Various artists album review
Armageddon Time Chapter 2
05 - 03 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Packed with seventeen great, conscious tunes, among them some real killer tunes, "Armageddon Time Chapter 2" is further proof of the fine production work of Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell and the excellent musicianship of some of Jamaica's best musicians : Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Robbie Lyn, Melbourne Miller, Donald Dennis, Steven Stanley and Dean Fraser. They provide - in association with mixing engineers Steven Stanley & Soljie - the immediately recognizable 'Xterminator' sound, which fits the vocal delivery of many of the artists featured on this album so very well.|
This compilation includes previous Xterminator singles "Babylon Homework", "She's Like The Roses" and "Why Boast" from Sizzla, "Roots And Culture" by Morgan Heritage, the awesome "Fire Is Blazing" by Prince Malachi, Cocoa Tea's fine "Burn Satan", the excellent "Oh Jah" from reggae vet Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, (Roaring) Lion's "Can't Be No One Else", Beres Hammond's "Freedom" and "Righteous Way" from the combination Prince Malachi & Turbulence.
These are supplemented by seven fresh cuts. Ras Michael and dub poet Mutabaruka deliver a fine effort with the Nyabinghi flavoured "Psalms 25". Then "Jah Guide Us", a superb tune delivered through the combined forces of two great reggae singers: the voice of the nineties Luciano and the honorouble mr. Alton Ellis, star from past and present. Their skill and talents are known and loved by many a reggae fan, and indeed, both singers fully live up to expectations. Turbulence makes a serious impression with the wicked "Where Are Your Wings", before Capleton delivers his firing lyrics over a fast-paced riddim in his well known growling style. "When man on earth has done his best, all he can do is leave the rest to the hands of time" are the first words from the chorus of "When Man On Earth", an astonishing cut from Luciano across a great echo-laden riddim, which is also featured on his "Sweep Over My Soul" album. The same riddim is utilized by Prince Malachi, who also delivers a noteworthy effort across this wicked riddim. Denroy Morgan's offspring, the up-and-coming L.M.S., showcase their skills and talents in the very enjoyable and entertaining "Jah Lead Our Way". With the release of this solid compilation set Jamaica's premier 'roots & culture' stable of the nineties fully showcase that it is going to continue its dominion in the new millennium !