The 16-track reggae compilation from some of the island’s greatest artists was released on July 26th officially by Universal Music.
It features such tunes as “Bird in the Hand” by Lee “Scratch” Perry; Alton Ellis’ ‘What Does It Take (To Win Your Love),” Slim Smith’s “Everybody Needs Love,” Desmond Dekker & The Aces’ “Fu Man Chu,” Melodians’ “The Sweet Sensation; Delroy Wilson’s “It’s A Shame,” the late Dennis Brown’s “Some Like It Hot,” and the late Gregory Isaacs’ “Rock On.”
The album comes as Jamaicans marked another independent anniversary from Britain on Aug. 5th.
Also debuting on the charts this week in the number two spot is California native Dominic Balli’s, “American Dream.” “Art is an expression of who you are,” Balli says. “I’m just a half Italian, quarter Greek kid from California, but somehow inside of me there’s this little reggae dude just trying to get out. The most common comment I hear is, ‘I don’t even like reggae, but I love your stuff.’ I love that because it means that my music has become accessible to fans that might otherwise totally shy away from anything even reminiscent of reggae.”
Shaggy’s “Summer In Kingston,” has dropped to the number three spot after debuting at number one a week ago.