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Quintessential Techniques: Reggae Anthology

Quintessential Techniques: Reggae Anthology

by Winston Riley
     
 
The Reggae Anthology series from VP Records' reissue imprint 17 North Parade continues to produce absolutely exquisite vintage reggae compilations, and this is among the best of them so far. It focuses on the work of Winston Riley, both as a singer and founding member of the Techniques, and as a producer responsible for such deathless rhythms as "Stalag 17" and

Overview

The Reggae Anthology series from VP Records' reissue imprint 17 North Parade continues to produce absolutely exquisite vintage reggae compilations, and this is among the best of them so far. It focuses on the work of Winston Riley, both as a singer and founding member of the Techniques, and as a producer responsible for such deathless rhythms as "Stalag 17" and "Double Barrel." Attentive fans of early hip-hop will hear on this two-disc collection some of the most heavily sampled recordings in reggae history, as well as a good number of worthy obscurities. As a band, the Techniques were very good, but the compilers of this set were wise to limit the Techniques tracks to only two: "You Don't Care" and "Love Is Not a Gamble." Even in the rocksteady years, Riley's real genius was as a producer of other singers, and it's the songs by Dave & Ansel Collins, Alton Ellis, and Denise Brown that really shine on disc one. It's the final track on that disc, Sister Nancy's classic "Bam Bam," that introduces the "Stalag 17" rhythm in preparation for the first four tracks on disc two, all of which are based on the same rhythm and one of which is Tenor Saw's "Ring the Alarm," one of the three or four finest dancehall tracks ever recorded. The remainder of the second disc is given over to classic dancehall of the late '80s and early '90s, and includes more brilliant material (plus a few puzzling clunkers) from the likes of Red Dragon, Little Kirk, and Frankie Paul. Buju Banton brings the slackness and Gregory Isaacs teams up with Tiger for an outstanding combination version of "Hic Up," and a very young Yami Bolo offers a preview of what his future career would hold. Listened to from beginning to end, this collection provides an excellent cross section of reggae styles spanning nearly three decades, represented by some of the music's strongest recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2009
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645415828
catalogNumber:
4158

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. You Don't Care
  2. Born to Love You
  3. Who You Gonna Run To?
  4. Come Back Darling
  5. Double Barrel
  6. I'll Be Waiting
  7. Satisfaction
  8. Ready or Not
  9. Nothing Is Impossible
  10. Run for Your Life
  11. Love Is Not a Gamble
  12. Love O Love
  13. Let Me Remind You
  14. You Make Your Mistake
  15. Sister Sue
  16. One Two
  17. Arleen
  18. Bam Bam

Disc 2

  1. Dust a Sound Boy
  2. Ring the Alarm
  3. Kill a Sound
  4. Bad Boy
  5. Terrorist
  6. Leave People Business
  7. Jah Made Them All
  8. Hol' a Fresh
  9. Yu Body Good
  10. Bring Yu Body Come
  11. Come Back to Me
  12. Legal Rights
  13. Agony
  14. Stamina Daddy
  15. Crazy Glue
  16. Hic Up
  17. Loneliness
  18. Uptown Girl

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Winston Riley   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Alton Ellis   Composer
Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Ansel Collins   Composer
Courtney Melody   Composer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Carlton Livingston   Composer
Robert Lyn   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Winston Riley   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Author
Bruce Ruffin   Composer
Sister Nancy   Composer
Leroy May   Composer
Tyrone Thompson   Composer
Kennell Allen   Composer
Tyrone Evans   Composer
Janice Fyffe   Composer
Rolando McLean   Composer
Anthony May   Composer
Tom Keane   Composer
Carl Dawkins   Composer
Daddy Lion Chandell   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Coxsone Vs. Quaker City   Composer
Kurt Riley   Composer

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