Album review
Reggae Max
Don Campbell
Jet Star
27 - 04 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Do It Again
  2. Here I Am
  3. Kings Of Kings
  4. Rise
  5. I Wish I Could
  6. Never Burn Your Bridges
  7. My My My
  8. Need To Know
  9. You Can Get It
  10. As
  11. Slave Driver
  12. Without You
  13. You Give To Me
  14. Wind Beneath My Wings
  15. See It In Your Eyes
  16. They Don't Know
  17. No Matter What
  18. Storm Is Over Now
  19. Treat You Right
  20. Wheel It Again
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In 1980 Don joined Undivided Roots alongside Fish Brown, Tony Philips and Carlton Ogilvie, all members of today's highly rated Ruff Cutt band. Based in his native NW London, a dreadlocked Don - then known as Eek-A-Roo - played all the drums and some guitar and bass on Undivided Roots' first album, in addition to singing backing vocals. It was as Undivided Roots' drummer that he backed Barrington Levy, Ranking Dread and many other top reggae artists of the eighties, his talents as a solo artist only being highlighted several years later, when Jugglin' Records produced his debut album 'Don Campbell-The Album'. In 1994 he was voted Best UK Male Singer, Best UK Single (See It In Your Eyes). Later on he formed pop/reggae duo Saint/Campbell alongside deejay General Saint - a combo that quickly secured international chart action with a cover of Neil Sedaka's 'Oh Carol', and recorded an equally impressive album in its wake. After an all too brief, but critically acclaimed stint with Copasetic Records, Don returned to join his childhood friends Carlton Ogilvie and producer Carl 'Dillie' Perry at the latter's Big House Studio - a move which inspired a steady supply of hit singles for both Stingray and Saxon. It was their first productions that promptly elevated him to the forefront of the grassroots' reggae scene once more, a progression sealed with the release of his follow up solo album 'Never Burn Your Bridges' on the Stingray imprint. Since then he has continued to write and record inspirational songs for Britain's leading producers.
This volume in Jet Star's highly anticipated 'Reggae Max' series collects not only 15 beautiful, mostly well known tracks, but also some new songs such as Do It Again, Here I Am, Kings Of Kings and Slave Driver. His vocal delivery - singing in his usual heartfelt and searching manner - is proof to his talents, and there are nuff killer tunes included on the album. From the aforementioned See It In Your Eyes to recent tunes such as his masterful interpretation of Gabrielle's hit tune Rise the album evokes joyful feelings. Here you'll find not only solo efforts, but also duets with Mikey Spice - Need To Know - and two tunes shared with UK female singer Emaculate.
With quality written all over, this album is destined to become Don's best selling album ever.

Teacher & Mr. T.