This Is Crucial Reggae CD (2005)

Artist: Yellowman

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Label Sanctuary Records/fontana
SKU 63978324
UPC 060768994027
UPC 14 00060768994027
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/2005
Author Yellowman
Associated Artist/Work Fathead
Associated Artist/Work Paragons (Reggae) (The)
Associated Artist/Work Wales, Josey
Technical Info
Producer Doctor Dread; David Cole; Simeon Stewart; Burt Dixon; Exterminator; Doctor Dread; David Cole; Simeon Stewart; Philip Burrell; Burt Dixon; Jerry Rappaport (Compilation)
CatalogID 89940
Lable Name Ras
Released 05/17/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00060768994027
Musical Guests
George Knooks
Beenie Man
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Yellowman; Beenie Man, George Knooks.
Liner Note Author: Elena Oumano.
Yellowman is one of the founding fathers of Jamaican dancehall, a style that rose to prominence during the waning popularity of socially conscious roots reggae. Dancehall's upbeat tempos, staccato, rapid-fire singing, and themes of sexuality and partying contrast traditional reggae, and though purists criticized Yellowman's good time emphasis, it is hard to deny the singer's skills. Witty, clever, extraordinarily energetic, and capable of dicing verses into stuttering, machine gun rhythms of great fluidity and force, Yellowman deserves his accolades (not least for his tremendous influence on the dancehall boom of the '90s and 2000s).
This installation of THIS IS CRUCIAL REGGAE (the Ras compilation series presenting work by seminal artists in the genre) offers a fine overview of Yellowman's talents. His verbal skills are represented ("Weed Dem"), as are his party anthems ("Party;" "Reggae on the Move") and his tongue in cheek self-aggrandizement ("Love King Yellow"). But Yellowman also has a serious side, as evidenced by the awareness song "AIDS," the roots-tinged anti-war tune "World War," and the lovely, spiritual paean "Prayer." Whether serious or humorous (it is hard not to smile during "Yellow Like Cheese"), Yellowman rocks the mic in fine fashion, and THIS IS CRUCIAL REGGAE is a well-selected testament to that fact.
Disc 1
1 Party
2 Reggae On The Move
3 Yellow Like Cheese
4 Weed Dem
5 Aids
6 Prayer
7 No Touch Ya So
8 Love King Yellow
9 Dancehall
10 Wild Wild West
11 God Alone
12 World War
Product Attributes
Artist Yellowman
Music Format Compact Disc
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