Island 50 Reggae

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's no scarcity of compilations focused on Island's reggae output, and when it comes to the one-disc format, the vaults are just too big and meaty to be properly represented. Keeping artists to one track apiece is no easy chore either when considering the epic names Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, and Lee Perry, but the 50 years since Chris Blackwell launched Island with Laurel Aitken's hit single "Little Sheila" deserve some kind of marker in the record bins, so here it is. Note that Aitken's cut is missing and you'll see the story here isn't complete or even very sentimental, but what's shocking is that no Bob Marley cuts appear, which is akin to compiling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's no scarcity of compilations focused on Island's reggae output, and when it comes to the one-disc format, the vaults are just too big and meaty to be properly represented. Keeping artists to one track apiece is no easy chore either when considering the epic names Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, and Lee Perry, but the 50 years since Chris Blackwell launched Island with Laurel Aitken's hit single "Little Sheila" deserve some kind of marker in the record bins, so here it is. Note that Aitken's cut is missing and you'll see the story here isn't complete or even very sentimental, but what's shocking is that no Bob Marley cuts appear, which is akin to compiling Motown with no Michael Jackson or Diana Ross. Still, the material chosen is all stellar on a one-by-one basis, with the Cliff, Toots, Burning Spear, Junior Murvin, and Gregory Isaacs tracks being especially mammoth both in appeal and importance. The liner notes are informative and the way the disc flows is surprisingly good; just expect to buy more Island comps if your reggae fandom rises above the ground level.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 600753204658
  • Catalog Number: 001321402
  • Sales rank: 322,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff (3:07)
  2. 2 Country Boy - The Heptones (2:55)
  3. 3 Pressure Drop - Toots & the Maytals (3:46)
  4. 4 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo (2:33)
  5. 5 Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear (3:28)
  6. 6 Satta Massagana - Third World (6:52)
  7. 7 Dreadlocks in Moonlight - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:48)
  8. 8 War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & the Upsetters (4:51)
  9. 9 The General - Dillinger (3:01)
  10. 10 Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse (5:22)
  11. 11 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin (4:13)
  12. 12 One Love Jam Down - General Smiley (4:03)
  13. 13 Sponji Reggae - Black Uhuru (3:42)
  14. 14 Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds (3:36)
  15. 15 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs (4:06)
  16. 16 Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers (4:06)
  17. 17 It's Me Again Jah - Luciano (4:06)
  18. 18 Untold Stories - Buju Banton (4:33)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Producer
Max Romeo Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Selwyn Brown Composer
Glen Browne Composer
John Burns Producer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
Sly Dunbar Arranger, Producer
Lloyd Ferguson Composer
Philip Fullwood Composer
Basil Gabbidon Composer
Donovan Germain Composer, Producer
David Hinds Composer
Danny Holloway Producer
Gregory Isaacs Composer, Producer
Junior Murvin Composer
Leslie Kong Producer
Alphonso Martin Composer
Ronnie McQueen Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Steve Nesbitt Composer
Augustus Pablo Arranger, Producer
Karl Pitterson Producer
Winston Rodney Composer
Robbie Shakespeare Arranger, Producer
Fitzroy Simpson Composer
Handel Tucker Composer
Sylvester Weise Composer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Composer
Donald Manning Composer
Lynford Manning Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Horace Swaby Composer
Everton Bonner Composer
Lester Bullock Composer
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer
Michael K. Riley Composer
Margot Woroboff Licensing
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