Various artists album review
08 - 04 - 2001
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Robert Dixon, better known as Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, got his nickname because his arrival at King Jammys coincided with the rise of Steelie and Clevie's computerised riddim tracks in 1985. He rapidly learned dub-cutting, voicing and mixing under King Jammy's tuition. Very soon he was to play a pivotal role in the running of the studio and recorded extensively with artists like Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus, Admiral Bailey and many more. Three years later he formed his own Heat Wave sound system, build his own studio and set up his Digital B label. Since then he has become one of Jamaica's leading producers, with top albums by Garnett Silk, Pinchers, Glen Ricks, Sanchez, Admiral Tibett, Shabba Ranks, Dirtsman, Morgan Heritage and Leroy Smart. He is specialised in recreating classics from the past and has released numerous one (or two) riddim albums. With his credentials as a fellow ghetto youth made good, an extensive array of gifted artists and a burgeoning reputation with a wider audience after his work with international acts, Bobby Digital is well situated to stay a leading producer for years to come.|
His latest effort is the one riddim album "Conversation". It features twelve licks across the riddim of Slim Smith's "My Conversation" tune, a song he recorded in the late sixties for Bunny Lee. The riddim has always been very popular and numerous artists have had number one hits with their remakes. The riddim is laid down by the Firehouse Crew and the line up of artists is impressive. Reggae veterans George Nooks, Gregory Isaacs and Cocoa Tea deliver excellent tunes, but newcomers such as Chrisinti and Richie Spice don't fail to make a decent impression. Bobo dread Sizzla delivers his song across a dubbed up/stripped down version of the riddim and it's one of his best tunes of the the year. Admiral Tibett sings pure gold on Mischievious Woman. We've said it before, but A.J. Brown is probably one of Brickwall's most talented singers and we are still waiting for a brandnew album of this heavenly singing artist, Can't Cool is one of the standout tunes here. Louie Culture manages to fill the riddim very good, and Chrisinti contributes a smooth lovers tune. Included is a long, long continuous mix that features 15 artists and is done by K-Locks of Soul Syndicate. Probably because of the length of this mix, the other songs have been edited (too much !), resulting in tunes of approx. 2 minutes.
Bobby Digital can't go wrong on a classic riddim and 'Conversation' is one of his strongest efforts.
Teacher & Mr. T.