Super Reggae & Soul Hits
Release Date: 15/12/2014
Reissue of the classic 1972 album.
Recorded when Dennis was just 15 this early LP has an easy charm that spotlights Brown's nascent songwriting and his trademark smooth, unhurried vocal style. The original LP included a classic Brown original, "Concentration," which opened the set, as well as a bouncing cover of the Rays' "Silhouettes" and covers of songs like Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" and a near definitive version of Van McCoy's "Let Me Down Easy," all filled out with superb and soulful backing tracks.
The reissue is the entire original album with an additional seven bonus tracks consisting of some of those backing tracks with the vocals removed, some dub variations, and the intriguing "Dock of the Bay" by Big Youth, which features Youth's restructuring of the Otis Redding hit done over the rhythm Derrick Harriott fashioned for Brown's version of "Silhouettes,"
Brown went on to work with countless producers and had many big Jamaican hits, but he was never quite as innocent sounding as he was on these tracks, and Harriott's production gives them all a timeless insularity.
2. Concentration Version 3
4. Wichita Lineman
5. Musical Heatwave
6. He Can't Spell
7. I Didn't Know
8. I Didn't Know Version 3
9. How Could I Let You Get Away
10. Lips of Wine
11. Let Me Down Easy
12. Changing Times
13. Concentration Version 2 - Dennis Brown & The Crystalites
14. Silhouettes Version - Dennis Brown & The Crystalites
15. Dock of the Bay - Big Youth
16. Drum & Bass Version - Augustus Pablo & The Crystalites
17. Acid Version - Dennis Brown & The Crystalites
18. Isic (Means Music) - The Crystalites
19. Changing Times Version - The Crystalites