Artist / Title :
Cocoa Tea - Rocking Dolly
Cocoa Tea - Canít Stop Cocoa Tea
Charlie Chaplin - We Hot
Charlie Chaplin - Chalice

Label : Reggae Goldmine      Format : 12" single      Date : 23 - 11 - 2003
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

With production credits to the late Henry "Junjo" Lawes (the most popular dancehall producer in the first half of the eighties), this 12" single contains four great tunes from the vaults of Lawes' "Volcano" label. The A-side has two wicked tunes from sweet-voiced dancehall singer Cocoa Tea (real name Calvin Scott). Before his moving to New York in 1985 Junjo launched the very gifted Cocoa Tea, who then established his name with the enormous hit "Rocking Dolly". The latter as well as "Can't Stop Cocoa Tea" employ the popular Junjo Lawes dancehall riddims of the day featuring the Roots Radics at their finest. Lyrically both tunes are rather mediocre, but vocally they display a marvellous vitality as well as purity of tone. On the flipside it's a deejay affair with two entertaining pieces from Richard Bennett aka Charlie Chaplin, the Stur-Gav Hi Fi deejay whose recording career was kick started with the Roy Cousins produced album "Red Pond". The chatter, utilizing a style that has unmistakable influences of U Roy's tone and phrasing, also recorded several singles and even an album titled "Sound System" for Junjo. Charlie Chaplin is in real good shape on these two tunes, previously released on "Volcano" singles that were particularly successful in Jamaica.

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