Various Artists

Reggae Dance Party [RAS]

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Reggae's link to dance was explored on this 11-cut anthology, which featured single vocalists, groups, and an occasional toaster doing cuts celebrating or extolling dance. It included an interesting reworking of "Let The Good Times Roll" by Michigan & Smiley retitled "Reggae Ska," plus the complete 10-minute-plus hit "Get Flat" by Paul Blake & Bloodfire Posse, as well as Gregory Isaacs' superb "Private Beach Party" and Sugar Minott's swaying "Rub A Dub Sound." There was also Wayne Smith's "Teach Me To Dance" and Barrington Levy's "Do The Dance," both novelty numbers made into effective vocal and musical workouts. Black Uhuru's "Great Train Robbery" and Horace Andy's "Elementary" were socio-political tracks with a dance beat, and J.C. Lodge's "You Can Dance" explored the steamier side of meeting on the dance floor, as did Don Carlos' "Springheel Skanking."

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