Best of the Early Years: 1990-1995

Best of the Early Years: 1990-1995

by Buju Banton
     
 

Or more accurately "Buju Banton: The Penthouse Years," for this compilation rounds up a robust crop of singles all cut at Penthouse studio. Obviously then, much of this compilation was overseen by Penthouse label head Donovan Germain himself or by his protégé, Dave Kelly, with another student, Bobby Digital, putting a hand in, while a See more details below

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Or more accurately "Buju Banton: The Penthouse Years," for this compilation rounds up a robust crop of singles all cut at Penthouse studio. Obviously then, much of this compilation was overseen by Penthouse label head Donovan Germain himself or by his protégé, Dave Kelly, with another student, Bobby Digital, putting a hand in, while a Sly Dunbar production and a Winston Riley one complete this fulsome set. Banton's breakout year in Jamaica was 1991, and from that date on the hits flooded out nonstop. Even the uproar that followed the release of the homophobic "Boom Bye Bye" in 1992 barely stemmed the tide. The following year, the DJ inked a deal with Mercury and unleashed Voice of Jamaica in the States, but it was his switch to culture with 1995's 'Til Shiloh that opened the door to a wider public. That shift in direction was heralded by Banton's 1993 masterpiece, "Murderer," but you'd never note that change from this set, which doesn't contain a single cultural track within. This is a pure party album, filled with ragga anthems dedicated to the dance, the chase, and women's most striking attributes. The themes may be well trodden, but Banton gives them all a freshness, and whether he's romantic, admiring, overcome with desire, or just nice-ing up the dance, the DJ's quick tongue and utterly convincing delivery made him (and keep him) a dancehall hero. There are a few notable omissions -- his Penthouse debut, "Man Fi Dead," and the huge hits "Love Mi Brownie" and "Yardie" all spring immediately to mind. But you do get such smashes as "Bogle," "Good Looking Gal," the awesome "Batty Rider," and the controversial "Boom." There isn't a weak track within and the rhythms are all top-notch, sizzling dancehall raggas laid down by the likes of Steely & Clevie, the Firehouse Crew, Danny Browne, and Kelly and Digital themselves. Relive the magic of Banton at his bad-boy best.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
Label:
Penthouse Records
UPC:
0737748210025
catalogNumber:
2100
Rank:
7993

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist
Dave Kelly   Track Performer
Sly & Robbie   Track Performer
Wayne Wonder   Track Performer
Danny Browne   Track Performer
Firehouse Crew   Track Performer
Bobby Digital   Track Performer
Nadine Sutherland   Track Performer

Technical Credits

L.D. Dixon   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer
Gary Jackson   Engineer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Engineer
Tony Kelly   Engineer
Mark Myrie   Executive Producer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
D. Thompson   Engineer
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell   Engineer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Engineer
Winston Riley   Producer
Leroy Champaign   Art Direction
Paul Shields   Mastering
Zele   Engineer
Michael "Cooley" Cooper   Engineer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon   Producer

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