Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dancehall Sessions 2
Various
Union Square
CD
November 26, 2006

Track list
Disc 1
  1. Leroy Gibbons - Build Up The Vibes
  2. I Wayne - Can't Satisfy Her
  3. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
  4. Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping
  5. Shabba Ranks - Get Up, Stand Up And Rock
  6. Elephant Man - Free Your Soul (Lose Control)
  7. Fantan Mojah - Hail To The King
  8. Bounty Killer - Man A Killa
  9. Frankie Paul - Musical Explosion
  10. Gregory Isaacs - Love Contract
  11. Tinga Stewart - Dry Up Your Tears
  12. Major Mackerel & Collin Roach - Duppy
  13. T.O.K. - Hotta
  14. Jah Cure - Love Is The Solution
  15. Sizzla - Thanks & Praise
Disc 2
  1. Chaka Demus & Pliers feat. Jack Radics - Twist & Shout
  2. Tiger - Can't Test We
  3. Brian & Tony Gold - Pass The Dub Plate
  4. Dennis Walks - Still Drifting
  5. Sean Paul - Deport Them
  6. Kiprich - Telephone Ting
  7. Buju Banton - Me Too Bad
  8. Papa San - Watch You Watch Me (aka Watch Watch)
  9. Leroy Gibbons - This Magic Moment
  10. Horace Andy - Must Have To Get It
  11. Gregory Isaacs - Lock Off
  12. Apache Indian - Boom Shak-A-Lack
  13. Junior Reid - Higgler Move
  14. Chaka Demus - Original Kuff
  15. Flourgon - Bounce
  16. Cocoa Tea - Cry Over You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4
This is Round two of Union Square's dancehall sessions and this time around they bring in the modern bashment to slug it out with the original ragga gems from the 1980s and present. The 31-track cd has some songs by a few big reggae/dancehall names such as Shabba Ranks, Jah Cure, Gregory Isaacs, Sizzla, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Buju Banton to name but a few!

I Wayne's Can't Satisfy Her is a tune so hot among all generations of reggae fans in 2005 that it was put on an old Studio 1 riddim for a bootleg! Next comes the killer dancehall tune Murder She Wrote on the "Bam Bam" riddim. On the in 1982 released Water Pumping, Johnny Osbourne applies his mellow voice to bring us this fine song. One of the dancehall kings, Shabba Ranks, delivers an unstoppable hit with Get Up, Stand Up And Rock. The nyahbinghi flavored classic Hail To The King is a misplaced gem on this album. Dancehall returns with the "Allo Allo" riddim by Bounty Killer and Man A Killa. Gregory Isaacs fits perfect on this cd using his rudebwoy persona alongside his romantic style on Love Contract. Sizzla's version of the "Cry Baby" riddim from earlier in 2006 became a massive anthem, one of the best one drop tunes of the year so far. Of course I'm talking aboutThanks & Praise. The imprisoned Jah Cure brings Love Is The Solution across the "Liberation" riddim.

Flowing over into disc 2, Tiger really roars on the digital eighties track Can't Test We. Dennis Brown did a great job remaking Harry Mudie's Still Drifting. In 2005 riding the "My Baby" riddim, the massive hit Telephone Thing gave Kiprich the credit he deserves. Papa San a dancehall artist from the 80's provides us with a fine dancehall tune Watch You Watch Me (Aka Watch Watch). Followed by 2 other artists who are already around for a long time, namely Gregory Isaacs and Horace Andy. Both deliver classic cuts. Also check out Apache Indian's Boom Shak-A-Lack, which combines manic growling vocals with a fairly dynamite groove. Junior Reid's Higgler Move, yet another Jammy’s production, is one of the real shining songs on the album. Cry Over You closes off the album with sound clash mode from the mighty Cocoa Tea.

An enjoyable set of tunes!