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Album Review

As half of Sly & Robbie, reggae music's most celebrated and widely-known bass-and-drums duo, Sly Dunbar is partially responsible for some of the greatest reggae recordings ever made. As a solo artist, he's solely responsible for some of the most boring (and sometimes downright fatuous) albums in the genre. Sly Go Ville, released originally on Island in 1982 and re-released on that label's Mango subsidiary in 1990, is one of his better efforts, though it still suffers from a surfeit of overlong, shapeless two-chord jams and half-formed funk reggae fusion. The Tabou1 reissue adds six bonus tracks to the original program of eight, the best of which is a hip-hop reggae version of the Yarbrough & Peoples classic "Don't Stop the Music." From the original program, standouts include a fun adaptation of "Battle of Jericho" and "If You Want It," which prefigures some of the better funk reggae Sly & Robbie would later produce on their Taxi label. Pretty much everything else fades into the background.


Born: May 10, 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The foundations of Jamaica's drumming style were set by the innovative playing of Sly Dunbar (born: Lowell Fillmore Dunbar). As one-half of the Riddim Twins, Dunbar joined with bassist Robbie Shakespeare to provide the rhythm section and/or production for recordings by reggae artists including Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, the Mighty Diamonds, and U-Roy and non-Jamaican performers including Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, the Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Ian Dury, Herbie Hancock, Maxi Priest, Cindy Lauper, Carly...
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Sly-Go-Ville, Sly Dunbar
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1982

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