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King Jammy's: Selector's Choice, Vol. 1

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King Jammy 31/6/2009

Review

Ever since its earliest days, reggae has been as much a forum for producers as for songwriters, singers, and instrumentalists -- maybe even more so. It's producers who ultimately determine the sound of a recording, by choosing the musicians, shaping the mix (the relative volume and presence of the various instruments), creating arrangements, and often even writing some or all of the music. Producers have a huge influence in all genres of pop music, but in reggae they have always been particularly central; legendary producers like Lee "Scratch" Perry, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, and King Tubby have distinctive, recognizable sounds all their own. The same is true of Lloyd "King Jammy" James, who basically acted as midwife for the dancehall sound in the early '80s through the creation of such seminal rhythms as "Cat Paw," "Fire Fire," "Love Punaany Bad," and, especially, the deathless "Sleng Teng." This is the first of four two-disc volumes celebrating the golden age of dancehall reggae at Jammy's studio, and it acts as something of a catalog of his work, featuring a handful of rhythms and several singers and chatters on each one. Nitty Gritty's answer to Tenor Saw's "Ring the Alarm" is included here (titled, appropriately enough, "False Alarm"), Johnny Osbourne's classic "What a La La" is included on the same rhythm, as is the Dean Fraser horn cut "Stagalag Excursion." There are no fewer than six versions of the "Sleng Teng" rhythm, including Tenor Saw's "Pumpkin Belly" and Johnny Osbourne's "Buddy Bye" in addition to the Wayne Smith classic. Other featured singers and toasters include Admiral Tibett,Dennis Brown, Leroy Smart, and Pinchers. Essential, as are the other three volumes in the series. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Ain't No Meaning King Jammy 3:42
  3. 2 Draw Mi Mark Nitty Gritty 3:1
  4. 3 People Are You Ready Johnny Osbourne 3:48
  5. 4 It a Ring King Jammy 3:57
  6. 5 In Deh King Jammy 3:55
  7. 6 Hog Inna Minty King Jammy 3:16
  8. 7 The Exit Dennis Brown 4:2
  9. 8 What a La La Johnny Osbourne 3:23
  10. 9 Come Along Wayne Smith 3:27
  11. 10 False Alarm Nitty Gritty 3:30
  12. 11 Good Morning Teacher Nitty Gritty 3:8
  13. 12 Stalag Excursion King Jammy 2:39
  14. 13 Mr. Landlord Half Pint 3:16
  15. 14 It's Magic Dennis Brown 3:22
  16. 15 Nah Look No Work King Jammy 3:37
  17. 16 Denise Pinchers 3:14
  18. 17 Let Off Supum King Jammy 3:36
  19. 18 Bad Bwoy Gwan a Jail King Jammy 3:36
  20. 19 It's Over Hugo Barrington 3:49
  21. 20 Shame to See King Jammy 3:3
  22. 21 Pumpkin Belly Tenor Saw 3:8
  23. 22 Call the Police King Jammy 3:11
  24. 23 Under Mi Sleng Teng King Jammy 3:19
  25. 24 Buddy Bye Johnny Osbourne 4:19
  26. 25 Original Fat Ting King Jammy 3:23
  27. 26 Eagles Feather King Jammy 3:32
  28. 27 Agony King Jammy 3:24
  29. 28 Big Belly Man Admiral Bailey 3:4
  30. 29 Synthesizer Voice King Jammy 3:4
  31. 30 Must Love Reggae King Jammy 3:29
  32. 31 Don't Pirate It King Jammy 3:16
  33. 32 Me Nuh Response King Jammy 3:13
  34. 33 Police Inna England Peter Metro 3:56
  35. 34 Girlie Girlie King Jammy 3:21
  36. 35 Clarkes Booty King Jammy 2:47
  37. 36 No Warrior King Jammy 3:38
  38. 37 Warrior Johnny Osbourne 3:7
  39. 38 Advantage Admiral Tibett 3:8
  40. 39 Material Girl Dennis Brown 3:47
  41. 1 Pumpkin Belly King Jammy 3:6
  42. 2 Call the Police King Jammy 3:13
  43. 3 Under Mi Sleng Teng King Jammy 3:20
  44. 4 Buddy Bye King Jammy 4:19
  45. 5 Original Fat Ting King Jammy 3:23
  46. 6 Eagles Feather King Jammy 3:32
  47. 7 Agony King Jammy 3:25
  48. 8 Big Belly Man King Jammy 3:4
  49. 9 Synthesizer Voice King Jammy 3:4
  50. 10 Must Love Reggae King Jammy 3:29
  51. 11 Don't Pirate It King Jammy 3:16
  52. 12 Me Nuh Response King Jammy 3:13
  53. 13 Police Inna England Peter Metro 3:56
  54. 14 Girlie Girlie King Jammy 3:21
  55. 15 Clarkes Booty King Jammy 2:48
  56. 16 No Warrior King Jammy 3:38
  57. 17 Warrior King Jammy 3:9
  58. 18 Advantage Admiral Tibett 3:9
  59. 19 Material Girl Dennis Brown 3:47

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