Toe 2 Toe Vol. 7
Sanchez & Ghost
January 9 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
On Volume 7 of Jet Star's "Toe 2 Toe" series, two of reggae's most loved reggae/dancehall artists -Sanchez and Ghost, meet and the conjunction of these two artists works well together. When it comes to singing over dancehall and reggae riddims, few Jamaican artists can rival Sanchez and, to a less extent, Ghost for hits, popularity or staying power. Between the two of them, theyíve sweetened more reggae dances than a truck full of sugar cane most notably by transforming pop, reggae, soul and r&b hits into the kind of dancehall anthems that quickly define a time, place and mood for all who fall under their spell. Most of the tracks featured here are cover versions; although most been reshaped almost beyond recognition as a posse of Jamaicaís leading producers add raw, dancehall-style innovation to the mix, and the two singers weave their own special brand of magic on the mic. Take Ghostís interpretation of Paul Simonís "Donít Call Me Al" for example, which was retitled Bodyguard and produced by Ghost himself, now rides captivating, Latinesque dancehall beats courtesy of Sly & Robbie, and was unlucky not to break into the national charts when first released on single. This tune was one of his biggest hits. If Ghostís high-pitched delivery lacks polish by comparison, itís because everything he sings is governed by feel, rather than technique, and it's a vocal style you either love or hate ! Born and raised in Matches Lane (an area renowned for being one of the worst ghetto neighbourhoods in Kingston), he made his first public performance at the age of three even paying for his own schooling out of money earned from music before teaming up with MC Culture (as part of a duo called Culture & Ghost) in 1992 and touring as support act to Shabba Ranks. He then formed Monster Shack with the deejays Roundhead and General B, even whilst continuing to record as a solo act. Monster Shackís livewire stage antics and string of mid-to-late ninetiesí hits will live long in the memory of all who witnessed them, but itís Ghostís own solo material thatís highlighted here, with producers such as Computer Paul, Fireballís Leroy Moore, Harvel Hart, Diavallon ďDiaĒ Fearon and Mixing Lab owner Roy Francis : Touch Me, Style and Here I Am.