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Rating: 7 out of 10 Back to Dread: The Reggae Collection product details

Reggae is a musical evergreen and, like a lot of music from the late sixties and seventies, it has aged well. It's influence on dance music is obviously, from the dubby bass in drum'n'bass to the Augustus Pablo-type noodlings of Gorillaz on their Clint Eastwood smash.

With Bob Marley back in the albums chart, courtesy of a new compilation, One Love, it's amazing that there are so few reggae sample CDs around. But wait! Dread: The Reggae Collection, is a double CDs worth of fine Jamaican sounds that should satisfy anyone who likes music of the irie variety.

There's one audio CD and a second disc full of acidized WAVs. First up are the 45 construction kits. These are all high quality, extremely musical and well produced.

There's also a good variety of styles, keys and tempos. You get Lee Perry-type dub tracks, R&B influenced modern reggae kits, dance hall and even some spaced-out samples that wouldn't sound out of place on an alternative rock album by the likes of Jane's Addiction.

As if all that wasn't enough, you also get a load of drum loops, fills and intros, plus percussion loops and individual hits.

Finally, there are several tracks full of bass loops, bass tones, guitar loops and licks, keys loops and melodies. It's a steal.

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