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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Ultimate Collection

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Album Review

DJ Chaka Demus and singer Pliers are a real double threat: Both are highly gifted artists, one of them a better-than-average dancehall toaster and the other a sweet-voiced crooner with a cool, assured delivery, and they have managed to attract the attention of some of reggae's finest producers, most notably Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. So one would expect their output to be a bit more consistent. But their albums are actually rather spotty, making a collection like this especially welcome. The problem is that the material most likely to end up on such a collection isn't always the best they have to offer. The hit "Murder She Wrote," for example, is an obvious choice, yet it features some of Demus' most awkward toasting and Pliers' most off-key singing. By contrast, the self-produced "It Hot" is a gem, as is the swinging and tuneful "Boom Smilin'." The duo's cover of "Twist & Shout" is a fun novelty, while "War a Gwaan" brings a dreader perspective to bear — but is marred, again, by a mismatch between the key Pliers sings in and the key the musicians play in. The strong performances do ultimately outnumber the weak, though, making this compilation a worthy acquisition for fans of dancehall and modern roots reggae.

Customer Reviews

perfection at it's greatest

No matter how old these songs are I will always love them! I could listen to this album all day everyday

chaka demus and the pliers

talk about old school classic reggae!! This album is still HOTT!!

tight

i always liked reggae but it was hard for me to find good cds until i got itunes. This i probably one of the best cds i have found. (look at Murder She Wrote...it is a great song)

Biography

Genre: Reggae

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

Rough-voiced deejay Chaka Demus (born: John Taylor in Kingston, Jamaica in August, 1963) and smooth-toned vocalist Pliers (born: Everton Bonner in Rockhall Hills, Jamaica on April 4, 1963) have come together to create one of the most successful duos in the history of Jamaican music. The first Jamaican act to place three consecutive singles in the Top Five of the British music charts, Chaka Demus & Pliers have continued to make their presence felt. According to reggae website Real Groove, Chaka...
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