The Fathers of Reggae

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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
For a U.K.-based group that spent their entire tenure paying homage to the great singers and songwriters of the Island Nation Jamaica, the oft-scoffed-at UB40 pull off something of a coup with this unique reggae compilation. While most laypeople would only recognize UB40 from their early-'80s crossover mega-hit "Red Red Wine" and their numerous reggae covers of popular songs Al Green's "Here I Am," Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love", the group affirms their respect among the reggae community with this veritable who's who of the genre. With a track list culled from UB40's personal favorites and a slew of legendary toasters and famed producers Sly & Robbie, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
For a U.K.-based group that spent their entire tenure paying homage to the great singers and songwriters of the Island Nation Jamaica, the oft-scoffed-at UB40 pull off something of a coup with this unique reggae compilation. While most laypeople would only recognize UB40 from their early-'80s crossover mega-hit "Red Red Wine" and their numerous reggae covers of popular songs Al Green's "Here I Am," Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love", the group affirms their respect among the reggae community with this veritable who's who of the genre. With a track list culled from UB40's personal favorites and a slew of legendary toasters and famed producers Sly & Robbie, Steely & Clevie, Fatta & Bulby to treat them, there is good deal of magic here. Rocksteady's golden age is well-represented by the Mighty Diamonds on the groovily mystical "You Could Meet Somebody" and former Melodians frontman Brent Dowe's haunting rendition of "Silent Witness." More irie wisdom is delivered on Jackie Robinson's delightful "Don't Do the Crime" and Bob Andy's "Love Is All Is Alright." While the pace is slow and the mood is invariably mature, reggae lovers of varying levels of fandom will find much of value in the Fathers of Reggae collection. Not all the offerings are a cut above, including the aging Cool Ruler's Gregory Isaacs version of "Bring Me Your Cup," the altogether too-synthetic "Higher Ground" Leroy Sibbles, and the surprisingly unmoving "Watchdogs" by slack originator turned Rasta legend Max Romeo. However, on the strength of the amazing cache of reggae vocals alone Toots Hibbert, Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, John Holt, this album is a unique work, but considering the occasional spotty songwriting in UB40's originals, the album doesn't always reach the lofty heights that the distinguished panel have attained in their storied careers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381267523
  • Catalog Number: 12675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Could Meet Somebody - The Mighty Diamonds (5:01)
  2. 2 You're Always Pulling Me Down - Freddie McGregor (4:21)
  3. 3 Bring Me Your Cup - Gregory Isaacs (4:45)
  4. 4 Silent Witness - Brenton Dowe (4:22)
  5. 5 Always There - Honey Boy (3:47)
  6. 6 I Love It When You Smile - Alton Ellis (4:18)
  7. 7 Don't Do the Crime - Jackie Robinson (4:06)
  8. 8 Watchdogs - Max Romeo (4:22)
  9. 9 Love Is All Is Alright - Bob Andy (5:08)
  10. 10 The Earth Dies Screaming - Ken Boothe (5:02)
  11. 11 Don't Slow Down - Winston Groovy (4:40)
  12. 12 Higher Ground - Leroy Sibbles (3:53)
  13. 13 The Pillow - John Holt (3:40)
  14. 14 C'est la Vie - Toots Hibbert (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
UB40 Primary Artist
Astro Vocals
Jim Brown Drums
Robin Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Earl Falconer Bass, Keyboards
Norman Hassan Percussion, Vocals
Brian Travers Saxophone
Michael Virtue Keyboards
Ali Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
UB40 Producer
Astro Composer
Jim Brown Composer
Robin Campbell Composer
Earl Falconer Composer
Norman Hassan Composer
Paul Hussey Vocal Engineer
Gerry Parchment Engineer
Brian Travers Composer, Horn Arrangements
Michael Virtue Composer
Ali Campbell Composer
Danny Sprigg Engineer, Digital Editing
Tim Young Mastering
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