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on 21 September 2016
'The Reggae Love Collection' is a nice listen to do the dusting to or for chilling out in the garden with on a hot sunny day but when you really boil it down its mainly an album of reggae karaoke versions.
This said, no-one can beat John Holt's version of 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' nor Ken Boothe's, 'Everything I Own', which was rightly a U.K. number 1 hit here in the seventies. Its also good to hear Susan Cadogan's, 'Hurt So Good' again ( an original?) and I was not aware of Keith & Tex version of 'Stop That Train' (could this be the original? I loved Eastwood & Saint's 80's version!).
Outside of these, however, while the rest of the tracks are pleasant listening most are nothing more than just a 'reggae version of a classic' and as such are more candy-floss than essential.
Still, if you like the original Trojan Reggae sound and want something uplifting with a tropical vibe to it you will like this album. The sound quality is pretty good here as well in the main so its not one of those 'loads of tracks on the CD but weedy sound' compilations, either.