Happiness: The Best of Michael Rose

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Those with a just a passing interest in roots reggae are generally aware of Michael Rose's Grammy-winning group Black Uhuru, but the man himself doesn't have the same name recognition. With any luck, the grand Happiness: The Best of Michael Rose will change all that. A solo artist well before Uhuru, Michael Rose's output has equaled -- and arguably topped -- his work with Uhuru, and Happiness does a great job of representing. Kicking off with the original version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and ending with the brilliant/quirky Fat Eyes production "Rough Life," Happiness brings to mind the mighty Bob Marley Legend compilation with its filler-free track listing. Just...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Those with a just a passing interest in roots reggae are generally aware of Michael Rose's Grammy-winning group Black Uhuru, but the man himself doesn't have the same name recognition. With any luck, the grand Happiness: The Best of Michael Rose will change all that. A solo artist well before Uhuru, Michael Rose's output has equaled -- and arguably topped -- his work with Uhuru, and Happiness does a great job of representing. Kicking off with the original version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and ending with the brilliant/quirky Fat Eyes production "Rough Life," Happiness brings to mind the mighty Bob Marley Legend compilation with its filler-free track listing. Just like Legend, Happiness is only an introduction to Rose, and while the man has released too many great, fully formed albums to say this is definitive, Happiness only misses the extended 12" side of his career and covers everything else splendidly. The Uhuru-ominous "Rent Man" fades out way too quickly in the included single edit and if the video for "Short Temper" had been dropped it would have made more room for Rose's music, but these are minor complaints. Following Rose from his rugged roots beginnings through his classic R&B-incorporating middle years and on to his risk-taking 2000s is nothing short of thrilling. It's all held together by Rose's depth as a songwriter and his warm, emotive voice. The little bit of Black Uhuru featured here is welcome, as are Rose's more commercial-minded collaborations with Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest and the urgent live tracks. While the liner notes are a bit skimpy, they're helpful and filled with reverence. With such a broad career that has taken more than a couple twists and turns over the years, compiling Michael Rose is no easy task. A history lesson would have been the icing on the cake, but as it is, Happiness is an exciting and well-conceived introduction to one of reggae's greatest treasures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661777125
  • Catalog Number: 617771
  • Sales rank: 149,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (2:31)
  2. 2 Rent Man (3:23)
  3. 3 Sun Is Shining (3:06)
  4. 4 Plastic Smile (3:25)
  5. 5 Short Temper (4:05)
  6. 6 How You Fi Do That (4:30)
  7. 7 Be Yourself (3:36)
  8. 8 Rude Boys (3:47)
  9. 9 Black Maria (4:06)
  10. 10 Happiness (3:42)
  11. 11 Dance Wicked (3:46)
  12. 12 Lion in the Jungle (3:56)
  13. 13 Ganja Bonanza (3:18)
  14. 14 It's Alright (3:51)
  15. 15 Big Ting (3:40)
  16. 16 Never Give It Up (3:59)
  17. 17 Shine Eye Gal (4:16)
  18. 18 Rough Life (6:26)
  19. 19 Short Temper
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Rose Primary Artist
Michael Rose Indexed Contributor
Joe Gibbs Musician
Professionals Musician
Revolutionaries Musician
Sly & Robbie Musician
Dow Brain Musician
Danny Browne Bass, Drums
Geoffrey Chung Keyboards
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums, Musician
Willie Lindo Guitar
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Lloyd Parks Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Musician
Keith Sterling Keyboards
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Musician
Squidley Cole Drums
Noel Browne Keyboards
Anthony Hawthorne Background Vocals
Leroy Heywood Bass, Musician
Patrick Morrison Background Vocals
Nigel Staff Musician
Newton Simmons Guitar
Red Eye Musician
Brad Young Musician
Howard Messam Saxophone, Background Vocals
S.A.N.E. Band Musician
Brian "San" Thompson Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lincoln Thomas Guitar, Background Vocals
Soul Syndicate Band Musician
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Keyboards
Michelle Gordon Background Vocals
Arimenta Jackson Background Vocals
Chris Meredith Bass
Chris "Poet" Wilson Musician
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen Guitar
Ryan Bailey Background Vocals
Tony Williams Guitar
Jerry Blaive Background Vocals
Trevor McKenzie Bass
Dave "Fluxy" Heywood Drums, Keyboards, Musician
Sticky Percussion
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Sly & Robbie Producer
Dow Brain Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Mark Stumpy Brown Engineer
Sly Dunbar Arranger
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall Producer, Executive Producer
Clive Goddard Engineer
Ernest Hoo Kim Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Niney the Observer Producer
Karl Pitterson Composer
Mikey Riley Engineer
Michael Rose Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Bob Skye Engineer
Errol Thompson Engineer
Karl Toppin Executive Producer
Chester Walker Engineer
Collin "Bulbie" York Producer, Executive Producer
Squidley Cole Arranger
Dave Heywood Composer
Leroy Heywood Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Trevor Martin Engineer
Brad Young Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Rexton Gordon Composer
Chris Meredith Arranger
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim Producer
Chris "Poet" Wilson Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Ian McLean Engineer
Jackie Davidson Executive Producer
Dave "Fluxy" Heywood Producer, Executive Producer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon Arranger, Producer
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