Albums

Reggae - Released April 8, 2014 | Merritone Music - VPAL Music

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Reggae - Released September 9, 2014 | 3 Miles Music Family

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Reggae - Released August 1, 2013 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released August 1, 2013 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released August 10, 2018 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released March 16, 2009 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records

Most Americans over the age of 45 remember "Israelites," the international hit single that made Desmond Dekker a household name in the 1960s and gave the U.S. its first taste of Jamaican ska. Your average old school ska fan has worn out more than one copy of "Honour Your Mother and Your Father," "007 (Shanty Town)," and "Pickney Gal." But beyond those familiar tunes, most of Dekker's catalog is pretty obscure. This generous mid-priced two-fer won't satisfy completists (inexplicably, such gems as "Keep a Cool Head" and "Rude Boy Train" are missing), but its 50 tracks will probably be enough for most ska lovers. It includes obvious faves like "Israelites" and "007 (Shanty Town)," two versions of the chart-topping "It Mek," and, toward the end, a charming set of 1990s remakes that finds Dekker still in excellent voice -- his new renditions of "King of Ska," "This Woman," and "Young Generation" stand up remarkably well to the original versions, and there is also a very fun ska arrangement of the calypso chestnut "Jamaica Farewell." The occasional clunker notwithstanding, this set can be considered essential. ~ Rick Anderson
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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records

Reggae - Released April 29, 2016 | SOS Rainbow Muzik - VPAL Music

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Reggae - Released December 2, 2014 | Don One Sound - VPAL Music

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Reggae - Released August 25, 2017 | A&B Records - VP Records

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Reggae - Released October 26, 2018 | Tad's Record

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Reggae - Released February 4, 2014 | TSOJ Records - VP Records

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Reggae - Released November 11, 2014 | Tad's Record - African Museum

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Reggae - Released February 23, 2009 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released February 23, 2009 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released August 1, 2013 | Trojan Records

A gifted and versatile singer, Max Romeo's first big hits ("Wet Dream," "Wine Her Goosie") played with slack themes, but as this two-disc anthology from Trojan shows, he grew into more mature and spiritual territory. High points here include his one-off with producer Willie Francis, "Maccabee Version," released in 1970, and three solid songs for producer Winston "Niney" Holmes, "The Coming of Jah," "Rasta Bandwagon," and "Beardman Feast." "Babylon's Burning," produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, is another high point here. Romeo did his best work with Perry, leading to the masterful album War ina Babylon, which was released in 1976 and falls just out of the reach of this anthology. Listeners curious about Romeo should pick up that album first and then investigate this set, which traces the steps that led up to his masterpiece. ~ Steve Leggett
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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records

A British record label founded in 1968 by Lee Gopthal and specializing in licensing ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, and other Jamaican sides for international distribution, Trojan Records has a deep catalog of late-'60s and early-'70s Jamaican classics that the label, now under the Sanctuary Records umbrella, recycles into themed compilations like this one, which features sides done by female artists. These compilations are full of fascinating tracks that chronicle the emergence of Jamaican pop music onto the international stage, and if they're constantly recycled, well, it's good that they're out there. ~ Steve Leggett
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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records