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Reggae Greats: The D.J.'s

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Part of Mango's budget line, Reggae Greats: The D.J.'s qualifies as a fine introduction to the toasting alchemy of Jamaica's early dancehall chatters. Fittingly kicking off with DJ innovator, U-Roy, the collection includes such smashes as Eek-A-Mouse's singjay classic "Wa-Do-Dem," Lone Ranger's dubby vampire side "Barnabas Collins," and Michigan & Smiley's "One Love Jam Down." Other highlights include General Echo's groundbreaking bit of rub-a-dub "Drunken Master," dancehall star Yellowman's "Soldier Take Over," and Dillinger's "C.B. 2000." For the listener curious to hear a general overview of dancehall DJs from the late '70s and early '80s, this enjoyable roundup will certainly do the trick.

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