Byron Lee

Reggae and Ska Twin Pack: Byron Lee & the Dragonaires/Ethiopians

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Throughout 2001 and 2002, the Dressed to Kill label issued a series of reggae compilations under the generic Reggae and Ska Twin Pack banner. These sets bundled together budget-level compilations of two artists and sold them for the price of one. While these quick-and-cheap overviews of the respective artists are a decent way to check out reggae legends, there is just no escaping the fact that they are, well, quick and cheap. You get what you pay for. The packaging is hideous -- each installment is a real eyesore -- and all of these artists have better points of entry available. If in need of a quick fix, these'll do. Otherwise, stay away. On this set, Byron Lee and the Ethiopians are spotlighted. Byron Lee's disc features 16 tracks, including "The Harder They Come," "007 Shanty Town," "5446 That's My Number," "Monkey Man," and "My Boy Lollipop." The Ethiopians' disc features "Love and Respect," "Train to Skaville," "Unchanged Love," "See Me Go Free," and "Engine 54."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:58
3 2:39
4 2:38
5 2:17
6 2:24
7 2:20
8 2:28
9 3:01
10 1:54
11 2:41
12 2:14
13
2:48
14 2:44
15 4:15
16 2:50
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