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Reggae Greats
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Reggae Greats
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Island released this "best of" compilation in 1984, mere months after Linton Kwesi Johnson (a.k.a. LKJ) left the label following a dispute over the mixing of Making History. It leads appropriately with "Reggae Sounds": LKJ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Title: Reggae Greats
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Spectrum Audio UK
Release Date: 3/24/2009
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731455288124

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Island released this "best of" compilation in 1984, mere months after Linton Kwesi Johnson (a.k.a. LKJ) left the label following a dispute over the mixing of Making History. It leads appropriately with "Reggae Sounds": LKJ the human bass beat master wafting the listener away to a dark and sweaty Brixton dancehall, building an impressionistic portrait with word, rhyme, and riddim of the music dread enough for the entire world to understand. "Bass Culture" illustrates the seductive reggae recipe of "blues, suffering, and bloodclaat pressure," while "Street 66" rocks racism by taking the dancehall scenario to its all-too-inevitable conclusion: police breaking up the party... and a few bones. "Di Great Insohreckshan" expands that portrait from miniature into a full-blown mural, painting the brilliant rage of black rebel youth fighting out against the grim colors of institutional racism. --Elena Oumano

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CD Reviews

Mix of Reggae and Rap?
M. Alvarez | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 06/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Linton Kwesi Johnson is great. He really has personality. He seems to speak instead of sing, but the music is there, and it's good! If you like reggae music, as I do, you'll probably love it."
Great Music Haphazzardly Presented
Steve Irons | Minneapolis, MN United States | 01/12/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The music itself rates a full 5 stars! However, the presentation rates about a 0.9. I think the compiler of this set loaded LKJ's early CDs into a multi-player, put it on random shuffle, and chose the first 10 songs that played. Take my advice, for about $10 more you can get Independent Intravenshan on the same label - it has about 4 times the music, the tracks are remastered, and you get several dub versions throw in to boot!"