Various Artists

Reggae Classics [Cleopatra]

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Reggae Classics actually lives up to its name. Covering the later years of rocksteady through the early roots era of Jamaican music, every track is indeed a classic. It includes the Maytals' gospel-fueled "Pressure Drop," the Melodians' beautiful Rasta hymn "Rivers of Babylon," Desmond Dekker's sufferer's lament "Israelites," and Max Romeo's slack hit "Wet Dream." This is a good introduction to a fascinating period.

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