This Is Crucial Reggae: DJs

This Is Crucial Reggae: DJs


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Like football, which means something entirely different in the U.S. than it does in the rest of the world, DJ is something of a misnomer. In the U.S., at least since people started taking notice, it refers to the art of playing records; in Jamaica it refers to toasting, the long standing tradition of talking over records to ignite a party, and a lot of people have marked it as the precursor to rapping. It started in the mid-'60s, but really took off at the end of the decade and exploded in the '70s. This Is Crucial Reggae: DJs takes its cues from that explosion, featuring many of the big names and delivering a few tracks that are indeed crucial. Big Youth with "Screaming Target," one-hit wonder Scotty with "Draw Your Brakes," and Prince Far I's "Heavy Manners" are all classics. As are Dillinger's early-'80s party anthem "Cocaine in My Brain" and "Man Ah Warrior" by Tapper Zukie. Hey, that's almost half of the 12 tracks right there. Add in solid hits from stars U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, and I-Roy and this collection gets more crucial by the minute. The rest of this collection gives its time to lesser known -- but not undeserving -- cuts from Ranking Dread, Jah Woosh, Trinity, and Big Joe. Calling this set crucial might be going too far, but calling this set of boasting toasters anything less would be un-DJ-like.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768051225
catalogNumber: 80512

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Technical Credits

Allan Clarke   Composer
Joe Gibbs   Producer,Audio Production
Linval Thompson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Duke Reid   Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer,Audio Production
Ossie Hibbert   Producer,Audio Production
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Executive Producer
Alvin Ranglin   Producer,Audio Production
David Scott   Composer
Tapper Zukie   Producer,Audio Production
Derrick Harriott   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Elena Oumano   Liner Notes
Bas Hartong   Executive Producer
Roy Reid   Composer
Mike Jason   Executive Producer
Neville Beckford   Producer,Audio Production
Lester Bullock   Composer
Arthur Reed   Audio Production
Lloyd Spalding   Audio Production

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