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Don Letts Presents: Dread Meets Greensleeves

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He may be a filmmaker -- music videos along with documentaries on reggae music plus the Clash -- and a musician -- a member of the original Big Audio Dynamite plus collaborations with Keith Levene and Jah Wobble -- but dreadlocked Englishman Don Letts is also a wonderful advocate and selector of Jamaican music. All killer and no filler, this two-CD compilation for the Greensleeves label is more proof. Expanding upon his 2002 comp Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown while performing the same function as his 2003 Trojan set The Mighty Trojan Sound, Dread Meets Greensleeves dives into the Greensleeves label's vault and resurfaces with important numbers, big hits, and lost classics. Massive tracks like Eek-A-Mouse's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
He may be a filmmaker -- music videos along with documentaries on reggae music plus the Clash -- and a musician -- a member of the original Big Audio Dynamite plus collaborations with Keith Levene and Jah Wobble -- but dreadlocked Englishman Don Letts is also a wonderful advocate and selector of Jamaican music. All killer and no filler, this two-CD compilation for the Greensleeves label is more proof. Expanding upon his 2002 comp Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown while performing the same function as his 2003 Trojan set The Mighty Trojan Sound, Dread Meets Greensleeves dives into the Greensleeves label's vault and resurfaces with important numbers, big hits, and lost classics. Massive tracks like Eek-A-Mouse's "We-Do-Dem" and Wayne Smith's "Under Me Sleng Ten" sit next to lesser known gems like the wet and dubby "Love Tickles Like Magic" from Junior Delgado or the soulful "Let's Get Started" from forgotten Junior Murvin-soundalike Te Track. What separates this release from the aforementioned comps is how late in the game Letts goes with Shaggy's "Oh Carolina," Beenie Man's "Who Am I," and Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go" representing recent hits. It's not mixed together and sadly there are no voice-overs from the effervescent Letts, but he did write the fascinating liner notes which tell the story of how reggae became big in the U.K. starting with the punks, plus how Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten helped raise awareness of Dr. Alimantado's classic album Best Dressed Chicken in Town
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811131626
  • Catalog Number: 316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 War - The Wailing Souls (3:16)
  2. 2 Wa-Do-Dem - Eek-A-Mouse (3:53)
  3. 3 Mary Long Tongue - Barrington Levy (3:51)
  4. 4 River Jordan - Ranking Joe (3:11)
  5. 5 She Loves Me Now - Beres Hammond (3:48)
  6. 6 How the West Was Won - Toyan (2:49)
  7. 7 Fally Ranking - Johnny Osbourne (3:46)
  8. 8 Bone Connection - Nicodemus (2:59)
  9. 9 Love Tickles Like Magic - Junior Delgado (2:43)
  10. 10 Diseases - General Smiley (3:30)
  11. 11 Poor and Humble - Wayne Wade (3:23)
  12. 12 None of Jah Jah Children No Cry - Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus (4:12)
  13. 13 Let's Get Started - TeTrack (3:41)
  14. 14 Where Is Jah? - Reggae Regulars (5:28)
  15. 15 King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pirates Anthem - Wayne Smith (4:04)
  2. 2 Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng - Frankie Paul (3:29)
  3. 3 Under Me Sleng Teng - Wayne Smith (4:07)
  4. 4 Mind Yu Dis - Gregory Isaacs (3:47)
  5. 5 Oh Carolina (3:48)
  6. 6 Twice My Age - Krystal (3:53)
  7. 7 Heads High - Mr. Vegas (4:51)
  8. 8 Who Am I - Beenie Man (3:16)
  9. 9 Rumours - Gregory Isaacs (3:20)
  10. 10 Under Me Sensi - Alozade (3:37)
  11. 11 Ruba Dub Wi Want - Mr. Vegas (3:06)
  12. 12 Elephant Message - Elephant Man (3:05)
  13. 13 No Letting Go - Wayne Wonder (3:21)
  14. 14 Sufferer - Bounty Killer (3:01)
  15. 15 Love Is Divine - Sizzla (3:46)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Junior Delgado Composer
Linval Thompson Producer
Danny Browne Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
Tommy Cowan Producer
Don Letts Liner Notes
Robert Livingston Producer
Augustus Pablo Producer
Henry "Junjo" Lawes Producer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Producer
Sting International Producer
Bobby "Digital" Dixon Producer
Jeremy Harding Producer
Donald "Danny Champagne" Grant Producer
Brian Paisley Imaging
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