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Ultimate Reggae [UTV]

  • 1. 54-46 Was My Number - Toots & the Maytals
    2. Harder They Come, The - Jimmy Cliff (single version)
    3. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
    4. Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
    5. 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) - Third World (single version)
    6. Equal Rights - Peter Tosh
    7. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
    8. Sponji Reggae - Black Uhuru (single version)
    9. Wa Do Dem - Eek-A-Mouse (single version)
    10. Love Has Found Its Way - Dennis Brown
    11. Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
    12. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng - Yellowman (single version)
    13. Greetings - Half Pint
    14. Murder She Wrote - Pliers/Chaka Demus
    15. Mr. Loverman - Chevelle Franklin/Shabba Ranks
    16. Boombastic - Shaggy (Sting Remix, Sting remix)
    17. Untold Stories - Buju Banton
    18. Who Am I - Beenie Man
    19. And You Be Loved - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
    20. Heads High - Mr. Vegas (Kill 'em with It Remix, Kill 'Em With It remix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000006102

  • Credits
    ProducerClifton "Specialist" Dillon; Heenry 'Junjo' Lawes; Danny Browne; Dennis Brown; Donovan Germain; George Phang; Gregory Isaacs; D. Juvenile; Jeremy Harding; Jimmy Cliff; Joe Gibbs; Johnny Nash; Lee "Scratch" Perry; Leslie Kong; Mikey Bennett; Peter Tosh; Robbie Shakespeare; Robert Livingston; Shaun Pizzonia; Sly Dunbar; Stephen Marley; Third World; Willie Lindo; Lawrence "Jack Ruby" Lindo; Dana G. Smart (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by David Katz.
    Personnel: Steven "Cat" Coore (vocals, guitar); Michael "Ibo" Cooper (vocals, keyboards, marimba, percussion); Michael Rose, Winston Rodney, Bunny Rugs (vocals); Irvin Jarrett (percussion); Word Sound & Power, The Professionals , Black Disciples, Robbie Shakespeare, Roots Radics, Sly Dunbar, Taxi Gang, The Upsetters , The Wailers, Beverley's All Stars (background vocals).
    Audio Remixer: Hugo Dwyer.
    Liner Note Author: David Katz.
    Photographer: Adrian Boot.
    Arrangers: Johnny Nash; Robbie Shakespeare; Sly Dunbar; Willie Lindo.
    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. ~ William Ruhlmann

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