Various Artists

Beat Reggae Hits: Jamaican Roots

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This interesting 18-track set intersperses roots reggae concert performances by Jimmy Cliff, Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, Toots Hibbert, Bunny Wailer, Carlos Santana, the Neville Brothers, Grace Jones, and Chrissie Hynde, with vintage Lee “Scratch” Perry-era studio productions like “Sun Is Shining” by the original version of Bob Marley & the Wailers. The end result feels like a touching testimonial to the Wailers, with Hynde’s elegantly flowing version of Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” and her sassy and dangerous take on Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’ Razor” standing out, and of course, Bunny is here with a live version of “Rise and Shine.” It’s a fun set and bright as a summer’s day.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:32
2
3:43
3
4:45
4
4:26
5
5:03
6
3:08
7
2:14
8
4:00
9
3:03
10
3:17
11
3:20
12
4:36
13
2:04
14
4:03
15
5:49
16
4:47
17
3:44
18
3:45
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