Island 50 Reggae

Island 50 Reggae


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Island 50 Reggae

There's no scarcity of compilations focused on Island's reggae output, and when it comes to the one-disc format, the vaults are just too big and meaty to be properly represented. Keeping artists to one track apiece is no easy chore either when considering the epic names Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, and Lee Perry, but the 50 years since Chris Blackwell launched Island with Laurel Aitken's hit single "Little Sheila" deserve some kind of marker in the record bins, so here it is. Note that Aitken's cut is missing and you'll see the story here isn't complete or even very sentimental, but what's shocking is that no Bob Marley cuts appear, which is akin to compiling Motown with no Michael Jackson or Diana Ross. Still, the material chosen is all stellar on a one-by-one basis, with the Cliff, Toots, Burning Spear, Junior Murvin, and Gregory Isaacs tracks being especially mammoth both in appeal and importance. The liner notes are informative and the way the disc flows is surprisingly good; just expect to buy more Island comps if your reggae fandom rises above the ground level.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Island
UPC: 0600753204658
catalogNumber: 001321402

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Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer,Producer
Max Romeo   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Selwyn Brown   Composer
Glen Browne   Composer
John Burns   Producer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Composer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
Sly Dunbar   Arranger,Producer
Lloyd Ferguson   Composer
Philip Fullwood   Composer
Basil Gabbidon   Composer
Donovan Germain   Composer,Producer
David Hinds   Composer
Danny Holloway   Producer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer,Producer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Leslie Kong   Producer
Alphonso Martin   Composer
Ronnie McQueen   Composer
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Steve Nesbitt   Composer
Augustus Pablo   Arranger,Producer
Karl Pitterson   Producer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Arranger,Producer
Fitzroy Simpson   Composer
Handel Tucker   Composer
Sylvester Weise   Composer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Composer
Donald Manning   Composer
Lynford Manning   Composer
Horace Swaby   Composer
Everton Bonner   Composer
Lester Bullock   Composer
Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo   Producer
Michael K. Riley   Composer
Margot Woroboff   Licensing

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