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Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Familiar to the reggae faithful but a certifiably "slept on" artist otherwise, this 2014 set from VP rounds up a bunch of collaborative tracks and collaborative singles from Alborosie, a Sicilian-born, Jamaican-bred singer/producer with a fat stack of reggae hits behind him. Even with just these "& friends" cuts as examples, his name should really be "household," especially when "Presented" by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, the management man who made Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra worldwide reggae stars in the '90s. The set makes catching up a hit-filled experience, kicking off with the vital weed anthem "Waan the Herb" with Black Uhuru's Michael Rose, before Gentleman's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Familiar to the reggae faithful but a certifiably "slept on" artist otherwise, this 2014 set from VP rounds up a bunch of collaborative tracks and collaborative singles from Alborosie, a Sicilian-born, Jamaican-bred singer/producer with a fat stack of reggae hits behind him. Even with just these "& friends" cuts as examples, his name should really be "household," especially when "Presented" by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, the management man who made Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra worldwide reggae stars in the '90s. The set makes catching up a hit-filled experience, kicking off with the vital weed anthem "Waan the Herb" with Black Uhuru's Michael Rose, before Gentleman's "Celebration" offers Euro-reggae at its finest. The two opening cuts display how pleasingly free the set plays it as "Herb" is an Alborosie cut featuring Rose, while the Gentleman number is vice versa, then later, the great "Tribal War" comes from a recording where singer Luciano was credited as a solo artist, although Alborosie's production and background vocals warrant its inclusion here. Then there's the singer's take on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which "features" Black Uhuru via sampling, but with the beautiful "Blessings" with Etana, the cute and punky "Informa" with Lady Ann, and the gangsta anthem "Murderer" with Busy Signal, disc two ends up just as packed with highlights as disc one, because here, the grooves are as loose as the rules. What's important to know is that some truly vital solo hits like "Kingston Town" aren't included, but the hip-hop industry could learn something from reggae's love of the collaborative comp, as the full Alborosie picture becomes clearer thanks to this fantastic set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2014
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645701624
  • Catalog Number: 7016
  • Sales rank: 43,312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waan the Herb (3:40)
  2. 2 Celebration (3:49)
  3. 3 Stepping Out (3:34)
  4. 4 I Surrender To Your Love - I.Eye (4:08)
  5. 5 Money (4:02)
  6. 6 Tribal War (3:42)
  7. 7 Burnin' and Lootin' (3:17)
  8. 8 One Sound - Gramps Morgan (3:53)
  9. 9 Is This Love - Zoe (3:13)
  10. 10 Meditation (3:17)
  11. 11 Precious (3:48)
  12. 12 Natural Mystic (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Guess Who's Coming (3:25)
  2. 2 Marathon (3:34)
  3. 3 Outernational Herb (3:43)
  4. 4 Mama She Don't Like You - I.Eye (3:56)
  5. 5 Can't Let You Go (4:02)
  6. 6 Callin' (3:57)
  7. 7 Life (3:47)
  8. 8 Blessings (3:36)
  9. 9 Informa (3:19)
  10. 10 I Can't Stand It (4:27)
  11. 11 Murderer (3:32)
  12. 12 Streets (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alborosie Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Horn, Saxophone, Horn Section
Everton Gayle Trombone, Saxophone
Gitzy Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards
Nikki Burt Background Vocals
Lion Man Chant
Junior "Chico" Chinn Horn Section
Alex Soresini Drums
Fitzroy Green Drums
Conroy Walker Keyboards
Joel "Joekeys" Anderson Keyboards
Ronald Robinson Horn Section
Daynea Deacon Background Vocals
Squidly Cole Drums
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Composer
Anthony Cameron Composer
Noel Davey Composer
Sly Dunbar Composer
David Hinds Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Michael Rose Composer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer
Christopher Birch Composer, Producer
Frenchie Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rohan Dwyer Mastering
Jon Baker Executive Producer
Paul Shields Mastering
Ky-Mani Marley Composer
Nikki Burt Composer
Deron D. James Art Direction
Alborosie Instrumentation
Alberto D'Ascola Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Siccaturie Alcock Composer
Vincent Grant Producer
Zoe Schneider Composer
Soul Vybz Music Producer
Love Faya Riddim Inspiration
Dane Thompson Illustrations
Cat Marley Composer
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