Rackaz [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The Down Sound Records crew exploded in 2005 thanks to two things, the strictly conscious Fantan Mojah and the "Sweet Sop" riddim, the basis for Nanko's massive hit "Lucky You." The label's one-drop sound found favor in the dancehall-satiated, roots-starved Jamaica, and soon New York City's Hot 97 and the BBC's 1 Extra radio program were falling under the spell. Released in 2006, Rackaz is an up-to-the-minute collection that allows listeners to celebrate the young label's achievements with all the necessary tracks and their videos, to boot. "Lucky You" is a sweet, infectious yearn for the stability of family life with Nanko looking to leave the streets behind and join ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The Down Sound Records crew exploded in 2005 thanks to two things, the strictly conscious Fantan Mojah and the "Sweet Sop" riddim, the basis for Nanko's massive hit "Lucky You." The label's one-drop sound found favor in the dancehall-satiated, roots-starved Jamaica, and soon New York City's Hot 97 and the BBC's 1 Extra radio program were falling under the spell. Released in 2006, Rackaz is an up-to-the-minute collection that allows listeners to celebrate the young label's achievements with all the necessary tracks and their videos, to boot. "Lucky You" is a sweet, infectious yearn for the stability of family life with Nanko looking to leave the streets behind and join the ranks of those with responsibilities and cable television. Fantan's "Hail to the King" is an earthy wonder with nyabinghi drums swaying under the singer's moving ode to Jah. The two tracks from the incarcerated Jah Cure are up to his usual high standards, Capleton's "Invasion" burns the house down, and D.Y.C.R.'s "Misunderstanding" might be simply a joke set to music, but it's a hilarious joke with some biting political commentary. Its video is the highlight of the bonus DVD, which also includes interesting footage documenting how Jah Cure is able to record vocal tracks while in prison. "Lucky You" was so big in the world of reggae that it brought out the haters who grew sick and tired of Jamaican radio's long love affair with the track. Don't let them convince you that Rackaz is anything less than the sound of 21st century roots music or a compilation of great importance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645231923
  • Catalog Number: 2319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lucky You - Nanko (3:55)
  2. 2 Dem Nuh Build Great Man - Fantan Mojah (4:05)
  3. 3 This Woman That I Have - Harry Toddler (3:54)
  4. 4 Hail to the King - Fantan Mojah (3:44)
  5. 5 Free - Sizzla (3:25)
  6. 6 Conga Man - Jah Cure (3:48)
  7. 7 Motherland Calling - Richie Spice (4:35)
  8. 8 Jah Is Greater - Luciano (3:20)
  9. 9 True Reflection - Jah Cure (4:10)
  10. 10 Invasion - Capleton (3:44)
  11. 11 Hungry - Fantan Mojah (3:29)
  12. 12 Misunderstanding - D.Y.C.R. (3:50)
  13. 13 DC - Fantan Mojah (4:03)
  14. 14 Love and Righteousness - Sizzla (3:15)
  15. 15 Corruption - Fantan Mojah (3:47)
  16. 16 Routine - Vybz Kartel (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fantan Mojah Videos - Fantan Mojah
  2. 2 Jah Cure Videos - Jah Cure
  3. 3 Nanko Videos - Dhroeh Nankoe
  4. 4 Dycr Videos - D.Y.C.R.
  5. 5 Harry Toddler Videos - Harry Toddler
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Ian Coleman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Donald Dennis Bass, Keyboards
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Bongo Herman Bongos, Bass Drums, Cabasa
Melbourne Miller Drums
Dwight Pinkney Guitar
Heather Cummings Background Vocals
Rick Pier O'Neil Drums, Keyboards, Fretless Bass Guitar
Ellenore "Brady" Walters Background Vocals
Randevon Patrick Drums
Michael "Angel" Adams Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Flute
Technical Credits
Donald Dennis Mastering
S. Walker Composer
L. Minott Composer
M. Collins Composer
Rick Pier O'Neil Engineer, Digital Editing
Andrew Prendergast Producer
G. Randall Wright Composer
Deron D. James Art Direction
C.S. Dodd Composer
Duane Stephenson Producer
Josef Bogdanovich Producer
Olivier Chastan Producer
Sonita Walker Producer
Jana Saleh Producer
Michael "Angel" Adams Engineer, Digital Editing
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