Reggae Gold [Hip-O]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Part of Hip-O Records' extensive Gold series of best-of compilations, Reggae Gold is one of the more definitive volumes in the series, rounding up 30 songs that truly are some of the best reggae ever. Granted, there are some major omissions. For instance, where's Bob Marley, or how about his fellow Wailer Peter Tosh? And what about the ragga revolution of the '80s, let alone the dancehall era that followed? You'll have to look elsewhere to find that music. None of it's here, unfortunately. But Hip-O does a commendable job, given its vault -- the huge Universal vault, that is, which most prominently includes the extensive Island Records catalog. Reggae Gold stretches ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Part of Hip-O Records' extensive Gold series of best-of compilations, Reggae Gold is one of the more definitive volumes in the series, rounding up 30 songs that truly are some of the best reggae ever. Granted, there are some major omissions. For instance, where's Bob Marley, or how about his fellow Wailer Peter Tosh? And what about the ragga revolution of the '80s, let alone the dancehall era that followed? You'll have to look elsewhere to find that music. None of it's here, unfortunately. But Hip-O does a commendable job, given its vault -- the huge Universal vault, that is, which most prominently includes the extensive Island Records catalog. Reggae Gold stretches from 1969 Desmond Dekker & the Aces' "Israelites" to 1983 Toots Hibbert's cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", and features many of this era's top songs and, consequently, the era's top artists. There are a few of the early crossover singles that put reggae on the map in the first place, namely Dekker's "You Can Get It if You Really Want," Toots & the Maytals' "Pressure Drop," and Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" all three from the epochal Harder They Come soundtrack. There's also a good serving of prime-era Lee Perry productions: Max Romeo's "War ina Babylon" and "One Step Forward" as well as Junior Marvin's "Police and Thieves" and two of Perry's own, "Roast Fish and Corn Bread" and "Dreadlocks in Moonlight." In addition, you get representative songs by some of reggae's most legendary artists: Augustus Pablo "King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown", the Heptones "Country Boy," "Sufferer's Time", Burning Spear "Man in the Hills," "Social Living", Dillinger "Cokane in My Brain," "Bionic Dread", Third World "Now That We Found Love", Black Uhuru "Mondays," "Chill Out", Dennis Brown "The World Is Troubled," "Love Has Found Its Way", the Mighty Diamonds "Pass the Kouchie", and Gregory Isaacs "Night Nurse". This should be enough to give you a well-rounded sample of the best reggae of the '70s and early '80s. There could have been a greater representation of artists if Hip-O had limited each to one song, since about half of the featured artists get two songs apiece. But that's a minor quibble, since all the songs are so stellar. Reggae Gold may not be as all-inclusive as the billing may seem -- again, you're missing Marley and most everything from 1980 onward -- but it's a great compilation nonetheless. Those who already have a deep reggae collection probably won't need much of what's here, but on the other hand, those just beginning a reggae collection will find Reggae Gold to be a great starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498312100
  • Catalog Number: 000501202
  • Sales rank: 69,483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Israelites - The Aces (2:37)
  2. 2 Viet Nam - Jimmy Cliff (4:52)
  3. 3 You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker (2:47)
  4. 4 Pressure Drop - Toots & the Maytals (3:49)
  5. 5 The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff (3:08)
  6. 6 Country Road - Toots & the Maytals (3:22)
  7. 7 King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo (2:33)
  8. 8 Country Boy - The Heptones (2:54)
  9. 9 Carry Go Bring Come - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (3:15)
  10. 10 War ina Babylon - Max Romeo & the Upsetters (4:49)
  11. 11 Man in the Hills - Burning Spear (3:59)
  12. 12 One Step Forward - Max Romeo & the Upsetters (3:35)
  13. 13 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin (3:52)
  14. 14 Cokane in My Brain - Dillinger (2:46)
  15. 15 Sufferer's Time - The Heptones (4:05)
  16. 16 Roast Fish and Corn Bread - Lee "Scratch" Perry (4:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bionic Dread - Dillinger (2:57)
  2. 2 Dreadlocks in Moonlight - Lee "Scratch" Perry (3:45)
  3. 3 To Be a Lover (Have Mercy) - George Faith (6:01)
  4. 4 Now That We Found Love - Third World (4:17)
  5. 5 Social Living - Burning Spear (7:53)
  6. 6 Mondays - Black Uhuru (6:51)
  7. 7 The World Is Troubled - Dennis Brown (3:31)
  8. 8 Chill Out - Black Uhuru (5:58)
  9. 9 The Bed's Too Big Without You - Sheila Hylton (7:57)
  10. 10 Sexual Healing - Jimmy Riley (3:11)
  11. 11 Spiritual Healing - Toots Hibbert (4:05)
  12. 12 Love Has Found It's Way - Dennis Brown (4:31)
  13. 13 Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds (3:34)
  14. 14 Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs (4:06)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer, Producer, Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Burning Spear Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Justin Hinds Composer
Max Romeo Composer
Third World Producer
John Denver Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Odell Brown Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer, Audio Production
Leroy Sibbles Composer
George Faith Composer, Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Chris Blackwell Producer, Audio Production
Dave Bloxham Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer, Audio Production
Bill Danoff Composer
Sly Dunbar Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Larry Fallon Arranger
Lloyd Ferguson Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Harry Goodwin Photo Courtesy
Harry J Producer
Toots Hibbert Composer, Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Danny Holloway Producer, Audio Production
Leon Huff Composer
Clive "Azul" Hunt Producer, Audio Production
Gregory Isaacs Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Junior Murvin Composer
Leslie Kong Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Willie Lindo Producer, Audio Production
Warrick Lyn Producer, Audio Production
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Taffy Nivert Composer
Augustus Pablo Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Winston Rodney Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Michael Rose Composer
Alex Sadkin Producer, Audio Production
Robbie Shakespeare Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Derrick Simpson Composer
Fitzroy Simpson Composer
Sylvester Weise Composer
David Ritz Composer
Glenn A. Baker Photo Courtesy
Vartan Art Direction
David Redfern Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Tom Terrell Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
David Corio Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Yvonne Brown Composer
Desmond Dacres Composer
Horace Swaby Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Kelly Martinez Licensing
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim Audio Production
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
John V. Kelly Sr. Producer
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer, Audio Production
Joseph "Jo Jo" HonKim Producer
Peter Sinmon Photo Courtesy
Urbanimage Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
David Redferns Photo Courtesy
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