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Shook, Shimmy & Shake: The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
A prolific reggae vocalist who began recording singles in the late '50s and continued doing so for decades, Owen Gray finally got a thorough anthologization in 2004 when Trojan/Sanctuary released the long-overdue Shook, Shimmy & Shake. The double-disc, 50-song anthology is a wide-ranging reflection of the singer's best output. Gray began as a Bluebeat singer and later drifted toward traditional reggae à la Jimmy Cliff, passing through ska, rocksteady, and roots reggae phases along the way. This evolution slowly takes shape across the 20-year span documented here, with some insightful and invaluable liner notes by Michael de Koningh to shed light on that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
A prolific reggae vocalist who began recording singles in the late '50s and continued doing so for decades, Owen Gray finally got a thorough anthologization in 2004 when Trojan/Sanctuary released the long-overdue Shook, Shimmy & Shake. The double-disc, 50-song anthology is a wide-ranging reflection of the singer's best output. Gray began as a Bluebeat singer and later drifted toward traditional reggae à la Jimmy Cliff, passing through ska, rocksteady, and roots reggae phases along the way. This evolution slowly takes shape across the 20-year span documented here, with some insightful and invaluable liner notes by Michael de Koningh to shed light on that multifaceted evolution. While most every song here is of high quality, there are a few particularly novel inclusions, perhaps the most curious one being Gray's Chris Blackwell-produced cover of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" imagine that -- Exile on Main St. à la rocksteady!. Granted, this isn't the entire encapsulation of the high points of Gray's long, fruitful career. He did continue recording into the '80s and '90s this anthology spans 1959-1978, most notably recording a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" for Pama in 1982, but it's questionable whether those especially latter-day recordings are high points per se. And yes, there some real gems missing here, given the bottomless well of songs Gray recorded over the decades for various labels. In any event, however, Shook, Shimmy & Shake is a treasure trove, not only of Gray's mostly out of print recording career but also of excellent Bluebeat, rocksteady, and roots reggae music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768047228
  • Catalog Number: 80472

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Owen Gray Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
Alton Ellis Producer
Bob Marley Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Laurel Aitken Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer, Audio Production
Dave Bloxham Producer
Denny Cordell Producer, Audio Production
Owen Gray Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Isaac Hayes Composer
David Heath Hadfield Producer
Leslie Kong Producer, Audio Production
Bunny Lee Producer
James Lee Composer
Irwin Levine Composer
David Porter Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Guy Stevens Producer
Billy Stewart Composer
Joe Seneca Composer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Gerhard Winkler Composer
Clancy Collins Producer
Michael DeKoningh Liner Notes
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Producer
Simeon L. Smith Producer
Eddie Airey Producer
Charlie Moo Producer
Clement Bushay Producer
Junior Lincoln Producer
Robert Thompson Audio Production
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