Album review
Number One Girl
Glen Washington
VP Records / Walboomers Music
15 - 03 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Burning Free (Acappella)
  2. Strangers In The Night
  3. Shana Na Na
  4. Number One Girl
  5. Sitting In The Park (Medley)
  6. How Did You Know
  7. Right From The Start (Featuring Fiona)
  8. Interlude
  9. Oh Jah
  10. One Of These Days
  11. Take The Name Of Jesus
  12. Give Jah Praise
  13. Still Going Strong
  14. Reserve The Right
  15. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration
  16. Consider Me
  17. Dry Bones
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Glen Washington is one of those countless reggae artists who enjoyed a brief moment of success and then vanished into obscurity. He topped the charts with the single 'Rockers Nu Crackers' for producer Joe Gibbs in the late 70s. He resurfaced some years back with the excellent 'Brother To Brother' for Coxsone Dodd. With his distinctive and soulful voice he easily voices over some classic Studio One riddims. A stream of noteworthy albums followed and his latest outing is this excllent album 'Number One Girl', produced by Lloyd & Michelle Campbell and Jason Sterling. The album kicks off with an acappella tune and continues with Strangers A Night a lovers tune across the 'Stars' riddim. Number One Girl is a sultry lovers tune over a classic Duke Reid rocksteady riddim. Actually the whole album is filled with tunes which use classic Duke Reid, Coxsone Dodd and Bunny Lee riddims. Female vocalist Fiona is featured on Right From The Start (No No No riddim). Some of my favourite tunes is Sitting In The Park, a medley across the M16 riddim, One Of These days, a tune featuring Bob Marley's 'Thank You Lord' riddim, Consider Me and the closing track, the absolute highlight of the album, Dry Bones. Musicians on board include Computer Paul, Mafia & Fluxy, Sly & Robbie and Dean Fraser.
Great album !

Teacher & Mr. T.