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Reggae - Released July 7, 1998 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released December 14, 2012 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released May 5, 2015 | Tafari Records

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Reggae - Released January 30, 1979 | Greensleeves Records

Whether due to his warm-hearted, almost androgynous vocals or to the simple fact that cynics resent any musician that records anything past 1979, perennial reggae icon Barrington Levy has never reached the sort of crossover Marley-dom that some of his peers enjoy. However, with such a striking piece of stress-free ability so early in his career, historical concerns like these should probably be abolished. Most of Englishman finds Levy in a supernaturally relaxed state of mind, vocalizing an alluring range of sentiment, intelligence, and ghetto patois that more than keep up with the eclectic production hands of Henry "Junjo" Lawes. "Bend Your Back" is pure dancehall geniality (with an affecting rhythm perhaps closer to American blues than anything else), "Look Girl" is disco-reggae merriment, and better still, "Sister Carol" is the kind of song that will quite possibly continue to break hearts forever. Some occasional lapses into failed modernization do put a crimp on things, but this is the sort of album that instantly befriends and immediately signals an important talent. In Levy's own words, this is nothing less than "sweet reggae music." © Dean Carlson /TiVo
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Reggae - Released April 12, 1982 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released April 22, 2010 | Greensleeves Records

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Reggae - Released January 10, 2017 | Jet Star Music

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Reggae - Released April 22, 2010 | Greensleeves Records

While there are much more important releases in Barrington Levy' s massive discography, Robin Hood is an entertaining and satisfying effort best remembered for its killer title track. Recorded right after his breakthrough effort, Englishman, and with the same amazing cast -- backing band the Roots Radics, producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, and engineer Scientist -- the album wins for its delivery and feel rather than its strong material. Levy's semi-androgynous croon is young and in top form, Lawes is pushing roots reggae towards dancehall, the Radics respond in a rousing manner, while Scientist creates a more upfront sonic landscape. With everyone on the same page, Robin Hood would be Englishman's equal if it weren't for some uninspired ideas like repeating that previous album's Sister Carol character with the everyday "Love Sister Carol." Still, that title cut and the moving "When Friday Comes," with its dramatic intro, are prime Levy and Lawes. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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World - Released August 24, 2006 | Burning Bush Records

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R&B - Released January 1, 1993 | Geffen*

Bigger than Broadway? That's what MCA was banking on when they signed Barrington Levy in 1993. The singer had cracked the U.K. market in the mid-'80s, and returned with a vengeance with 1991's Divine album and the Top 20 hit single "Tribal Base." Now the label was convinced it was the U.S.'s turn, which explains the set's glossy sound and weighty guest stars. Still, MCA weren't total idiots, and with Sly & Robbie laying down the rhythms as well as co-producing alongside Lee Jaffe and Andre Betts, Barrington is not your typical leap to the big-time fiasco, but a superb set. Points of entry for those already familiar with the artist were the recuts of "Under Mi Sensi" and "Murderer." The former, which helped launch the ragga age, is given a new dancehall workout that will leave you gasping for breath. While its roots are still showing, the latter's are barely visible, transformed into a hip-hop spectacular boasting vociferous raps from guesting Rakim. It's "Jeep" remix is smoother, lusher, and more R&B-flavored, but still propelled by Dunbar's crisp beats. "Survival" trades rapper for toaster, with Otiyah Morgan delivering a tough cultural toast that strongly reinforces Levy's impassioned look at the pitiful state of the world, while on the lush "Nothing's Changed," Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid unreels languorous leads over the sumptuous backing. "Vice Versa Love" is another standout, a showcase for Levy's most inspiring performances as he soulfully cries out for love and unity. Spanish guitars flavor "Be Strong," romance features on "90% There," and educators are celebrated on the breezy "Teacher," all rich numbers aimed at an international audience. "Strange," however, celebrates the latest Jamaican dance craze, "the Bogle," while welcoming its newest contender, "the Butterfly." And as contemporary as that theme is, the rhythm resurrects the past and Levy's 1983 hit, "Money Moves." "Work," too, is built for the dancehalls with its stripped-back arrangement and vicious beats. Backed by a trio of gospel-tinged female vocalists, Levy forcefully commands that "every posse must work," a message that hits even harder on the DJ version, where DJ Jigsy King joins the workforce. As strong as this album is, MCA was unable to parlay it into a breakout. "Work," however, did give the singer another hit...in the U.K. © Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo
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Reggae - Released March 30, 2009 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released January 8, 2008 | VP Records

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Dancehall - Released September 26, 2006 | Live & Learn Records

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Reggae - Released March 31, 2015 | Tafari Records

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Reggae - Released April 22, 2010 | Greensleeves Records

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Reggae - Released January 1, 2013 | U-Zik

Drum & Bass - Released June 21, 2019 | Hospital Records

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Reggae - Released June 28, 2006 | Burning Bush Records

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Reggae - Released November 16, 2011 | Black Roses Entertainment

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Film Soundtracks - Released June 25, 2021 | Roc Nation Records, LLC

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