Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Reggae Greats for Lovers
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop
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Great Compilation of Lovers Rock
MCB | Orange, CA | 09/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before Dancehall and beside Rastafarian, Lovers Rock was the more popular reggae music in Jamaica during the 70s and 80s. Certainly its elements are seen in Dancehall today. Popular artist like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and Beres Hammond had much more compositions dealing with relationships, love, and everyday events which appealed to the commom man in Jamaica; contrary to popular belief, not everyone there is a Rastafarian and wears dreadlocks. Lovers Rock borrowed heavily from 60s and 70s American soul & R&B music and simply adapted the melodies to the trademark reggae rhythmn.This compilation was something that someone else picked up and I began loving it after listening to it on a road trip. Now, I swear by this CD for anyone who is not familiar with this style. Every artist's song fits well on this CD; even Aswad who are traditionally Rastafarian in their lyrics and music approach had a couple of love-stylie songs in their body of work. "Wide Awake In a Dream" and "Key to the World" are beautiful adaptations of American R&B and are both favorites of mine. The Tamlins are, in my opinion, the most underrated Lovers Rock group of them all and their song, "Go Away Dream" reminds me of the Temptations or even the Delfonics.
Yes, there is more to reggae than meets the ear. This CD proves that."
Have you ever been in love?
bumbarasclot | Dickinson, TX USA | 05/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While the album quality is uneven, the tunes, "Dim the Lights", "Roots Rockin'", "Have you Ever Been In Love", and "Love and Devotion" are all very good, if you like smooth, over produced, reggae, which I do.One of my favorite albums, but then, I am a lover."