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Pass the Knowledge: Reggae Anthology

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645501026
  • Catalog Number: 5010
  • Sales rank: 117,386

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back Weh (You No Mafia) (3:32)
  2. 2 Right Time (3:15)
  3. 3 Have Mercy (3:18)
  4. 4 Just Can't Figure Out (3:13)
  5. 5 Jah Jah Bless the Dreadlocks (2:36)
  6. 6 Jail House (2:39)
  7. 7 Cat-O'-Nine (2:43)
  8. 8 Africa (3:11)
  9. 9 Shame & Pride (3:20)
  10. 10 Country Living (3:58)
  11. 11 I Need a Roof (2:50)
  12. 12 Ghetto Living (3:40)
  13. 13 Identity (3:20)
  14. 14 Gypsy Woman (4:09)
  15. 15 Keep On Moving (3:48)
  16. 16 Just Like a River (3:00)
  17. 17 Let Jah Sun Shine (3:34)
  18. 18 Swell Headed (6:30)
  19. 19 I Want To Know (3:19)
  20. 20 Rocky Road (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pass the Kouchie (3:35)
  2. 2 Bodyguard (3:30)
  3. 3 Struggling (3:28)
  4. 4 Gates of Zion (7:02)
  5. 5 Brother Man (5:03)
  6. 6 Morgan the Pirate (3:15)
  7. 7 Eyes On Africa (4:07)
  8. 8 Jah Will Work It Out (2:54)
  9. 9 Pray To Thee (3:18)
  10. 10 Tamarind Farm (4:03)
  11. 11 Mr. Chin Slippers (3:28)
  12. 12 Pass the Knowledge (3:43)
  13. 13 Let the Dollar Circulate (3:46)
  14. 14 Heads of Government (3:41)
  15. 15 Fight It Out There (3:29)
  16. 16 Party Time (3:46)
  17. 17 Hypocrites (2:48)
  18. 18 Survival (3:33)
  19. 19 Lovely Lady (3:38)
  20. 20 The Last Dance (3:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Right Time
  2. 2 Have Mercy
  3. 3 Natural Natty
  4. 4 Pass the Kutchie
  5. 5 There Is No Me Without You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mighty Diamonds Primary Artist
Technical Credits
The 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
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Les 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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