Album review
One Mission
Capleton & Anthony B
J & D Records / Walboomers Music
14 - 10 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - I Am (Intro)
  2. Capleton - Who I Am
  3. Capleton - Things Are Happening
  4. Capleton - Ready When Yu Ready
  5. Capleton - Who Is Dem
  6. Capleton - Nuh Pardon
  7. Capleton - Good In Her Clothes
  8. Capleton - Heated Rush
  9. Capleton - What They Gonna Do
  10. Anthony B - Dreader Than Dread
  11. Anthony B - Life Nuh Easy
  12. Anthony B with King David - Zagga Zow
  13. Anthony B - When Mama Forsake Yu
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Capleton, the Prophet a.k.a. the Great Thunderball and his Bobo compadre Anthony B are two out of four hot conscious deejays - of course, Sizzla Kalonji and Buju Banton being the other two - when it comes to talking about the contemporary roots sounds of Reggae music. While Anthony B delivered his new album "Seven Seals" a few weeks ago Capleton fans were eagerly awaiting a new album for more than one and a half year now. As a sort of bridge between "I-Testament" and a forthcoming album the Thunderball drops on his fans toes with "One Mission".
Strictly speaking this album is a compilation of 45s which were released on several independent Jamaican record labels affiliated to the Cylton organisation in Jamaica : Manatee, Henfield, Hi Grade Music and Cylton itself. All tunes featured on this album have appeared on single in the last twelve months and many of them weren't available on any kind of compilation album before. So, for those who missed these tunes on 45 for whatever reason, this album will surely be a welcome release. Besides that "One Mission" is an excellent album, not really an amazing statement 'cause those who have followed Capleton in the last year or two must have witnessed that the Great Thunderball has been on serious form, seemingly incapable of cutting a dull record. Truly, every tune included here is on a par with some of Capleton's better known sides.
The four contributions of the man who started the whole "fire b'un shebang", maintain the high standard of the previous 8 tracks and are certainly no fillers ! Of course, Anthony B's cut to Manatee's wicked "Satta" riddim "Dreader Than Dread" is an absolute killer tune, but also "Life Nuh Easy" isn't far away from that predicate. The remaining two Anthony B songs are solid deliveries and very enjoyable too. To point out Capleton's best tunes wouldn't be fair as every track is a great song in its own right. If the tracks on this album are an indication of things to come, especially regarding a regular Capleton album, then better be prepared to catch a fire !!

Teacher & Mr. T.