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Urban Beat Reggae: Dancehall Massive Culture

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
An interesting thing has happened since the first Urban Beat Reggae collection was released in 1996: cutting-edge dancehall has stopped taking most of its cues from thug rap and started taking them from smooth R&B. There are some hard beats here, to be sure -- Richie Spice's "Galang Yah Gal" bounces and jitters atop a spare, grunting breakbeat and a wheezy organ sample, and Baby Wayne delivers a similar hardcore performance on "Low Mi Gwaan." But the smoothly soulful "Ladies Man," a combination track featuring Spanner Banner and Sean Paul, is much more typical, as are Richie Spice's swinging "My Love" and a fine new mix of Everton Blender's easy-skanking "Slick Me ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
An interesting thing has happened since the first Urban Beat Reggae collection was released in 1996: cutting-edge dancehall has stopped taking most of its cues from thug rap and started taking them from smooth R&B. There are some hard beats here, to be sure -- Richie Spice's "Galang Yah Gal" bounces and jitters atop a spare, grunting breakbeat and a wheezy organ sample, and Baby Wayne delivers a similar hardcore performance on "Low Mi Gwaan." But the smoothly soulful "Ladies Man," a combination track featuring Spanner Banner and Sean Paul, is much more typical, as are Richie Spice's swinging "My Love" and a fine new mix of Everton Blender's easy-skanking "Slick Me Slick." There are some weak tracks here -- listeners really didn't need yet another take on Dawn Penn's "You Don't Love Me No No No," and it's a little sad to see Everton Blender and Beenie Man issuing a heartfelt condemnation of dancehall vulgarity two tracks after Spanner Banner and Lady Saw finish teaching a master class in slackness -- but on balance this is a perfectly serviceable collection of modern dancehall reggae. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661775527
  • Catalog Number: 617755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ladies Man - Sean Paul (3:13)
  2. 2 Come Again Tonight - Beres Hammond (4:31)
  3. 3 Never Give It Up - Michael Rose (3:59)
  4. 4 Give Me Some More - Anthony B (4:05)
  5. 5 My Love - Richie Spice (3:35)
  6. 6 Dance Wicked - Michael Rose (4:12)
  7. 7 Sweet Pain - Lady Saw (3:21)
  8. 8 Gimme Back Mi Money - General Two's (3:36)
  9. 9 You Don't Love Me (No No No) - Dawn Penn (3:22)
  10. 10 Slackness - Everton Blender (3:44)
  11. 11 Galang Yah Gal - Richie Spice (2:54)
  12. 12 Try If You Want - Beres Hammond (3:46)
  13. 13 Low Mi Gwaan - Baby Wayne (3:54)
  14. 14 Kanta Combination - Everton Blender (4:45)
  15. 15 Short Temper - Michael Rose (3:30)
  16. 16 Slick Me Slick - Everton Blender (3:37)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Steely & Clevie Producer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Beres Hammond Composer
Patrick Barrett Composer
Richard Bell Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Dow Brain Arranger
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness Composer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Niney the Observer Producer
Michael Rose Composer
Everton Williams Composer
Everton Blender Producer
Spanner Banner Duet
Moses Davis Composer
Brad Young Arranger
Keith Blair Composer
Scott Kitchen Producer
Roland Bell Composer
Jeremy Harding Producer
Richard "Bello" Bell Producer
Chris "Poet" Wilson Arranger, Remixing
Michael Jacas Producer
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