For all reggae and music lovers here comes a must have in your collection. 21st Hapilos Digital has released a collection of legendary King Jammys “Best Of”. These 10 ultimate albums are the first of many more classics to be released.
King Jammy name is cemented in the history of dancehall and reggae, coming from humble and meager beginnings by earning money from building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment from his mother’s house in Waterhouse in the late 1960s, he started his own sound system. After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, he returned to Kingston in 1976 and set up his own studio at his in-laws’ home in Waterhouse.
In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977. In the 1980s, he became one of the most influential producers of dancehall music. His biggest hit was 1985′s “Under Me Sleng Teng” by Wayne Smith, with an entirely-digital rhythm hook. Many credit this song as being the first “Digital rhythm” in reggae, leading to the modern dancehall era. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of today’s top Jamaican artists. (Watch King Jammys Documentary “King At The Control below).
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Gregory Isaacs The New York Times, described the late legendary Gregory Isaacs as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae” . This timeless EP gives you Come Give Me Your Love, Cool It Down, Dapper Slapper, Do Lord, Flirting Around, Gone Is The Love, Johnnys Girlfriend, Medley, Pride Won’t Let Me and two Time Loser round up this 10 tracks EP.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Horace Andy Roots and Reggae singer songwriter, Horace Andy distinctive sound has made his music timeless. He topped the charts with his most enduring songs “Skylarking”, and went on to more success with Again, Bless You, Fever, Found Somebody New, Girl I Love You, Love Of A Woman, Money Money, Never See My Baby Anymore, Oh Mammy and See It Deh. all featured on this EP.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Michael Prophet Citing Bob Andy has his musical influence, Michael Prophet is best known for his known for his “crying” tenor vocal style. The EP features some of Michael’s most memorable hits. Dem Want Me Stop, Give Me Now, It’s Coming Down, Ketch Dem Fraid, Lady Lady, Never leave Me Lonely, No Give Me Trouble, She Want Me, Too Chat Chat and Wat A Agony.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Sugar Minott Sugar Minott death was such a lost for the world, but his music lives eternal. From his beginning of playing on sound systems to producing and writing Sugar Minott legacy is timeless music. The EP features Be careful, Give The People What They Want, I’m Not For Sale, Never Too Young, On The Right Track, Our Day Will Come, Pay You Back, Reach Out & Touch, Rub A Dub Market and Worries & Troubles.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Tamlins Gaining international recognition from being Peter Tosh back-up singers, The Tamlins have also made their own mark on reggae music. The EP features the hit singles Got To Be A Way, Holding On, I Will Always Love You, it’s Changing, Never Give Up On You, Red Eye, Stormy CLouds, This Hearts For You, Time and You Got To Change
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Barry Brown Finding success under record producer Bunny Lee, Barry Brown found success successful and recognition in the early dancehall era with such hits featured on this album. Ain’t Gonna Turn Back, Big Big Pollution, Conscious Dreadlocks, Far East, I Love My Woman, It Ago Dread, Jah Jah Is Calling, Ram Jam Session, Singer Man and Stand On My Own Feet
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Eccleton Jarrett Getting his break at King Jammy’s studio, he worked with Leroy Gibbons for the track ‘Be My Lady’ and released songs including ‘Fling It Up Operator’, ‘Dance Hall Music’, ‘Thanks And Praise’. 1990 saw Eccleton burst out of the Jamaican dancehalls into the charts of England and Europe, finding success with songs like dancehall anthem ‘Turn On The Heat featured on this 10 track EP’. Cross River Jordon, Do You Still Want Me, Don’t Ease Up, Don’t get Jumpy, Mr.Collie Man, Poor Man Feel It, Ready We ready, Really Love Your Daughter, Soundboy Bite The Dust and Turn On The Heat.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of General Trees His name is synonymous with 1980′s dancehall, General Trees distinctive deejay style has delivered hits featured on this EP such as Get Ready, Love In Armagedon Time, Mad Man Party, Me Here, Nah Go Run, This A The Boom, Travelling Man, Treat Woman Right, Wat A Agony and You Gimme Love
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Johnny Clarke Conscious rasta singer Johnny Clarke who was the first Jamaican artists signed to Virgin Records’ Frontline subsidiary back in 1976 sings music to deliver a message. The EP features Baby Don’t Go, Capable Of Loving Me, Darling I Need Your Loving, Going To The Top, Good Good Feeling, Life Is Not Easy, Rock U Affi Rock, Swing My Love, Wanna Be Love and You Give me Love.
King Jammys Presents The Best Of Linval Thompson Album Track Listing: A Nuh Nutten, Can’t Stop The Ghetto Youth, If You Lose Me, Let’s Not Fight, Fuss & Fight, Ready Fe Dem, She Gone, Six Babylon, Suzie Wong and Train To Zion.