Album review
Long Road
Selvie Wonder
Rasheart Records
October 9 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Long Road feat. Spanner Banner
  2. Can't Stop Happiness
  3. Harder
  4. Bomboya
  5. Mount Zion
  6. Zion Hill
  7. Love Motion feat. Twiggy
  8. Neighbourhood Watch feat. Luciano
  9. Meditation Medley feat. Valerie Skeete
  10. Rise Again
  11. Kickback
  12. Outlaw feat. Yush2K
  13. Me Red
  14. Spare Me The Blues with Third World
  15. Emmanuel Throne
  16. See Me
  17. What's Going On feat. Yush2K
  18. Trim Your Lamp feat. Pinchers, Viceroy, Poisondar and Singing Prince
  19. Mamma One Son
  20. Find Your Way
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Selvie Wonder first came to the attention of the international reggae massive in 1993, when "Neighbourhood Watch", the hit single duet with Luciano over Xterminator's version of the classic "Death In The Arena" riddim, was released. Born 13 February 1970 in Westmoreland, Jamaica, he started entering talent show contests in Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth aged 12 years and won the "Red Label Talent Showcase" at Skateland in Grange Hill, Westmoreland. In 1991 he recorded his - recently re-issued - first single, "Bomboya", for Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records. Since then Selvie has recorded many singles for various labels including Star Trail, Xterminator, Too Tough, Capricorn, to name only a few. This debut set from Selvie Wonder has been a long time coming, so it's obvious why it is titled "Long Road". Gathered are twenty tracks which cover various stages in the deejay's career. "Long Road" takes you from his debut single "Bomboya" to the more recent works with Yush 2K, the latter being AJ Nuttal (formerly of Blackanized) and London based vocalist Sandra Nubian Melody. All in all we're treated to a decent and well varied collection of tunes with standout tracks being the album opener and title track with Spanner Banner, "Long Road" (over the "Paperplate" riddim), "Can't Stop My Happiness", "Bomboya", "Mount Zion" (featuring Sugar Black), and the Xterminator singles "Neighbourhood Watch", the still strong combination with Luciano, and "See Mi".
"Long Road" delivers an entertaining mix of rich lyricism and riddims (including old skool dancehall, roots, Hiphop/R&B laced beats), making it worth of hearing.

Teacher & Mr. T.