Dave & Ansel Collins

Double Barrel: The Best of Dave and Ansel Collins

1995

Rocksteady

In 1971, reggae was a largely unknown commodity in America when Dave and Ansell Collins scored a surprise Top 40 hit with "Double Barrel," a quirky but unshakable groove (with Sly Dunbar on drums) accompanied by Dave Barker's deep-echo free association toasting. If "Double Barrel" is the best thing here, the rest is still packed with great, fluid skanking and unassailable boasting; when Dave proclaims "I am the magnificent!," who would dare question him?

- Mark Deming

The Dream Academy

The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective

July 29, 2014

Alternative Pop/Rock

The choicest cuts (and much more) from the sublime British dream pop trio are collated here on a two-disc anthology that culls the best work from their three LPs. Beautifully remastered and with ample commentary from frontman Nick Laird-Clowes.

- Timothy Monger