Overshadowed by the fame of Bob Marley, singer Dennis Brown was still a favorite of the Jamaican music crowd -- he even would be dubbed the "Crown Prince of Reggae." And though his music was more in tune with the sounds of the Jamaican dancehall than Marley's was, Brown still found an international audience and racked up considerable album sales worldwide. His career spanned the early days of reggae in the late '60s and early '70s to the dancehall and digital eras of the '80s and '90s. With the help of such revered island producers as Niney the Observer, Joe Gibbs, and Sly & Robbie, Brown plied his incomparably sweet and soulful vocal talents on a slew of hits. This Hip-O collection takes in many of the highlights from 1974-1994 and includes such classic Brown cuts as "Money in My Pocket," "Sitting and Watching," "Here I Come," and "Westbound Train." From roots to slicked-up dancehall, this roundup qualifies as a fine first-disc choice for Brown newcomers.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook