Various artists album review
Chain Gang MegaMix Vol. 1
Who Dun It Records
03 - 10 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Chain Gang Label, a division of Flynn & Flynn Music, Inc., is
based in Hartford, Connecticut with a studio in Miami, Florida and
is jointly owned by Dr. Paul and Owen Flynn.
The executive producer of the Chain Gang Label is Owen Flynn and
the engineer behind the music is Dr. Paul, former musical director
of Gregory Isaacs and Shabba Ranks (during his Grammy reign).
Dr. Paul is also the founder of the Ruff Kutt Band.
"Chain Gang MegaMix Vol. 1" is a continuous megamix featuring some well known artists such as Tanya Stephens, Prezident Brown, Richie Stephens, Scare Dem Crew and Round Head. Furthermore a selection of lesser know artists deliver their tune across some wicked riddims laid down by Dr. Paul and Friends. After the intro follow six tracks on a wicked dancehall riddim, featuring exceptional outings by Scare Dem Crew -Hot Gal- and Tanya Stephens -My Type-.
The next riddim excursion starts at track eight -Round Head with Independent Girl- and ends with Dr. Love's Grizzle. Good licks across this riddim come from Lion Face with Lion Face and Judah with Love How Me Stay. After this the pace slowes downs when Richie Stephens delivers a nice r&b flavored tune called Forever In Your Eyes. On the same riddim Tappa puts out G Spot.
FX Boom and Rahmani do a tune across the same poppy riddim and the rest of the tunes is a collection of dancehall tunes and r&b flavored songs. A great tune is Shaggy Wonder's Stop Watch The Girl.
The album closes with four splendid rootical tracks of which the combination Rahmani & Michael Anthony with This Life makes a solid impression.
Although the album dates from 1998, the tunes found here are a well interesting set of songs and the mix is perfect !