Buju and Friends

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jamaican dancehall veteran Buju Banton has featured duets with a wide array of artists on his albums right from the beginning, and this two-disc 33-track compilation from VP Records collects several of them in one convenient package. There's none of the slackness here that brought Banton his first taste of fame and controversy, and his remarkable and critically lauded conversion to socially conscious material is well in evidence. Buju's gruff-voiced DJ stance has always been stronger than his singing side, and these pairings with the likes of Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Garnett Silk, and Gregory Isaacs play to his strengths, as he leaves the singing to the pros and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jamaican dancehall veteran Buju Banton has featured duets with a wide array of artists on his albums right from the beginning, and this two-disc 33-track compilation from VP Records collects several of them in one convenient package. There's none of the slackness here that brought Banton his first taste of fame and controversy, and his remarkable and critically lauded conversion to socially conscious material is well in evidence. Buju's gruff-voiced DJ stance has always been stronger than his singing side, and these pairings with the likes of Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Garnett Silk, and Gregory Isaacs play to his strengths, as he leaves the singing to the pros and interjects his powerful raps at key junctures. Among the highlights here and there are plenty are the steamrolling groove of "Little More Time" with Hammond, the quirky and cautionary "Ring the Alarm" with Tenor Saw, a heartfelt "I Dare Not Be Ungrateful" with Heptones singer and bassist Leroy Sibbles, and a barn-burning version of "54-46 That's My Number" with Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, a pairing that -- in hindsight -- seems as obvious and natural as the sun and moon. The anthemic "No More Misty Days" with punk-pop group Rancid is surprisingly effective, as is the lovely and soothing "23rd Psalm" with Morgan Heritage. One of the most striking tracks is Banton's duet with the late Garnett Silk on the gorgeous and vital "Complaint." Banton has continually bridged the distance between hardcore dancehall and socially conscious roots reggae, even embracing hip-hop, R&B, and straight pop elements in his music, and as an emblem of positive synthesis, his position in Jamaican music and internationally in the 21st century is vital. Dedicated Buju fans may well already have most of the these tracks, but having these songs collected together like this in a single package makes a sprawling testament to Banton's inclusive vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Penthouse Records
  • UPC: 054645226424
  • Catalog Number: 2264
  • Sales rank: 128,748

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonafide Love (3:54)
  2. 2 Who Say (3:51)
  3. 3 Little More Time (3:59)
  4. 4 Wicked Dickie (3:49)
  5. 5 Hotness - Heavy D (3:52)
  6. 6 Love Dem Bad - Red Rat (4:03)
  7. 7 Teaser - Bounty Killer (3:48)
  8. 8 Get It On (3:29)
  9. 9 What I'm Gonna Do (4:02)
  10. 10 I Do - Fundisha (3:48)
  11. 11 We Set the Principal - Beenie Man (3:30)
  12. 12 Ring the Alarm (5:41)
  13. 13 Watch How You Flex - Ed Robinson (3:57)
  14. 14 A So (3:44)
  15. 15 Weary (3:39)
  16. 16 Hang On (3:42)
  17. 17 I Dare Not Be Ungrateful (4:08)
  18. 18 54-46 That's My Number (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 23rd Psalm (5:40)
  2. 2 Massa God World (3:55)
  3. 3 Complaint - Garnett Silk (3:54)
  4. 4 Give I Strength (4:00)
  5. 5 We Will Be Alright - Luciano (4:12)
  6. 6 Mother's Cry (3:41)
  7. 7 Sound in the Air - LMS (4:52)
  8. 8 Can You Play Some More (4:02)
  9. 9 My Woman Now (4:06)
  10. 10 Childish Games (3:57)
  11. 11 Closer (3:49)
  12. 12 Poor Old Man - Stephen Marley (4:24)
  13. 13 Want It (3:55)
  14. 14 Make My Day (4:59)
  15. 15 Commitment (3:15)
  16. 16 No More Misty Days - Rancid (3:47)
  17. 17 Tribal War (3:44)
  18. 18 Good Times - Fat Joe (4:24)
  19. 19 All Will Be Fine - Sons and Daughters (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist, Vocals
Toots Hibbert Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Dave Kelly Composer
Buju Banton Liner Notes, Composer, Producer
Ed Robinson Composer
Tim Armstrong Composer
Patrick Barrett Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Composer
Haldane Danny Browne Producer
Anthony Cameron Composer
Von Wayne Charles Composer
Mikey Chung Composer
Clevie Producer
Donald Dennis Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Sly Dunbar Composer
Dean Fraser Producer
Donovan Germain Producer, Executive Producer
Joseph Hill Composer
Gregory Isaacs Composer
W. Johnson Composer
D. Kelly Composer
Robert Lyn Composer
Stephen Marley Producer
Nadine Sutherland Composer
H. Browne Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Composer
Steelie Producer
Winston Riley Composer, Producer
Hugh Beresford Hammond Composer
Paul Shields Mastering
Garnett Smith Composer
Carl Bright Composer
Dean Drummond Producer
Rodney Price Composer
Frank Burt Composer
D. Wilson Composer
M. Myrie Composer
Anthony Rochester Composer
Delmar Drummond Producer
Edward Warren Producer
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