Monday, Dec 04 2006 | 12:50

Lloyd James, (born in Kingston, Jamaica), better known as Prince Jammy or King Jammy, is one of Jamaica’s legendary music men, as a producer, selector and creator of many classic hits. He began his career as a protege of dub legend King Tubby. For the first few years of his career, he almost exclusively made Dub. In the 1980s, he became one of the most influential producers of dancehall music. His mid-1980s productions led to the integration of synthesizer driven (‘digital’) sounds in dancehall reggae. King Jammy’s biggest hit was 1985’s “(Under Me) Sleng Teng” by Wayne Smith, with an entirely-digital rhythm hook. Many credit this song as being the first “Digital rhythm” in reggae, leading to the modern dancehall era.

King Jammy’s present “Selector’s Choice”

The upcoming VP releases “King Jammy’s pres. Selector’s Choice” brings you the most comprehensive collection to highlight one of the most influential figures in Reggae music – for the first time on 4 double CDs! Remastered and repackaged with exclusive vintage photos and all new track-by-track liner notes written by Reggae historian Rob Kenner.

King Jammy has produced some of Reggae’s biggest riddims (“Sleng Teng”, “Punany”), sequenced here by riddim and featuring the tracks that defined the era (1980 to 1985).

Featured artists include Shabba Ranks, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osborne, Chaka Demus, Ninja Man, Admiral Bailey, Josey Wales and many more.

Executive producer Johnny Wonder has worked in the Jammy’s camp for years and presents a tracklist full of hits, favorites, and rare and hard to find exclusives.

Experience the definitive dancehall era on 4 double CD sets, chronicling one of the most prolific production teams in Reggae then and now.

Tracklistings:

Selector’s Choice Vol. 1

CD1:

01. Ain’t No Meaning – Wayne Smith
02. Draw Mi Mark – Nitty Gritty
03. People Are You Ready – Johnny Osbourne
04. It A Ring – Tonto Irie
05. In Deh – Pad Anthony
06. Hog Inna Minty – Nitty Gritty
07. The Exit – Dennis Brown
08. What A La La – Johnny Osbourne
09. Come Along – Wayne Smith
10. False Alarm – Nitty Gritty
11. Good Morning Teacher – Nitty Gritty
12. Stalag Excursion – Dean Fraser
13. Mr. Landlord – Half Pint
14. It’s Magic – Dennis Brown
15. Nah Look No Work – Cocoa Tea
16. Denise – Pinchers
17. Let Off Supum – Leroy Smart
18. Bad Bwoy Gwan A Jail
19. It’s Over
20. Shame To See

CD2:

01. Pumpkin Belly – Tenor Saw
02. Call The Police – John Wayne
03. Under Mi Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
04. Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne
05. Original Fat Teng – Wayne Smith
06. Eagles Feather – Nicodemus
07. Agony – Pinchers
08. Big Belly Man – Admiral Bailey
09. Synthesizer Voice – Pompidoo
10. Must Love Reggae – Shabba Ranks
11. Don’t Pirate It – Risto Benji
12. Me Nuh Response – Major Worries
13. Police Inna England – Peter Metro
14. Girlie Girlie – Tonto Irie
15. Clarks Booty – Little John
16. No Warrior – Junior Delgado
17. Warrior – Johnny Osbourne
18. Advantage – Admiral Tibet
19. Material Girl – Dennis Brown

Selector’s Choice Vol. 2

CD1:

01. Deh Wid You – Super Black
02. Rock It Tonight – Johnny Osbourne
03. For Your Eyes Only – Pinchers
04. Horse Tonic – Admiral Bailey
05. Spanish Fly – Little Twitch
06. Crying Time – Cocoa Tea
07. Lover’s Question – Leroy Gibbons
08. None A That – Tullo T
09. Medley 5 – Cocoa Tea
10. Ah Murder – Pad Anthony
11. Come Again – Cocoa Tea
12. Shame Them – Frankie Paul
13. I Need You – Chuck Turner
14. Right Track – Johnny Osbourne
15. Bad Minded People – Anthony Malvo
16. Block Traffic – Little John
17. Champion Bubbler – Pinchers
18. Whole Heap A Corn – Josey Wales
19. Politician – Admiral Bailey
20. Wear Yuh Size – Lt. Stitchie

CD2:

01. Tune In – Cocoa T
02. Nice Up The Lawn – Ninja Man
03. Here I Am – Sanchez
04. Let Jah Arise – King Kong
05. Dancehall Business – King Everald
06. Footprints – Jah Mikey
07. The General – Josey Wales
08. Young Lover – Cocoa Tea
09. Samfie Girl – Leroy Gibbons
10. Run Around Girl – Chuck Turner
11. Turn On The Heat – Eccleton Jarrett
12. Sara – Frankie Paul
13. Why Are You Going Away – Leroy Gibbons
14. Bits And Pieces – Gregory Isaacs
15. Loving That You Want – Pinchers
16. Can’t Run Sax – Dean Fraser
17. What The Hell – Echo Minott
18. Tell You What Police Can Do – Lady Junie
19. Fire Fire – Johnny Osbourne
20. Twist A Rock – Major Worries

Selector’s Choice Vol. 3

CD1:

01. Magic Moment – Leroy Gibbons
02. Jump Up – Admiral Bailey
03. Bam Bam – Tiger
04. Casanova – Frankie Paul
05. Respect Due – Little Twitch
06. Champion Sound – Colin Roach
07. Discuss Dem Man – Little John
08. Wake Up – Sister Charmaine
09. Great Ambition – Lt. Stitchie
10. Head To Toe – Frankie Paul
11. Kill Dem Wid It – Admiral Bailey
12. I’m A Don – Pinchers
13. Must Haffi Get It – Horace Andy
14. Devil Send You Come – Little Twitch
15. Be Mine Tonight – Admiral Bailey
16. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Al Campbell
17. Emmanuel Road – Echo Minott
18. Nah Lef Ya – Josey Wales
19. Top Celebrity Man – Admiral Bailey
20. Gimme No Bun – Little John

CD2:

01. Get Up Stand Up & Rock – Shabba Ranks
02. Bye Bye Love – Trevor Sparks
03. Greatest Gal Lover – Anthony Malvo & Daddy Lizard
04. Nowhere Better Than Yard – Admiral Bailey
05. DJ A Look Fi Mi – Lecturer
06. Let’s Give It A Try – Gregory Isaacs
07. My Lady – Courtney Melody
08. Don’t Throw It All Away – Home T
09. Dean In China Town – Dean Fraser
10. Fresh – Shabba Ranks
11. Four Season Lover – Leroy Gibbons
12. X Rated Country – Admiral Bailey
13. Boy George – Dominic
14. Duck Dance – Red Dragon
15. Bounce – Flourgon
16. Bad Bad Chaka – Chaka Demus
17. Dibbi Dibbi Girl – Daddy Lizard
18. More Reality – Ninja Man
20. Duck Riddim – Steely & Clevie

Selector’s Choice Vol. 4

CD1:

01. Who She Love – Cocoa Tea, Home T & Shabba Ranks
02. Boombastic – Tiger
03. Bull’s Eye – Brian & Tony Gold
04. Missing You – Leroy Gibbons
05. Lodi Lodi – Hugo Barrington
06. Chatty Chatty Mouth – Admiral Bailey
07. Champaign Sax – Dean Fraser
08. If I Were A Carpenter – John Holt
09. Kissing In The Moonlight – Frankie Paul
10. Tears – Chuck Turner
11. Genie – Pinchers
12. Live Blanket – Shabba Ranks
13. Think Me Did Done – Admiral Bailey
14. Natty Dread – Lt. Stitchie
15. I Know The Score – Frankie Paul
16. End Of The World – Sanchez
17. My Love – Thriller U
18. Mr. Sea – Sanchez
19. Ital Man – Chaka Demus

CD2:

01. Peenie Peenie – Shabba Ranks
02. Original Kuff – Chaka Demus
03. Johnny Too Bad – Colin Roach
04. Love Punany Bad – Shabba Ranks
05. Pretty Looks Done – Major Mackerel
06. Water Come A Mi Eye – Josey Wales
07. Love Mi Stylee – Robert Lee
08. Me Ah De Danger – Admiral Bailey
09. Needle Eye Pum Pum – Shabba Ranks
10. Punany – Admiral Bailey
11. Healthy Body – Admiral Bailey
12. Gimme The Money – Risto Benjie
13. Babylon Boops – Major Worries
14. No Borrow No Gun – Pinchers
15. Border Clash – Ninja Man
16. Yes Mama – Little John
17. Bike Back – Johnny P
18. Wrong Move – Josey Wales
19. Been Around The World – Echo Minott
20. Punnany Sax – Dean Fraser

The album collection King Jammy’s presentSelector’s Choice Vol.1-4” (VP) has been released January 5, 2007.

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