12" Reggae Discomix Showcase, Vol. 5

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The VP label's fifth journey into the vaults of producers Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is a reggae lover's delight. Featuring long lost 12"s from the years 1977-1982, the collection focuses on the format's under-documented reggae discomix which was often the regular version of the tune with a DJ version or sometimes a dub tacked right on to the end. Don't expect massive remixes -- sometimes you don't even get a smooth transition -- but when it works, it works splendidly, extending the groove and presenting singers and DJs taking on the same tune, predating the R&B singer with rapper team-ups that would come over a decade later. Here the perfect example of an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The VP label's fifth journey into the vaults of producers Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is a reggae lover's delight. Featuring long lost 12"s from the years 1977-1982, the collection focuses on the format's under-documented reggae discomix which was often the regular version of the tune with a DJ version or sometimes a dub tacked right on to the end. Don't expect massive remixes -- sometimes you don't even get a smooth transition -- but when it works, it works splendidly, extending the groove and presenting singers and DJs taking on the same tune, predating the R&B singer with rapper team-ups that would come over a decade later. Here the perfect example of an effective discomix is the extended "Su Su Pon Rasta" where Trinity kicks down the door of Naggo Morris' plaintive roots number, barging in with dubby tricks and laser sound effects. Other highlights include Carl Brown's uptempo and no nonsense "Let the Power Fall" which combines "May the wicked burn to ash" lyrics with a boisterous, joyful backing track. Also well worth a listen is the lesser-known Junior Murvin cut "Time Stiff" which sounds like a rework of his hit "Cool Out Son." Check Carol Gonzales for Jamaica's answer to Chaka Khan and don't miss the always entertaining Tappa Zukie with his dancehall toasting. Then crinkle your nose at the lack of helpful liner notes as it goes against the great care put into the selecting and remastering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645416924
  • Catalog Number: 4169
  • Sales rank: 84,618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ring Craft/Dreader Mafia - Snuffy & Wally (5:48)
  2. 2 Su Su Pon Rasta/Stop Su Su Pon the Dread - Naggo Morris (6:23)
  3. 3 Burn Babylon/Don't Trouble Natty Dread - Sylford Walker (6:14)
  4. 4 Let the Power Fall/Give I Power - Carl Brown (7:24)
  5. 5 Time Stiff/Time So Rough - Junior Murvin (7:02)
  6. 6 Sweet Sensation/Sweet Drum and Bass - Carol Gonzales (7:10)
  7. 7 Being With You - U Black (7:09)
  8. 8 Playmate/Scorcher - Delroy Jones (5:37)
  9. 9 Dreadlocks Girl/She Never Love Me So - Tapper Zukie (7:06)
  10. 10 Captain Selassie/Under Me - Icho Candy (6:04)
  11. 11 The Man In Me/Loving Galore - U-Mike (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harold Butler Keyboards
Tony Chin Guitar
Carlton "Santa" Davis Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
George Fullwood Bass
Vin Gordon Trombone
Lennox Gordon Guitar
Ossie Hibbert Keyboards
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Parks Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Ruddy Thomas Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Keyboards
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen Guitar
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont Guitar
Sticky Thomas Percussion
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Drums
Franklyn "Bubbler" Waul Keyboards
Technical Credits
Joe Gibbs Composer
Reggie Lucas Composer
Sylford Walker Composer
Joel Gibson Composer
James Mtume Composer
Errol Thompson Composer, Producer, Engineer
William Robinson Composer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Devon Russell Composer
Paul Shields Mastering
Joe Gibson Producer
Winston Evans Composer
Mervin Smith Composer
Maxie Smith Composer
Dolphin Morris Composer
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