Have an Irie Christmas!

August 26, 1998

New Natty & Nice: A Reggae Christmas Collection In Stores September 15

Rhino Records takes you to the islands this holiday seasonwith NATTY & NICE: A REGGAE CHRISTMAS. This first-ever collection of thebest of more than 30 years of natty and nice reggae and ska arrives instores September 15.

The 18 tracks on NATTY & NICE feature many of the top reggae stars,including Lee "Scratch" Perry with "Merry Christmas Happy New Year" and TheKingstonians' "Merry Christmas." The collection splits evenly betweenoriginals and Rastafied versions of such Christmas chestnuts as John Holtdoing the John Lennon classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and BeresHammond's version of Mel TormÇ's "The Christmas Song." There's even acouple of tunes descriptively retitled to fit the irie season: Bolivar's"Rudolph The Reggae Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Skaing To Town," byGranville Williams Orchestra.

The CD will be available at retail for a suggested list price of $16.98 aswell as through RhinoDirect at 1-800-432-0020 and via the Rhino website at.

The NATTY & NICE liner notes - a remembrance of Christmastime in Jamaica -were penned by Phil Chen, who has played bass with Bob Marley and JimmyCliff as well as rock notables Eric Clapton and John Fogerty. Theaccompanying track-by-track was written by the set's producer (and host ofthe long-running Midnight Dread radio program) Doug Wendt.

NATTY & NICE joins two other new holiday collections this year, the two-CDYuletide SoirÇe Party Pack and the Chanukah-themed To Life! With more than35 of these genre releases now in its catalog, Rhino is the industry leaderin holiday collections.

For NATTY & NICE track listings, liner notes, artwork, or review copies,please contact Yvonne Gomez at Rhino Media Relations, mon.

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