The Voice of Jamaica [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The gruff-voiced DJ Buju Banton's major-label debut was well received but did not really establish him as a unique talent; clearly capable of riding a rhythm and interacting well with singers on the handful of combination tracks sprinkled throughout the program, Banton was nevertheless a less-than-original voice and didn't immediately stand head and shoulders above the other rockstone-style DJs who were proliferating in the wake of Shabba Ranks' international success. But pure originality is not needed to make a very fine reggae album, and a very fine reggae album this is. Paired with Wayne Wonder, Banton acquits himself nicely on the slightly overly slick but still ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The gruff-voiced DJ Buju Banton's major-label debut was well received but did not really establish him as a unique talent; clearly capable of riding a rhythm and interacting well with singers on the handful of combination tracks sprinkled throughout the program, Banton was nevertheless a less-than-original voice and didn't immediately stand head and shoulders above the other rockstone-style DJs who were proliferating in the wake of Shabba Ranks' international success. But pure originality is not needed to make a very fine reggae album, and a very fine reggae album this is. Paired with Wayne Wonder, Banton acquits himself nicely on the slightly overly slick but still enjoyable "Searching," and he shines even brighter with Brian & Tony Gold on "If Loving Was a Crime." "Make My Day" comes just a bit too close to smooth and smarmy R&B, but "Him Take Off" is a muscularly minimal masterpiece. This remastered reissue features two bonus tracks, both originally issued on a promo-only single. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731458677925
  • Catalog Number: 586779
  • Sales rank: 67,217

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Searching (4:13)
  2. 2 Red Rose (3:55)
  3. 3 Commitment (3:18)
  4. 4 Deportees (Things Change) (3:55)
  5. 5 No Respect (4:00)
  6. 6 If Loving Was a Crime - Brian Gold (4:55)
  7. 7 Good Body (3:54)
  8. 8 Wicked Act (3:52)
  9. 9 Tribal War (3:49)
  10. 10 A Little More Time (3:54)
  11. 11 Him Take Off (3:39)
  12. 12 Willy (Don't Be Silly) (4:56)
  13. 13 Gone a Lead (3:43)
  14. 14 Make My Day (5:06)
  15. 15 Operation Ardent (3:55)
  16. 16 Vigilante (4:01)
  17. 17 Deportees (Things Change) (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist
Wayne Wonder Track Performer
Terry Ganzie Track Performer
Tony Rebel Track Performer
Two Friends Crew Background Vocals
Danny Browne Bass, Keyboards
Fluxy Bass, Keyboards
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Tony Gold Background Vocals
Herbert Herbie Harris Bass, Keyboards
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Spiderman Background Vocals
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
Paul Crossdale Bass, Keyboards
Bob Marley & the Wailers Musician
Andi Green Background Vocals
Brian Gold Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Kelly Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Beres Hammond Vocal Arrangements
Danny Browne drum programming
Busta Rhymes Producer
Von Wayne Charles Vocal Arrangements
Clevie Producer, Instrumentation
Lisa Cortes Executive Producer
Anthony Dalhouse Engineer
Sly Dunbar Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Fluxy drum programming
Donovan Germain Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Gary Jackson Engineer
Mark Myrie Vocal Arrangements
Steely Producer, Instrumentation
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Michael Bays Art Direction
Michael Spence drum programming
Bobby "Digital" Dixon Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Design
Carl Toppin Engineer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Michael Bennett Producer, Vocal Arrangements
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