Ultimate Reggae [UTV]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Utv Records
  • UPC: 044006868929
  • Catalog Number: 000006102
  • Sales rank: 63,339

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 54-46 Was My Number (3:11)
  2. 2 The Harder They Come (3:07)
  3. 3 I Can See Clearly Now (2:44)
  4. 4 Marcus Garvey (3:23)
  5. 5 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) - Third World (3:44)
  6. 6 Equal Rights (5:54)
  7. 7 Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin (4:11)
  8. 8 Sponji Reggae (3:40)
  9. 9 Wa Do Dem - Eek-A-Mouse (3:55)
  10. 10 Love Has Found Its Way - Dennis Brown (4:29)
  11. 11 Night Nurse (4:01)
  12. 12 Zungguzungguguzungguzeng - Yellowman (4:09)
  13. 13 Greetings - Half Pint (3:35)
  14. 14 Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers (4:04)
  15. 15 Mr. Loverman (5:39)
  16. 16 Boombastic (4:21)
  17. 17 Untold Stories (4:34)
  18. 18 Who Am I (3:17)
  19. 19 And You Be Loved - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (4:21)
  20. 20 Heads High - Mr. Vegas (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Winston Rodney Vocals
Michael Rose Vocals
Robbie Shakespeare Background Vocals
Derrick Simpson Vocal Harmony
The Wailers Background Vocals
Rupert Willington Vocal Harmony
Black Disciples Background Vocals
Beverley's All Stars Background Vocals
Sandra Jones Vocal Harmony
The Professionals Background Vocals
Word Sound & Power Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dennis Brown Producer
Jimmy Cliff Producer
Third World Producer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Danny Browne Producer
David Katz Liner Notes, Track Notes
Sly Dunbar Arranger, Producer
Hugo Dwyer Remixing
Donovan Germain Producer
Toots Hibbert Composer
Gregory Isaacs Producer
Leslie Kong Composer, Producer
H. Lindo Composer
Willie Lindo Arranger, Producer
Robert Livingston Producer
Stephen Marley Producer
Peter Tosh Producer
Johnny Nash Arranger, Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
George Phang Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Arranger, Producer
Mikey Bennett Composer, Producer
Henry "Junjo" Lawes Producer
Dana Smart Track Notes
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Jeremy Harding Producer
M. Rose Composer
Bob Mercer Executive Producer
Kelly Martinez Licensing
Jeff Moskow Executive Producer
D. Juvenile Producer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo Producer
Frederick Hibbert Composer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soundtrack for the Summer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome reggae compilation

    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!

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