Various Serious Times

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Many reggae compilations are hastily created in a race to be "up to di time," often producing lackluster results. Not so with this collection of the most beautiful and moving one-drop tunes, reaching all the way back to 2003 for Tony Curtis' oft-overlooked "Rolling." Most of these songs are well known to fans of the genre, but this two-CD set offers bonuses like a disc expertly mixed by Max Glazer (Federation Sound) and a gorgeous remix of Gyptian's "Serious Times," the crucial song that hit at the same time as the two biggest hurricanes in recent history.