Various artists album review
300 % Dynamite
Soul Jazz Records
07 - 11 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters - Make It Reggae
  2. Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng
  3. Toots & The Maytals - Broadway Jungle
  4. Randy's All Stars - Mission Impossible
  5. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
  6. Prince Buster - Cincinatti Kid
  7. Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Rankin'
  8. Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy
  9. Jackie Mitto & Randy's Allstars - Jackie's Theme
  10. Lloyd Price - Coconut Woman
  11. Lee Perry - Jungle Lion
  12. Johnny Clarke - Rebel Soldiering
  13. Byron Lee - Rocksteady
  14. Augustus Pablo - Viva Tirado
  15. Al Brown - Her I Am Baby
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

300 % Dynamite ! is the follow up to the splendid compilation albums 200 % Dynamite and 100 % Dynamite. All these excellent albums have been compiled by the crew of Soul Jazz Records, based in north London. The first set mainly contained Studio One productions, whilst the second set collected fine vintage ska, soul, rocksteady, funk and dub out of Jamaica.
The variety of styles on the album ranges from calypso to digital dancehall, incorporating Wayne Smith's biggest tune from the mid eighties -Under Me Sleng Teng and Sister Nancy's cut to Winston Riley's 'Stalag' riddim -Bam Bam. Check out more Stalag versions on the Winston Riley set 'Original Stalag 17-18 And 19' . In 1977 Joe Gibbs issued Trinity's hugely popular 'Three suite piece', which utilized the riddim of Marcia Aitken's updated version of Alton Ellis' Studio One hit 'I'm still in love'. This success led to a whimsical follow up by teenage schoolgirl duo, Althea Forrest and Donna Reid, who scored internationally with Uptown Top Rankin'.
From 1974 comes Al Brown's remake of the Al Green soul smash Here I Am Baby. Al Brown was the lead vocalist for the group Skin Flesh and Bones resident at the 'Tit For tat' club in Kingston. Rebel Soldiering sees Johnny Clarke in fine style over a 'flying cymbal' riddim of producer Bunny Lee. The charismatic Prince Buster is present here with a lesser known tune from the 60's -Cincinati Kid. Hopeton Lewis' biggest hit Take It Easy and the ferocious ska tune Broadway Jungle are two more highlights on this must-have set !

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