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 Stream
1
03:40 Amazon
2 03:51 Amazon
3
feat: Zap Pow
04:02 Amazon
4 03:29 Amazon
5 04:12 Amazon
6 03:58 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8
feat: U-Roy
03:48 Amazon
9 03:39 Amazon
10 03:59 Amazon
11
feat: Buju Banton
03:09 Amazon
12 03:08 Amazon
13 03:31 Amazon
14 04:00 Amazon
15 03:51 Amazon
16 04:06 Amazon
17 03:13 Amazon
18 03:06 Amazon
19 04:03 Amazon
20 03:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:52 Amazon
2 03:44 Amazon
3 04:03 Amazon
4 04:24 Amazon
5 03:49 Amazon
6 03:47 Amazon
7 03:51 Amazon
8 03:50 Amazon
9 03:13 Amazon
10 03:14 Amazon
11 03:48 Amazon
12
feat: Buju Banton
03:33 Amazon
13 03:55 Amazon
14 03:53 Amazon
15
feat: Buju Banton
03:57 Amazon
16 04:03 Amazon
17
feat: U-Roy
03:48 Amazon
18
feat: Big Youth
04:13 Amazon
19 06:05 Amazon
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