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    1. Arular
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    M.I.A.'s debut record is both intensely urban and aggressively modern. The group's sole member, Maya Arul, infuses her blend of hip-hop and chunky electro with raw, tribal overtones and a healthy dose of sex appeal. There are elements of world music here, in Arul's multi-lingual vocal as well as the tonal shifts and instrumentation (like the drone that opens up "Hombre"). Her delivery uses a variety of yelps and tics full of street-wise confidence and bratty energy. But there's also an appealing melodic sense, like early Neneh Cherry or Miss Kitten when she's not in diva-mode. M.I.A. doesn't really sound like anybody; the music is just experimental enough to wiggle out of easy comparisons. The IDM-style bleeps and beeps of "Galang," for example, give an already catchy song extra punch. The only problem with the record, a common flaw for debuts, is a sameness from track to track which robs it of the ability to surprise. Still, Arul is hugely talented and her abundant originality packs a wallop. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of 2005
    For me this is the record of the year. It combines a unique sound with dramatic vocal pyrotechnics. It jams and blows up at every possible point. It is much better than Ms. Dynamite and other British hiphop records. The first songs have already influenced the music of Gwen Stefani. "Pull Up The People" is just an amazing track. It bubbles and squeaks. "Bucky Done Gun" which is even better follows this. The horn sound is just mind-blowing. Her music is a mix of hiphop, reggae, calypso and pop music. It's become some original hybrid. The album ends with two more great songs: "Sunshowers" and "Galang." This record has all the greatness of Bob Dylan and Lauren Hill. This record will be listened to for years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars URAQT
    This is an album that will very quickly move into your regular rotation...that is if you like this type of fusion between dancehall, rap, electronica, tribal etc... I've read some pretty bitter reviews and I just don't understand the acrimony. If it's not for you then just get over it, but I personally think that this is an amazing work of creativity and expression. It's lucky for me that I happened to be living in Germany when I bought this record because my favorite song (URAQT) has been omitted from the US version. I don't understand why people like Lil Kim and Marilyn Manson can have their stuff released in the US but a song about kicking some girls butt for messing with your man is apparantly too taboo. The song is really great, and if you've dealt with a home wrecker then it's even greater, lol. Please try to buy the non-US version, if only for that one song. There are a few weak songs on this album (i could do without Sunshowers and Bingo) however the good ones (Bucky Done Gun, Pull Up The People, $10, Hombre, Fire Fire) more than make up for the duds. Her voice is very eclectic, going from sexy and fun on one track to aggressive and bombastic on another. Kind of reminds me of Bjork in a less evolved way but give her time. M.I.A is definately a new breed in her own right however and her unique style and delivery give her a place all her own. This is music to be listened to in your car at full volume or on a set of head phones also at full volume. It's feel good move your body music interwoven with subtle and not so subtle political messages ('Pull up the people, pull up the poor...') that are irrelevant if all you want to do is jam to some good beats. I support her views for the most part but I can see how they could detract from the music. There's a lot of violent imagery...but her father is a rebel fighter so I'm not surprised. Really though, all of the over hype and eye brow raising surrounding her background is just that. The music speaks for itself. Do yourself a favor and buy this as soon as you can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing album but there's a track missing!
    First read about MIA in an issue of The New Yorker magazine in November 2004.Couldnt wait for the album to appear (scheduled for February 2005).Pre-ordered from Amazon USA.Strange delays, then order cancelled. Re-ordered and received a copy in April 2005.Amazing music but there are only 12 tracks.Heard the missing track "URAQT" in Gaslight Records, Melbourne, Australia - it is an amazing track - very strong lyrics and very bad harmonica.Why the censorship?Land-of-the-free-and home-of-the-brave?I think not!XL Recordings USA and Amazon USA, you are pretty lame.Fellow lovers of good music... if you want the un-expurgated edition (13 tracks) of this album, order it from Amazon UK or Shock Records Australia.Can the rest of us get a refund?

    4-0 out of 5 stars At least she's hotter than hell ;)
    Galang is the strongest track here and I'd agree with many that it is no musical revolution. I enjoy it due to the fact it's a WORLD disc and I like World music alot. It's definitely different and I had seen the video for GALANG on the IMF Satellite channel. She's hotter than hell in my opinion so I'll give her a break. ;)

    And with those criticizing Revolution, America was created on a violent Revolution so I have no idea what they're talking about. When you live under brutal oppression you revolt which none of us in America understand anymore. Thank God we don't have to revolt here like others but people need to study what goes on in certain areas of the globe.

    Sometimes simple beats are good and this is better than alot of the major Rap trash here without any meaning at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars M.I.A. announces her arrival. Moving around is compulsory
    A DJ aquaintance of mine told me that 'Arular' always got the crowd up and dancing, and in a way, I can see why. Central to this electronic beatfest is M.I.A's sassy vocals, falling somewhere in between Madonna and Lene Lovich (the Neneh Cherry comparison is pretty good) all within the framework of hip-hop rhyming. There's really no need to over-analyze the music, which is basically infectious stripped-down beats, eg, LCD Soundsystem, pulsating, raw and tribal, almost hailing back to the crushing barebones approach of early hip-hop, eg, Grandmaster Flash. Also thrown into the mix is a subtle yet ecclectic fusion of analog flash, dancehall, and world music. But basically the appeal of 'Arular' stems from the charm and sexuality of M.I.A's vocals, orgasmic shrieks and brassy chants, a female touch when one expects male vocals to compliment the rhythmic thunder. Here she is now, let M.I.A. entertain you. ... Read more


    2. Live at Stubb's: Austin, TX 2/19/05
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    Although reggae's religious overtones are often overshadowed by the music's ties to ganja and the hippie movement, there are some socially active or religious leaning artists out there. One of the newest comes in the unlikely figure of a young Hasidic Jew named Matisyahu. Singing with a slight ghetto patois, in Yiddish, and even displaying considerable beat-box skills, the New Yorker is at his best when he works himself into fits of righteous indignation and Old Testament fervor (the limits of his vocal range are laid bare when he croons on ballads). The lean three-piece band on this live recording, his second album, is aerodynamic and flexible, able to do the slow reggae groove or rock out with ferocity. After 12 tracks of stripped-down reggae, however, the music tends to blend into one long groove. Nonetheless, there is an undeniable urgency in this live recording that comes through loud and clear, making it a live document of note by one of reggae's most interesting new figures.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more


    3. Legend (New Packaging)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer On Marley
    "Legend" is a good starting point to get aquainted with the music of Bob Marley, but any compilation of Marley's work will not do justice to the scope of his amazing career. I even purchased the 4 CD retrospective and found it lacking. Each album that Bob Marley and the Wailers released during his career were really song cycles, and so any collection of Marley will not capture the immediacy and passion that of hearing them on each orginal album. Any collection of Marley are will be just that, a random out of context presentation of his music.

    "I Shot the Sheriff" comes from the "Burnin'" album and Bob is an angry young revolutionay, and each song on "Burnin'" reflects that. "Is This Love" is from the album "Kaya" where Marley celebrates the pleasures of the simple life and sensual love. The songs on "Uprising" and "Exodus" capture the internationalism of reggae music, as Bob Marley became the most celebrated musician in the entire world, he wrote songs about the world wide movement of "jah people." In order to "overstand" (as Rasta says) the man...Bob Marley, you must hear these songs side by side with the other songs in the original release. Each song on this compilation will become even more powerful when heard in that context. I still give this collection 5 stars because it has aquainted so many people with Bob Marley, who otherwise would have never heard him. The best way to hear Bob Marley is begin with "Catch A Fire" in which Marley is an angry youth from Trenchtown, and move chronologically through his career ending with "Uprising" his final album before his death. It is they only way to capture the amazing development and scope of Bob Marley's message and music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic tracks
    Whether you are a reggae fan or not, you've got to love the works of Bob Marley, the man is a genius. This is an excellent compilation, every track a classic. From the party classic 'Jamming' to the universal anthem 'One Love/People Get Ready', the gorgeous, beautiful acoustic 'Redemption Song' and the tender 'No Woman No Cry', this CD is loaded with brilliant songs. It is really worth owning, one of the greatest Greatest Hits. However, as always, some essential Marley tracks are missing: 'Sun Is Shining', 'Rainbow Country', 'Lively Up Yourself', 'Kaya' and 'Trenchtown Rock'. Of these 5, only 2 are actually included on the One Love CD, the other Marley greatest hits, so competition is stiff, especially as the version of 'Redemption Song' is far superior and 'Satisfy My Soul' is left off One Love altogether.

    Overall, this is a great Marley compilation to buy for any music fan at all, loaded with classics, but its worth buying other albums for several other tracks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different shades of Bob
    This is a great record. Bob's body of work is extensive so obviously not everyone's favorites can be included and we must understand that. There are many that I would have added.

    Under some circumstances I would agree that it seems thrown together but in other respects that too is a representation of Bob. He was a lover and a fighter (activist) all at once. How can you possibly separate the two? If you dont have love, if you care for nothing, then what are you fighting for?

    Someone suggested that this CD (or maybe his music) was gloomy and bitter. It pains me to read this because this person does not know anything about reggae, Jamaica,our language or our culture. This CD is overflowing with love. Romantic love: I listen to the seemingly simplistic metaphors and they stir great emotions in me. There is great love for family for understanding that the family helps us through. There is love for life. Love for the struggle that we as Jamaicans, as humans must endure.

    Dont let this be your only Bob Marley experience, but if you're a novice its a good place to start.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Legend (New Packaging) [EXTRA TRACKS] [ORIGINAL RECORDING RE
    Bob Marley is a so so vocalist and his music is simplitic and not very advanced, However the biggest problem is that his politics somewhat destroy otherwise nice melodies. It is like one is listening to some bitter old man at times and this is not so fun since music should be fun and not to serious. Come one Mr Marley the world is not always that bleak and gloomy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Bob
    Well, I've always known that Bob Marley was at one point and still is to a lot of people all over the world, a huge influential icon. His messages in his music touch us all because he talked about such deeply meaningful issues affecting all of humanity. The fact that it's reggae and has that unmistakable reggae sound, it became popular because it was so hard not to notice and appreciate it. Previously I had not known of any of his music being 25 and pretty much into R & B, and Hip Hop but wow, this CD really introduced me to him and made me a fan. I plan on purchasing more of his music. See, that's the best part of "Best Of" albums they can peak your interest and make you want the whole that the artists have to offer. ... Read more


    4. Barrio Fino
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Daddy Yankee-Barrio Fino
    This album came in with such high vibe that i was very anticipated to listen and buy it, after listening and reviewing all the tracks, i have been very dissapointed. the artist spent 2 years in this project which he would promo every time he was featured on other albums for as long as i can remember. Only about 4 tracks are worth listening 5, 11, 14,15 all the others have fallen short. His previouse album, El Cangri.com was a very huge success which will always overshadow this poor attempt. I am very confused as to find that on albums he was featured on, such as Wisin-el sobreviviente and Mas flow he introduced hotter tracks than on his own album. Now to top it all off there is talk of him retiring due to a large amount of pirate copies of his Album that were released before the release date. I have lost some respect for him, since he is not the only artist affected by that "pirate virus" others don't threathen to "retire" and leave their fans without providing even better music to better their poor effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOT AS HELL
    This CD is TIGHT...it's worth the money...buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FIRE!! puro FUEGO
    This album delivers 18 banging tracks! Definately a bang for your buck! I live in utah and I am definately gonna go see Daddy yankee in concert either in puerto rico or NY ... Buy this album right now you will not be dissapointed. The cd starts off strong with king Daddy produced by luny tunes followed by some production by monserrate and others banging track after track. And ends with a more indept look at the life of the rapper. Banging album , Dope Dope Dope ... Read more


    5. The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 [US]
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    It's hard to believe that UB40 have been around since the early 1980s, but the proof is right here in the 18 tracks on this album. While most famous for their cover songs, UB40 have written a good portion of original material that's excellent. But songs like "Red Red Wine" and a previously unreleased version of the Doors' "Light My Fire" will attract the majority of listeners to this collection. Following in the footsteps of greats like Bob Marley and Burning Spear, this band from Birmingham, England (led by the two sons of folkie Ian Campbell, have helped keep the flame of roots reggae alive with their easy sound. They've even made over rock standards into their reggae template, including Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" (with guest Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders). In their own little way, UB40 have been gnawing away at musical barriers for the last 20 years, and this is an ideal summary of their achievements. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Melodious pop reggae
    It might not be roots, but UB40 has mellow pop reggae down to a T. This hit-packed compilation includes one of their early ska-based songs Food For Thought, plus all their later successes. Most of their biggest hits were covers of older classics, but they always did a good job in the interpretation. Red Red Wine, for example, is absolutely brilliant and the same can be said for Kingston Town, Cherry Oh Baby, Can't Help Falling In Love and I Got You Babe with Chrissie Hynde on guest vocal. I also love the humorous Rat In Mi Kitchen and their excellent interpretation of The Doors' Light My Fire. Although not completely comprehensive, this compilation offers excellent value for money in that these tracks really were their greatest hits from a 20-year career. There's not one filler track and every song is catchy and hummable. If you like your reggae melodic and mellow, this album is a must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best "Best Of" Available
    If your reggae collection is going to include only one UB40 album, this one wins out over all the others hands down. Virgin released two 10-track "best ofs" in the mid-90s, but this 2000 release duplicates 15 of those tracks and adds "Cherry Oh Baby" from 1983's landmark LABOUR OF LOVE album, "Tell Me Is It True" from 1997's GUNS IN THE GHETTO, and the previously unreleased cover of the Door's "Light My Fire."

    While most American listeners only recognize UB40 for their covers of songs that hit the Top 40 like Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine," Elvis's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," the band had hits in the U.K with original material like "Food for Thought" (No. 4, 1980), "If It Happens Again" (No. 9, 1984), "Don't Break My Heart" (No. 3, 1985), and "Rat in Mi Kitchen" (No. 12, 1987).

    While UB40 may be viewed merely as a populizer of reggae music, they do it exceedingly well. This album is a joy from start to finish. [Running time: 66:59] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album but I have ONE major ISSUE
    The "rap" part of Red Red Wine, which I grew up listening to, is not the version on this album. :(

    I could have done without the Doors cover but overall a great album. :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pop-reggae.
    This collection doesn't have it all, but it does include most of their great covers and best songs. Included is "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)", "I Got You Babe", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and the huge hit "Red Red Wine". Also here is "Cherry Oh Baby", "Don't Break My Heart", and the cover of "Light My Fire", which is only on this collection. Plus "Can't Help Falling In Love", from the "Sliver" soundtrack. I wish this included "She Caught The Train" and "Please Don't Make Me Cry", but it's still a great listen. Overall this will surely put a smile on your face, and any reggae fan should own this "Best Of", or "Labour Of Love".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something???
    Where was "Here I am (Come and Take Me)"? Why are there 20 tracks on the cd and 18 listed above? And if the difference is +2 tracks, why is the track for which I purchased the cd missing from the cd? ... Read more


    6. For Our Children: 10th Anniversary Edition
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    For Our Children launched in 1990 and in many ways inspired the bounty of celebrity-philanthropy records for kids in its wake. From Bob Dylan and Sting to Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Elton John, the roster on this cornucopia of great kid songs--and even greater interpretations--has donated all proceeds to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Although tilted toward baby-boomer parents, the tracks have a timeless, ageless appeal. You'll be hard-pressed to find another five-star children's recording this satisfying, including the follow-up effort, For Our Children, Too. Little Richard rocks "Itsy Bitsy Spider," McCartney turns his sweet, melodic gifts toward "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and Bruce Springsteen makes a lively stew of "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips." Other noteworthy moments include Jackson Browne and Jennifer Warnes doing the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" and Carole King reprising the Disney Dumbo love theme, "Child of Mine." But surely the crowning touch is Dylan's unforgettable version of "This Old Man," phrased and delivered as only Dylan can with his mercurial invention and powerful character. This belongs in your children's collection. --Martin Keller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect children's cd
    I always tuck this cd in the bag as part of a baby shower gift. I loved rocking my babies to these tracks in the middle of the night and can't believe it's been ten years that I've owned it but still love to listen and smile thinking about their nursery years. There are a number of different charity pop compilations that were released after but none can compare to this original. All of them have just enough stylized arrangements to make them as endearing to adults who know these artists as to kids.

    If you need another reason to convince you to buy it - the profits go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

    My favorite tracks are:
    "Gartan Mother's Lullaby" - Meryl Streep; "Child of Mine" - Carole King; "Child Is Born" - Barbra Streisand; and "Tell Me Why" - Pat Benatar - soft sweet soothing songs. Got my kids to sleep every time.
    "Getting to Know You" - James Taylor - perfect song for his style. I remember this song being sung to me!

    "Itsy Bitsy Spider" - Little Richard; "Blueberry Pie" - Bette Midler; and "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips" - Bruce Springsteen - hilariously adorable.
    "Golden Slumbers" - Jackson Browne - just a great song well done.
    "This Old Man" - Bob Dylan - is so cute, so Bob Dylan - you'll have to hum along.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Gartan Mother's Lullaby
    I am both surprised and disappointed that nobody has mentioned the Gartan Mother's Lullaby. What is the Gartan Mother's Lullaby? Why, it's an absolutely lovely Donegal traditional lullaby. However, the most beautiful version I ever heard of it was sung-- surprise surprise, by Merryl Streep. Who knew she could sing? It's an absolutely beautiful rendition, perhaps the most beautiful you'll ever heard of this song. Magical.

    The liner notes don't explain much about the song, so here it goes:

    Sleep O babe, for the red bee hums the silent twilight's fall,
    Aoibheall from the grey rock comes, to wrap the world in thrall.
    A leanbhan O, my child, my joy, my love my heart's desire,
    The crickets sing you lullaby, beside the dying fire.

    Dusk is drawn and the Green Man's thorn is wreathed in rings of fog,
    Siabhra sails his boat till morn, upon the Starry Bog.
    A leanbhan O, the paly moon hath brimmed her cusp in dew,
    And weeps to hear the sad sleep-tune, I sing O love to you.

    Aoibheall - (EE-val) Meaning: the name of the queen of the northern fairies
    leanbhan - (LYAN-uh-van) Meaning: little child, baby
    Tearmann - (CHAR-uh-muhn) Meaning: tearmann = sanctuary, refuge, or church land, name of village near Lough Gartan
    Siabra - (SHEE-vra) a prankster class of trooping fairies, also spelled Shefro or Siofra.

    This song alone is worth the entire Album. But "Autumn To May" is also a beautiful rendition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is just the BEST!
    Like so many other reviewers, I had this CD 20 years ago. I was a nanny at the time, and shared this music with so many different children and without exception, they all LOVED it! As fate would have it, the CD was lost, and I was devastated. When I saw that it was available again, I was beyond thirlled and ordered it immediately! This CD is an excellent way to fight childhood obesity - my own children (ages 5 and 6-1/2) just cannot sit still when they hear this music - they dance and sing throughout!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome comeback with this album!
    I bought this for my daughter in 1991 when she was a baby... She is now 13 yrs old. She new all the songs by heart by the time she was 1 1/2. My mom's favorite is Itsy Bitsy Spider. Unfortunately it was lost in a move and like many folks, who looked for it for years,I found it no longer in print. I had my 2nd child 5 yrs ago and by the time I tried to find a used one out in cyberspace I found, to my surprise, it was in print again(YAY!). Now my son enjoys this and still, so does my daughter. I am so glad they brought this back onto the market!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars In Harmony is better
    I got this CD for my grandson. I was disappointed when I heard it. It was nice but surprisingly bland. In Harmony, while older, is a much better children's "album." ... Read more


    7. Songs of Freedom
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    When Songs of Freedom was released originally in 1992, it was a perfect complement to either a greatest hits collection like Legend or the entire collection of the reggae master's albums. Songs boasts enough of the recognizable from Marley's canon to address the hit seeker, but the set also reaches way, way back to include Marley's first single, the youthful "Judge Not" from 1962, and then closes more than four hours later with a 1980 live take of "Redemption Song" from his last concert. In between are live takes, studio remixes, and, of course, standard looks at Marley standards, playing together as a perfect balance between the familiar and the new. The flow of famous takes increases into CDs 3 and 4, where "No Woman, No Cry" appears from a 1976 set at the Roxy and where "Jammin'" and "Exodus" come in mixes that were new to fans in 1992. Of course these four CDs show in wide-angle view exactly how fantastic and commercially improbable Marley was. He was able to popularize tunes about both the repression of African nations and their liberation while also bringing to rock audiences an undeniably Jamaican music, breaking the U.S. and British geographic strongholds on the 1970s pop and rock marketplace. Never mind that he made Island Records' first fortune, he also created a body of work so lasting that a four-CD set heavy on alternate versions can stand out in any contemporary music collection. For the 1999 reissue of the original 1992 box set, no new music has been added. The format has changed, though, from a long-box presentation to a cube containing individual slipcased CDs. It's still a remarkable gem. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Marley around
    The best CD i own. This CD is a complete collection of Bob Marley's work from Judge Not to his final live song 'Redemption Song'. There is no better collection or album around than this, although it costs a little more, it will save you buying six or seven of bob's albums in the long run. Look out for the original limited edition (1,000,000 made)in the original box set from 1992. This is a rare find if you see one for sale. CD three is the best although on disc 2 there are seven fantastic acoustic versions of his songs that cannot be found anywhere else. This box set is a must for every bob marley...... no.... music lover.
    There are also a thousand collectors editions knocking around signed by Rita Marley, include the original box set, Legend CD, Natural Mystic CD and a hardback copy of the Songs of Freedom book all packaged in a gift box set these things are worth a mint.
    Although the CDs come in several different packages, any one of them is worth buying because of the excellent quality and selection of music on them.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection.
    Four CDs, an informative booklet and a solid "cube" box...why wouldn't you buy this? If you're a Bob fan, then you owe it to yourself to buy this collection. It's got all the songs--even those hard-to-find selections. From "Simmer Down" to "Redemption Song" and everything in between, this collection really HAS IT ALL!

    If you're not a serious fan, or if you're just getting to know Bob and don't want to spend this much (although it's really worth it), then you should probably just buy "Legend." "Legend" is the most popular greatest hits collection. However, those are the really over-played, over-popularized selections. The songs in the "Freedom" box-set are the songs that illuminate the real Bob Marley.

    Poet, prophet, revolutionary: Bob lives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything has already been said.
    I just got off the plane from my latest trip to Jamaica and Marley is still king. This is the best compilation ever and is a must have for all Marley fans. The linear notes/booklet that accompanies this is worth the 50 bucks alone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Listen to the evolution of reggae's greatest artist
    What can I say about Bob Marley that hasn't already been said? He is simply the greatest artist in reggae music's history, and this box set clearly demonstrates why. You can hear his music evolve from Disc 1 to Disc 4 as he becomes funkier, more political, more mature. You can hear his voice change from that of a teen to that of a mature singer/songwriter and national icon. A few of the reasons that elevate this box set to a desert island disc are:

    1) Alternate takes of many classics including Could You Be loved, Jammin', No More Trouble, etc.

    2) Live versions of I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song

    3) Stunning long acoustic medley on Disc 2 during which Marley sings parts of 7-8 songs including one of my favorites, Guava Jelly

    4) Great sound and sequencing

    Do yourself a favor and get this box set. For any music fan who wants to hear a musician evolve from great to the greatest, this box set is for you. For any Bob Marley fan, I probably don't have to convince you any further that Songs of Freedom is a must have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars still the one
    Although Bob Marley had a tough life and also ups and downs, he still managed to write and perform the most inspiring music of all time, His power through music helped change many ways in many countries.
    In his last few years, when he was battling cancer, he wrote even more and far better than he had ever done, and he still performed. Its this sort of compassion that music lacks today, and that's why Bob Marley will always be number 1. ... Read more


    8. Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
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    Young Argentine guitarist Federico Aubele became transfixed with the music of Astor Piazzolla even as he listened to the cool lounge sounds of Thievery Corporation and the Six Degrees label. Incredibly, he put these influences together for an exceptional debut album entitled Gran Hotel Buenos Aires. It's produced by the Thievery guys, but one gets the sense that this really came from Aubele. He surrounds his downtempo beats delicate acoustic guitar figures, an array of sexy women singers (all vocals are in Spanish), and a rich tapestry of sounds and tones. Pushing flamenco and various styles of Latin music to the fore, he also draws upon dub and ambient, and it's the grace of this hip fusion that puts Aubelle up there with such genre benders as Manu Chao and the Gotan Project. Highlights include the upbeat "Ante Tus Ojos" and the rich Latin groove "Esta Noche," but the album is strong from beginning to finish. A truly impressive first effort.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars hypnotic music
    Federico Aubele's album on ESL comes as a refreshing twist in the downtempo/international music scene. Taking guitar-rich songs from his native Argentina, packing them onto the thievery-built sonic cruiser and stopping off in Kingston to drench it all in dub.

    There are plenty of dub records out there, and plenty more from Argentina, but this may be worth your time if you dig mellow, haunting downtempo songs with both live and sampled vocals. Good music for chillin'.

    The one drawback, I guess, is that this music can seem too-much like wallpaper or fashion music. But taken as part of a deep collection of music or for inclusion in mixes - I'd say this record rates as a classic of its genre. B+

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album from ESL
    Thievery corp have chosen another winner!

    Federico's album is lush - full of downtempo, dubby sounds with a latin flair. Love the guitar work on all the tracks!

    1-0 out of 5 stars GOOD CD BUT OVER PRODUCED
    The Thievery Corp guys try to steal the album from Federico Aubele whom when left alone to play the guitar is spectacular.
    All he songs start off the same and it becomes boring after the second cut, too much going on most of the songs, I bought this cd after listening to Los Amigos Invisibles produced by M.A.W. and was really looking forward to a Thievery produced cd.
    I BEEN ROBBED.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Check out this CD
    I first heard of Federico on the latest ESL compilation Den of Thieves. I loved the track "Postales" by him so I picked up this cd. I was amazed; his tracks really get your attention. It's a mix of groovy guitar, sensuous lyrics, and mellow drums. This cd is at its climax when they throw in a trumpet as well. I strongly believe that fans of most genres will enjoy this cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great album from ESL!
    Take 1 part Up, Bustle, & Out....1 part Gotan project...and 1 part Theivery Corp. And you get Federico Aubele! This album is smooth from start to finish! Great beats, & other worldly vocals.
    ESL can do no wrong!! ... Read more


    9. True Love
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    What do Ryan Adams, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Beck, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Eric Clapton, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Ben Harper, Terry Hall, The Skatalites, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Shaggy, Rahzel, U-Roy, Bunny Wailer and Rachael Yamagata have in common?

    The all-star guests on "true love" range from legends Like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, The Roots, and Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music’s greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice - drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Reggae Jammin'
    The greatest voice of all reggae acts (sorry, Bob Marley fans) returns to the limelight with remade versions of his greatest hits alongside an all-star cast.

    The good news is that most of the big stars don't get in the way (No Doubt, Trey Anastasio, Eric Clapton). In fact, you have to listen fairly closely to dig Gwen Stefani or Anastasio out of the mix, they're treated basically as background singers.

    There are some duets, notably with Bonnie Raitt (on the title tune), original Wailer Bunny Wailer ("Take A Trip") and Willie Nelson on the Nelson-penned "Still Is Still Moving To Me." Unfortunately, Toots also lets Keith Richard sing along on "Careless Ethiopians" and that song isn't quite as successful as the others. And "Funky Kingston," with guest shots from Bootsy Collins and Roots, doesn't have the sweaty intensity as the original, but it's a fun groove anyway.

    Guest stars aside, the entire CD rocks with a tuneful, tropical bounce. And surfing on top of it all is the remarkable voice of Toots Hibbert, (I'll say it again) the best singer in all of reggae. This is a great companion for your springtime/summer barbecue and an indispensable soundtrack for drivin' tru da Babylon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Excellent It's Embarrassing--Wonderful.
    So Excellent It's Embarrassing--Wonderful.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hoot With Toots
    Toots and the Maytals are one of the seminal reggae bands. They appeared on the soundtrack to 'The Harder They Come', perhaps the most important vehicle for the acceptance of reggae music and, in fact, helped coin the term with their 1968 Jamaican dance hit 'Do the Reggay' (not to be confused with the 1965 international dance hit 'Do the Freddie' which helped coin the term 'geek') In a bid to re-establish an audience, Toots and the Maytals have, in the fine tradition of Carlos Santana, resorted to employing (mostly) famous guest stars on virtually every track. Although this may not be quite the commercial success of that multiplatinum Santana disc, which also had the good fortune of having the planets align during its historic sales run, it is easily as good and should, by all rights, provide a shot in the arm to Toots and the Maytals' career. With the exception of the opening track, written by and sung with Willie Nelson (a collaboration so odd and disconcerting that it wasn't until the 4th or 5th listen that we realized how good it was), all the
    songs have been written by Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and virtually all of them have been recorded by him before. Nevertheless, each one sounds fresh and exhilarant as new and there is not a clinker among the 15 tracks. Most of the songs are bouncy and buoyant except for Toots' moving duet with newcomer Rachel Yamagata and which makes us wish there had been a few more ballads. The who's-who of guests, including Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, Shaggy, Jeff Beck, No Doubt, Trey Anastasio, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Bunny Wailer, Ben Harper and Keith Richards, to name a few, sound like they are having a hoot with Toots. So do the other musicians, especially those marvelous horn players who get to toot with Toots (we have no shame). And well they should, as they get to perform with one of the truly great soul singers of our time. Toots' iconic voice brings to mind those of Otis Redding and David Ruffin (The Temptations). Toots is still here, though, and singing as well as ever on this sensational new
    album.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Let's get it straigh - toots rules but not this redone work
    Okay - I love Toots, he's a legend and he deserves to get respect, recognition and sales. This Cd has big name artists giving respect. But I'm trying to advise on the CD here, and must say that these redone versiobns are pale imitations of the wicked, grooving originals.

    If you haven't heard the originals PLEASE GET THEM as then you will know what Toots sounds like in his prime. Bloody good. If you have the originals, get this and give toots a big up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars oh my
    Best album I've heard in years. I'm always a little leery of guest musician albums -- like the recent Los Lobos that seemed so full of promise and was so disappointing and uneven -- but this Toots CD is so good I can't stand it. Just brilliant.

    I have so many CDs where I really like a couple of songs and the rest is kind of a tossup, but this is one of those rare CDs where every single song is a gem. ... Read more


    10. One Love-The Very Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers
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    One Love, a remastered retrospective of poli-spiritualmusical icon BobMarley's major-label work completed before his 1980 death fromcancer, may well replace 1984's Legend as thebest-selling reggae album of all time. One Love is 20 cuts toLegend's 16, a set that plays in chronological order of releaseas opposed to party mix. As with the latter, One Love presentsthe sweet organ-driven and feedback-scarred live version of "No Woman,No Cry" as well as album versions of classics like "I Shot theSheriff," "Get Up, Stand Up," and "Jamming." Single versions of"Buffalo Soldier" and "Exodus" sidle up to the full-band cut of"Redemption Song" and the soulful Marley/Curtis Mayfield medley, "OneLove/People Get Ready." A fine sampler of the Tuff Gong years from1972's Catch aFire and onward, One Love is aimed at the casual Marleyfan rather than the hardcore completist, though its final track isindeed a rarity: the Marley-penned, Lee "Scratch" Perry-produced "IKnow a Place." A moving ballad-styled anthem of solidarity and freedom,it was recorded in 1977 and is unavailable on any other Bob Marley &the Wailers album. One Love gives clear evidence of why Marley'slegacy endears and endures nearly a generation after his passing.--Paige La Grone ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Caution: This CD will send a teardrop down your cheek.
    After hearing Bob Marley's exceptional sounds after these many years, you'll surely feel a sense of nostalgia that will surely make you feel all misty-eyed. One Love, a digitally re-mastered collection of all the best Bob Marley and the Wailers songs recorded before his 1980 death from cancer, has in our opinion replaced Marley's Legend as the ultimate and best reggae recording ever. Despite all those 'tribute' albums to Marley with tracks recorded by various, virtually unknown reggae artists, nothing beats actually hearing old Bob and his Wailers singing psychedelic tunes about jamming in the streets and shooting sheriffs. Released exactly 20 years after Marley's untimely passing, the album has been created for casual fans as well as the hardcore completist in a set that plays in chronological date of release rather than 'compilation tape' style. The recording includes everything from "Stir It Up"; the band's first major hit in 1973, right up to the Marley-written, Lee 'Scratch' Perry-produced rarity "I Know a Place" giving the listener an insight into how Marley's message in his songs changed from just having fun in something like "Jamming" to political views on Jamaica through "Redemption Song". The most enjoyable track on the CD though still has to be the live version of "No Woman, No Cry" with its organ-driven background sounds and its hypnotic concert audience making you feel like old Bob's singing right in front of you. The superb and previously under-appreciated "Sun Is Shining" is also included on the CD, making it practically a perfect collection and allowing you to hear the "non-Funkstar-De-Luxe-DJ" version of Marley's great song. Containing a great booklet of photo-to-cover-art images of all of Marley's albums, this CD is definitely the finest collection of Bob Marley tunes you can lay your hands on. Get it now, no matter what.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter kit
    "One Love" is a wonderful CD. A notch better than "Legend" due to 5 extra songs and crisp remastering. You'll find 14 of the 15 songs from "Legend" here (minus ""Satisfy My Soul"). The necessary extra songs you get are "Iron Lion Zion", "So Much Trouble In The World", "Roots, Rock, Reggae", "Turn Your Lights Down Low" and the hit or miss bonus "I Know A Place" (never released). This compilation grabs from most of Marley's popular works... 2 songs from the CD "Burnin'", 1 from "Kaya", 1 from "Natty Dread", 1 from "Survival", 1 from "Confrontation", 2 from "Uprising", and a stunning 6 from his most succesful studio album "Exodus". You also get a better rendition of the "Redemption Song" featuring the whole band and not just a guitar. There are a few tunes I miss from "Kaya" and 2 tunes in particular I miss from "Natty Dread" ("Lively Up Yourself" and "So Jeh Seh"). If you own no Marley, this is THE place to start. Nice liner notes and photography as well - the sleeve cover photo is one of the best naturally posed pictures of Bob Marley I can remember. When you think of the MASTER of reggae, you MUST think of Bob Marley..... and this might just be his single best release. *****

    3-0 out of 5 stars Possible Upgrade to Legend
    These days, record companies seem to put out varying versions of artists' greatest hits. Its at a point where these companies think they can make money by changing the tracks.

    This is very evident with this Bob Marley compilation. Thirteen of the twenty tracks are from the top selling Legend compilation. By the way Legend has sixteen tracks(twowhich are bonus tracks). Ok, the Redemption Song is a group version here as compared to the acoustic one on Legend. And this compilation has seven additional tracks. Of these seven tracks, I find the melodies of Iron Lion Zion, Turn Your Lights Down Low,and Lively Up Yourself to be quite good. The others are not bad but somehow seem to not be on the same level as such classics as Jamming, I Shot The Sheriff, Waiting In Vain, and Get Up Stand Up.

    Therefore, if you like these extra seven tracks as much as the other Marley Classics, pick this CD up at once. Otherwise Legend may be the better purcahse for those who want the quick study on Bob Marley.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful!!
    Till now I had just listened 4 or 5 very popular songs from
    Bob Marley. When i listened to this CD i was amazed! You can't
    find an album with all the songs being so wonderful. Bob Marley
    was a poet, great singer and performer. This is a must have CD
    even if you are not so much into reggae...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
    Truly this is an mazing compilation. its all of bobs most known songs, and unless you have legend a great buy for sure. I have to agree with Ed that the acoustic version of redemption song is AMAZINGLY better, however 19/20 sweet songs is amazing. Fernando might be right about other songs like rebel music however if your looking for a cd to chill with on the beach i think i would much prefer these tunes because they are super up beat but laid back at the same time, fernando 1 word of advice toke da herb and listen to some bob, seeing your also a big fan your missing out. ... Read more


    11. Mas Flow, Vol. 2
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    The young duo Francisco Saldana and Victor Cabrera once worked at Harvard University as a chef and a dishwasher, respectively--but that was before they began remixing, redefining, and revolutionizing the burgeoning reggaeton movement. Talk about a Cinderella story: Known collectively as Luny Tunes, the pair has assembled a first-rate posse of stars for Mas Flow 2, the follow-up to 2003's first installment. Luny Tunes have been called reggaeton's answer to hip-pop producers the Neptunes, and Mas Flow 2 goes a long way towards justifying the comparison. High-wattage stars Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, Vico-C and Tego Calderon make appearances throughout the two-disc collection, and lesser-known artists are also highlighted. Even Frankie J pops up for a charged-up remix of his pop hit, "Obsession." The jerky beats of reggaeton can get a bit repetitive, but Luny Tunes add enough flavor to keep the hips swaying throughout the disc's 20-plus tracks. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
    Luny Tunes just get better and better!!!!I thought Mas Flow was good, then came Trayectoria which was just as good if not better, and now Mas Flow 2 is their BEST yet!!!They are amazing at what they do.My favorite tracks are Mirame [it's got an indian vibe to it], Rakata, Mayor que Yo, La Killer - trust me the list goes on and on, it's that good!!!Everybody should go out and buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars L0 m3j0r!!!
    3st3 diisc0 3s iincr3iibl3..........ii liist3n t0 iit 3v3ryday.....ii luv iit..........lunny tun3s s0n l0s m3j0r3s and pr0v3d t0 b3 th3 b3st. I abs0lut3ly luv * may0r qu3 y0 * rakata * miiram3 * 3l tiibur0n * 3s m3j0r 0lvidarl0 * tu baiilar * t0rtura * qu3r3r y amar *...y 3l r3st0 d3 las cancii0n3s.....c0mpr3n 3l cd ...ur n0t g0nna r3gr3t iit>>>trust m3!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars lunytunes te trae un tsunami de reggeaton
    Este album tiene un numero increible de artistas conocidos del genero, y todos debajo del productor mas famoso de reggeaton.Lunytunes definitivamente prueba que el es el que pone los mejores ritmos y pistas.Baby Ranks y Dadde Yankee especialmente hizieron un buen trabajo.?Pues porque le doy 3 estrellas enconces?

    Dos problemas que tiene; temas no terminados, y demasiados artistas.Si hay demasiada gente, y en varias canciones se siente mas como un chinchorro de gatos en vez de un equipo olimpico.Por ejemplo, Mirame(2) tiene a Tego Calderon, ?pero para que?, si ya Mirame estaba de lo mas bien con Daddy Yankee y quien fuese la hembra que ni siquiera mencionan.An~adirle a Tego en este remix dan~a la quimica entre ellos dos.Esto tambien pasa en Mayor Que Yo, la cual tiene como a cinco cantantes, uno se siente bombardeado por los artistas, y se quedan las liricas de un cantante incompletas antes que el proximo salte encima.Es una pena porque el ritmo de merengue bachateao combinado con el reggeaton quedo increible.
    Lo otro tambien tiene que ver con lo primero.Muchas canciones son muy cortas, y los ritmos y pistas que te agarran se van de donde vinieron muy pronto, y cuando la cancion ya lo pone a uno en un trance, se acaba.El orden de las canciones no ayuda tampoco porque los ritmos parecidos no estan ordenados en tal forma que vayan corridos unos cuantos, para tener un "flow" mas logico.

    En fin, en el tsunami del oceano indico demasiada agua mato a mucha gente, y causo tragicas concecuencias.Igualmente, este album te va a inundar de reggeaton tan fuertemente que satisfaccion completa es dificil conseguir a menos que seas un gran junkie del perreo, o un DJ necesitando canciones cortas para una discoteca.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nada se podra comparar
    ESTE DISCO PARA MI ES UNO DE LOS MEJORES QUE YO HE ESCUCHADO. CON CANCIONES COMO MAYOR QUE YO, Y ACCORALANDOME, NO SABES QUE SE ESPERA. Y CON LA LLEGADA PRONTA DE LA TRAYECTORIA II, YA SE SABE QUE VA A SER SI NO IGUAL O MEJOR QUE ESTOS DISCOS. EN VERDAD, ESTE DISCO ES ALGO INCREIBLE !

    5-0 out of 5 stars No words can describe it.
    I bought this city on April 14 and put it in my CD player and it hasn't left there yet. If you are getting confused on what I am saying then check this. I mean this CD is so hot that I have had it in my portable CD and it hasn't left my side since I bought it. I like just about all of the songs on it. Some of my favorite songs on it are Rakata by Wisin y Yandel, El Tiburon by Alexis y Fido, Mirame by Daddy Yankke featuring Deevani, Es Mejor Olvidario by Zion y Lennox featuring Baby Ranks, Oh Jonny! by Mr. Vegas(wow), Con Rabio by Polaco, Sobale el Pelo by Tony Dize, Verme by Baby Ranks, Tortura by Yaga y Mackie, Accoralandome by Trebol Clan, and Obsession by Frankie J featuring Mr. Phillip. Do you see how many songs that is? Trust me, when you listen to these songs I promise you will see that this CD is hotter than anything you have ever heard! ... Read more


    12. Now That's What I Call Music! 16
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    13. The Harder They Come
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    Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell made reggae an integral playerin his gritty 1973 saga of arenegade Kingston singer who becomes a modern Robin Hood, casting oneof the style's earliest stars, Jimmy Cliff, in thelead, and filling this soundtrack--here presented in a remasteredversion--with classics from Toots & the Maytals ("Pressure Drop,""Sweet and Dandy"), Desmond Dekker ("Shanty Town"), the Melodians("Rivers of Babylon"), and the Slickers ("Johnny Too Bad"). Cliffhimself gets pole position, however, getting in the first ("You Can GetIt If You Really Want") and last ("The Harder They Come") words in thisfirst-rate reggae primer, which also features Cliff's enduring "ManyRivers to Cross." --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary reggae
    I'm one of those relatively few people who prefer Jimmy Cliff to Bob Marley...and this CD is one of the primary reasons. I'm not a huge reggae fan, but this soundtrack is simply one of the best CDs I've ever heard. Every song is a classic. Four of Jimmy's best songs are one this one - "You Can Get It," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Sitting in Limbo," and "The Harder They Come." Even non-reggae fans are likely to recognize "Many Rivers to Cross," which I think is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.

    In addition to Jimmy's incredible contributions, several other important reggae acts make an appearance. Scotty scores with "Draw Your Brakes," which has the memorable chorus "stop that train, I want to get off." Desmond Dekker (who had the first ever US reggae hit single with "Israelites") has a song as does the Slickers ("Johnny Too Bad," which was later covered by UB40). This CD is widely credited with popularizing reggae in the United States, and for that distinction alone, it deserves to be considered a true classic. Plus, it's just great music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still rockin after all these years
    Your search ends here, folks.

    As a fan of the Jamaican forms of music for most of my life, I can assure you that in very few, if any, places, will one find a better cross-section of rocksteady, vocal trio, rude boy, and reggae music than on this classic film soundtrack.

    The music of the legends- Desmond Dekker, the king of rocksteady; Toots and the Maytals, masters of Ska, rocksteady and reggae; the Melodians, one of the premier rocksteady vocal trios of all time; and Jimmy Cliff, the master himself- spearheaded the film, and the careers of the players on this disc.

    Bob Marley fans will argue that Marley is the most influential reggae master of all time. This may very well be true, but this soundtrack is the master of all reggae cds. The blend of styles perfect, the muisc tight and groovy, the vocals exquisite- Jamaican music from this period at its best.

    If you own one representative of Jamaican music, this would have to be it, but hopefully this soundtrack will lead you down the paths of mssrs. Dekker, Toots, the Melodians, and Cliff..and allow you the opportunity to explore and fall in love with, all that Jamaican music has to offer.

    So stop reading this and get this soundtrack and buckle yourself in, because once the journey starts, you won't want to stop.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Cliff is the best!
    In response to the "best of the rest" review, Bob Marley is over-rated. Sure, he's a talented musician, but he's certainly not the end all be all of reggae music. In my opinion he's not even the best. He's basically just over-hyped in this country, and sadly many people I talk with can't even name a reggae musician besides Bob Marley. Many great musicians have been over looked, so contemporary popularity certainly isn't too accurate a measure of greatness. This album is great because it features the best songs of the best reggae musicians ever. Despite the diversity of styles on this CD, it all flows together very naturally. And despite what that reviewer said, Jimmy Cliff's lyrics are among the best of all time. They eloquently express raw emotion, hopes and dreams, joy and pain, and a determination to see justice. Part of what makes it such an excellent collection is that it doesn't include anything by Bob Marley, who we've all heard way too much of. Ironically, Mr. Marley would never have been heard of in America had he not been discovered by Jimmy Cliff, who hooked him up with studio time and recording deals. But they say no good deed goes unpunished, and so Cliff had the spotlight stolen from him. Anyone who listens to this CD will see the true magnificence of non-Marley reggae and the shame of all these musicians having been ignored for so long in American popular culture as the genre was reduced to just one musician in so many people's minds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Soul of Jamaica
    Jimmy Cliff put reggae on the map in the USA with this fantastic masterpiece classic soundtrack released in 1973.
    A wonderful journey back into the marvelous 1970's. You don't get much better than inspirational soul music like ' You Can Get It If You Really Want' and the beautiful melodious 'Many Rivers to Cross' as well as the upbeat and feisty ' The Harder They Come". I once saw an advertisement of wildlife to the tune of 'Many Rivers' and it was so poignant and spectacular.
    The Slickers add to this zesty album with "Johnny Too Bad"
    This is fantastic cross between reggae and calypso, capturing the very, very best essence of Jamaica.

    5-0 out of 5 stars cornerstone reggae album
    "Cornerstone" is a strange word to describe this cd, since the music is about life in the Jamaican shanty towns where there are shanties instead of stones, but anyways this cd is a quintessential description of that life. The music describes the crime. It describes the yearning for reggae stardom with everyone vying to make it big, sure they can get it if they really want. And the ganja, & the love, ecstacy, deep depression, anger. The music captures the whole spirit so well that it feels great to listen to. One of the best features of the cd is that it has You Can Get It If You Really Want & The Harder They Come twice, because those songs are twice as important as other songs. ... Read more


    14. Last Don
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    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
    I heard his music for the first time in a club in Ft. Lauderdale FL and I just had to find the CD, took me a while and I finally found it here in Amazon.Com. I must say is one of my favorite reggaeton CDs. I love it because he can take it from a hipped song that makes you want to get up and dance to a slow thoughtful song that makes you just stop and listen to his lirics. I love this CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars not the best, but pretty darn good!
    I saw Don's video for "aunque te fuieste" on H-TV, and I seen him guest on other artists videos so I figured I give his album a try, well it took me a couple months just to find a copy of the album, went to several stores, and none had any in stock. finally I found it at the local air force base bx, I have to say the album is good, if you're having a party you can't go wrong with this album, it doesn't have all the cursing and bad language that some other albums have(not that I mind, but some people do) the album could have had a few different beats, but hey it's reggaton and that's what you get. overall the album is good, but if you listen to it for too long, it tends to get boring because all the beats are very similar.
    p.s. if you like latin hip hop check out my review for the group "Akwid"

    4-0 out of 5 stars Keeps the party going
    I saw Don's video for "aunque te fuieste" on H-TV, and I seen him guest on other artists videos so I figured I give his album a try, well it took me a couple months just to find a copy of the album, went to several stores, and none had any in stock. finally I found it at the local air force base bx, I have to say the album is good, if you're having a party you can't go wrong with this album, it doesn't have all the cursing and bad language that some other albums have(not that I mind, but some people do) the album could have had a few different beats, but hey it's reggaton and that's what you get. overall the album is good, but if you listen to it for too long, it tends to get boring because all the beats are very similar.

    p.s. if you like latin hip hop check out my review for the group "Akwid"

    4-0 out of 5 stars 'The Last Don' es excelente
    Este cd esta ranqueao. Esta super bueno para la gente que le guste el reggaeton.

    5-0 out of 5 stars uno de los mejores
    A todas esas personas que les gusta el reggaeton este es uno de los mejores cds al igual que el de Tego aunque son diferentes pero son igual de bueno. ... Read more


    15. After the Sunset
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    16. Dub Side of the Moon
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    Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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    Talk about high concept: this project features the house band of notedNew York reggae label Easy Star covering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in the same sequence and in recognizable but reggae fashion. Here, the All Stars turn Floyd’s strangely surreal world even stranger and more surreal, adorning the English band’s dark psychedelic music with slow reggae beats and head-spinning dub-style production that is both inspired and effective. "Money" opens with the sound of bong hits and coughing instead of the cash register, then grooves to a reggae beat as guitar and organ churn out the classic riff--there’s even the signatory sax break in the middle. The group hits it just right on "Great Gig In The Sky," retaining the soaring gospel voice, while the remake of the chiming bells on "Time" reveals a bit of irreverent humor. Tearing away at the alienation of the original, this infusion of new personality makes it all work, elevating the album’s concept from the half-baked to visionary.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A seriously good version of a Floyd classic!
    With perfect timing to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary celebrations of Pink Floyd's classic, Dark Side Of The Moon, comes this ambitious, authentic and even amusing reinvention.

    Using the pick of the reggae and soul community, who spent over three years on the work, Dub Side Of The Moon is one of the more outrageous attempts at reworking Floyd tunes that has come along over the years. And it works fantastically well! It might seem sacriligious to some, but I think this is a great album! A fantastic job has been done from beginning to end. If you are a purist, hate cover bands, cover versions, and the like, you will probably hate this. If, however, you enjoy hearing fresh versions of old favourites, I urge you to check this out...

    The idea came about in 1999 when New York reggae label vice president Lem Oppenheimer convinced his colleagues that this was a viable concept to cover. He imagined it would "echo Dark Side's album artwork - refracting Pink Floyd's music vision through a prism of reggaes's rich rhythmic and instrumental possibilities". Gathering some of the best musicians of their genre, the producers have approached the work seriously - so seriously in fact, that the (alleged) Wizard Of Oz syncronicity apparently works throughout!

    Nyabinghi drumming kicks off the album, along with the heartbeat (this bookends the album). Speak To Me, with re-recorded comments (every sound, voice, whatever - has been rerecorded in an appropriate style) moves into a nice version of Breathe, easing the listener gently into the different sound given to this very familiar work. A great vocal as well from Sluggy Ranks.

    A kicking drum'n'bass version of On The Run follows. The style fits this fairly timeless synth heavy track well. The song climaxes, then some very funny alarm clocks herald the start of Time. The opening (once the chimes have subsided) plays down the normal rototom drum solo, David Gilmour's solos have been replaced by some toasting, which works well. The song seems none the worse for the lack of guitars...

    Great Gig In The Sky has been done really well - lovely, atmospheric, and a soulful vocal from Kirsty Rock. Money then kicks off - no cash registers but the sound of bongs (apparently - not that I would know) which puts a smile on the face. Musically, the song is very similar to the original. The vocal is provided by Gary "Nesta" Pine and Dollarman, who provides the effective toasting that replaces David's traditional solo.

    Up next, Us and Them. A nice, uplifting bass line and a pretty faithful sax performance. Frankie Paul does a pretty straight reading of this track, just adding a touch of his own interpretation. Like Money, not a huge departure from the original. Us And Them blends into another faithful (if reggae flavoured) reading of Any Colour You Like, with David's solo replaced effectively with horns.

    A stripped down Brain Damage follows, with Dr Israel sounding like he's singing through a megaphone in places, which naturally leads to Eclipse, which to my mind is the least successful rendering on the album. For what should be the climax, it seems poorly paced, particularly vocally, and muted. However, the Nyabinghi drumming that leads out, nicely wraps things up.

    There are four bonus tracks - and they enter heavy dub territory! You get Time, which starts like a Zabriskie outtake, before heading into an instrumental, dub version. Great Gig In The Sky gives you more of the same but with some awesome bass. A great version! Finally, you have Step It Pon The Rastaman Scene/Any Dub You Like, which is based on Any Colour You Like but dramatically different, with a nice vocal by Ranking Joe.

    It is a sign of a great piece of music that it can be covered in different ways successfully - think about the many ways that Lennon & McCartney songs have been covered; Dark Side is arguably the pinnacle of Pink Floyd's career. To still be so respected thirty years on, and in this case, in a completely different music community, is a sign of Dark Side's enduring quality and appeal.

    As a concept, it sounds like it just shouldn't work - but it does. Their obvious respect and love for the original shines through and ensures the album stands up to repeated playings. This is no "interesting novelty" that a project like this could be in danger of becoming. Go on - give it a try. You'll be missing a treat if you don't!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Dub Side of the Moon is an extremely successful reggae interpretation of the original Pink Floyd masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon. It stands on its own as a great work, which is remarkable given the very difficult subject matter and mythical status of the original.

    What is so wonderful about Dub Side of the Moon is it is both very accessible and familiar while being something completely new and original. Kudos to the production/arrangement team for a remarkable job.

    Nothing was left out - listen with headphones and hear faint, almost subliminal speaking in all the right places. One can even sync it to The Wizard of Oz!! The attention to detail and obvious love of the original material really shows.

    I highly recommend this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Done with integrity!
    Wow, this record really holds up! I never realized how Dark Side lends itself to Reggae, but I guess the geniuses at Easy Star saw it coming. I've heard this record played between sets at shows before, and once I bought it I realized it was solid start to finish...the bonus tracks are dubbed out and extended, the way any Pink Floyd fan can appreciate (hint, hint) and the integrity of the music is worthy. I am not surprised in the slightest that the fellas in Pink Floyd (and their management) decided to lend their material to this project. I can't wait to see what Easy Star does next!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars better than the original
    I don't much like the original Pink Floyd version of "dark.." nearly as much as this cover. and I dont really think of myself as a reggae fan either. however i listened to this album after a kid brought it to my art class and I have been searching for it since. it totally makes me appreciate the pink floyd lyrics and now I appreciate the original a little more.. maybe i just really prefer the vocals on dub. but definately worthy of being played over and over while I zone out and paint. i could listen to this album all day

    1-0 out of 5 stars So it's finally come to this
    I have nothing against reaggae, in fact I like reagae. BY ITS SELF. now Pink Floyd on the other hand is truley great music, as are Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Aerosmith,CCR, the list goes on. but anyway, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums of all time and to do something like this to it is a travesty, a sham and a mockery(not to copy the Miller lite guy of course) in fact I refuse to believe that this is happening. I DON'T WANT YOU TO MAKE PINK FLOYD "FRESH" THEY WERE DOING JUST FINE BY THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!! just please PLEASE for the love of all things holy don't do this to The Wall. ... Read more


    17. The K&D Sessions
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    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Viennese trippers Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister fry up beats like a fine Wiener schnitzel. With crisp percussion, tender melodies, and subtle bass flavor, they more than know their way around the production kitchen. Take the remix skills of these two chefs de musique; add a dash of fresh electronic ingredients, including Roni Size, Rockers Hi-Fi, David Holmes, Alex Reece, and others; run it through a beats processor; and you have one sumptuous and definitely not calorie-free meal. Tastier sound bites can be sampled during the Roni Size "Heroes" course, as K&D strip down and reconstruct a new and improved recipe for downtempo soul. Lip-smacking good. --Daniel Shumate ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lay back and groove
    I bought this CD because of the overwhelming positive comments I read about it here. Consequently there is not much to add but rather to reinforce that this is an excellent CD. The Austrian duo of Kruder and Dorfmeister create a fantastic double disc mix of electronica that is earthy and laid back. The master mixers rework the talents of such diverse acts as Depeche Mode, Count Basic and Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony just to name a few. Of the two discs I prefer disc two as it is more uptempo. Disc one is more downbeat and if you don't watch out you could be (zzzz) chilling more than you wanted. The songs fit into a variety of styles that include dub and dropping big beats, jazzy trip-hop, ambient with bleeps and tweeks, r& b laced reverb beats, and acid jazz to create a lush tectural sound that is sophisticated. The end result is music that is sensual and intimate, stylish and visceral and at times even eerie. The cold edges blend perfectly with the warm earthy textures to create the sound that is uniquely the print of master mixers D&F. The laid back sound is the perfect back drop at the end of a hectic urban day of survival, music to chill to. K&D have their pulse on this wave of electronica. Their music is one that will carry well into the 21st century, a footprint in the development of electronica that is walking with sure steps.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Session Collection
    The perfect music for almost any mood. I use it both to hype up and to chill out. Just as the title suggests, this two-disc record reads like a jam session, with seamless tracks that transport you from jungle music (check out the resmoking of "Heroes" by Roni Size/Reprazent) to rap ("1st of tha Month" by Bone, Thugs 'n Harmony). You are convinced at the end of disc one that you've been listening to the same track (it probably doesn't help that some of the songs are not only long as hell, but also have redundant riffs...but i suppose that's what chill out music is all about).

    Still, this is an excellent showcase for the talents of my favorite Austrian duo. Disc one's highligts include Heroes, Jazz Master, Going Under (whose singer's voice is just menacing enough to make you stop and take notice),Bug Powder Dust....aw, hell, the whole cd is excellent!!!

    Disc two's highlights: Sofa Surfers (stoned or sober, you can imagine people lounging in an orpulent(sp?) den doing....stuff), EastWest(can now be heard on a couple of commercials), Going Under (more bass, more ambience this time), 1st of tha MOnth, Boomberclaad, and the last two tracks.

    All fans of good music should have this in their collection. It is essential.

    If you like this CD, check out the original work of the featured artists, you might like: "New Forms"-Roni Size/Reprazent(Check out Bahamadia on title track), "Lamb"-Lamb(watch out for the Filia Brazilia Mix at the end),"Exciter"-Depeche Mode, anything by Alex Reece and David Holmes.

    wishful thinking...what if K&D worked with Elizabeth Fraser(of Cocteau Twins fame). Oh, the possibilities!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    There are over 120 reviews of this album so I won't say much that hasn't allready been said but this one is really good. I keep hoping that K&D will come out with another "sessions" LP and I think the reason they haven't is because it will be near impossible to top this one. Five stars...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Buy CD
    I have been an avid fan of electronic music for 6 years. I have known about Kruder and Dorfmeister for several years, but have just recently gotten into trip hop. I wanted to write this review because of Disk 2. Now don't get me wrong, Disk 1 is awesome, but I have been listening to Disk 2 every night when I go to sleep. Last night, I looked in my CD player, and the cd was gone. I honestly felt like I could not fall asleep without this cd in the background. Turns out, my roommate took it. I actually opened her door and contemplated taking it from her, but I decided to grab a Tosca cd instead, but it just wasn't the same. Buy this, it gets better each time you listen to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I just recently started getting into downtempo chill electronica or whatever it's called (there are so many sub-genres of electronic music it's insane). I read all the rave reviews of this album and decided to order it along with some other artists.

    I wasn't dissapointed. This two CD set is awesome! I absolutely love it. The reviews were dead on. Go ahead and make the purchase. ... Read more


    18. Live at the Roxy, Hollywood, California, May 26, 1976 - The Complete Concert
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    5-0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING and HISTORIC SHOW!!!!
    An utter MUST for your collection if you want to call yourself a true Marley fan. As you know if you own LIVE! and Babylon By Bus, Bob is always at his absolute best live and in person....and this is a truly historic concert at LA's Roxy Theatre with Bob in his prime and The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in attendance. The sound quality and song set are first rate, the crowd is electric (much more so than on Babylon By Bus or even LIVE! as the venue is much more intimate) and the show is unreal!....with the encore being truly amazing! Get it ASAP....you will LOVE it guaranteed! Only bad thing is you will SOOOOOO wish you had been there! :-) Rastafari and RIP Bob!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars What the archives yield...
    It's interesting to see what the archives can still yield after all these years. According to an interview with one of the audio restoration engineers that I read somewhere on the web, there are hundreds of hours of unfinished Marley tapes in the vaults, many of which have now been transferred to digital and are being reviewed for possible remaster and release.

    This is a 'legendary' show (according to the marketing copy) from 1976 at the Roxy in Hollywood. Disc 1 was previously released in 2002 as part of the Deluxe edition of Rastaman Vibration. The second disc here, containing one short track and a 25-minute medley, is what's really new in this release. The short track, a version of "Positive Vibration" is really pretty awful (terrible keyboard sound), but the 25-minute medley of "Get Up Stand Up"/"No More Trouble"/"War" is pretty excellent and the band is definitely rocking out on this encore. Overall, I'd say this isn't a bad release, but definitely aimed at hardcore Marley collectors.

    If you're looking to start out an essential Marley collection, you're probably better off with some of his classic live records released during his lifetime (Live! or Babylon By Bus). If you're looking for a good introduction to Marley, try the remastered version of "Legend", the one Marley compilation nobody should be without.

    Lastly, it's important to say here that this is definitely an "official" Marley archives release on his family's label, Tuff Gong. There are so many substandard Marley releases out there containing early material whose copyright circumstances aren't too clear that this one stands out as an interesting new release.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful production of an incredible show!
    This double disc is amazing, it's almost impossible for me to describe the joy I derive from listening to it. The audio quality is by far the best I've ever heard of any Bob album, let alone a live one! And the feeling is just so different than any of the studio albums, you can feel the connection he had with the audience and if you close your eyes you'll swear you're actually there. Hands down my favorite Bob album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seriously...
    If you already have the 2-CD Rastaman Vibration that includes CD1 of this set, sell it or give it to a friend, then get this, because as good as CD1 is, CD2 could be the best live recording I own. There are maybe a handful of concert albums in my collection that really make me feel like I'm there, and to get that feeling about a Bob Marley concert, well there's no better audio experience in my book. Now I don't have to be *quite* as jealous of the people who were old enough to actually go to a Marley concert.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If even a little interested in marley must buy
    I am huge into live music mainly the grateful dead and dave matthews band. I have always loved bob marley and the wailers. i have owned legend for many years but i was curious to see how the group sounded live and let me tell you i was not at all dissapointed it sounds great. Great sound quality and great music. The cd's starts out great with trenchtown rock and ends great with the 24 minute get up stand up/no more trouble/war melody and in the middle is all great material.
    All and all the bottom line is if you are even thinking about getting these cd's you should get them and not even think about it any more. ... Read more


    19. Kevin Lyttle
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    Even as dancehall further installs itself as a sellable pop/R&B sound in the U.S., St. Vincent native Kevin Lyttle arrives with a sexy, party-ready variant on soca (soul-calypso). "Turn Me On," the single that ensured this album's release in the States, is a three-years-in-the-making hit that pushes the singer's lithesome voice into an irresistible organic-electronic track (the CD also offers a remix with reggae hard man Spragga Benz and a video for the song). The rest of the album keeps the groove up, making for one of the most likeable, boundary-breaking successes in recent memory; a cover of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name" is a timely reminder of that singer's late-'80s heyday. An even more likely follow-up smash, though, is the bumping "My Lady." Don't be surprised if Lyttle has kicked off a welcome new sound-fad in America, with more soca stars arriving quickly. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


    20. Is it Rolling Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan
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    Bob Dylan's songs have been covered by everyone from the Byrds to Muzak. But performers from other traditions, unhampered by the original historic and social contexts and subsequent decades of awe-struck veneration, can just relax and sing their hearts out. Producer Dr. Dread has picked material from Dylan's Woody Guthrie-influenced early career ("Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol"), his anarchistic yet tender middle period ("Just Like A Woman"), and even his brief foray into born-again Christianity ("Gotta Serve Somebody"). Each selection is rhythmically revamped while the lyrics are sometimes reinterpreted via the Word according to Jah. But if the straightforward arrangements tend to mitigate Dylan's sly sophistication, his melodies, which so often took a back-seat to his poems, emerge in all their glory. Other than a rare, Dylan-sanctioned remix of a tune he recorded with Sly & Robbie, there are few earth-shaking revelations, but this engaging album is well worth owning. --Christina Roden ... Read more


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