters
9 General, The - Dillinger
10 Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse
11 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
12 One Love Jam Down - General Smiley/Papa Michigan
13 Sponji Reggae - Black Uhuru
14 Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds
15 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
16 Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers
17 It's Me Again Jah - Luciano
18 Untold Stories - Buju Banton

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