Beres Hammond

Can't Stop a Man: The Ultimate Collection

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Can't Stop a Man collects some of Beres Hammond's biggest Jamaican hits, beginning with his first, "One Step Ahead" from 1976, a song produced by Willie Lindo. Moving chronologically through to 2003's sweet and infectious "Dancehall Vibes," which features Big Youth and is one of the highlights here, this two-disc set is a wonderful introduction to this woefully underappreciated singer and writer. With a voice that combines Marvin Gaye's subtle phrasing, Sam Cooke's easy charm, and the soulful power of a David Ruffin, Hammond has a talent for graceful, easy-flowing lovers rock, but he has also effortlessly managed to work light dancehall and hip-hop elements into his work, giving him an uncommon longevity in the ever-shifting sea of styles that is the trademark of Jamaican music. Key tracks here include "Last War," "Who Say" (with Buju Banton),"Sugar You Want," and "Rockaway," a fond reminiscence of the island's roots era. Lovingly packaged, Can't Stop a Man includes track-by-track annotation and discussion.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:40
2 3:51
3
feat: Zap Pow
4:02
4 3:29
5 4:12
6 3:58
7 3:07
8
feat: U-Roy
3:48
9 3:39
10 3:59
11
feat: Buju Banton
3:09
12 3:08
13 3:31
14 4:00
15 3:51
16 4:06
17 3:13
18 3:06
19 4:03
20 3:45

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:52
2 3:44
3 4:03
4 4:24
5 3:49
6 3:47
7 3:51
8 3:50
9 3:13
10 3:14
11 3:48
12
feat: Buju Banton
3:33
13 3:55
14 3:53
15
feat: Buju Banton
3:57
16 4:03
17
feat: U-Roy
3:48
18
feat: Big Youth
4:13
19 6:05
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