Various artists album review
400 % Dynamite
Soul Jazz Records-Munich
22 - 09 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Bongo Herman & Bingie Bunny - Chairman Of The Board
  2. Tenor Saw & Buju Banton - Ring The Alarm Quick
  3. Prince Buster - Girl Why Don't You Answer
  4. Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi
  5. The Cimarons - We Are Not The Same
  6. Lloyd Robinson - Cuss Cuss
  7. King Tubby - King Tubby Dub
  8. Honey Boy Martin - Dreader Than Dread
  9. Dennis Alcapone - Cassius Clay
  10. Toots & The Maytals - 54 46 Was My Number
  11. General Degree - Pot Cover
  12. Paris Connection - Who's That Lady
  13. Granville Williams Orchestra - Hi Life
  14. Lyn Taitt - Soul Food
  15. U Roy - Stick Together
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

400 % Dynamite ! is the follow up to the splendid compilation albums 300 % Dynamite, 200 % Dynamite and 100 % Dynamite. All these excellent albums - all dressed in a bright funky sleeve, strongly reminiscent of those in fashion during the seventies - have been compiled by the crew of Soul Jazz Records, based in north London. The first set mainly contained Studio One productions, whilst the two other sets collected fine vintage ska, soul, rocksteady, funk and dub out of Jamaica.
Just as on the previous albums you will find here a variety of styles, ranging from calypso to digital dancehall. Featured on this album is the combination Tenor Saw & Buju Banton with their boombastic hardcore dancehall anthem on the "Stalag" riddim, Ring The Alarm Quick. It's all here : from the Volcano dancefloor sound of Barrington Levy's classic Under Mi Sensi, to the classy early sixties calypso/ska of the Granville Williams Orchestra to General Degree's Pot Cover from last year. Then there's the sweet soul sound of The Cimarons - We Are Not The Same - and The Paris Connection with the Isley Brothers cover Who's That Lady, Dennis Alcapone's deejay version of Drum Song, and even a gallon of dub - courtesy of King Tubby - is poured into the mix !
Explosive stuff !

Teacher & Mr. T.