Album review
Toe 2 Toe
Garnett Silk / Mikey Spice

Tracking list

           Garnett Silk
  1. Every knee shall bow
  2. Let it flow
  3. Piano
  4. Satisfaction
  5. Problem everywhere
           Mikey Spice
  1. Can you be mine (with Prezident Brown)
  2. Loving in your eyes
  3. For love (with Anthony Redrose & Anthony Malvo)
  4. Memories
  5. Never give you up
  6. United we stand
  7. Chant down Babylon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

This disc puts Garnett Silk's tenor, flavored with that brilliant Horace Andy vibrato, next to the instantly recognizable baritone from Mikey Spice. The set of songs on this album dates from a period these two great Jamaican artists started their recording career. Some of the tracks were never released before outside Jamaica. Amongst them Garnett Silk's first vinyl, the conscious "Problem everywhere" (from the time he began his career deejaying under the inexplicable name of Bimbo) and the infectious "Every knee shall bow". Delroy "Callo" Collins - producer of the Garnett Silk tracks - has put a complete new backing track on Garnett's cover of the Bellamy Brothers' hit from the 70's "Let it flow" (with the brilliant "Piano" and "Satisfaction" already collected on the 1994 released - and still available - various CD "Many moods of love vol. 1"). It's quite striking what high standard the songs of Garnett Silk already had before he broke big in 1992 with a slew of hits, which once again proves the unique talent of this sorely missed singer. Singers with good voices are practically a dime a dozen in Jamaica and - without doubt - Mikey Spice is one of them. With his awesome voice he cries out some really moving lovers and cultural cuts that benefit from solid production by Barry O'Hare. Although Mikey Spice isn't exactly the kind of artist you might think of in relation to Garnett Silk, his contribution on this album is a decent addition to the Garnett Silk cuts.

Teacher & Mr. T.