Various - reggae hits vol. 23

Union Square Music releases original albums, single-artist and multi-artist compilations in CD and digital formats from a diverse range of artists.

Essential early collection of classic ska 45s compiled for UK audience by legendary Scene Club DJ and Island A&R man Guy Stevens.



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All music for the series was composed by Andrew Kingslow. The theme tune was sung by Martin "Sugar" Merchant, former singer in the rock/reggae band Audioweb .

Priority's Chart Toppers series is an excellent budget-line collection, offering a strong selection of 15 original hits, grouped by a specific theme and decade, on each disc. Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80's combines urban soul, Minneapolis funk, smooth ballads and dance-pop -- an eclectic bunch, to say the least, but the variety helps capture the feeling of the decade. A few of the songs haven't dated well, but for the most part, the selection of songs is terrific, albeit a little predictable. Among the highlights on the disc are Jody Watley's "Looking for a New Love," Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel," Ashford & Simpson's "Solid," the Pointer Sisters' "Slwo Hand," Pebbles' "Mercedes Boy," Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You," Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude," Ready for the World's "Oh Sheila," Kool & the Gang's "Joanna," Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down," the Jets' "Crush On You" and Larry Graham's "One in a Million You."

This two-disc, 38-track set may not actually have “the best reggae hits ever,” as its title states -- and it doesn’t -- but it does have a surprisingly diverse (and seemingly random) collection of cool sides, including UB40 and Chrissie Hynde 's reggaefied version of “I Got You Babe,” Peter Tosh 's fiery take on “Johnny B. Goode,” Johnny Nash 's smooth and hopeful “I Can See Clearly Now,” Inner Circle 's “Bad Boys,” and three early Bob Marley cuts, “Keep on Moving,” “Mellow Moods,” and “Sun Is Shining.” It’s hardly an exhaustive survey of commercial reggae, but it does make for a pretty good budget truck-stop purchase -- it’ll keep the road sunny for not much money.

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