Ultimate Reggae

Ultimate Reggae

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Kick-start any summer fete with this selection of reggae hits. A veritable one-stop shopping trip (when combined with that copy of Bob Marley's Legend everyone owns), Ultimate Reggae takes care of the biggest of the big, all in one place. That ranges from such pop masterpieces as Jimmy Cliff's triumphant "The Harder They Come" and Johnny Nash's "I Can…  See more details below

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Kick-start any summer fete with this selection of reggae hits. A veritable one-stop shopping trip (when combined with that copy of Bob Marley's Legend everyone owns), Ultimate Reggae takes care of the biggest of the big, all in one place. That ranges from such pop masterpieces as Jimmy Cliff's triumphant "The Harder They Come" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" to dancehall gems such as Yellowman's "Zungguzungguzungguzeng" and more recent hits from Beenie Man and Buju Banton. For good measure, the Sting remix of Shaggy's "Boombastic" recasts the song in the mold -- and mode -- of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Your party guests will eat it up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
UTV's Ultimate Reggae is something of a successor to previous reggae compilations issued by different branches of the Universal Music Group of labels, notably 1998's Pure Reggae and 1999's Reggae Party, at least in the sense that, if you wonder why a particular classic reggae track, such as Desmond Dekker & the Aces' "Israelites," is missing, it may be found on one of the earlier collections, which were chosen by the same compilers. Still, this one differs from those predecessors in its breadth. As is true of the Ultimate collections assembled by sister label Hip-O, this one attempts to justify its title by licensing tracks beyond the already extensive Universal catalog, so that, for example, Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now," Third World's "1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)," and Peter Tosh's "Equal Rights," all of which are owned by Sony, are included. The most obvious exclusion is anything by Bob Marley & the Wailers, reggae's greatest act. Since Marley's catalog is under Universal's purview and tracks were included on the previous compilations, his absence here is inexplicable. The use of "And You Be Loved," by his son Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, which features a sample of "Could You Be Loved," does not make up for the loss. That very large problem excepted, however, this is a good chronological sampling of 30 years of reggae, dating back to early-'70s tracks by Toots & the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff, including good selections from major figures such as Burning Spear and Gregory Isaacs, and bringing things up to date with Buju Banton and Shaggy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Utv Records
UPC:
0044006868929
catalogNumber:
000006102
Rank:
33879

Tracks

  1. 54-46 Was My Number
  2. The Harder They Come
  3. I Can See Clearly Now
  4. Marcus Garvey
  5. 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)  -  Third World
  6. Equal Rights
  7. Police and Thieves  - Junior Murvin
  8. Sponji Reggae
  9. Wa Do Dem  -  Eek-A-Mouse
  10. Love Has Found Its Way  - Dennis Brown
  11. Night Nurse
  12. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng  -  Yellowman
  13. Greetings  - Half Pint
  14. Murder She Wrote  -  Chaka Demus & Pliers
  15. Mr. Loverman
  16. Boombastic
  17. Untold Stories
  18. Who Am I
  19. And You Be Loved  - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  20. Heads High  -  Vegas

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Upsetters   Background Vocals
Taxi Gang   Background Vocals
Roots Radics   Background Vocals
Bunny Rugs   Vocals,Mu-Tron
Michael "Ibo" Cooper   Percussion,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vocals
Steven "Cat" Coore   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Daley   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Background Vocals
Delroy Hines   Vocal Harmony
Irvin Jarrett   Percussion
Puma Jones   Vocal Harmony
Winston Rodney   Vocals
Michael Rose   Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare   Background Vocals
Derrick Simpson   Vocal Harmony
Wailers   Background Vocals
Rupert Willington   Vocal Harmony
Black Disciples   Background Vocals
Beverley's All Stars   Background Vocals
Professionals   Background Vocals
Word Sound & Power   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

William Clarke   Composer
Dennis Brown   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer,Producer
Third World   Producer
Michael Cooper   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Joe Gibbs   Producer
King Floyd   Composer
Danny Browne   Producer
Glen Browne   Composer
Haldane Danny Browne   Composer
David Katz   Liner Notes,Track Notes
Sly Dunbar   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Hugo Dwyer   Remixing
Winston Foster   Composer
Philip Fullwood   Composer
Donovan Germain   Composer,Producer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer,Producer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Leslie Kong   Composer,Producer
H. Lindo   Composer
Willie Lindo   Arranger,Producer
Robert Livingston   Composer,Producer
Stephen Marley   Composer,Producer
Peter Tosh   Composer,Producer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Johnny Nash   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer,Producer
George Phang   Producer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Michael Rose   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Arranger,Producer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Handel Tucker   Composer
Sylvester Weise   Composer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Composer
Mikey Bennett   Composer,Producer
Moses Davis   Composer
Ripton Hylton   Composer
Henry "Junjo" Lawes   Composer,Producer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Hopeton Lindo   Composer
Dana Smart   Track Notes
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia   Producer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Yvonne Brown   Composer
Orville Burrell   Composer
Stephen Coore   Composer
Rexton Gordon   Composer
Jeremy Harding   Composer,Producer
M. Rose   Composer
Bob Mercer   Executive Producer
Kelly Martinez   Licensing
Jeff Moskow   Executive Producer
Clifford Smith   Composer
D. Juvenile   Producer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Everton Bonner   Composer
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo   Producer
Michael Bennett   Composer
John Taylor   Composer
Frederick Hibbert   Composer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon   Producer

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Ultimate Reggae [UTV] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that this album is absolutly amazing. Unlike alot of other reggae compilations, Ultimate Reggae has alot of old school reggae artists. For example, Johnny Nash playing "I Can See Clearly Now"...fantastic! If you like reggae you'll want to add this to your collection ASAP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must have for the summer. I've been bumping it in my car ever since I got it, especially Third World's "1865." Get it and you won't be disappointed. With other artists like Beenie Man and Buju Banton you can't go wrong.