Ini Kamoze
9 Sound Clik-Hottis Music
January 24, 2006

Track list
Disc One

  1. Vibin'
  2. World A Reggae
  3. Statement
  4. Vibin'
  5. Police
  6. Gun Shot respect Not
  7. Vibin'
  8. Living In A Dream
  9. Vibin'
  10. Reggae General
  11. Burning
  12. Wings With Me
  13. Betty Browns Mother
  14. One Of Them Things
  15. Vibin'
  16. Hail Mi Idren
  17. Ital
Disc Two

  1. Vibin'
  2. Trouble
  3. Gimme Your Attention
  4. English Be Nice
  5. Taxi
  6. Vibin'
  7. Settle
  8. Queen
  9. Vibin'
  10. A Little Love
  11. Pull The Cork
  12. Vibin'
  13. Pirate
  14. Vibin'
  15. Jump For Jah
  16. World Affairs
  17. Trainers Choice
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Damian Marley's international hit "Welcome To Jamrock" ruled the charts and dance halls in 2005. The huge popularity of this wicked tune undoubtedly relied heavily on the inclusion of a sample of Ini Kamoze's 1984 roots dancehall hit "World A Music" with its vocal hook "Out in the street, they call it murder" lifted directly from that original recording. Alongside the Frenchie and Captain Sinbad produced numerous more cuts (collected on Greensleeves Rhythm Album #73 "World Jam"), Ini Kamoze issued a re-recording of his original tune re-titled World A Reggae - with cuts from Sizzla, Marvelous and others, and now there's a 2 cd set featuring that track alongside another twenty-three titles drawn from his first three albums ("Ini Kamoze", "Statement" and "Pirate"), interspersed with illuminating spoken segments called "Vibin'". The title "Debut" refers to the fact that all the tracks are re-recorded versions of titles originally recorded for Island Records and produced by Sly & Robbie back in the eighties, which Ini Kamoze regards as "the definitive Ini Kamoze collection". Recorded at Hottis Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, engineered by Soljie Hamilton and Nigel Burrell and featuring musicians such as Robbie Lyn and Earl "Chinna" Smith, it's obvious that Kamoze's voice sounds more mature in comparison with the original versions. Even though the new versions have been executed with care and the majority of the results are more than worthwhile, we have mixed feelings while listening to this collection of tunes, but that's probably because we are part of the older generation of reggae fans who are very familiar with the original recordings. In particular the six tracks from his self-titled debut album are masterpieces, which simply can't be outmatched or even matched by reworkings. The remaining 18 tracks on this set include some real gems, nuff solid songs, and a few mediocre efforts. In conclusion this is a decent collection of tunes, which certainly will be enjoyed by his old fans and hopefully will bring him new fans. This 2 cd set contains a 16 page booklet with liner notes, song lyrics, and album credits.

Note: After a far too long wait Sly & Robbie have finally released Ini Kamoze's debut album on cd on their own Taxi Records. The original tracks are digitally re-mastered and added are two previously unreleased recordings of live performances at Town & Country Club in London, 1986.