Various artists album review
Riddim Rider ~ Columbus
Charm-Jet Star
February 22 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Lloyd Brown - Main Squeeze
  2. Don Campbell - Party Time
  3. Freddie McGregor - Searching
  4. Al Campbell - What Can I Say
  5. Peter Hunnigale - Peace Today
  6. Nereus Joseph - Loneliness
  7. Gregory Isaacs - New Lover
  8. Jahmali - How Much You Need
  9. Donna Marie - Master Plan
  10. Horace Andy - Reggae Beat
  11. Archie Wonder - Sex Appeal
  12. Queen Omega - Hustle Up
  13. Prince Malachi - Garvey Teach Them
  14. Bobby Cristal - Love Is
  15. Natural Black - Me Ready Now
  16. Macka B - Jamaican
  17. Bounty Hunter - Bun A Fire
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The most recent installment (vol. 8) in Jet Star's "Riddim Rider" series features some 17 easy groovin' licks on one of our favorite riddims from the past. We're talking 'bout the Columbus riddim, a tune having been performed by the original rastaman Winston Rodney, better known as Burning Spear. He used Aston 'Family Man' Barrett as co-producer for the session.
Now renown Tony Philips of the UK based Ruff Cutt band has rebuild the riddim and invited some top-notch singers and deejays to voice over his smooth interpretation of the riddim. Premier roots singer Mark Wynter, aka Prince Malachi revisits appreciation of Burning Spear's primary inspiration, the late, great Marcus Mosiah Garvey in his song Garvey Teach Them. Don Campbell, who used to be Ruff cutt's drummer before metamorphosing into one of the country's most acclaimed vocalists, delivers a fine version, redoing his 1986 hit 'Party Nite' (here entitled Party Time) which he did with the Undivided Roots Band. The album opens with Lloyd Brown's heavenly tune Main Squeeze, which was this album's lead single. Macka B used to record only for Mad Professor's Ariwa label, but here he is back with Jamaican, a tune defending Jamaican patois with typical insightful humour. From Nereus Joseph comes Loneliness, a lovers tune packed with tingling emotions, while veteran Gregory Isaacs delivers a noteworthy effort with New Lover. Another veteran here is Horace Andy. He sure knows how to bring a 'floorfiller' as he performs Reggae Beat. Jamaican roots singer Jahmali makes a more than decent impression with the reality tune How Much You Need. Needless to say that the other artists deliver some of their finest goods as well, so don't forget to check out Queen Omega's Hustle Up, Archie Wonder with Sex Appeal and Freddie McGregor with Searching.
A Top Ten album!

Teacher & Mr. T.