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Greatest Hits

Shabba Ranks

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Sony Legacy dipped into the archives and pulled out a fistful of Ranks' most popular cuts for this compilation. Culled from the five albums the DJ recorded for Epic between 1991 and 1995, Greatest Hits is obviously aimed at American fans. There again, the label gave Ranks an incredibly long leash, allowing him to record in Jamaica with the island's hottest producers and rhythm teams, and the artist repaid the favor by refusing to compromise his rough and ready style one iota for an international audience. And thus his reputation remained unsullied at home and abroad. The 16 cuts featured here provide an excellent overview of Ranks' music, from his early raggamuffin days to his later conversion to more cultural concerns. The DJ's initial breakout came via a series of pairings with singers, including J.C. Lodge on her international smash "Telephone Love." A clutch of those collaborations appear here, notably with Mykal Rose on the hit "Shine Eye Gal," Maxi Priest on "Housecall," "Chevell Franklin" for "Mr. Loverman," and Cocoa Tea and DJ Home T on "Pirate Anthem." As the album is not chronological, it's difficult to chart Ranks' progress, but the varied lyrical themes signposts the way. From the conquesting hero of "Wicked in Bed" and "Bad and Wicked," albeit often with tongue in cheek, as on "Trailer Load a Girls," to the more thoughtful "Rough Life" and "Roots & Culture," on which he defends his toasts, the DJ connected with Jamaican dancehall crowds and eventually the world. This compilation shows precisely why.

© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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1
Trailor Load A Girls (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:54

Wycliffe Johnson, Composer - Wycliffe Johnson, Lyricist - Garville Gordon, Composer - Garville Gordon, Lyricist - Wycliff Johnson, Producer - Constantine Browne, Composer - Constantine Browne, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks, Vocal - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Cleveland Browne, Producer

(P) 1991 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Mr. Loverman (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks featuring Chevelle Franklin
00:05:37

Chevelle Franklin, Background Vocal - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Michael Bennett, Composer - Michael Bennett, Lyricist - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Mikey Spence, Performer - Tony Anderson, Performer - Clifton Dillon, Producer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Mikey Bennett, Producer - Mikey Bennett, Arranger - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Courtland White, Performer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Hugo Dwyer, Re-Mixer - Brian Gold, Background Vocal - Leroy Roman, Performer - Hopeton Lindo, Composer - Hopeton Lindo, Lyricist - Eric Kupper, Piano - Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin, Performer - David Morales, Producer - David Morales, Re-Mixer - Tony Gold, Background Vocal

(P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Ting-A-Ling (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:51

R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - G. Gordon, Composer - G. Gordon, Lyricist - Wycliffe Johnson, Producer - Wycliffe Johnson, Mixing Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Cleveland Browne, Producer - C. Browne, Composer - C. Browne, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - W. Johnson, Composer - W. Johnson, Lyricist

(P) 1992 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Housecall (Your Body Can't Lie to Me)
Shabba Ranks featuring Maxi Priest
00:03:37

Mikey Bennett, Producer - Mikey Bennett, Arranger - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Clifton Dillon, Producer - Clifton Dillon, Composer - Clifton Dillon, Lyricist - Maxi Priest, Composer - Maxi Priest, Lyricist - Michael Bennett, Composer - Michael Bennett, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks featuring Maxi Priest, Performer - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Brian Thompson, Composer - Brian Thompson, Lyricist - Sly Dunbar, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Lyricist - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1991 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Rough Life (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:58

Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Carl Thompson, Arranger - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Nami Harmon, Arranger - Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Producer - Sean Combs, Composer - Sean Combs, Lyricist - Jesse Stone, Composer - Jesse Stone, Lyricist - Sean "Puffy" Combs, Arranger - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1995 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Pirates Anthem (featuring Coca Tea and Home T; Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:05:47

Mikey Bennett, Arranger - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Clifton Dillon, Producer - Shabba Ranks featuring Cocoa Tea & Home T, Performer - Michael Bennett, Composer - Michael Bennett, Lyricist - Hopeton Lindo, Composer - Hopeton Lindo, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Calvin Scott, Composer - Calvin Scott, Lyricist - Winston Tucker, Composer - Winston Tucker, Lyricist - Timmy Regisford, Producer - Timmy Regisford, Re-Mixer - Mickey Bennett, Producer - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Roots & Culture (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:04:14

R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Fabian, Producer - Fabian, Re-Mixer - Sean Combs, Producer - Sean Combs, Re-Mixer - W. Riley, Composer - W. Riley, Lyricist - Falcon, Producer - Falcon, Re-Mixer - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Producer

(P)1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Shine Eye Gal (featuring Mykal Rose; Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:04:22

Mykal Rose, Composer - Mykal Rose, Lyricist - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Derrick Simpson, Composer - Derrick Simpson, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks featuring Mykal Rose, Performer - Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, Arranger - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - C. Dillon, Producer - Sly Dunbar, Arranger - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1995 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Gal Yuh Good (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:44

R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Steely & Clevie, Arranger - C. Browne, Composer - C. Browne, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Producer - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Arranger - W. Johnson, Composer - W. Johnson, Lyricist - The Kids, Re-Mixer

(P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Slow And Sexy (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks (featuring Johnny Gill)
00:05:19

Terry Lewis, Composer - Terry Lewis, Mixing Engineer - Terry Lewis, Lyricist - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Clifton Dillon, Producer - Clifton Dillon, Composer - Clifton Dillon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Jimmy Jam, Producer - Jimmy Jam, Mixing Engineer - Handel Tucker, Composer - Handel Tucker, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks (featuring Johnny Gill), Performer - James Harris III, Composer - James Harris III, Lyricist - Simon Law, Composer - Simon Law, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Sly Dunbar, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Lyricist - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1992 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Wicked In Bed (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:31

Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Steely & Clevie, Arranger - C. Browne, Composer - C. Browne, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Producer - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Arranger - W. Johnson, Composer - W. Johnson, Lyricist

(P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
The Jam (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks (featuring KRS-One)
00:03:20

Joseph Longo, Composer - Joseph Longo, Lyricist - Clifton Dillon, Composer - Clifton Dillon, Lyricist - KRS-1, Producer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Shabba Ranks (featuring KRS-One), Performer - Chris Parker, Composer - Chris Parker, Lyricist - Sidney Mills, Composer - Sidney Mills, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Bad & Wicked (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:03:44

G. Gordon, Composer - G. Gordon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Producer - Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Arranger

(P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

14
Let's Get It On (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:05:15

Mark Morales, Producer - R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - M. Rooney, Composer - M. Rooney, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Mark C. Rooney, Producer - M. Morales, Composer - M. Morales, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1995 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

15
Twice My Age (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks featuring Krystal
00:04:29

Rod McKuen, Composer - Rod McKuen, Lyricist - Shabba Ranks featuring Krystal, Performer - R. Gordon, Composer - R. Gordon, Lyricist - C. Ramdeen, Composer - C. Ramdeen, Lyricist - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Jacques Brel, Composer - Jacques Brel, Lyricist - Gussie Clarke, Producer - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Salaam Remi, Producer - Salaam Remi, Re-Mixer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P)1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

16
Ram Dancehall (Album Version)
Shabba Ranks
00:04:07

Robbie Shakespeare, Composer - Robbie Shakespeare, Lyricist - Lloyd "Gitsy" Oliver Willis, Lyricist - Lloyd "Gitsy" Oliver Willis, Composer - Nigel Staff, Composer - Nigel Staff, Lyricist - Rexton Gordon, Composer - Rexton Gordon, Lyricist - Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, Composer - Clifton "Specialist" Dillon, Lyricist - Kristin Kozusko, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Shabba Ranks, Performer - Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon, Arranger - C. Dillon, Producer - Leopold Hartley, Composer - Leopold Hartley, Lyricist - Sly Dunbar, Composer - Sly Dunbar, Lyricist - Sly Dunbar, Arranger - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator

(P) 1995 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album review

Sony Legacy dipped into the archives and pulled out a fistful of Ranks' most popular cuts for this compilation. Culled from the five albums the DJ recorded for Epic between 1991 and 1995, Greatest Hits is obviously aimed at American fans. There again, the label gave Ranks an incredibly long leash, allowing him to record in Jamaica with the island's hottest producers and rhythm teams, and the artist repaid the favor by refusing to compromise his rough and ready style one iota for an international audience. And thus his reputation remained unsullied at home and abroad. The 16 cuts featured here provide an excellent overview of Ranks' music, from his early raggamuffin days to his later conversion to more cultural concerns. The DJ's initial breakout came via a series of pairings with singers, including J.C. Lodge on her international smash "Telephone Love." A clutch of those collaborations appear here, notably with Mykal Rose on the hit "Shine Eye Gal," Maxi Priest on "Housecall," "Chevell Franklin" for "Mr. Loverman," and Cocoa Tea and DJ Home T on "Pirate Anthem." As the album is not chronological, it's difficult to chart Ranks' progress, but the varied lyrical themes signposts the way. From the conquesting hero of "Wicked in Bed" and "Bad and Wicked," albeit often with tongue in cheek, as on "Trailer Load a Girls," to the more thoughtful "Rough Life" and "Roots & Culture," on which he defends his toasts, the DJ connected with Jamaican dancehall crowds and eventually the world. This compilation shows precisely why.

© Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo

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