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Now That's What I Call Reggae

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: UMTV
  • ASIN: B00866JM4K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Shaggy Feat. Ricardo 'RikRok' Ducent - It Wasn't Me
2. UB40 - Red Red Wine
3. Aswad - Don't Turn Around
4. Chaka Demus & Pliers Feat. Jack Radics and The Taxi Gang - Twist & Shout
5. Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On
6. Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. C.J. Lewis - Sweets For My Sweet
2. Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way
3. Shabba Ranks - Mr. Loverman
4. Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
5. Maxi Priest - Close To You
6. Desmond Dekker - Israelites
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sean Kingston Feat. Jonathan Rotem - Beautiful Girls
2. Shaggy - Mr Boombastic
3. Apache Indian - Boom Shack
4. Grace Jones Feat. Bounty Killer - My Jamaican Guy
5. Aswad - Shine
6. Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
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Product Description

With Summer 2012 being the year of the Jamaican 50 years of independence and the Bob Marley movie this album is the perfect summer party, bbq and lazy day accompaniment. The UK hasn t had the greatest summer so we are bringing summer to the UK.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bald on 27 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Now I know that due to rights and what not, the album was never going to have the all time classics from artists like Bob and Peter Tosh or any of the Marley boys, but still...
Out of the 60 songs, only 5-10 should be making it anywhere near a compilation of great reggae hits. There are a couple of classics like Diana King and Wayne Wade, but there are so so so many more missing. And there is just the one newish song from Gyptian, when the reggae scene is thriving at the moment, with Beenieman, Sean Paul, Alborosie, and Protoje to name a few.
An absolute waste of time if your looking for a bit of decent reggae.
I'm very glad that I looked through the track list before purchasing, I mean just seeing the name Peter Andre shows straight away this is not what you're looking for.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
I must admit to being more than a little surprised at the poor quality of this compilation. The 'Now' brand has (for all its sins) up until now always been one associated with original- same as the radio- versions and well compiled collections. Well, on the evidence of 'Now That's what I Call Reggae', that reputation is no longer valid!

Not only is this compilation uninspired to say the least (all the usual oldies, plus a host of pop/reggae crossovers and a few tenuous selections) a good many of the songs here are either NOT the original hit version of the song or have been edited in some way. To add to the misery the sound quality varies wildly and CJ Lewis 'Sweets For My Sweet' has such a hissy, thin and trebly sound its almost unlistenable.

The truth about this compilation is that in tough economic times and finding themselves increasingly redundant record companies are trying to do whatever they can to drum up sales. The inclusion of 'Walking On The Moon' by The Police is tenuous but just about acceptable but how anyone could call 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin reggae is beyond me? With downloading having pretty much killed off the charts and what chart there is now perpetually full of little but R&B and Rap songs there have not been any truly crossover reggae smashes for some years now. Thus, 'Now That's What I Call Reggae' is the kind of compilation we can expect to see more and more of from now on, I'm afraid.

Give this a miss.
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Now I'm older, I like to remember how good Reggae was. And I think Now That's What I Call Reggae is an excellent box set of wonderful sorts. Take a handful of reggae stars, add their biggest hits and listen to check its OK (press Play for best results). Then release to long-time fans to see what they think. Personally I think this Now That's What I Call Reggae collection is a good test package especially if there's gonna be a volume 2 of Reggae music. What with Sean Paul, UB40, The Police (yes, The Police) and loads of others, this Reggae box set isn't bad, it's really good. If they had asked Universal spin-off label Spectrum, to compile it all, there would tunes and tracks that not even a stranger would have heard of!! Once you start listening more and more to Reggae, you start to really warm to the sound, just like hearing UB40 all-day everyday, and certain fans being picky and choosy over your favourite tunes. Personally purist fans will love this 60-track collection of Reggae favourites - let's hope there's a volume 2!!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark N on 27 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I feel I must let Amazon customers know a few problems with the tracklist. The major problem with this collection is that the record label have used what sounds like a hideous low quality MP3 of Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On" on CD1. It sounds dreadful on any sound system, which is a shame as I have the CD single of this track and that sounds fine. You can hear how awful it sounds by listening to the samples on the download album.

I can only presume someone at the label who is nearly deaf chose to use this version. I don't think this is acceptable really in 2012 and from a label as well known as Universal. If this compilation was on a dodgy label and I'd bought it in a garden centre, I might not be so bothered.

Also some information for the anoraks - the versions of UB40's "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You", Shabba Ranks' "Mr Loverman" and Dawn Penn's "You Don't Love Me" are the album versions, so if you are hoping to hear the versions you heard on the radio you will be disappointed. I also noticed that some tracks fade early too (CJ Lewis and Red Dragon).

In conclusion I would recommend getting this if you don't own any reggae music and you don't mind skipping the Kevin Lyttle track, but it's a shame that the full radio edits of some tracks were not used.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linds29 on 18 Aug. 2012
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As a big reggae fan from the 70s & 80s. When I saw this advertised on Tv I knew I had to have it, and it's not disappointed. I love to listen and sing along whilst driving it makes the time fly by. I would highly recommend it.
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I saw this advertised on TV, and although not a Reggae lover or expert, thought it would be nice to hear all the old tracks that I associate with being a teenager in the 80's. It did not dissapoint. It has all the old favourites, and works well as a CD to drive to, I also have it on my MP3 and work to it. It would also work well as 'in the backgound' at a BBQ. Both I and hubby are very impressed and it is what it says on the cover, 'Now Thats What I Call Reggae'
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