October 9 - 2004
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".