Album review
Original Hard Core
Shabba Ranks
Gone Clear

Tracking list

  1. Mr. Loverman (with Deborah Glasgow)
  2. Fancy girl (with Fabiana)
  3. Hardcore loving (with J.C. Lodge)
  4. Just be good to me (with Rebel Princess & Cocoa tea)
  5. Twice my age (with Krystal)
  6. Fanciness (with Lady G.)
  7. Telephone love deh pon mi mind (with J.C. Lodge)
  8. Don't test (with Deborah Glasgow)
  9. Action packed (with Rebel Princess)
  10. Steady man (with Krystal)
  11. Looking out for no. 1 (with J.C. Lodge)
  12. Lovable
  13. A nuh me seh so
  14. No bother dis (sound boy)
  15. No competition (with Admiral Tibet)
  16. Pirates anthem (with Home T, & Cocoa Tea)
  17. Turn it down (with Home T. & Cocoa Tea)
  18. Stop spreading rumours (with Home T. & Cocoa Tea)
  19. Holding on (with Home T. & Cocoa Tea)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Shabba Ranks (real name Rexter Gordon, 1965, St. Ann's, Jamaica) dominated reggae music in the late eighties and early nineties. His recordings for Bobby Digtal, King Jammy and Gussie Clarke were immensely popular, and after signing up with Epic Records in late 1990, his album "Raw as Ever" won him a US Grammy in 1991. He scored some crossover hits (e.g. Housecall with Maxie Priest), and has remained a strong fanatic following.
"Hard Core" collects his finest works for Gussie Clarke. All tracks still sound as fresh as they did several years ago, but there's probably nothing here that long time fans of the original "Hard Core man" won't already know, love and own.

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