Aswad

Shine

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The early '90s had not been kind to Aswad, their popularity seemed to be slipping, as were their singles' chart placements. But all that was to change with "Shine." The single was featured twice on their new album, Rise and Shine, once in its original form and a second time as a sizzling remix courtesy of the Beatmasters.

"Shine" took Aswad back to their old Jamaican roots, with a hefty rhythm and emphatic brass beautifully bolstered this anthemic unity song. But it was the remix, released as a single, that took Britain by storm, a sizzling number heavy on the beats and bursting with brass. It shone its way straight up the chart, finally burning out at number five. This hit gave the group a new lease on life and finds them at their anthemic, infectious best.

An equally exuberant live version can be found on the group's 25 Live album, where the big band swing is muscled aside by DJ Solomon and deservedly brings the house down.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
100% Summer 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Dance Zone: Level 2 1994
Various Artists
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Ultimate Reggae Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 0:00
Best of Dance '94 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 3:37
Best of Dance Zone '94 1994
Various Artists
Polygram
The Greatest Hits of 1994 1994
Various Artists
Import
Ultimate Dance Hits '94 1994
Various Artists
Import
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Virgin
The Greatest Hits of 90's, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Now Dance '94 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin / EMI
Smash Hits '94 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Best Reggae Album in the World...Ever!, Pt. 2 [Virgin #1] 1994
Various Artists
Virgin 3:37
No Image 1994
Various Artists
European Import
Now: 1994 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Rise and Shine 1994 Rhino 4:15
Soft Reggae [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
3:19
Rise and Shine Again! 1995 Mesa / Bluemoon / Atlantic 6:50
Love With a Reggae Rhythm 1995
Various Artists
3:39
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Radikal / Critique Records
Dub: The Next Frontier 1995 Mesa 5:01
Dance Mix UK, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Summer Jammin' 97 1997
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 3:41
Warehouse Grooves, Vol. 4 1997
Various Artists
SPG 3:17
Maximum Dancehall & Reggae Hits 1998
Various Artists
Elektra 3:40
Warehouse Grooves, Vol. 5 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:17
Jamaican Roots 1998
Various Artists
Best Music International 3:40
The Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 3:40
The All Time Greatest Pop Album 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Reggae Party 1999 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:39
Ultimate Summer Party 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 3:18
The Best Carnival Album... Ever! 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:40
The Ultimate Collection: Party Classics 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 3:38
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
No Image
Various Artists
Telestar
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom