Crucial Reggae Funk Party

Performers Various Artists

October 1, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Trojan's This Is Crucial Reggae series is really a group of samplers (each runs around 35 minutes in length) showcasing the label's vast ska and reggae licensing catalog, and the template of the other titles in the series is to mix bona fide Jamaican hits with reggaefied covers of familiar international pop and soul songs. This entry concentrates on funk and soul covers, but lacks any huge Jamaican hits, and while there are certainly interesting versions here, none of them are vital as either reggae or funk performances. In fact, it's actually pretty disorienting to hear "Shaft" (done by the Chosen Few) and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (done by the Pioneers) with reggae rhythms and approaches, while "Kung Fu Fighting" (done by Lloyd Parks) amazingly manages to somehow sound less odd than the original version, hard as that is to believe. In the end result, Crucial Reggae Funk Party feels a bit like a novelty album, and despite the title, nothing here is particularly crucial. ~ Steve Leggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2010

Genre: Roots Reggae

Style: Reggae

UPC: 060768055728

Found in: Roots Reggae

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Crucial Reggae Funk Party

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2010

Genre: Roots Reggae

Style: Reggae

UPC: 060768055728


Title Track Time
1.Love and Happiness - Al Brown --
2.Boogie on Reggae Woman - Pat Rhoden --
3.Do It (Till You're Satisfied) - Soul Messengers --
4.Kung Fu Fighting - Lloyd Parks --
5.Sister Big Stuff - John Holt --
6.It's Your Thing - Alton Ellis --
7.Soul Power - Nicky Thomas --
8.Shaft - The Chosen Few --
9.Papa Was a Rolling Stone - The Pioneers --
10.(I Can't Get Enough of That) Reggae Stuff - Matumbi --
11.Do Your Thing - The Chosen Few --
12.Get up, Stand Up - The Chequers --

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Trojan's This Is Crucial Reggae series is really a group of samplers (each runs around 35 minutes in length) showcasing the label's vast ska and reggae licensing catalog, and the template of the other titles in the series is to mix bona fide Jamaican hits with reggaefied covers of familiar international pop and soul songs. This entry concentrates on funk and soul covers, but lacks any huge Jamaican hits, and while there are certainly interesting versions here, none of them are vital as either reggae or funk performances. In fact, it's actually pretty disorienting to hear "Shaft" (done by the Chosen Few) and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (done by the Pioneers) with reggae rhythms and approaches, while "Kung Fu Fighting" (done by Lloyd Parks) amazingly manages to somehow sound less odd than the original version, hard as that is to believe. In the end result, Crucial Reggae Funk Party feels a bit like a novelty album, and despite the title, nothing here is particularly crucial. ~ Steve Leggett
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