Toe 2 Toe Vol. 2
Glen Washington & George Nooks
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
The second installment of Jet Star's "Toe 2 Toe" series features two well-respected reggae singers who have enjoyed a strikingly similar musical career. Both have risen to prominence as relative veterans, both are more popular now than at any time since being members of producer Joe Gibbs' stable in the mid-seventies, and each had to endure long periods out of the spotlights. Due to renewed appreciation of quality reggae singers after almost a decade of deejay dominance Glen Washington and George Nooks had their second coming in the late nineties. Over the past few years both artists have scored hit after hit thus securing themselves a prominent position in today's reggae scene. Both singers have nine tracks on this entertaining split album including previously released material from such fine production houses as Boot Camp, Stingray, Cave, Heavy Beat, Ruff Cutt, Kickin', King Jammy's, Stone Love and Lion Paw. First comes Glen Washington whose tunes featured here are all well worth hearing. Standout pieces are "Right Direction" over Computer Paul's revitalized "No Vacancy" riddim, "Give Jah Praises", "Shut It Off" and the awesome "Never Can't Stop", Glen's answer version to Luciano's "Bandits". Truly no weak tune included. Then George Nooks, who is also represented with a strong selection. Next to massive hits like "Zion Gate", which features the deejay Prince Mohammed aka George Nooks, "Perfect World", "God Is Standing By" and "Lean On Me" one is treated to such notable efforts as the gospel reggae tune "Guide Me", the Winston Riley produced "Girlfriend" and a decent rendition of "Artibella", once recorded by the combination Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole for Studio One.|
Glen Washington & George Nooks' compilation set "Toe 2 Toe Vol. 2" features some of these smooth voiced singers' best efforts.