CombiNation

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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/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...
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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/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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724384756925
  • Catalog Number: 47569
  • Sales rank: 112,582

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Tomorrow's People (3:59)
  2. 2 Mary's Got A Baby - Beenie Man (4:04)
  3. 3 What A Woman Needs (3:29)
  4. 4 Back Together Again (4:40)
  5. 5 She Wants To Dance - General Degree (3:08)
  6. 6 Golden Lady (4:09)
  7. 7 Wasn't Meant To Be (5:32)
  8. 8 Try (4:19)
  9. 9 It's A Lady's Night - Glamma Kid (3:50)
  10. 10 I Only Have One Heart (3:39)
  11. 11 The One (4:15)
  12. 12 Tell Your Man To Take A Walk - Red Rat (4:07)
  13. 13 Here We Go (4:27)
  14. 14 So What If It Rains (5:56)
  15. 15 God Watches Over Us (4:21)
  16. 16 Mary's Got A Baby - Beenie Man (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxi Priest Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Dan Hirsch Mastering
Rory Baker Engineer
The Neptunes Remixing
Patrick Viala Engineer
Ed Baden-Powell String Arrangements
Gadget rhythm arrangement
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