Quintessential Techniques: Reggae Anthology

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645415828
  • Catalog Number: 4158
  • Sales rank: 104,260

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Care - The Techniques (2:06)
  2. 2 Born to Love You - The Sensations (3:12)
  3. 3 Who You Gonna Run To? - Shades (2:35)
  4. 4 Come Back Darling - Johnny Osbourne (2:18)
  5. 5 Double Barrel - Dave Collins (2:45)
  6. 6 I'll Be Waiting - Alton Ellis (3:14)
  7. 7 Satisfaction - Carl Dawkins (1:41)
  8. 8 Ready or Not - Johnny Osbourne (2:59)
  9. 9 Nothing Is Impossible - Interns (3:43)
  10. 10 Run for Your Life - Ranking Trevor (6:53)
  11. 11 Love Is Not a Gamble - The Techniques (6:58)
  12. 12 Love O Love - Pat Kelly (3:10)
  13. 13 Let Me Remind You - Dennis Brown (5:07)
  14. 14 You Make Your Mistake - Carlton Livingston (7:12)
  15. 15 Sister Sue - Madoo (7:21)
  16. 16 One Two - Sister Nancy (3:35)
  17. 17 Arleen - General Echo (2:57)
  18. 18 Bam Bam - Sister Nancy (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dust a Sound Boy - Super Beagle (3:37)
  2. 2 Ring the Alarm - Tenor Saw (3:09)
  3. 3 Kill a Sound - Little Kirk (3:08)
  4. 4 Bad Boy - Courtney Melody (3:37)
  5. 5 Terrorist - Admiral Tibett (3:31)
  6. 6 Leave People Business - Admiral Tibett (3:10)
  7. 7 Jah Made Them All - Yami Bolo (3:21)
  8. 8 Hol' a Fresh - Red Dragon (3:36)
  9. 9 Yu Body Good - Red Dragon (3:42)
  10. 10 Bring Yu Body Come - Buju Banton (3:16)
  11. 11 Come Back to Me - Anthony Malvo (3:59)
  12. 12 Legal Rights (4:00)
  13. 13 Agony - Red Dragon (3:15)
  14. 14 Stamina Daddy - Buju Banton (3:29)
  15. 15 Crazy Glue - Professor Nuts (3:21)
  16. 16 Hic Up - Gregory Isaacs (5:03)
  17. 17 Loneliness - Sanchez (3:50)
  18. 18 Uptown Girl - Conroy Smith (3:01)
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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
Buju Banton Composer, 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
Chris Scott Mastering
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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