Chaka Demus & Pliers
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
One of the most successful deejay/singer combinations in reggae history is without doubt Chaka Demus & Pliers. Chaka Demus' gruff voiced deejay style and the heartfelt vocals of Pliers made an international impact with the release of the seminal album 'Tease Me' in 1993. Between June 1993 and January 1995 the duo scored massive hits with songs like "Murder She Wrote", "Tease Me" and the rock and roll orientated "Twist And Shout", delivered across innovative Sly & Robbie ragga riddims. However, before they achieved international recognition the pair had already built up sizeable reputations in Jamaica as solo acts since the mid-eighties, each having recorded for the Island's ace producers. It was after sharing the bill at a Miami stage show that they decided to record together. Collaborations between singers and deejays were not uncommon in the Jamaican music industry, but more permanent partnerships like Chaka Demus & Pliers were rare.|
This fine compilation set is well worth checking out as it gathers rare, early outgoings from the singer and the deejay as well as three of their first efforts as a duo.
Teacher & Mr. T.