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Genre: Pop / Artist: Various Artists / Box set / Audio CD released 2008-06-30 at Universal

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      16.07.2009 19:50
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      reggae pop

      I happen to enjoy a little reggae, particularly when the sun is out, it puts me in a better mood and makes me think I am abroad. Wishful thinking, but there is some truth in what I say. This compilation plays host to some of the biggest reggae hits you can get. I have selected some choice picks.

      You cannot fail to gasp at Shabba Ranks' deep and commanding voice on 'Mr Loverman.' I am often dubious whether he is actually saying real words when he raps, but his macho tones will make you come over all queasy and the seductive female vocal chorus ices the track off with a flourish.

      I adore having a grind to Chaka Demus and Pliers' 'Tease Me' which has a wicked little rhythm and some fast fluid raps from Mr Pliers. On a similar tip, Grace Jones' 'My Jamaican Guy' is rich and warming with Jones on top form. The Carribean vibes will transport you away and her prowling vocal will put you on edge.

      I was not impressed with 'Pass The Dutchie' which is far too annoying to ever contemplate playing more than once. Head for the second disc and there are some better songs in the form of UB40's 'Kingston Town.' Ali and the guys do the song proud;refined vocals and sweet harmonies play off against their trademark reggae tinged beats.

      Desmond Dekker tackles 'Israelites' and manages to make a ray of sun appear at your window. The song might have dated badly, but it sounds so authentic, you will break into a smile. Also check out the glamouress Dawn Penn's 'No No No' which is a murky and sensual number with an amazing percussive drive to it.

      There are forty six songs on here, some I hadn't heard of, but when you put the music on, you might find that some of the songs sound familiar. Worth buying for a summer soundtrack.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Aswad - Don't Turn Around
    2 Shaggy - Boombastic
    3 Shabba Ranks - Mr Loverman
    4 Maxi Priest - Close To You
    5 Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me
    6 Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
    7 Supercat - My Girl Josephine
    8 Diana King - Shy Guy
    9 Grace Jones - My Jamaican Guy
    10 China Black - Searching
    11 Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
    12 Half Pint - Substitute Lover
    13 Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm
    14 Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston
    15 Third World - Now That We Found Love
    16 Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
    17 Desmond Dekker - You Can Get It If You Really Want
    18 The Harry J Allstars - Liquidator
    19 John Holt - Help Me Make It Through The Night
    20 The Upsetters - Return Of Django
    21 Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine
    22 Jimmy Cliff - Wonderful World, Beautiful People

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 UB40 - Kingston Town
    2 Janet Kay - Silly Games
    3 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Sun Is Shining
    4 Dawn Penn - You don't Love Me (No, No, No)
    5 Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
    6 Dennis Brown - Money In My Pocket
    7 Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves
    8 Susan Cadogan - Hurt So Good
    9 Desmond Dekker - Israelites
    10 Lord Tanamo - I'm In The Mood For Ska
    11 Toots & The Maytals - 54-56 Was My Number
    12 Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You
    13 Dave & Ansil Collins - Double Barrell
    14 Ken Boothe - everything I Own
    15 Max Romeo - Wet Dream
    16 Nicky Thomas - Love Of The Common People
    17 Sly & Robbie - Boops (Here To Go)
    18 Aswad - Shine
    19 Shaggy - It Wasn't Me
    20 Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
    21 Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way
    22 CJ Lewis - Sweets For My Sweet
    23 10CC - Dreadlock holiday
    24 Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now