Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Ready For The World
Tony Curtis
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
May 30, 2005

Track list
  1. Jungle George
  2. Angel
  3. Lets Live
  4. Sleep With Me
  5. Determined
  6. I Want You More
  7. Follow Me feat. Johnny Osbourne
  8. She Got It feat. Mahlon Stewart
  9. All The Way
  10. I've Got To Get It
  11. Know My Style
  12. Ready For The World
  13. Feelings
  14. Boom She Boom
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Tony Curtis was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies. In 1991, Curtis moved to Ocho Rios where he entered a local talent contest alongside DJ Jigsy King. Curtis won the contest as Best Singer and King was designated the winning DJ. Inspired by their victory Courtney Cole, of Roof International, suggested they record at his studios, which resulted in the successful single, "Butterfly". While with the Roof crew Curtis also recorded the haunting "Where Is The Love" in combination with singer Stan Ryck.

After his success with Roof International, Curtis joined the Stone Love crew, who released the probing "Do You Want To" and by 1993 he had toured Japan. In 1997, the singer had a Jamaican number 1 hit, "Missing You", in combination with ARP and Beenie Man. A year later, he enjoyed an international hit with "My Lady In Red", produced by Carl "Banton" Nelson. He established his solo career in the early 90s with a series of hits including, "Jah I Thank You", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Nobody", "My God Is Real", "Home Alone", "Sweet Lady", "Body Calling", "Faith", "Lose Your Woman", "You Left Me Lonely". While Curtis savoured a successful solo career he also joined the vocal group L.U.S.T., alongside Singing Melody, Thriller U and Lukie D. The combined performers stated that the group was going to put the "flava back into reggae". Tony Curtis' exceptional remake of the Burt Bacharach tune "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" entitled "High Grade" from album "Stronger" served as the reggae anthem of 2002.

The summer of 2005 kicks off with a brand new album from this smooth young singer with the Sanchez flavour produced by the Reggae Vibes Productions Inc. crew (Michael "Jahmikes" Coburn) following up his popular "Stronger" set from a couple of years ago. This new studio album incorporates an array of musical influences over consistently hot reggae riddims and is aptly titled "Ready For The World". This time, Tony unleashes his vocal prowess and writing skills, artistically defining the concept of love as the sole aberration to war. As is customary, this album is flavored with Curtisí traditional specialty for the ladies, check out tracks like "Feelings", "I Want You More", "All The Way" and "Angel", which are romantic ballads that will definitely be in rotation on every ladies' playlist. Other tracks such as "Determined", "Know My Style" and "Follow Me" featuring reggae veteran Johnny Osbourne reflect the spiritual side. The relevance of peace and love, brotherhood, hope, perseverance is profoundly expressed and peaks on "Letís Live". This song not only illustrates his conviction and commitment to peace but is also a universal cry for unity.

Once more Tony Curtis has delivered an attractive, sophisticated album. The balance between roots and romance is okay, we wish more vocalists would do the same. The production of Michael "Jahmikes" Coburn is definitely satisfying and the backing by Firehouse Crew and Rickie "Mad Man" is tight and solid.