Garnett Silk

Gold [Jet Star]

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This collection was initially released by the Charm label, the Jet Star version adds another four tracks to the original ten, to indeed create a Killer Price compilation. The set bundles up a bumper crop of Garnett Silk's early hits and fan faves, kicking off with "Hello Africa," the artist's biggest single, and his first international smash.

That Richard Bell-overseen masterpiece was a heart-felt love letter to the continent, the Donovan Germain "Lion Heart" is an epistle to Jah, capturing Silk on the cusp of his shift from toasting to singing. The album is stuffed with such cultural classics, cut for a variety of different producers.

King Jammy oversaw the gorgeous prayer of "Fill Us Up with Your Mercy," Jack Scorpio the exquisite "Zion in a Vision," and Bobby Digital the storming "The Rod," where Silk brings the Gods' words to the masses through reggae music.

The singer would also cut "Judge Not" for Digital, that's not here, but another equally cut version, "Passing Judgement," overseen by Peter Chemist is. "Necessity," in full American-styled R&B, also provides life lessons; "Let's All Spread Love" takes a unity message down a similarly themed path.

Love songs light up the rest of the set, with the most magnificent a tribute to Silk's "Mama," an exuberant, heartfelt hit overseen by Courtney Cole. And love is everywhere, "It's Growing" by the minute; that sublime hit titled the singer's debut album, another masterpiece. "Love Me Baby" was bouncier, but just as infectious, as was the Danny Browne produced "Oh Me Oh My," another love-strewn hit.

Every number here is a winner, the backing's superb, the arrangements expertly enhancing the themes and Silk's vocals; the production's top-notch. This isn't all the Silk you need, but it's a great place to start.

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