Songs for Reggae Lovers, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811200629
  • Catalog Number: 2006
  • Sales rank: 338,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Were a Boy (3:45)
  2. 2 Tell It to Her (3:20)
  3. 3 Take It Easy - Wayne Wonder (3:34)
  4. 4 Private Beach Party - Gregory Isaacs (4:17)
  5. 5 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely (3:37)
  6. 6 I'm Still in Love with You (3:43)
  7. 7 Moonlight - Dennis Brown (3:52)
  8. 8 Break Up to Make Up - Fiona (4:17)
  9. 9 Stay with You (3:48)
  10. 10 In Your Eyes - Johnny Osbourne (3:07)
  11. 11 If You Give to Me - Barrington Levy (3:58)
  12. 12 I Know the Score - Frankie Paul (3:29)
  13. 13 She Loves Me Now (3:49)
  14. 14 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Sanchez (3:38)
  15. 15 Someone Loves You Honey (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Here Comes the Bride (3:40)
  2. 2 Wide Awake in a Dream (4:03)
  3. 3 Girlfriend (3:47)
  4. 4 Stop Loving You (3:32)
  5. 5 A Man Is a Man - Ken Boothe (3:52)
  6. 6 Love Means (Never to Say Your Sorry) (3:51)
  7. 7 Closer (3:55)
  8. 8 You Know You Want to Be Loved - Dennis Brown (4:41)
  9. 9 Sugar and Spice - John Holt (3:17)
  10. 10 Low Profile (3:57)
  11. 11 Best Friend (3:51)
  12. 12 Back for Good (4:02)
  13. 13 There's No Me Without You (5:30)
  14. 14 You Don't Love Me (No No No) (3:35)
  15. 15 Your Love Is My Love - Terry Linen (4:07)
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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
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
Two Friends Crew Audio Production
H. Brooks Composer
P. Howell Composer
Dennis Star Audio Production
S. Marsden Composer
L. Dunbar Composer
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