Various artists album review
Dancehall 101 Vol. 2
VP Records-Walboomers Music
Tracking list - Disc 1
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
VP Records comes with the second instalment in their new series of compilation albums entitled "Dancehall 101". Every set contains a collection of Dancehall club classics featuring hit singles from the eighties and nineties. The track listings for the "Dancehall 101" series have been compiled by scrutinizing the most popular singles played by Dancehall, Hip-Hop/R&B,and Spanish club & radio DJ's. Each "Dancehall 101" volume features 17 tracks of the singles that every 18-35 year old reggae/dancehall fan probably knows and loves but before now could not find in one place. Many of these singles will also be available on VP Records' "Dancehall Classics" series as limited edition 12" re-issues.|
This set opens with a nice, so-called "soundbwoy" tune by Johnny Osbourne is followed by two very enjoyable cuts over the "Stalag" riddim, one of the most anticipated riddims in the history of reggae/dancehall music. Super Cat's big smash from 1986, "Boops", is still a joy to listen to. The same goes for King Jammy's produced "Bandelero", which brought Pinchers chart success in 1991. After Shelly Thunder has delivered "Kuff". the listener is treated to the more melodic tunes that made a serious impact in the dancehalls with Wayne Wonder's "Saddest Day", Foxy Brown's "Sorry" and the wicked combination song "Love Mi Haffi Get" Beres Hammond & Cutty Ranks being the standouts. Among the remaining tracks one will find solid deliveries from Shabba Ranks and Ninjaman.
"Dancehall 101 vol. 2" includes a bonus dj mix CD by New York city's "Road International".