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Album Review

Johnny Nash was the first American singer to incorporate reggae rhythms, and as such deserves a lot of credit for paving the way for the acceptance of bona fide Jamaican performers. His own pop-soul-reggae concoctions, though, were often rather watery in comparison to the real thing. Reggae Collection brings together 20 of the reggae-style tracks he cut between 1968 and the mid-'70s, including his hits "Hold Me Tight," "Cupid," and "Stir It Up"; the version of "I Can See Clearly Now" is an alternate take. This leans too heavily on his 1972-1975 Epic material without enough of his late-'60s work; the small hit "You Got Soul" is missing, and the delightfully light and soaring "Hold Me Tight" towers over most everything else here. Almost half the tracks were previously unreleased or previously unavailable in the U.S.

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Who Wrote Many of These Songs?

I'm amazed that the review for this album didn't mention who wrote Stir It Up, Rock It Baby, and many others on this album. In fact this person also can be heard playing guitar and singing back up. Who is this mystery man? Bob Marley, that's who!

best artist in the world

i cant believe he only mad an album once, he should have made so much more because this guy has talent!


Born: August 19, 1940 in Houston, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though by no means an artistic innovator on par with contemporaries such as Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff, singer Johnny Nash nevertheless proved a pivotal force behind the mainstream acceptance of reggae with the international success of his 1972 chart-topper "I Can See Clearly Now." Born in Houston, Texas on August 19, 1940, Nash honed his vocal skills singing in his Baptist church's choir and by 13 was a regular on the local television series Matinee, performing covers of current R&B hits; in 1956...
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The Reggae Collection, Johnny Nash
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, R&B/Soul, Soul
  • Released: Sep 21, 1993

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