Blazing The Fire
Sizzla, Anthony B, Yami Bolo, Dawn Penn, and more.
January 4, 2004
|Label||John Shop Records|
|Format||DVD - Region Free|
|Length||Approx. 120 minutes|
John Shop Records was born at the dawn of the new millennium in the Bronx, New York. The label holds everything on site from a state-of-the-art all encompassing studio to an art department with award winning designers. John Shop is strictly new school collective - a tight, music-loving family of owners, producers, and artists who want to deal strictly in quality, be it roots & culture, dancehall, dub or hip-hop. Since their emergence they have released a bunch of 7" singles, compilation albums featuring the likes of Sizzla, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Capleton, Buju Banton, Elephant Man and many many more. Artists such as Yami Bolo, Dawn Penn, Future Troubles, Tony Panic, Zumjay and Major Damage have signed to the label, all of whom have releases due out on John Records Shop. Cream of reggae have also voiced tracks at John Shop Records including Bounty Killer, Sean Paul, Capleton, Sizzla and Buju Banton, to name a few. At the mixing board they've already welcomed some of the best people in the business including D. Dubbie, Rooster, Vidal Goring, Arden, Teethimus, Tony "CD"Kelly and Colin "Bulby" York.
One of the most interesting and eye-catching projects of this young record company to date is the recently released DVD "Blazing The Fire". This is a DVD of a concert they hosted at Palladium NY on Sunday, November 10, 2002, which featured headliner Sizzla along with several other well known reggae artists. The majority of the dancehall reggae DVD's that are currently released are "extremely low-budget" productions and mostly suffer from an inferior "sound & vision" quality. Thus these DVD's have no entertainment value. However, this "Blazing The Fire" DVD definitely doesn't belong to that category as it has been filmed to the highest of standards with on-screen footage and backstage happenings, and was edited and colour corrected etc by one of the most prestigious editing houses in the US.
And indeed, from the very first beginning it's obvious that the people at John Shop Records have invested money, time and effort to treat the reggae massive to a high quality DVD of an all-conscious stage show. Professional camerawork and perfect images transfer make it a joy to watch the artists performing in front of close to 5,000 avid fans. The sound quality of the stage performances is fairly good, but when it comes to the interviews and basement-sessions between the performances the quality sometimes is mediocre. However the latter isn't really annoying as it adds an authentic feel and thus perfectly captures the mood of the moment. Exciting musical moments are delivered by Yami Bolo, the "Original Fireman" Anthony B, and Sizzla. Also the lovely reggae vet Dawn Penn made a decent impression with here all-time classic tune "No, No, No", and the same goes for Sammy Dread, who is featured with only one song.
We really like the concept of this DVD, with additional interviews and backstage happenings between the performances. Included are also two trailers : Blazing The Fire" and "Let's Ride", the latter a videoclip featuring "A To The K" by Bounty Killer and "Let's Ride" by Tony Panic, Trooper & Future Troubles. The only minus is the lack of a tracking list on the sleeve. However, here are some of the songs you'll find on this very entertaining and truly worthwhile DVD.