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• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Stir It Up – The Anthology, 1965-1979” a musically scintillating 2-CD set by soul/pop and reggae icon, Johnny Nash. Covering close to fifteen years of recordings, this first-of-its-kind collection includes all of Johnny’s US and UK Epic singles, prime album cuts, recordings from the mid-to-late ‘60s and several tracks from two albums (1977’s “(What A Wonderful World” and 1979’s “Let’s Go Dancing”) which have never been reissued on CD.

• As renowned US writer Justin Kantor documents in his stellar notes, the Houston-born singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and producer began his career as a teenage recording artist with a Top 30 pop hit in 1957 and signing with major labels before forming his own labels JoDA and later JAD Records with then-manager Danny Sims, Johnny became a chart fixture starting with ‘Let’s Move And Groove (Together)’ in 1965, enjoying success in the US and UK after a promotional visit to Jamaica resulted in his first recordings there (notably ‘Hold Me Tight’ and ‘Cupid’).

• Justifiably considered a pioneer by fusing soul and reggae and bringing the much-loved Jamaican art form to mainstream US audiences, Johnny’s association with Epic Records started with his version of ‘Stir It Up,’ written by a then-fledgling Bob Marley (who Johnny introduced to manager Sims and with whom he worked in London in the early ‘70s), also represented here with four further compositions including ‘Reggae On Broadway’ and ‘Guava Jelly’; the bulk of the original material contained on this highly satisfying 2-CD set was produced and written by (R&B Foundation Pioneer Awardee) Nash himself.

• This anthology, with quality remastering by Nick Robbins, includes the classic ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ the UK No. 1 single ‘Tears On My Pillow’ (1975) and the final 1979 productions by the late Van McCoy with a rare dancefloor mix of ‘Closer.’ In addition, we have Johnny’s reggae-flavoured covers of timeless tunes such as ‘(What A) Wonderful World,’ Bobby Darin’s ‘Dream Lover’ and The Everly Brothers’ ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ and soul-

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DISC ONE: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW


1. LET'S MOVE AND GROOVE (TOGETHER)

2. HOLD ME TIGHT

3. CUPID

4. YOU GOT SOUL

5. GROOVIN'

6. STIR IT UP

7. CREAM PUFF

8. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW

9. HOW GOOD IT IS

10. THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

11. GUAVA JELLY

12. OOH BABY YOU'VE BEEN GOOD TO ME

13. MY MERRY-GO-ROUND

14. (OH JESUS) WE'RE TRYING TO GET BACK TO YOU

15. OOH WHAT A FEELING

16. YELLOW HOUSE

17. LOVING YOU

18. GONNA OPEN UP MY HEART AGAIN

19. NICE TIME

20. YOU BETTER STOP (MESSING AROUND)

21. YOU CAN'T GO HALFWAY

22. CELEBRATE LIFE

23. (YOU GAVE ME SUCH) GOOD VIBRATIONS

24. STIR IT UP (ALTERNATE MIX)



DISC TWO: TEARS ON MY PILLOW


1. BEAUTIFUL BABY

2. THE VERY FIRST TIME

3. TEARS ON MY PILLOW (I CAN'T TAKE IT)

4. LET'S BE FRIENDS

5. THE EDGE OF LOVE

6. REGGAE ON BROADWAY

7. ROCK IT BABY (BABY WE'VE GOT A DATE)

8. (WHAT A) WONDERFUL WORLD

9. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM

10. BIRDS OF A FEATHER

11. ROCK YOU TO YOUR SOCKS

12. JAMAICA

13. HALFWAY TO PARADISE

14. THAT WOMAN

15. BACK IN TIME

16. DREAM LOVER

17. WONDERFUL WOMAN

18. DON'T FORGET

19. MR. SEA

20. CLOSER

21. YOU'RE THE ONE

22. CLOSER (12” VERSION)