The Man and His Music

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If the music of Byron Lee and his band sounds hokey to you, then you're missing the point. Granted, this is Jamaican music at its most tourist-friendly: Lee has always followed the trends rather than set them, which means that he and his band learned to play ska in the early 1960s, when that music was peaking in popularity, then moved with the times into rocksteady, then reggae, and then soca (with occasional forays into mento and salsa as well). His band, which he led while playing bass, has always been distinguished by professionalism above all, and often by a slightly overweening slickness. But there are worse things than professionalism in pop music, and this generous...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If the music of Byron Lee and his band sounds hokey to you, then you're missing the point. Granted, this is Jamaican music at its most tourist-friendly: Lee has always followed the trends rather than set them, which means that he and his band learned to play ska in the early 1960s, when that music was peaking in popularity, then moved with the times into rocksteady, then reggae, and then soca (with occasional forays into mento and salsa as well). His band, which he led while playing bass, has always been distinguished by professionalism above all, and often by a slightly overweening slickness. But there are worse things than professionalism in pop music, and this generous compilation (which surveys nearly 50 years' worth of work) finds Lee and his crew making some genius recordings, along with a few examples of pure, synthesized dreck. The instrumentals tend to sound a bit generic, while the vocal tracks mostly shine: there are brilliant performances here by the underappreciated early reggae singer Eric "Monty" Morris (who provides most of the highlight tracks on disc one), calypso legend the Mighty Sparrow, and even Toots & the Maytals (check out this version of the classic "Bam Bam"). Even some of the dreck is fun: Lee's version of "Moon River" will be an ironic hit at any party, while the exceptionally shlock "Elizabeth Serenade" might be useful as a hint to your guests that it's time to go home. At his best, though, Byron Lee led one of the tightest and smoothest bands through some of the greatest songs and rhythms to come out of Jamaica, and if he did so in a listener-friendly way, well, good for him. (That said, feel free to skip over his tight and smooth version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song.")
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2010
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645416528
  • Catalog Number: 4165
  • Sales rank: 94,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme From the Apartment (3:44)
  2. 2 Jamaica Ska (2:24)
  3. 3 Oil In My Lamp (2:27)
  4. 4 Wings of a Dove - The Blues Busters (2:32)
  5. 5 Soon You'll Be Gone - The Blues Busters (2:44)
  6. 6 Sammy Dead (2:09)
  7. 7 Come Back (2:55)
  8. 8 Elizabeth Serenade (2:38)
  9. 9 Only a Fool (2:44)
  10. 10 Bam Bam (4:14)
  11. 11 Dancehall Soca (3:27)
  12. 12 Soca Butterfly (3:32)
  13. 13 Soca Tattie (3:20)
  14. 14 Dragon Dance (3:25)
  15. 15 Give Me Soca (3:29)
  16. 16 Tiney Winey (4:58)
  17. 17 Wine Down (3:27)
  18. 18 Empty Chair - Keith Lyn (2:36)
  19. 19 Behold - The Blues Busters (2:45)
  20. 20 Walk Like a Dragon (2:25)
  21. 21 Donna - The Blues Busters (1:44)
  22. 22 54 46 That's My Number (3:05)
  23. 23 A Little Love (That's All I Want From You) (2:28)
  24. 24 Redemption Song (3:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tempted To Touch (3:10)
  2. 2 Turn Me On (3:22)
  3. 3 Blackman Come Out To Party (3:20)
  4. 4 Old Friends Do (the Way Old Friends Do) (2:41)
  5. 5 Sandra (3:02)
  6. 6 Soul Ska (3:22)
  7. 7 Holly Holy (2:56)
  8. 8 Green Island (3:24)
  9. 9 Sad Sweet Dreamer (3:07)
  10. 10 Dumplins (2:43)
  11. 11 Ska Medley: Eastern Standard Time/Carry Go Briing Come (2:38)
  12. 12 Worried Over You - Pam & Woody (3:21)
  13. 13 No Love No Money (3:35)
  14. 14 Nice Time (2:32)
  15. 15 Sunday Coming (2:32)
  16. 16 Mambo # 12 (3:08)
  17. 17 Moon River (2:46)
  18. 18 Mammy Blue (2:25)
  19. 19 Reggae Love Songs: Let's Put It All Together/Sideshow/Have You Seen Her (5:13)
  20. 20 Thinking of You - The Blues Busters (3:12)
  21. 21 Maria (3:02)
  22. 22 Nani Wine (3:06)
  23. 23 Carnival Killer (4:13)
  24. 24 Dance With My Father Again (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Primary Artist
Byron Lee Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Alton Ellis Composer
Justin Hinds Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Byron Lee Composer
Denyse Plummer Composer
Barbara Acklin Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Ken Lazarus Composer
Keith Stewart Composer
Roland Alphonso Composer
Benny Andersson Composer
Lloyd Brevett Composer
Lloyd Campbell Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Leonard Dillon Composer
Bobby Eli Composer
Arnold Hennings Composer
Neville Hinds Composer
Lloyd Knibbs Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Richard Marx Composer
Tommy McCook Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Lester Sterling Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
David Parton Composer
Paul Shields Remastering
Keith Lyn Composer
Marvin Scandrick Composer
Daron Jones Composer
Fritz Rotter Composer
Ronald Binge Composer
Shelly Coburn Composer
Traditional Composer
Darron Grant Composer
Hubert Giraud Composer
Rupert Clarke Composer
Monty Morris Composer
H. Barnett Composer
Phillip James Composer
Anthony Carter Composer
Fidel "Twice" Luna Remastering
Donald Clive Davidson Liner Notes, Remastering
Kevin Lyttle Composer
George Weiss Composer
Linda Epstein Composer
F. Stryker Composer
Winfred Lovette Composer
Michael Keith Composer
Bryan Atkinson Composer
S. Francisco Composer
Thomas Bell Composer
M. Rotha Composer
Frederick Hibbert Composer
Jerome Haynes Composer
Ian Haldon Composer
Eric L. Morris Composer
Edward Ayong Composer
Edith Cumberland Composer
Don Drumond Composer
Daymond Parker Composer
Courtney Stills Composer
Byron Lee OD Executive Producer
Bennett Lazarus Composer
Wilburn T. Cole Composer
Vinny Barrett Composer
Slinger Francisco Composer
Raeon Primus Composer
Norman I. Bergen Composer
Leroy Calliste Composer
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