Reggae Christmas from Studio One

Reggae Christmas from Studio One

     
 

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The name Reggae Christmas may sound like an oxymoron to some listeners, for quite a few reggae singers embrace the Rastafarian faith, which differs from mainstream Christianity in many respects. You won't find too many people at the Southern Baptist Convention (or a Catholic mass) claiming that Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was God incarnate or that smokingSee more details below

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The name Reggae Christmas may sound like an oxymoron to some listeners, for quite a few reggae singers embrace the Rastafarian faith, which differs from mainstream Christianity in many respects. You won't find too many people at the Southern Baptist Convention (or a Catholic mass) claiming that Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was God incarnate or that smoking marijuana is a holy sacrament. But while many reggae artists are Rastafarians, reggae is hardly off limits to orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims. And whatever faith the artists heard on Reggae Christmas may embrace, the fact is that this is a likable Christmas album. Released in late 1991, the CD ranges from hard-edged dancehall tunes like Tiger's "Tiger Claus," Charmaine's "Christmas a Pass" and Red Fox's "Christmas Fever" to the smooth, melodic, soul-minded singing of Frankie Paul ("Gee Whiz It's Christmas"), Trevor Sparks ("Christmas Time") and Anthony Malvo ("Reggae Christmas"). The album's most humorous track is Mikey Jarrett & Mikey General's amusing "Santa Claus Is Black," which insists that St. Nick grew up in the ghetto. Not an essential release, but generally enjoyable and fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1992
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661761827
catalogNumber:
617618

Tracks

  1. Christmas Stylee  - Johnny Osbourne
  2. Christmas in Jamaica  - Brenton Dowe
  3. Christmas Coming  - Alton Ellis
  4. Hi Fashion Christmas @@Dillinger & The Brentford Harmonics
  5. Sound the Trumpet  -  Wailers  - Bob Marley
  6. Jingle Bells  -  Ray Brown Trio
  7. The Little Drummer Boy  -  Ray Brown Trio
  8. Fashion Christmas  -  Brentford All Stars
  9. Christmas Time Is Here  -  Heptones
  10. White Christmas  - Dobby Dobson
  11. Irie Christmas  - Freddie McGregor
  12. Real Christmas Rock @@Brown, Tennessee & The Silvertones

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alton Ellis   Track Performer
Heptones   Track Performer
Bob Marley   Track Performer
Johnny Osbourne   Track Performer
Dillinger   Track Performer
Brenton Dowe   Track Performer
Silvertones   Track Performer
Dobby Dobson   Track Performer
Freddie McGregor   Track Performer
Wailers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Rueben Anderson   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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