Reggae Anthology: The Sweet Sound of Cocoa Tea

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This fine two-disc overview presents some of the best and most popular singles by legendary dancehall crooner Cocoa Tea, and as such it's also an excellent primer on the evolution of dancehall reggae in general, from the early '80s (when its harder beat was just starting to make itself felt as an alternative to the previously ascendant roots reggae sound) to the ragamuffin stylings of 2006. The program is presented chronologically, and the first disc compiles early productions by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and King Jammy (including the brilliant "Come Again," which hijacks the melody to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), up through such late-'80s classics as the three-way combo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This fine two-disc overview presents some of the best and most popular singles by legendary dancehall crooner Cocoa Tea, and as such it's also an excellent primer on the evolution of dancehall reggae in general, from the early '80s (when its harder beat was just starting to make itself felt as an alternative to the previously ascendant roots reggae sound) to the ragamuffin stylings of 2006. The program is presented chronologically, and the first disc compiles early productions by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and King Jammy (including the brilliant "Come Again," which hijacks the melody to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), up through such late-'80s classics as the three-way combo hit "Who She Love" (featuring Home T. and a young Shabba Ranks) and "Love Me." The second disc is even better, with top-notch rhythms from Bobby "Digital-B" Dixon and Philip "Fatis" Burrell including two brilliant cuts on the classic "Stalag 17" rhythm, the very fine "Rip & Run Off" combination track (with Cutty Ranks) and a great recut of Larry Marshall's roots classic "Mean Girl" here titled "Mr. Neck Tie Man." Cocoa Tea's voice is one of the sweetest and smoothest in reggae music and has been for more than two decades now; this set offers one of the best overviews of his work in recent memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645412322
  • Catalog Number: 4123
  • Sales rank: 85,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lost My Sonia (3:34)
  2. 2 Rocking Dolly (3:46)
  3. 3 Informer (3:12)
  4. 4 Children of the Ghetto (2:47)
  5. 5 Hey Bobby (2:48)
  6. 6 Come Again (3:21)
  7. 7 Death in the Stadium (3:12)
  8. 8 Tune In (2:54)
  9. 9 All Night Saturday Night (3:37)
  10. 10 Young Lover (3:37)
  11. 11 Lonesome Side (3:19)
  12. 12 Love Me (3:24)
  13. 13 Who She Love - Home T (3:09)
  14. 14 Holding On - Home T (3:57)
  15. 15 Pirates Anthem - Home T (4:06)
  16. 16 The Going Is Rough - Patrick "Shadow" Lindsay (3:47)
  17. 17 Riker's Island (3:27)
  18. 18 Bust Outta Hell (3:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Good Life (4:00)
  2. 2 Too Young - Buju Banton (3:46)
  3. 3 She Loves Me Now (3:42)
  4. 4 No Threat (3:10)
  5. 5 We Do the Killing (3:14)
  6. 6 Come Love Me (3:17)
  7. 7 Rip & Run Off - Cutty Ranks (4:00)
  8. 8 Holy Mount Zion (3:15)
  9. 9 Heathen (3:31)
  10. 10 Israel's King (3:50)
  11. 11 Hurry Up & Come (3:45)
  12. 12 Rough Inna Town - Luciano (3:52)
  13. 13 Moving On (3:40)
  14. 14 Mr. Neck Tie Man (3:58)
  15. 15 Zeeks (4:00)
  16. 16 Can't Be Real (3:13)
  17. 17 Tek Wey Yu Gal (4:48)
  18. 18 Save Us Oh Jah (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cocoa Tea Primary Artist
Shabba Ranks Guest Appearance
Cutty Ranks Guest Appearance
Buju Banton Guest Appearance
Louie Culture Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Calvin Scott Contributor
Philip "Fatis" Burrell Contributor
Anthony Cameron Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Contributor
Bobby Dixon Composer
Lloyd James Composer, Contributor
Mikey Bennett Contributor
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Henry "Junjo" Lawes Contributor
Paul Shields Remastering
C.S. Dodd Composer
Fidel "Twice" Luna Liner Notes, Remastering
Donald Clive Davidson Remastering
Patrick "Shadow" Lindsay Contributor
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