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on 25 July 2004
i bought the first album, its a great album, 50 songs and some lost gems and originals of songs later covered to more wider audience (red red wine, oh carolina etc). This album however is rubbish. Any album that has gifted and bitty mclean in the same sentence doesnt deserve to have ears. You have to endure 3 Bitty McLean songs, i didnt even know he had 3 songs his career was so short. The Young Gifted and Black first volume picked some choice cuts from the same era. This one seems to think "oh we run out of songs, lets chuck shabba ranks on".
It says 40 classic reggae tracks. M Beat Incredible is drum n bass, a totally different genre of music. Its a hotch potch. There are far better compilations of this ilk about, im too lazy to scour at the moment, maybe just buy the back catalogue of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff.
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VINE VOICEon 21 January 2008
"Young, Gifted, & Black 2" is a sequel and there are rules about any sequel in that it's likely most of the heavy hitters were on the first edition. What this can mean is a very mixed bag but also that some lesser remembered gems get polished off in the process, and that is pretty much what happens here.

First and foremost this is a collection of the pop end of the reggae market and, as such, has a duty to provide its market with some chart hits. Looking through the list here that is certainly the case. The second edition also moves its timescale forward quite further than the first edition which seemed to root itself firmly in the 60's and 70's and by doing so gave creedence to the myth that there's been precious little good (and popular) reggae since the death of Bob Marley. Credit due for finding some somewhat forgotten crossover gems. Although admittedly there are some inclusions to test the patience of even the casual listener.

Beginning with the inessential then, 3 Bitty Mclean tracks is 3 too many and like being stuck in a room with an excitable child high on orange food colouring. Nasty in every possible conception. Add the dreadful Pato Banton/Ali Campbell colaboration and the turgid chart topper "I Wanna Wake Up With You" by Boris Gardener and one could well be forgiven for thinking this compilation has absolutely nothing going for it.

However that's 5 tracks. Which leaves you with 45 ranging from the highly servicable right through to the puzzling ommissions from the first set. Why "Night Nurse", "The Harder They Come" & "Silly Games" had to even wait for the second edition is baffling. Including the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Johnny Nash, Bob Marley, and Bob & Marcia underlines the quality of the selcection although all of these tracks are readily available elsewhere.

What actually makes this worth a better look is the inclusion of a string of late 70's and early 80's pop crossovers that aren't always easy to locate but have stood up well to the ravages of time. Pluto Shervington's "Your Honour" is still as risque and enjoyable as it was at the time of release, and Sugar Minott proves what a class act he is with "Good Thing Going" which only makes you wonder why more of his material didn't chart. Add Errol Dunkley and Sophie George to that and it's a pretty decent selection.

There are a number of pop tracks from Musical Youth to Chaka Demus & Pliers but it's ridiculous to claim this is a set for many outside the casual listener. That means the purists will despise it and those with more than a passing interest might have to grit their teeth or hit the skip button sometimes. It's far and away above one star if only for reminding me of the existence of Apache Indian. Boom shack a lack indeed.
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on 6 May 2015
A great follow-up album. One of the better compilation albums.
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on 11 February 2017
yep, good tracks from my yoof !!!!
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on 20 August 2016
Loved this cld was as expected!
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on 16 August 2014
A must have for any reggae fan
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on 19 June 2015
Excellent collection
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on 16 November 2014
fab really love it.
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on 5 October 2012
I ordered this for my son to take away with him to afghan it came the day before he went, I and he was over the moon . So a very big thank you :) xxx
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on 2 September 2013
together with young gifted and black makes almost perfect reggae compilation toots and the maytals pressure drop would make it perfect
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