Caribbean Party
VP Records
March 6, 2007

Track list
  1. Caribbean Party - Morgan Heritage
  2. We Ready To Go - Edwin Yearwood feat. Shurwayne Winchester
  3. West Indies On The Go - Assassin
  4. Wave Your Hand - Elephant Man
  5. In The Game - Admiral Bailey
  6. Rise - T.O.K.
  7. Smile - Junior Kelly
  8. Pull Up - Tanya Stephens
  9. Pull It Up - Beres Hammond feat. Buju Banton
  10. Heal Mass God World - Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton
  11. The Game Of Love & Unity - Rupee, Shaggy & Fayann Lyons
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Although it's more than 4 months ago that the ICC Cricket World Cup took place in the Caribbean, the accompanying VP Records release "Caribbean Party" has been extremely hard to get here in the Netherlands. And with the worldwide coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup because of the (what turned out not to be) 'murder' of the South African coach of the Pakistan cricket team Bob Woolmer overshadowing the play there, for a while the CWC didn't leave much of a 'Caribbean Party'-vibe behind, not in the West Indies neither in the rest of the (cricket) world. It'd be a shame however not to present this CD to a wider audience, so I'm reviewing it still now.

The first and title tune of this compilation stems from the great (roots) reggae group Morgan Heritage, whose "Caribbean Party" is an upful pan-reggae invitation to join the cricket one-day party, followed by soca (super)stars Shurwayne Winchester joining (former Krosfyah singer) Edwin Yearwood from Barbados for the uptempo soca of "We Ready To Go" and Assassin with the (what can only be described as) hip hop influenced pan-dancehall of "West Indies On The Go". More pan style backing for the energy god Elephant Man, who is however sounding rather restraint calling out all nations from the Windies and all cricket fans to "Wave Your Hand" using the melody of John Holt & the Paragons "The Tide Is High" that become a world wide hit in the 80s in Blondie's take on the song.

Admiral Bailey is delivering true dancehall with a party message for all "In The Game" followed by a brilliant encouragement from T.O.K. to "Rise" to the occasion and Junior Kelly's soft "Smile". One of dancehall's leading female DJs/singers Tanya Stephens delivers the smooth sung "Pull Up" and then two superhits featuring Buju Banton kick in heavily, first his 1999 smash hit with Beres Hammond over the Wailing Souls' 'Things And Time'-relick for Donovan Germain's Penthouse "Pull It Up" and then "Heal Massa God World" over Penthouse 1992 relick of the 'General'-riddim featuring Wayne Wonder truly bring this CD to a higher level. The album is closed with the offial CWC anthem "The Game Of Love & Unity" by Rupee, Shaggy & Fay Ann Lyons but despite this (euro-trash influenced) umptempo soca being nice, in the end this album turns out to be just like the ICC Cricket World Cup itself has been, very promising, but in the end disappointingly just fine and nothing special.