King Jammy's: Selector's Choice, Vol. 2 [Bonus CD]

King Jammy's: Selector's Choice, Vol. 2 [Bonus CD]

by King Jammy
     
 

This is the second volume in the VP label's massive four-volume, eight-disc retrospective series covering the early career of Lloyd "King Jammy" James, one of reggae music's most influential living producers. To review Jammy's output during the 1980s is to take a college-level course in the transition from roots to dancehall reggae; you can see the gradual rise of… See more details below

Overview

This is the second volume in the VP label's massive four-volume, eight-disc retrospective series covering the early career of Lloyd "King Jammy" James, one of reggae music's most influential living producers. To review Jammy's output during the 1980s is to take a college-level course in the transition from roots to dancehall reggae; you can see the gradual rise of computers and other electronic instruments and the simultaneous decline in rhythms built on live musicians -- though such legendary studio bands as the Roots Radics and the High Times Band are represented on these tracks along with Jammy's more electronically inflected protégés Steely & Clevie and Mafia & Fluxy. But what continues to impress is the amazing variety of A-list singers and toasters Jammy was always able to attract: on this second volume, you get a healthy dose of Cocoa Tea (who appears on no fewer than five tracks), as well as several tracks each by King Jammy favorites Johnny Osbourne, Pinchers, and Admiral Bailey. The young Ninjaman makes an appearance here, delivering his whimsically titled "Nice Up the Lawn" over the electronic one-drop groove of the "Far East" rhythm, followed quickly by Sanchez with his smooth version of Air Supply's "Here I Am" on the same rhythm. Unfortunately, the Air Supply song has a few more chord changes to it than "Far East" does, which means that Sanchez isn't always singing in harmony with the accompanying track -- a perennial problem in dancehall reggae and one to which Jammy was by no means immune. Even with the occasional clunker, though, this set should be considered an essential part of any comprehensive reggae collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645174527
catalogNumber:
1745

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Deh Wid You  - Super Black
  2. Rock It Tonight  - Johnny Osbourne
  3. For Your Eyes Only  -  Pinchers
  4. Horse Tonic
  5. Spanish Fly
  6. Crying Time
  7. Lovers Question
  8. None a That
  9. Medley 5
  10. Ah Murder  - Pad Anthony
  11. Come Again
  12. Shame Them  - Frankie Paul
  13. I Need You  - Chuck Turner
  14. Right Track  - Johnny Osbourne
  15. Bad Minded People
  16. Block Traffic  - Little John
  17. Champion Bubbler  -  Pinchers
  18. Whole Heap a Corn
  19. Politician
  20. Wear Yu Size  -  Lieutenant Stitchie

Disc 2

  1. Tune In
  2. Nice Up the Lawn  -  Ninjaman
  3. Here I Am  -  Sanchez
  4. Let Jah Arise  - King Kong
  5. Dancehall Business  - King Everald
  6. Footprints
  7. The General
  8. Young Lover
  9. Samfie Girl
  10. Run Around Girl  - Chuck Turner
  11. Turn on the Heat  - Eccleton Jarrett
  12. Sara  - Frankie Paul
  13. Why Are You Going Away
  14. Bits and Pieces  - Gregory Isaacs
  15. Loving That You Want  -  Pinchers
  16. Can't Run Sax
  17. What the Hell
  18. Tell You What Police Can Do
  19. Fire Fire  - Johnny Osbourne
  20. Twist a Rock

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Jammy   Primary Artist
Roots Radics   Musician
Noel Davey   Musician
Mafia & Fluxy   Musician
High Times   Musician

Technical Credits

Lloyd James   Producer,Audio Production
King Jammy   Engineer
Chad Sexton   Composer
Snakie   Engineer
Soljie   Engineer
Johnny Wonder   Executive Producer,Mastering
C. Laing   Composer
Joel Chin   Executive Producer,Mastering
Leroy Champaign   Art Direction
Paul Shields   Mastering
A. Malvo   Composer
J. Sterling   Composer
L. James   Composer
R. Price   Composer
R. Douglas Wright   Composer
H. Black   Composer
Rob Kenner   Liner Notes

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