Album review
Original Doberman
21 - 07 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Kibbles And Bits
  2. Bullet Proof Buddy
  3. We Never Danced To The Rub A Dub Sound with Rayvon
  4. Alimony
  5. Jump And Rock
  6. Chow with Sugar Minott
  7. P.H.A.T.
  8. Wild Fire with Rayvon
  9. Glamity Power
  10. Man A Yard
  11. Get Down To It with Rayvon
  12. Soldering
  13. Lately with Rayvon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

One of the UK's most famous reggae labels, Greensleeves, celebrated it's 25th birthday in 2001 and since have started re-issuing many albums from their extensive back catalogue, all digitally re-mastered and at a special cheaper price. Since the 1970's Greensleeves has remained at the cutting edge of Jamaican music, promoting each successive wave - Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Ragga - to a world-wide audience. It's first releases were instantly successful: Dr. Alimantado's legendary "Best Dressed Chicken In Town" crossed over to achieve cult status in the punk era, and Greensleeves built on this success with a catalogue brimful of classic albums and huge crossover hits like Beenie Man's "Who Am I?", Mr. Vegas' "Heads High" and Shaggy's "Oh Carolina". The phenomenal success of Shaggy's update of this Folks Brothers' 1958 Jamaican hit started it all for this New York based reggae performer, who is still topping the (pop) charts worldwide. The re-issue of his debut album "Original Doberman" features tracks from the Don One production house from the 1990-92 period and showcases Shaggy in strictly reggae mode (which is quite curious to hear with his recent chartbusters in mind). However, this 13-track set has all the ingredients that Shaggy is famous for, namely off the wall lyrics delivered over strong, appealing riddims laid by Computer Paul. Besides resuscitated riddims like the renown "Stalag" (utilized for the solid album opener "Kibbles And Bits") one is also treated to fresh originals. Although the aforementioned "Kibbles And Bits", "Bullet Proof Buddy" and "Man A Yard" are notable solo efforts, it are also the combination tunes "We Never Danced To The Rub A Dub Sound" and "Lately" with Rayvon and the herb tune "Chow" with Sugar Minott that are worth of hearing. If you want to check Shaggy's roots you can't go wrong with this "Original Doberman" set.

Teacher & Mr. T.