Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Songs for Reggae Lovers 2
Various
Greensleeves
2 CD
February 6, 2009

Singing Melody - Songs for Reggae Lovers 2 Track list
Disc 1
  1. Althea Hewitt - If I Were I Boy
  2. Cultural Roots - Tell It To Her
  3. Wayne Wonder - Take It Easy
  4. Gregory Isaacs - Private Beach Party
  5. Freddie Mcgregor - Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
  6. Marcia Aitken - I'm Still In Love With You
  7. Dennis Brown - Moonlight
  8. Fiona & Lloyd Brown - Break Up To Make Up
  9. Tarrus Riley - Stay With You
  10. Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes
  11. Barrington Levy - If You Give To Me
  12. Frankie Paul - I Know The Score
  13. Beres Hammond - She Loves Me Now
  14. Sanchez - (They Long To Be) Close To You
  15. JC Lodge - Someone Loves You Honey
Disc 2
  1. Michael Prophet - Here Comes The Bride
  2. Barry Biggs - Wide Awake In A Dream
  3. Dean Fraser - Girlfriend
  4. Freddie Mcgregor - Stop Loving You
  5. Ken Boothe - A Man Is A Man
  6. Beres Hammond - Love Means (Never To Say Your Sorry)
  7. Etana - Closer
  8. Dennis Brown - You Know You Want To Be Loved
  9. John Holt - Sugar And Spice
  10. Cocoa Tea - Low Profile
  11. Deborahe Glasgow - Best Friend
  12. Singing Melody - Back For Good
  13. Mighty Diamonds - There's No Me Without You
  14. Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me (No No No)
  15. Terry Linen - Your Love Is My Love
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At the beginning of 2008 Greensleeves unleashed a smooth collection called "Songs For Reggae Lovers", a fine double CD filled with 30 tracks aimed at the more mature reggae listener, who wants to sit back and listen to melodic reggae from the past. One year later the company puts out volume 2 and there's no change in policy. From solid tracks from the past to recent hits, it's all here to enjoy!

The collection starts with a nice rendition of Beyonce's current smash hit If I Were A Boy by Althea Hewitt. The John Legend tune Stay With You gets reworked by Tarrus Riley, who is one of the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica reggae singers. With his sweet, nuanced tenor vocal style he makes a fine impression with his effort. The rest of disc 1 is filled with a selection of good to excellent lover tunes. Personal favorite is Frankie Paul's I Know The Score, one of the many hit singles he recorded for King Jammy in the mid 80s. The vocal quartet Cultural Roots contributes a sultry tune called Tell It To Her, produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes in the early 80s. From the same producer comes Johnny Osbourne's In Your Eyes. Freddy McGregor's hit single Just Don't Want To Be Lonely is here too, an obvious choice one would say!

Disc 2 offers nuff niceness too. Only one recent tune here, Etana's Closer, drawn from her 2008 album The Strong One. It is a brilliant lovesong over a dubby backing that fits Etana's flawless vocals like a glove. The excellent classic soul tune Wide Awake In A Dream was revamped in the early 80s by Barry Biggs who scored a massive hit with his version. One of the most underrated tunes by Cocoa Tea is Low Profile, produced by ace producer Gussie Clarke. Out of the famed Channel One studios, produced by J. Hoo Kim, comes a rather unknown outing by the legendary Mighty Diamonds (still active!). They reworked a lot of soul tunes, this one, There's No Me Without You, is a particular fine one, here presented in the 12inch version. The late great Deborahe Glasgow left us before she really went into stardom, her powerful, yet sultry vocal deliverance is unmatched. Check out here tune Best Friend. The compilation comes to an end with Terry Linen's smash tune Your Love Is My Love, the tune that put him on the map.

Volume 2 is a rightful successor to the first volume. There's no dead stock between the grooves, so if you're into sweet and melodic reggae this set is for you. Enjoy!