Love of the Common People: Anthology, 1967-1979

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Ferrier
This two-disc set goes a long way toward validating the career of Joe Gibbs, one of Jamaica's legendary producers. Known as much for his strongarm tactics as his abilities as a musical svengali, Gibbs and his studio were vital to the transition of Jamaican music from the freneticism of ska to the more languid, spacious beat of rocksteady. Along with Lee Perry, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, and others, Gibbs moved Jamaican music from the gentle tones of mento and calypso toward the harder edge of American R&B and soul. Lyrical content changed too, reflecting the internal turmoil of a former colony groping toward independence. Most of the hits are here, delivered by some of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Ferrier
This two-disc set goes a long way toward validating the career of Joe Gibbs, one of Jamaica's legendary producers. Known as much for his strongarm tactics as his abilities as a musical svengali, Gibbs and his studio were vital to the transition of Jamaican music from the freneticism of ska to the more languid, spacious beat of rocksteady. Along with Lee Perry, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, and others, Gibbs moved Jamaican music from the gentle tones of mento and calypso toward the harder edge of American R&B and soul. Lyrical content changed too, reflecting the internal turmoil of a former colony groping toward independence. Most of the hits are here, delivered by some of the music's greatest stars, including Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Big Youth, Delroy Wilson, and a host of others. Gibb's relationship with Lee Perry was crucial to Perry's development. With Gibb, Perry learned his eye for talent and found an outlet for his ideas and songs. The first disc reflects this. Later, Erroll Thompson and Niney the Observer filled the chair that Perry abandoned, and the hits kept coming. This two-disc portrait isn't exhaustive; reducing his output to this format is analogous to trimming Motown's output to a double disc, an almost impossible task in the face of a mountain of music. Still, this set is probably the best overview listeners are likely to get and an essential addition to the library of anyone in search of the roots and future of Jamaican music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Sanctuary Trojan Us
  • UPC: 766126144829
  • Catalog Number: 80253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold Them - Roy Shirley (2:48)
  2. 2 You're Gonna Need Me - Errol Dunkley (2:14)
  3. 3 (I Am) The Upsetter - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:57)
  4. 4 Seeing Is Knowing - Stranger Cole (2:57)
  5. 5 Seeing Is Believing - Caly Gibbs (3:19)
  6. 6 Longshot - The Pioneers (2:38)
  7. 7 Jackpot - The Pioneers (3:01)
  8. 8 Mama Look Deh - Reggae Boys (3:10)
  9. 9 Dem a Laugh and a Kiki - Soulmates (2:42)
  10. 10 Wreck a Buddy - The Soul Sisters (2:30)
  11. 11 Movements (the Joe Gibbs Way) - Count Machuki (2:56)
  12. 12 Only Yesterday - Ken Parker (2:35)
  13. 13 Danger Zone - Destroyers (2:50)
  14. 14 Love of the Common People - Nicky Thomas (2:21)
  15. 15 Jack of My Trade - Sir Lord Comic (3:27)
  16. 16 Reggae Fever - Destroyers (3:11)
  17. 17 Don't Touch Me - Nicky Thomas (3:11)
  18. 18 Doctor Feelgood - Sir Lord Comic (3:39)
  19. 19 O Lord - Destroyers (2:50)
  20. 20 (Sounds Called) Aquarius - Lizzy Borden (2:56)
  21. 21 Hypocrite - The Heptones (3:05)
  22. 22 Maga Dog - Peter Tosh (2:44)
  23. 23 Be the One - The Heptones (3:24)
  24. 24 The Road Is Rough - Professionals (2:58)
  25. 25 Freedom Train - U-Roy (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Have a Little Faith - Nicky Thomas (3:30)
  2. 2 Channel Seven - Prince Williams (3:18)
  3. 3 Them a Fe Get a Beaten - Peter Tosh (1:54)
  4. 4 Pretty Girl - Delroy Wilson (2:38)
  5. 5 Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (2:39)
  6. 6 A So We Stay - Dennis Brown (2:41)
  7. 7 A Win Them - Leo Graham (4:02)
  8. 8 News Carrier - Leo Graham (4:00)
  9. 9 Burn Babylon - Sylford Walker (3:00)
  10. 10 State of Emergency - Professionals (3:20)
  11. 11 Natty Pass Him GCE - Shorty the President (3:29)
  12. 12 Rockers (No Crackers) - Glen Washington (2:35)
  13. 13 Inna Jah Children - Dhaima (4:08)
  14. 14 Heavy Manners - Prince Far I (3:14)
  15. 15 I'm Still in Love (With You) - Marcia Aitken (3:46)
  16. 16 Three Piece Suit and Thing - Trinity (3:48)
  17. 17 Uptown Top Ranking - Althea & Donna (3:51)
  18. 18 Calico Suit - Mighty Two (3:42)
  19. 19 Money in My Pocket - Dennis Brown (3:49)
  20. 20 I Can't Stop Now - Ruddy Thomas (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Gibbs Primary Artist
Prince Williams Track Performer
Caly Gibbs Track Performer
Destroyers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer
Rita Marley Composer
Joe Gibbs Composer
William Truckaway Composer
Linval Thompson Composer
Sylford Walker Composer
Stranger Cole Composer
Althea Forrest Composer
Jill Gibson Composer
Peter Tosh Composer
Karl Pitterson Composer
Donna Reid Composer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Errol Thompson Composer
Stevie Robinson Composer
Dawn Agard Composer
Sydney Crooks Composer
Roy Reid Composer
Ken Parker Composer
Caly Gibbs Composer
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