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An 18-song, single-disc collection merely scratches the surface when it comes to the work of one of Jamaica's most prolific and popular artists. On the other hand, it's a perfect way to introduce yourself to reggae's jack-... more »
An 18-song, single-disc collection merely scratches the surface when it comes to the work of one of Jamaica's most prolific and popular artists. On the other hand, it's a perfect way to introduce yourself to reggae's jack-of-all-trades, a man who was equally comfortable with love songs, social commentary, and Rastafarian chants, deep dub and polished pop. Brown's music is characterized by his dulcet, easy-flowing vocals, roughed up with just a hint of a rasp. He may have lacked the visceral energy of a Toots Hibbert or the sting of a Peter Tosh, but that's exactly what defined the "Crown Prince of Reggae": he greatly favored peace, love, and understanding over anger, bitterness, and force. Though not arranged chronologically, this set offers stellar mid-1970s Observer singles--produced by Niney the Observer--such as the propulsive "Westbound Train" and the gently moving "Wolf & Leopards" (mixed by Lee "Scratch" Perry), which finds him at his most socially aware. Brown's Joe Gibbs-produced commercial peak of the late 1970s and early 1980s is well represented, highlighted by the bittersweet hit "Money in My Pocket," though the Sly & Robbie-produced cuts from the mid-1980s mark a bit of a decline. Still, the best moments here also represent some of the best moments in reggae, reminding us how much the late Dennis Brown will be missed. --Marc Greilsamer
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"Reggae and Dennis Brown will win you over"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 06/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hip-O Records has gathered and captured the best of Dennis Brown on this Cd. Brown whose popularity was from the late '70s to the '90s is another true Jamaican Ambassador that touches you within.A compilation that is second to none for Reggae fans, his soft style with strong overtones will satisfy your appetite and live on in your heart. The entire album is inspiring, each track is warm with tender feelings that reach into the depths of your soul! Great job Hip-o, keep them coming.Total Time: 63:27 on 18 Tracks/ Hip-O Records - 314 545 230 2 (2000)"
A must have for Dennis Brown fans
J. Lovins | 05/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Dennis Brown, this has to be part of your collection. It has all his best hits. He's not the Crown Prince of Reggae for nothing. RIP Dennis."