Reggae stars pay homage to Beres Hammond, the godfather of reggae soul, in the ultimate way as they cover his songs in My Favorite Beres Hammond Songs, a double-disc album available from VP Records on April 26, 2011. Spanning over 30 years of recording soulful reggae music in his signature smoky-sweet baritone, Hammond’s catalog is filled with hits for the picking. Now reggae and dancehall stars honor his legacy by putting their touch on his classics.
The 23-track compilation features the talents of Jah Cure,Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Tessanne Chin, Marcia Griffiths and Nadine Sutherland, just to name a few. The project is the brainchild of acclaimed reggae producer and longtime Beres Hammond collaborator, Donovan Germain, who composed the covers at his own studio at Penthouse Records in Jamaica.
Some of Beres’ biggest hits are covered on this definitive collection, including “Putting Up Resistance,” “Tempted To Touch,” and “No Disturb Sign,” which appears twice with a dancehall remix featuring Assassin. Beres himself also participates with “Fire & Ice,” staying in the mix as the various contributing artists carry his songs to different and perhaps even new ears.
Beres Hammond has always been covered by musicians in and out of the genre. Now with this official compilation from some of the artists he has influenced, fans can get a new take, and taste, of his signature sounds.