Essential Reggae Kings
Tad's Records Inc
Digital Release
May 13, 2015

Track list
  1. Chronixx - Somewhere
  2. Tarrus Riley - Gimme Likkle One Drop
  3. Jah Bouks - Angola
  4. Jah Cure & Jahranimo - I'm Free
  5. Buju Banton - Time & A Place
  6. Richie Spice - Work On Natty
  7. Anthony B - Reggae Gone Pon Top
  8. John Holt feat. Bounty Killer - My Best Girl
  9. Turbulence - X-Girlfriend
  10. Jah Mason - Love Is The Answer
  11. Half Pint - Mind Over Matter
  12. Ray Darwin - People's Choice (Extended Version)
  13. Sugar Minott - Dance Hall Style (Extended Version)
  14. Gregory Isaacs - Down The Line
  15. Dennis Brown - Armagedon
  16. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
  17. George Nooks & Beenie Man - Money In My Pocket
  18. Third World - Don't Give Up
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Tads Dawkins' Tad's Records Inc - a record production and publishing company based in Kingston JA with main office located in Miami FL - has been in the music business for over thirty years and boasts a catalog showcasing artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Turbulence, Anthony B, Anthony Cruz, Perfect and many more that cover the spectrum of Reggae & Dancehall music. During the three decades of its existance, the label has released a notable amount of artist albums, 'one riddim' sets and samplers. The latter include titles such as "The Hitlist Vol. 5", "Reggae Jammin' Volume One", "Phantom Vol. 2", "The Ultimate 2013", "Sounds Of Taxi Vol. 1", and "One Love Reggae Love Songs Volume 1" to name only six.

Here's Tad's Records' latest sampler titled "Essential Reggae Kings", featuring mostly tried and trusted stuff from an artist line-up that includes the names of contemporary stars as well as veterans (including reggae legends like John Holt, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minott, who are no longer with us). Already certain to instantly grab your attention are the hit singles "Gimme Likkle One Drop" by Tarrus Riley and Jah Bouks' "Angola". Together with the beautiful love song "Somewhere", Chronixx's tune from 2012 on the Dale Virgo produced "Perfect Key" riddim, they form the real good opening part of this sampler. For obvious reasons the imprisoned Buju Banton hasn't recorded any new material since he was arrested in December 2009. His inspirational "Time & A Place" comes on a relicked version of Bob Marley's "Coming From The Cold" riddim, which was released in the summer of 2009.

Richie Spice does a nice cover version of Culture's "Work On Natty" (instructing the Rastafarian faithful to work hard, take home their pay, and wait for Jah's arrival), while Anthony B shines on the 2006 released "Reggae Gone Pon Top" over the "Revolution/Intercom" riddim. Both Jah Mason and Half Pint ride the "Love Is The Answer" riddim, with Half Pint's "Mind Over Matter" being the slightly better effort. Ray Darwin's modern roots anthem "People's Choice" on the classic "Mean Girl" riddim is simply great to hear and this also goes for Sugar Minott's early-'80s killer "Dance Hall Style", which comes across one of the wickedest versions of the "Heavenless" riddim. Gregory Isaacs delivers the superb "Down The Line" and Dennis Brown excels with his interpretation of Bunny Wailer's "Armagedon".

This "Essential Reggae Kings" sampler simply gives you very good value for money.