The Best of the Early Years: 1990-1995

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Penthouse Records
  • UPC: 737748210025
  • Catalog Number: 2100
  • Sales rank: 40,083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big It Up (3:29)
  2. 2 Batty Rider (3:51)
  3. 3 Have Fi Get Yu Tonight - The Firehouse Crew (3:11)
  4. 4 Love How the Gal Dem Flex (3:36)
  5. 5 Hotness - Heavy D (3:53)
  6. 6 Bogle (3:39)
  7. 7 Good Lookin' Gal - Bobby Digital (3:26)
  8. 8 The Only Man (2:46)
  9. 9 Love Wizard (3:00)
  10. 10 Gone a Lead (3:42)
  11. 11 Good Good (3:55)
  12. 12 She's My Girl (4:13)
  13. 13 Boom Bye Bye (3:46)
  14. 14 Why Should I (4:01)
  15. 15 Stamina Daddy (3:30)
  16. 16 Mine Behind the Wine (3:42)
  17. 17 Wicked Dickie - Nadine Sutherland (3:51)
  18. 18 Miss Joan (3:40)
  19. 19 Bonafide Love - Danny Browne (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist
Dave Kelly Track Performer
Sly & Robbie Track Performer
Wayne Wonder Track Performer
Danny Browne Track Performer
The 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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