Reggae Discomix Showcase, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In the open-air sound system dances of Kingston in the 1960s and 1970s, the crowd wanted the music to go on as long as possible without interruption. To that end, labels began putting out singles on LP-sized 12" records, in extended versions much the same thing was happening with disco records in the U.S.. Because frugal reggae producers had long since learned that they could make more money with less studio outlay by putting a remixed instrumental version rather than a second song on the B-side of a single, it was only natural to tack the remix directly onto the end of the vocal version and extend the mix that way. Add a rapper a "DJ" or "toaster" in reggae parlance on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In the open-air sound system dances of Kingston in the 1960s and 1970s, the crowd wanted the music to go on as long as possible without interruption. To that end, labels began putting out singles on LP-sized 12" records, in extended versions much the same thing was happening with disco records in the U.S.. Because frugal reggae producers had long since learned that they could make more money with less studio outlay by putting a remixed instrumental version rather than a second song on the B-side of a single, it was only natural to tack the remix directly onto the end of the vocal version and extend the mix that way. Add a rapper a "DJ" or "toaster" in reggae parlance on top of the dub mix, and chances are you'd have a hit. No one used this technique with more consistently fine results throughout the 1970s than the production team of Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson, who soon became known as "the Mighty Two." The second volume in this three-disc series of discomix compilations from the Gibbs and Thompson vaults finds the pair working with Cornel Campbell easily reggae's finest falsetto singer on two excellent tracks, as well as with his fellow superstars Culture and Horace Andy, in addition to such lesser-known but worthy singers as Naggo Morris and Joe Tex. Campbell and DJ Lui Lepke team up for the brilliant "Rope In/Love in a Jamdown," Ruddy Thomas delivers some fine and soul-inflected lover's reggae on "When I Think of You" whose extended mix features a dub version but no DJ, and a young J.C. Lodge reminds us how she became the queen of lovers rock with the brilliant "More Than I Can Say," which is paired with a top-notch DJ cut by Shorty the President. One or two clunkers mar the set a little bit -- "Friday Evening" is a so-so three-way DJ excursion featuring Joe Tex, U Black, and Welton Irie, none of them sounding at the top of his game, and Naggo Morris' "Jah Guide" is based on a rather tedious two-chord progression and suffers from half-baked possibly improvised lyrics as well. But overall, this set is more than worth the price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645416023
  • Catalog Number: 4160
  • Sales rank: 82,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tribal War/Jah Did It - Prince Weedy (7:49)
  2. 2 Friday Evening - Welton Irie (6:22)
  3. 3 Joe Grine/Serve Mi Long - Welton Irie (6:59)
  4. 4 Rope In/Love In A Jamdown - Cornell Campbell (6:18)
  5. 5 Two Timer/Video Man - Cornell Campbell (6:48)
  6. 6 When I Think Of You - Ruddy Thomas (6:54)
  7. 7 More Than I Can Say/Lover Man Style - Shorty the President (7:13)
  8. 8 Jah Guide (7:02)
  9. 9 Praise Him/Babylon Happening - Horace Andy (6:41)
  10. 10 Innocent Blood/Rock It Up - U-Brown (5:59)
  11. 11 Good To Be There/Jah A The Magician (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Gibbs Primary Artist
Harold Butler Keyboards
Tony Chin Guitar
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
George Fullwood Bass
Vin Gordon Trombone
Lennox Gordon Guitar
Ossie Hibbert Keyboards
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Lloyd Parks Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Ruddy Thomas Percussion
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Keyboards
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont Guitar
Sticky Thomas Percussion
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Drums
Technical Credits
Sonny Curtis Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Wayne Armond Composer
Joseph Hill Composer
Errol Thompson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Huford Brown Composer
George Morris Composer
Joe Gibson Producer
Cornell Composer
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