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Island 50 Reggae

  • 1. Harder They Come, The - Jimmy Cliff
    2. Country Boy - The Heptones
    3. Pressure Drop - Toots & the Maytals
    4. King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
    5. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
    6. Satta Massagana - Third World
    7. Dreadlocks in Moonlight - Lee "Scratch" Perry
    8. War ina Babylon - Max Romeo & the Upsetters
    9. General, The - Dillinger
    10. Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse
    11. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
    12. One Love Jam Down - General Smiley/Papa Michigan
    13. Sponji Reggae - Black Uhuru
    14. Pass the Kouchie - The Mighty Diamonds
    15. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
    16. Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers
    17. It's Me Again Jah - Luciano
    18. Untold Stories - Buju Banton
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 001321402

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Holloway; Donovan Germain; Gregory Isaacs; Jimmy Cliff; John Burns; Karl Pitterson; Leslie Kong; Robbie Shakespeare; Sly Dunbar; Augustus Clarke; Augustus Pablo; Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo

    Photographers: Clive Allen; Jonnie Black; David Corio; Peter Simon.
    Arrangers: Robbie Shakespeare; Sly Dunbar; Augustus Pablo.
    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. ~ David Jeffries

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