Various Artists

Reggae Pulse: The Heartbeat of Jamaica

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Famous more for their muso-friendly comps than introductory offerings, Trojan has seen fit here to give the people what they want with a popular yet solid mix of reggae highlights. Bob Marley is here of course ("Lively up Yourself"), as is Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Desmond Dekker, Dennis Brown, Toots & the Maytals, and even Marley's famous offspring, the Melody Makers. This is not to say that some relatively more obscure fare is missing, what with the likes of Dave and Ansel Collins' "Double Barrel," Althea and Donna's "Up Town Top Ranking," and the Pioneers' "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" on display. But fans of the Jamaican Top 40 need not fear, since there's plenty of chart-toppin' booty by Musical Youth, Inner Circle (the theme from Cops?), and Johnny Nash still to be had.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:08
2 2:36
3 3:11
4 2:45
5 3:25
6 2:56
7 3:38
8 2:24
9 3:50
10 3:07
11 2:02
12 3:08
13 4:23
14 2:38
15 2:51
16 2:46
17 3:25
18 3:47
19 3:54
20 2:31
21 2:58
22 3:07
23 3:52
24 2:50
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