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Originally released on the Power label in 1985, Greetings solidified the commercial ascendance of Half Pint, the diminutive Jamaican DJ who had exploded onto the Kingston Dancehall scene the previous year with hits such as “One and A Million” and “Look Before You Walk.” Though these numbers had been sound system favorites their success would be dwarfed by the phenomenal “Greetings” which found Half Pint boldly announcing his impending superstardom over a beefed up re-working of the Skatalites’ “Heavenless” rhythm. “Heavenless’” cavernous drums and simple but energetic bassline made it an ideal foundation for Half Pint’s exuberant sing-jay style, which drew in equal measure from the staccato chatting of DJs like Lone Ranger and the keening melodies of accomplished singers like Sugar Minott. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, easily Jamaica’s most formidable rhythm section, provided Greetings with its booming, lockstep rhythms and propulsive beat. VP Records’ superb reissue of this dancehall landmark includes the album’s original eight cuts, and generously appends a few of Half Pint’s most sought after singles from the period.

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this album has some amazing songs on it. revelutionizing reggae.


Born: November 11, 1961 in West Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Dancehall singjay Half Pint recorded some of the genre's early classics during the first half of the '80s. His appeal outside Jamaica was somewhat limited by his willingness to repeat simple musical ideas, but the best of his work was frequently brilliant. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy (later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital ragga era. While Half Pint's...
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