Dennis Brown comes to life

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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King Jammy Presents: Dennis Brown Tracks of Life, a compilation released by VP/Greensleeves Records, brings contemporary voices to build on the work of two reggae icons – Dennis Brown and King Jammy.

The album is said to be a 21st century testament to the enduring power of reggae and dancehall across generations. Producer King Jammy is celebrated as a transitional figure in music production, who, after helping to define mixing and studio engineering in the late 70s, reshaped the Jamaican musical landscape in 1985 with Wayne Smith's Under Mi Sleng Teng, the first digital mega hit the genre had experienced.

Dennis Brown Tracks of Life draws largely on studio recordings that Jammy produced for the late reggae superstar Dennis Emmanuel Brown between 1984 and 1985, which would become the Greensleeves LP Slow Down.

For this project King Jammy went back to master tapes and brought veteran and new generation reggae and dancehall stars to the studio to write and sing new lyrics in combination with Dennis Brown.

Artists on the project include Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Alborosie, Busy Signal, Bounty Killer and Dawn Penn, Protoje, Romain Virgo, Agent Sasco, Josey Wales, and newcomers Aza Lineage, Jesse Royal, and Projexx, among others.

The vinyl release includes an LP packaged with a 7-inch 45 single of Can't Keep by Damian Marley, an update of Dennis Brown's Can't Keep A Good Man Down.

King Jammy Presents: Dennis Brown Tracks Of Life is available globally on CD, vinyl, and all digital streaming platforms from VP/Greensleeves Records.

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