Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends [Deluxe Edition]

Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends [Deluxe Edition]

by Alborosie


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Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends [Deluxe Edition]

Familiar to the reggae faithful but a certifiably "slept on" artist otherwise, this 2014 set from VP rounds up a bunch of collaborative tracks and collaborative singles from Alborosie, a Sicilian-born, Jamaican-bred singer/producer with a fat stack of reggae hits behind him. Even with just these "& friends" cuts as examples, his name should really be "household," especially when "Presented" by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, the management man who made Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra worldwide reggae stars in the '90s. The set makes catching up a hit-filled experience, kicking off with the vital weed anthem "Waan the Herb" with Black Uhuru's Michael Rose, before Gentleman's "Celebration" offers Euro-reggae at its finest. The two opening cuts display how pleasingly free the set plays it as "Herb" is an Alborosie cut featuring Rose, while the Gentleman number is vice versa, then later, the great "Tribal War" comes from a recording where singer Luciano was credited as a solo artist, although Alborosie's production and background vocals warrant its inclusion here. Then there's the singer's take on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which "features" Black Uhuru via sampling, but with the beautiful "Blessings" with Etana, the cute and punky "Informa" with Lady Ann, and the gangsta anthem "Murderer" with Busy Signal, disc two ends up just as packed with highlights as disc one, because here, the grooves are as loose as the rules. What's important to know is that some truly vital solo hits like "Kingston Town" aren't included, but the hip-hop industry could learn something from reggae's love of the collaborative comp, as the full Alborosie picture becomes clearer thanks to this fantastic set.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2014
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645701624
catalogNumber: 7016
Rank: 110255

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alborosie   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Horn,Saxophone,Horn Section
Everton Gayle   Trombone,Saxophone
Gitzy   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Nikki Burt   Background Vocals
Lion Man   Chant
Junior "Chico" Chinn   Horn Section
Alex Soresini   Drums
Fitzroy Green   Drums
Conroy Walker   Keyboards
Joel "Joekeys" Anderson   Keyboards
Ronald Robinson   Horn Section
Daynea Deacon   Background Vocals
Squidly Cole   Drums

Technical Credits

Dennis Brown   Composer
Anthony Cameron   Composer
Noel Davey   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
David Hinds   Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness   Composer
Michael Rose   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Christopher Birch   Composer,Producer
Frenchie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jon Baker   Executive Producer
Ky-Mani Marley   Composer
Nikki Burt   Composer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Alborosie   Instrumentation
Alberto D'Ascola   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Clifton "Specialist" Dillon   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Siccaturie Alcock   Composer
Vincent Grant   Producer
Zoe Schneider   Composer
Soul Vybz Music   Producer
Love Faya Riddim   Inspiration
Dane Thompson   Illustrations
Cat Marley   Composer

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