Various artists album review
100 % Dynamite
Soul Jazz Records
15 - 05 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Willie Williams - Armegeddon Time
  2. The Maytals - Night And Day
  3. The Marvels - Rock Steady
  4. The Upsetters - Popcorn
  5. Tommy McCook - Green Mango
  6. Brentford All Stars - Greedy G
  7. Lennie Hibbert - Real Hot
  8. Johnny Osbourne - We Need Love
  9. Jackie Mittoo - Stereo Freeze
  10. Cedric Im Brooks - Give Rasta Glory
  11. Sound Dimension - Granny Scratch Scratch
  12. Phyllis Dillon - Woman Of The Ghetto
  13. Lloyd Robinson - Cuss Cuss (12" Version)
  14. Sound Dimension - Drum Song
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

100 % Dynamite contains 14 tracks selected by the Soul Jazz Records crew. They run the popular 100% Dynamite club in north London. The album is a surprising mix of ska, reggae, rocksteady and soul/funk orientated reggae produced by the legendary Coxsone Dodd, except for the tracks by The Maytals, The Marvels and The Upsetters.
The albums kicks of with Willie Williams' best known Studio One cut, Armageddon Time. After that Toots Hibbert takes over with the ska tune Night And Day. Rock Steady and Popcorn are two stompin' funky tracks, followed by Tommy McCook's jazz influenced Green Mango and the equally fine Greedy G by The Brentford All Stars.
Vibrafonist Lennie Hibbert does a sublime reworking of the 'Tonight' riddim before Johnny Osbourne performs one of his best Studio One cuts, We Need Love (also include on his 'Truth And Rights' set). Female vocalist Phyllis Dillon recorded her finest work for Coxsone's rival Duke Reid, but her soulful rendition of Woman Of The Ghetto stands the test of time very well.
The compilers of the album have included two Studio One all time boom shots on this album : Drum Song by Sound Dimension (thanks Jackie Mittoo !), the Studio One in-house band for several years, and Lloyd Robinson's 12" version of the immortal Cuss Cuss.
A tremendous selection of the obvious and not so obvious songs pulled from the vaults of Coxsone Dodd !

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