Songs for Reggae Lovers, Vol. 2

Songs for Reggae Lovers, Vol. 2

     
 
Lovers rock is the reggae subgenre that has the hardest time getting any respect; dancehall fans think it's too soft, and roots-and-culture purists find it too worldly. But reggae's deepest roots are in the sentimental pop and R&B hits of the 1950s and '60s, which early ska and rocksteady bands covered in their own uniquely Jamaican style while gradually developing a

Overview

Lovers rock is the reggae subgenre that has the hardest time getting any respect; dancehall fans think it's too soft, and roots-and-culture purists find it too worldly. But reggae's deepest roots are in the sentimental pop and R&B hits of the 1950s and '60s, which early ska and rocksteady bands covered in their own uniquely Jamaican style while gradually developing a sound and subject matter of their own, and it's those roots that are constantly evoked on this uneven but ultimately pleasing two-disc collection of reggae love songs culled from nearly three decades of Greensleeves releases. A number of these are familiar tracks that serious reggae fans will already own several times over: Dawn Penn's deathless "You Don't Love Me (No No No)," Gregory Isaacs' "Private Beach Party," J.C. Lodge's "Somebody Loves You Honey." There are also some very worthy obscurities, such as Cocoa Tea's excellent "Low Profile" and Singing Melody's startlingly excellent "Back for Good." But the program is also scattered with inexplicable mediocrities: Dennis Brown sounds weak, tired, and off-pitch on "Moonlight," and the great saxophonist Dean Fraser demonstrates that he should stick to his horn on the rather embarrassing "Girlfriend"; Cultural Roots make a respectable appearance on "Tell It to Her," but end up sounding like a low-calorie version of Aswad. Given the budget-line price on this set, though, it's hard to find serious fault with the presence of a few clunkers.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Greensleeves
UPC:
0601811200629
catalogNumber:
2006
Rank:
232358

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. If I Were a Boy
  2. Tell It to Her
  3. Take It Easy
  4. Private Beach Party
  5. Just Don't Want to Be Lonely
  6. I'm Still in Love with You
  7. Moonlight
  8. Break Up to Make Up
  9. Stay with You
  10. In Your Eyes
  11. If You Give to Me
  12. I Know the Score
  13. She Loves Me Now
  14. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  15. Someone Loves You Honey

Disc 2

  1. Here Comes the Bride
  2. Wide Awake in a Dream
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Stop Loving You
  5. A Man Is a Man
  6. Love Means (Never to Say Your Sorry)
  7. Closer
  8. You Know You Want to Be Loved
  9. Sugar and Spice
  10. Low Profile
  11. Best Friend
  12. Back for Good
  13. There's No Me Without You
  14. You Don't Love Me (No No No)
  15. Your Love Is My Love

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Willie Cobbs   Composer
Alton Ellis   Composer
John Holt   Composer
Barrington Levy   Composer
Johnny Osbourne   Composer
Steely & Clevie   Audio Production
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Barry Biggs   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Gibbs   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Crewe   Composer
Junior Reid   Composer
Linval Thompson   Composer
Beres Hammond   Composer
Two Friends Crew   Audio Production
Thom Bell   Composer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Cameron   Audio Production
Lloyd Campbell   Producer,Audio Production
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer,Audio Production
Linda Creed   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Bobby Eli   Composer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer,Audio Production
Dean Fraser   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Donovan Germain   Producer,Audio Production
Carlton Hines   Composer
Carl James   Producer
King Jammy   Producer,Audio Production
Willie Lindo   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Freddie McGregor   Composer
George Phang   Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Michael Stokes   Composer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Audio Production
Henry "Junjo" Lawes   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Colin York   Producer
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Composer
John Freeman   Composer
Gary Barlow   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer
Ronn Matlock   Composer
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Don Devaney   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hoo Kim   Audio Production
Michelle Campbell   Producer,Audio Production
John Stephens   Composer
Dave Tozer   Composer
Dennis Starr   Producer
Toby Gad   Composer
Etana   Composer
Joseph "Jo Jo" Hookim   Producer
V.W. Charles   Composer
P. Blake   Composer
Michael Haynes   Composer
M. Bennett   Composer
K. Morgan   Audio Production
H. Browes   Composer
Euwart Beckford   Composer
Carl James   Composer,Audio Production
Britney Carlson   Composer
H. Brooks   Composer
P. Howell   Composer
Dennis Star   Audio Production
S. Marsden   Composer
L. Dunbar   Composer

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