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Jah Screw Presents "Dancehall Glamity"

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Reggae producer Jah Screw lacks the visibility of pioneer studio mavens like Cosxone Dodd or Lee Perry, but has enjoyed quite a bit of success in Jamaica; he helped make Barrington Levy a star. This 12-track anthology includes his more recent material, showing Screw's ability to coax outstanding vocal performances from a varied lineup that includes Frankie Paul, Sanchez, Mickey Little and Bev Love. Screw doesn't emphasize synthesized backing and electronic surroundings as much as some of his comrades, maintaining links with the traditional roots-oriented horn sound. But he doesn't neglect contemporary voicings and studio tricks, giving this set a good balance between past and present reggae values.

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