Byron Lee & The Dragonaires- “The Man And His Music”

Album Reviews | Mar 18th, 2010

Record Label: VP Records
Genre: Dancehall/Reggae/Soca
Band Link: Byron Lee Music

The late great, Byron Lee and his band The Dragonaires were trend setters. Playing music that wasn’t typically popular, yet still performed with passion and developed into one of Jamaica’s finest bands. Byron Lee and The Dragonaires’ career spans the entire musical history of Jamaica to date and an anthology set like this, is important to have in any music fan’s collection.

Byron Lee started out playing in the late 50’s/early 60’s Ska, and continued on with the music spectrum to performing Rocksteady, Reggae, Calypso, Dancehall Soca among other genres. Byron Lee performed with other legendary acts such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and The Maytals to name a few. With “The Man and His Music,” you get 2 discs and 48 tracks of Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, including some popular guest singers such as Toots Hibbert, singing the classic “54-46 That’s My Number,” as well as The Mighty Sparrow, and The Blues Busters.

If you love a nice Caribbean blend of all the Island’s favorite genres of music including Reggae and Soca, then you will love this record. Perfect to cure those winter blues, and definitely makes any person listening grab a Margaritas and hit the beach, that is for certain.

Bottom Line: A must own for all Byron Lee & The Dragonaires fans, plus fans of Soca, Ska, Reggae Dancehall will want to pick this up as well.
Notable Tracks: Jamaica Ska, Bam Bam, Dancehall Soca, 54 46 That’s My Number, Wine Down, Holly Holy
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