Dennis Brown

Best of the Joe Gibbs Years

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"The Crown Prince of Reggae"'s '70s work with producer Joe Gibbs produced the great Visions and Words of Wisdom albums, but most importantly, the singer's massive breakthrough hit "Money in My Pocket." Here, "Pocket" is presented in its 12" version, which when coupled with the rare 12"s of "Hold on to What You Got" and "A Little Bit More" makes this set desirable to the collector. Newcomers are welcome, too, and will no doubt be amazed at how the sweet-voiced Brown can go from righteous roots to smooth lovers rock without a hitch. Problem is, they won't learn much about the man since the liner notes are skimpy, and they'll probably end up duplicating these tracks when they acquire Brown's proper albums with Gibbs. Still, the label did a fine job of selecting the prime cuts, and one disc of Brown's work with Gibbs seems the right size for sampling. Newbies willing to make a bit more of a commitment -- which is recommended -- will be better served by Trojan's double-disc Money in My Pocket: Definitive Collection, a much broader overview and better introduction.

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