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Real Authentic Reggae, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If you aren't familiar with David Rodigan, he's a BBC Radio DJ who looks like a stockbroker but rocks the reggae like a straight-up Jamaican. His taste is excellent and covers all eras, plus he's a combination populist/advocate for reggae like Leonard Bernstein was for classical music or Carl Sagan for astronomy. This compilation for the BBE label features "tracks which encompass the positive aspects of real authentic reggae." Also in the liner notes, Rodigan notes that many of these cuts have fallen into obscurity, and through no fault of their own. One listen to the smooth 1981 track "Truth and Rights" from Ernest Wilson and it becomes obvious that Rodigan is a superb ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If you aren't familiar with David Rodigan, he's a BBC Radio DJ who looks like a stockbroker but rocks the reggae like a straight-up Jamaican. His taste is excellent and covers all eras, plus he's a combination populist/advocate for reggae like Leonard Bernstein was for classical music or Carl Sagan for astronomy. This compilation for the BBE label features "tracks which encompass the positive aspects of real authentic reggae." Also in the liner notes, Rodigan notes that many of these cuts have fallen into obscurity, and through no fault of their own. One listen to the smooth 1981 track "Truth and Rights" from Ernest Wilson and it becomes obvious that Rodigan is a superb crate-crawler, liberating crucial tracks like Barrington Levy's "Deep in the Dark" and the Crystalites' "Smile Orange Reggae" and making one wonder how these gems fell through the cracks. New numbers like Suzanne Couch's "Smile" wicked and Bushman's "I Know" righteous fit just fine in this environment, since Rodigan knows how to pick a future classic. Add some evergreens like Ini Kamoze's "My Girl" and you've got that rare compilation that can persuade the novice with its superior quality while satisfying the veteran with its lost hits and underplayed treasures. None of the man's persuasive voice or exciting mixing, but as they say in every dancehall he lands, "Rodigan kill again."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 730003110528
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 93,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Truths and Rights - Ernest Wilson (5:32)
  2. 2 Keep That Light - The Tamlins (3:46)
  3. 3 Poor Jason White - The Abyssinians (2:26)
  4. 4 The Look of Love - Dennis Brown (3:21)
  5. 5 Deep in the Dark - Barrington Levy (3:37)
  6. 6 Ten Times Sweeter - Winston Francis (2:54)
  7. 7 Turning Point - Slim Smith (3:26)
  8. 8 My Girl - Ini Kamoze (3:40)
  9. 9 Big Big Pollution - Barry Brown (6:27)
  10. 10 Ina Disa Time - The Itals (2:58)
  11. 11 Ghetto Man - Roy Cousins (3:10)
  12. 12 Stages in Life - Dennis Brown (3:25)
  13. 13 Smile Orange Reggae - The Crystalites (2:55)
  14. 14 Smile - Suzanne Couch (4:03)
  15. 15 Let Them Talk - Bitty McLean (4:02)
  16. 16 I Know - Bushman (3:56)
  17. 17 Chasing You - Ronnie Davis (3:09)
  18. 18 Love You Too Much - Wayne Wade (3:38)
  19. 19 Deliver Me from My Enemies - Yabby You (2:57)
  20. 20 Lead Us Father - African Brothers (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Rodigan Primary Artist, DJ
Derrick Harriott Voices
Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer, Producer
Yabby You Arranger, Producer
Roy Cousins Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ini Kamoze Composer
Bunny Lee Arranger, Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer, Producer
Ernest Wilson Composer
Bernard Collins Producer
Donald Manning Composer, Producer
D. Brown Producer
Tony Dixon Mastering
Derrick Harriott Composer, Producer, Introduction
Jesper Christiansen Licensing
Jake Holloway Art Direction
A. Graham Arranger
David Rodigan Liner Notes
Andy Pearce Mastering
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