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Grammy nod eludes some 'great' albums

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMSimone Morgan-Lindo

The stage is set for tonight's Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. The albums going up against each other are Chronology by Chronixx, Stony Hill by Damian Marley, Avrakedabra by Morgan Heritage, Lost in Paradise by Common Kings and Wash House Ting by J Boog.

While they salute this year's nominees, musicologists weighed in on albums that were surprisingly, never nominated for a Grammy despite being an impressive body of work.

According to veteran musician Bunny Goodison, Reggae au go Jazz, is his best bet.

"This I believe is the greatest album ever in reggae history. Every track was a classic display of musicianship and there is no other that can compare to it," he said.

Reggae au go Jazz, was released under the Studio One Label in 1999 and featured vocals from Roy Burrowes, Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis.

"I am not sure why it was not nominated, but I am sure it would have been a winner easily, because it has an international appeal. The saxophone, trumpet and other instruments, was out of this world. One could easily get goose pimples listening to the album," he said.

For publicist/producer Ralston Barrett, his pick is Buju Banton's 1995 released, Til Shiloh Album.

"It was the best album in his time and a real game changing move not only for the genre, but for Buju as well. That was the time he was converting to the rastafarian culture and he did a really good job on that project. However, I believe that he was somewhat still haunted by the controversial Boom Bye Bye song. But it was indeed one of the best albums of all time," he said.

Desmond 'Dessie' Young, says while there were top productions that have never been given a Grammy nod, musicians should get more educated on the award's criteria.

"For donkey years, we have been telling people that it should not necessarily be about the album sales, but more about the quality of the product. Back in the days, we use to have 'musicians week', where industry players could get educated about their trade... but that has lived its time," he said.

Young told The Sunday Gleaner, that he is imploring musicians to get more acquainted with the Grammy Award's criteria.

"We have seen albums nominated that we never knew existed, but we have to understand that Jamaica is just a little dot. This thing is a US, award, so it is unfair to criticise the academy for their choice. What we need to do is to become members of the academy, so we can have an input as it relates to the selection process," he said.

"Study the thing and know when is the right time to release an album... if a Grammy award is the aim. Educate yourself on exactly what the team is looking for," he said.

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