Now That's What I Call Reggae
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
If you want to hear decent reggae music, I suggest checking out the likes of Big Youth, Prince Far I, Burning Spear, Abyssinians, Dr Alimantado (Best Dressed Chicken), Poet & The Roots, Tapper Zukie, I Roy, Midnite, Mighty Diamonds.... I could go on.
The point is, if you really like reggae music, you probably aren't going to rate this offering very highly. Then again, if you like 'pop' reggae - fill your boots.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the worst possible "reggae" albums I've ever heard. In my humble opinion it's an album for yuppies to play during summer or Notting hill carnival. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great Reggae music from the past mixed with upto date music. All 3 cds have great songs on them and I really enjoyed listeneing to thisPublished 2 months ago by hayley loader