Reggae's Finest [Koch]

Reggae's Finest [Koch]

     
 

Dancehall compilations are being given some financial push by the labels in 2004. VP's Reggae Gold 2004 got picked up by major label Atlantic, who in turn bought plenty of late-night TV ads, and Greensleeves bought plenty of print advertising for their Ragga Ragga Ragga 2004. All this spending doesn't have much to doSee more details below

Overview

Dancehall compilations are being given some financial push by the labels in 2004. VP's Reggae Gold 2004 got picked up by major label Atlantic, who in turn bought plenty of late-night TV ads, and Greensleeves bought plenty of print advertising for their Ragga Ragga Ragga 2004. All this spending doesn't have much to do with the listener's one-on-one experience with the record, but the effort labels are putting into their previously all but ignored dancehall and reggae compilations is interesting. Plus, the risk that comes with considering a record a "priority" (advertising and launch parties cost plenty) might help explain all the gloss. There's plenty of gloss on Koch's Reggae's Finest -- too much for hardcore dancehall fans but enough to entice R&B and pop fans. The dancehall tracks are great, but the compilation suffers a bit from too many lightweight reggae numbers. Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, and Dawn Penn -- whose "Looking for a Lion" is the slinky highlight of the collection -- are the big names, but to its credit, Reggae's Finest does a great job of picking the B-list, at least when it comes to dancehall. Magic Juan's "Caramba" is a sexy number with a touch of reggaeton, and Macka Diamond's "Tek Con" is sleazy and extra catchy. Check the Greensleeves and VP compilations for the big hits, skip a couple of shallow pop numbers here, and get hip to a batch of artists ignored by the big boys.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923956624
catalogNumber:
9566
Rank:
274755

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

David Arkenstone   Composer
Jimmy Lewis   Composer
Yami Bolo   Producer
Ian Dyer   Composer
Ed Robinson   Producer
Tony Kelly   Producer
Richard Martin   Producer
Ricky Myrie   Producer
Lady G   Producer
Drew Lavyne   Mastering
Charlemagne   Producer
D. Hewitt   Producer
Troy Rami   Producer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
M. Myrie   Composer
Henri Charlemagne   Producer
R. Price   Composer
Victan "Teethimus" Edmund   Producer
Cordell "Scatta" Burrell   Producer
KC Jockey   Producer
Zico Caribaldi   Producer
Cliff Culteri   Mastering
Tony Panic   Composer

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