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Well-deserved reissue of rare Alborosie album

unnamedIt’s not often contemporary reggae albums gets reissued, but reggae powerhouse VP/Greensleeves have recently re-released Alborosie & Specialist’s duets album, a 24 track set originally issued in 2010 in a limited edition.

The album is produced by Alborosie and his collaborator Clifton “Specialist” Dillion, the renowned producer and manager behind 90s dancehall stars like Patra, Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra.

Alborosie rose to prominence in 2007 with his Kingston Town, later followed by a string of hits, including Herbalist and Rastafari Anthem. He’s probably the most successful European reggae artist ever, and for a number of years he has been a Jamaican citizen living in Kingston, Jamaica.

This singer, songwriter, mixing engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist is well-respected within the reggae community, as shown on this duets album. Plenty of reggae stars take turns on the microphone with Alborosie – Mykal Rose, Sizzla, David Hinds from Steel Pulse, Luciano, Ranking Joe, Jah Cure, Etana, Lady Ann and Busy Signal can be heard on this excellent album.

The material on this double disc was recorded between 2008 and 2010, and several of the cuts have been hard to find. But luckily this sizzling and highlight-packed album has now been made available again with more aggressive distribution.

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Greensleeves reissues rare Alborosie compilation

unnamedGreensleeves has decided to reissue a compilation of Alborosie combinations titled Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends. It was originally released in 2010 on Alborosie’s own label.

This singer, song writer, dub engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has recorded a truck-load of duets, and 27 of them are collected on this album. It includes essential combinations with artists in the dancehall and roots reggae vein, including Sizzla, Jah Sun, Michael Rose, Busy Signal and Etana, only to name a few.

It hits UK on June 23 and the rest of Europe on June 27 and will be available on double disc CD or single LP

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