The Voice of Jamaica [Expanded]

The Voice of Jamaica [Expanded]

by Buju BantonBuju Banton

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)



The gruff-voiced DJ Buju Banton's major-label debut was well received but did not really establish him as a unique talent; clearly capable of riding a rhythm and interacting well with singers on the handful of combination tracks sprinkled throughout the program, Banton was nevertheless a less-than-original voice and didn't immediately stand head and shoulders above the other rockstone-style DJs who were proliferating in the wake of Shabba Ranks' international success. But pure originality is not needed to make a very fine reggae album, and a very fine reggae album this is. Paired with Wayne Wonder, Banton acquits himself nicely on the slightly overly slick but still enjoyable "Searching," and he shines even brighter with Brian & Tony Gold on "If Loving Was a Crime." "Make My Day" comes just a bit too close to smooth and smarmy R&B, but "Him Take Off" is a muscularly minimal masterpiece. This remastered reissue features two bonus tracks, both originally issued on a promo-only single. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2002
Label: Island
UPC: 0731458677925
catalogNumber: 586779

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist
Wayne Wonder   Track Performer
Terry Ganzie   Track Performer
Tony Rebel   Track Performer
Two Friends Crew   Background Vocals
Danny Browne   Bass,Keyboards
Fluxy   Bass,Keyboards
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Tony Gold   Background Vocals
Herbert Herbie Harris   Bass,Keyboards
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Spiderman   Background Vocals
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Guitar
Paul Crossdale   Bass,Keyboards
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Musician
Andi Green   Background Vocals
Brian Gold   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Kelly   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Beres Hammond   Vocal Arrangements
Danny Browne   drum programming
Busta Rhymes   Producer
Von Wayne Charles   Vocal Arrangements
Clevie   Producer,Instrumentation
Lisa Cortes   Executive Producer
Anthony Dalhouse   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Fluxy   drum programming
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Mark Myrie   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Steely   Producer,Instrumentation
Andre "Dreddy Ranks" Tyrell   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Michael Bays   Art Direction
Michael Spence   drum programming
Bobby "Digital" Dixon   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Mathieu Bitton   Reissue Design
Carl Toppin   Engineer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Michael Bennett   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Gary Jackson   Engineer

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