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Pass the Knowledge: Reggae Anthology
     

Pass the Knowledge: Reggae Anthology

by The Mighty Diamonds
 

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A trio consisting of Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson, and Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson, the Mighty Diamonds are Jamaica's longest-running vocal group still active with the original members, delivering the same smooth, easy-rocking, and

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A trio consisting of Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson, and Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson, the Mighty Diamonds are Jamaica's longest-running vocal group still active with the original members, delivering the same smooth, easy-rocking, and thoughtful harmonies for some 40 years now. It comes as a bit of a surprise, then, that this three-disc set (two CDs and a DVD) from VP Records is the first real career-spanning anthology of the trio's key tracks to hit the 21st century digital world. Covering the Diamonds' peak years from 1975 to 1986, and featuring productions done over those years by the likes of Gussie Clarke, Joseph Hoo-Kim, Donovan Germain, Tappa Zukie, Ossie Hibbert, Errol Thompson, Junior Booth, and Joe Gibbs, among others, along with rare dubplate versions of "Hypocrite" and "Survival," this woefully overdue compilation simply underscores what fans of vintage reggae roots music have always known, that these guys are simply one of the best vocal groups the island ever produced. The Diamonds' most essential sides are here, including the genre classics "Right Time," "Have Mercy," "I Need a Roof," and "Pass the Kouchie," and track after track glides by full of sharp, crisp rhythms and those trademark velvet-smooth and laid-back harmonies, even as the songs serve witness to poverty and desperation with defiant ghetto pride, determination, and the sly certainty of redemption. The DVD included in this package contains a delightful concert film from 1992 of the Diamonds live at Reggae Sunsplash.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2013
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645501026
catalogNumber:
5010
Rank:
83381

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Diamonds   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mighty Diamonds   Producer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Joe Gibbs   Composer,Producer
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Lloyd Ferguson   Composer
Donovan Germain   Producer
Ossie Hibbert   Producer
Bunny Lee   Producer
Barry Llewellyn   Composer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Fitzroy Simpson   Composer
Rodguel "Blackbeard" Sinclair   Producer
Errol Thompson   Producer
Bunny Diamond   Producer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Tony McDermott   Graphic Design
Peter Simon   Cover Photo
Reed   Composer
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim   Composer
Robbie Lyn   Composer
Barry Mason   Composer
Harry Wise   Liner Notes
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Composer
Wade Brammer   Composer
Tappa Zukie   Producer
Joseph Hoo-Kim   Producer
Dennis "Dubmasta" Stanley   Producer
Junior Booth   Producer
Dennis Stanley   Composer
Donald Shaw   Composer

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