The Bunny 'Striker' Lee Story [Box Set]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
With four CDs and over 100 tracks, The Bunny Striker Lee Story is absolutely overwhelming, such a profusion of music that one barely knows where to start. The accompanying booklet is a good place, and provides an excellent biography of this crucial Jamaican producer, written by Penny Reel in conjunction with Lee himself, as well as a wealth of photographs. This is excellent background for the music, but, unfortunately, not for the set itself. Even the erudite Reel is at times left reeling by the eccentric sequencing, which wanders willy-nilly through the years, but at least makes a valiant attempt to bring together versions -- vocal, instrumental, and DJ cuts. Reel's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
With four CDs and over 100 tracks, The Bunny Striker Lee Story is absolutely overwhelming, such a profusion of music that one barely knows where to start. The accompanying booklet is a good place, and provides an excellent biography of this crucial Jamaican producer, written by Penny Reel in conjunction with Lee himself, as well as a wealth of photographs. This is excellent background for the music, but, unfortunately, not for the set itself. Even the erudite Reel is at times left reeling by the eccentric sequencing, which wanders willy-nilly through the years, but at least makes a valiant attempt to bring together versions -- vocal, instrumental, and DJ cuts. Reel's efforts, however, are thoroughly undermined by the booklet's layout, which eschews paragraphs, making it all the more difficult to follow. But forget all that, and just immerse yourself in the music. There are hits galore, including Lee's earliest Roy Shirley's "Music Fell", a slew of rocksteady classics from a stable of magnificent vocalists led by the Uniques, and more crucial cuts from the reggae age. Lee reached an apotheosis in the mid-'70s, as his two biggest singers -- Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell -- battled for supremacy and his DJs simultaneously toasted their way to the top. Lee held on through the end of the decade, but by the early '80s his output was dwindling. The set contains perhaps a tad too many spoilers -- quick cash-in versions of other producers' hits -- and not quite enough attention is paid to the DJs notable omissions include Prince Jazzbo and Dr. Alimantado. Most amazing of all, only a single instrumental from Lee's crack studio band, the Aggrovators, is featured, and they, bizarrely, aren't even mentioned in the booklet. Lee's productions defined Jamaican music in the mid-'70s, popularizing not only the resuscitation of old hits in new guises, but the very concept of versions. Three decades later, the Jamaican dancehalls are still reverberating to these innovations. Lee led the way, and here is his music in all its glory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Charm
  • UPC: 649035313824
  • Catalog Number: 3138

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Every Knee Shall Bow - Johnny Clarke (3:38)
  2. 2 Every Knee Shall Bow - U-Roy (4:25)
  3. 3 Mood for Love - Lascells Perkins (2:30)
  4. 4 The Gorgan - Cornell Campbell (2:18)
  5. 5 Gorgon Wise - U-Roy (2:26)
  6. 6 Rock With Me Baby - Johnny Clarke (2:47)
  7. 7 Rock With I - U-Roy (2:56)
  8. 8 Ride on Girl - Johnny Clarke (2:59)
  9. 9 Phensic - Tapper Zukie (4:19)
  10. 10 Stars - Cornell Campbell (3:05)
  11. 11 Roots of Dub - King Tubby (3:14)
  12. 12 Everybody Needs Love - Slim Smith (2:20)
  13. 13 1000 Tones of Mega - Roland Alphonso (2:14)
  14. 14 How Long - Astra Kelly (3:10)
  15. 15 Payton Place - Roland Alphonso (3:10)
  16. 16 Music Fell - Roy Shirley (2:37)
  17. 17 When I Was a Little Girl - TT Ross (2:40)
  18. 18 Sad Mood - Ken Parker (3:35)
  19. 19 Mule Train - Count Prince Miller (3:00)
  20. 20 Horse and Buggy - Dennis Alcapone (2:50)
  21. 21 Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks - Linval Thompson (3:17)
  22. 22 Joyful Locks - U-Roy (3:10)
  23. 23 Cow Town Skank - I-Roy (3:20)
  24. 24 Cow Town - Augustus Pablo (2:52)
  25. 25 Rough Rider - Derrick Morgan (3:21)
  26. 26 Rough Rider Dub - Augustus Pablo (3:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Russians Are Coming - Val Bennett (3:33)
  2. 2 Great Musical Battle - Derrick Morgan (3:33)
  3. 3 Bangarang - Lester Sterling (2:43)
  4. 4 Bangarang Version - Glen Adams (2:36)
  5. 5 Better Must Come - Delroy Wilson (2:30)
  6. 6 It Must Come - Dennis Alcapone (2:35)
  7. 7 Creation Rebel - Johnny Clarke (3:40)
  8. 8 Creation Rebel Version - U-Roy (3:33)
  9. 9 Just a Dream - Slim Smith (3:29)
  10. 10 Dearest Darling - Cornell Campbell (3:16)
  11. 11 East 2 West (Just a Dream) - Dennis Alcapone (3:32)
  12. 12 Wet Dream - Max Romeo (2:46)
  13. 13 Wet Dream - U-Roy (2:44)
  14. 14 Wer Dreams - Glen Adams (2:50)
  15. 15 Will You Still Love Me - Slim Smith (2:51)
  16. 16 Stick by Me - John Holt (3:18)
  17. 17 King of the Track - Dennis Alcapone (3:03)
  18. 18 Ain't 2 Proud to Beg - Slim Smith (3:29)
  19. 19 2 Proud to Beg Version - U-Roy (3:12)
  20. 20 Satta Massagana - Ken Boothe (3:54)
  21. 21 Satta Massagana Version - U-Roy (3:47)
  22. 22 Sentimental Man - Ernest Wilson (4:11)
  23. 23 The Jeff Barnes Thing - Jeff Barnes (2:35)
  24. 24 Oh Mama - Nora Deal (2:16)
  25. 25 The Sting - Augustus Pablo (2:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Help Me Make It Through the Night - Ken Boothe (3:16)
  2. 2 Train Is Coming - Ken Boothe (3:15)
  3. 3 Move Outa Babylon - Johnny Clarke (3:34)
  4. 4 None Shall Escape - Johnny Clarke (2:58)
  5. 5 Natty Bongo - Owen Gray (4:21)
  6. 6 Till I'm Gone - John Holt (3:27)
  7. 7 Shame and Pride - Leroy Smart (3:58)
  8. 8 Fancy Make Up - John Holt (3:36)
  9. 9 I'm Still Waiting - Jackie Edwards (3:35)
  10. 10 I Do Love You - Jackie Edwards (3:03)
  11. 11 Let Me Go Girl - Slim Smith (2:47)
  12. 12 I'll Let You Go Boy - Dawn Penn (2:27)
  13. 13 Reggae Hit the Town - The Ethiopians (2:22)
  14. 14 Investigator - Cornell Campbell (3:19)
  15. 15 Love Me Forever - Johnny Clarke (4:00)
  16. 16 Julie on My Mind - Jackie Edwards (2:47)
  17. 17 I Do - Hortence Ellis (3:12)
  18. 18 I'll Never Let You Go - Cornell Campbell (3:15)
  19. 19 Queen Majesty - Pat Kelly (3:48)
  20. 20 In Paradise - Jackie Edwards (2:56)
  21. 21 No Man Is an Island - Johnny Clarke (3:25)
  22. 22 I've Got Love - Alton Ellis (2:44)
  23. 23 Who Told You So - Jackie Edwards (2:32)
  24. 24 Mr. Chatterbox - Bob Marley (2:19)
  25. 25 You're My Desire - Rita Marley (2:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mighty Organ - Lascelles Perkins & Hortense (2:51)
  2. 2 Pledging My Love - Lascelles Perkins (2:36)
  3. 3 People Get Ready - Slim Smith & The Uniques (2:37)
  4. 4 The Prodigal Returns - Errol Dunkley (2:39)
  5. 5 Lovers Rock Medley, Pt. 1 - Sugar Minott (5:12)
  6. 6 Lovers Rock Medley, Pt. 2 - Tyron Evans (5:35)
  7. 7 The Duke of Earl - Cornell Campbell (3:27)
  8. 8 The Duke - U-Roy (3:44)
  9. 9 The Duke of Dub - Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators (3:20)
  10. 10 Ali Baba - Jackie Edwards (3:01)
  11. 11 I've Been Admiring You - John Holt (3:12)
  12. 12 Blessed Are Thu Meek - Slim Smith & The Uniques (2:52)
  13. 13 Seven Letters - Derrick Morgan (3:08)
  14. 14 Reggae Time (2:59)
  15. 15 Just Say Who - Horace Andy (2:09)
  16. 16 Black Harmony Killer - Jah Stitch (3:01)
  17. 17 Skylarking - Horace Andy (2:41)
  18. 18 My Confession - Cornell Campbell (2:50)
  19. 19 My Conversation - Slim Smith (3:43)
  20. 20 My Conversation - Lenox Brown (3:02)
  21. 21 If It Don't Work Out - Pat Kelly (2:49)
  22. 22 You're My Angel - Horace Andy (2:56)
  23. 23 Little Boy Blue - Gene Kelly (2:47)
  24. 24 Jah Jah Bless the Dreadlocks - The Mighty Diamonds (2:52)
  25. 25 Last Flight to Reggae City - Tommy McCook & Stranger Cole (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bunny Lee Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Composer
Johnny Clarke Composer
Alton Ellis Composer
John Holt Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Rita Marley Composer
Max Romeo Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Cornell Campbell Composer
Jimmy Clanton Composer
Jackie Edwards Composer
Johnny Cymbal Composer
Linval Thompson Composer
Derrick Morgan Composer
Stranger Cole Composer
Leonard Dillon Composer
Fred Glickman Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
John Lange Composer
Bunny Lee Producer, Audio Production
Robert Livingston Composer
Cosimo Matassa Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Lester Sterling Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Delroy Wilson Composer
Scott "Supe" Stallone Composer
K. Smith Composer
Pat Kelly Composer
Orville Burrell Composer
Eugene Dixon Composer
Horace Hinds Composer
Carmen Taylor Composer
Earl Edwards Composer
Willis Carroll Composer
E. Lee Composer
Penny Reel Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Astra Kelly Composer
Ken Parker Composer
Michael Rashkow Composer
Bernie Williams Composer
Edward Lee Composer
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