CombiNation

CombiNation

by Maxi Priest
     
 

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Maxi Priest's silky R&B/reggae hybrid -- suave lovers-rock style vocals gliding across glossy soul-imbued rhythms -- has served him well through several chart-topping releases. COMBINATION pairs the English-born crooner with several vocalists who embellish his charismatic formula. With his signature fluidity, Maxi covers the Roberta Flack

Overview

Maxi Priest's silky R&B/reggae hybrid -- suave lovers-rock style vocals gliding across glossy soul-imbued rhythms -- has served him well through several chart-topping releases. COMBINATION pairs the English-born crooner with several vocalists who embellish his charismatic formula. With his signature fluidity, Maxi covers the Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway hit "Back Together Again" alongside singer Elisha La Verne, while British R&B group D'Influence lend support on the breezy ballad "Wasn't Meant to Be." There's more authentic Jamaican flavor in the dancehall style when Maxi's joined by two of the genre's most popular deejays. Beenie Man livens up the single "Mary's Got a Baby," while Red Rat offers a comical contribution to "Tell Your Man to Take a Walk." Reggae's riddim twins, Sly and Robbie, rework Stevie Wonder's 1970s nugget "Golden Lady" into a slow, sultry R&B groove custom-made for Maxi's mellow vocalizing.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Few artists have explored the possibilities of pop-reggae fusion as successfully as Maxi Priest, who is enormously popular in his native Britain and has achieved a level of stateside success that other reggae artists (with the exception of UB40) can only wish for. His smooth voice and his comfort with soul and hip-hop have only increased his marketability; purists may scoff, but there's no denying his talent. CombiNation finds him working in an explicitly soul-influenced style -- "What a Woman Needs" and "Wasn't Meant to Be" are seductive smooth groove ballads that have no noticeable connection to any reggae tradition -- with frequent detours into muscular hip-hop and dancehall grooves. "Mary's Got a Baby" is a monstrously funky collaboration with Beenie Man (a stripped-down remix ends the album); "Tell Your Man to Take a Walk" takes a similar approach, this time in partnership with the DJ Red Rat. Slow love songs predominate, although they don't provide most of the album's highlights. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724384756925
catalogNumber:
47569
Rank:
130574

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maxi Priest   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Maysa   Background Vocals
Beenie Man   Track Performer
General Degree   Track Performer
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Trevor Skatta Bonnick   Background Vocals
Danny Browne   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Livingstone Brown   Guitar
Dalton Browne   Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Lain Gray   Background Vocals
Lee Hamblin   Multi Instruments
Stephen Hussey   Violin
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law   Multi Instruments
Paul Lee   Background Vocals
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Guitar
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet
Paul Robinson   Background Vocals
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Gary Sanctuary   Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
John Thirkell   Trumpet
Romeo Williams   Bass Guitar
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Guitar
Nicky Brown   Piano
Heather Cummings   Background Vocals
Lamya Al-Mughiery   Background Vocals
Hazel Fernandez   Background Vocals
Gordon Dukes   Background Vocals
Samantha Smith   Background Vocals
Chris DeMargary   Saxophone
Joe Thomas   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Fiona McCapra   Violin
Red Rat   Track Performer
Pharrell Williams   Multi Instruments
Mark Anthoni   Background Vocals
Delouie Avant   Background Vocals
Chad Hugo   Multi Instruments
LaJuan Carter   Background Vocals
Glamma Kid   Track Performer
L. Yendole   Viola
Simon Fischer   Violin
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Crissy D   Background Vocals
Debbie Ffrench   Background Vocals
Ryan Elliott   Rap
Gadget   Keyboards
Wondress Hutchinson   Background Vocals
Chris Taggart   Drums

Technical Credits

Maxi Priest   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Harris   Contributor
Gary Benson   Producer
Smiley Culture   Executive Producer
D'Influence   Producer,Remixing
Danny Browne   Producer,Engineer
Livingstone Brown   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Gordon Chambers   Vocal Arrangements
Gemma Corfield   Executive Producer
Simon Cotsworth   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Lee Hamblin   Producer
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law   Producer
Robert Livingston   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Producer
Paul Robinson   Arranger
Gary Sanctuary   Programming
Robbie Shakespeare   Producer
Phillip Smart   Engineer
Christopher Birch   Contributor
Don Harris   Contributor
Nicky Brown   Programming,Vocal Arrangements
Gordon Dukes   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Robert Zapata   Contributor
Joe Thomas   Producer
Jim Janik   Engineer
Ash Howes   Engineer
Toby Ludwig   Executive Producer
Daniel Maunick   drum programming
Kent Bryan   Contributor
Jason Sterling   Engineer
Kevin Stone   Engineer
Rory Baker   Engineer
Neptunes   Remixing
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Ed Baden-Powell   String Arrangements
Gadget   rhythm arrangement

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