Title
Artist
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Dancehall 101 Volume 5
Various
VP Records
CD
September 30, 2009

Mega Banton - Dancehall 101, Vol. 5 Track list
  1. You Don't Love Me (No No No) - Dawn Penn
  2. Action - Terror Fabulous & Nadine Sutherland
  3. Anything For You (All Star Cast Remix) - Snow, Beenieman, Buju and Others
  4. Girl I've Got To Get You - Tony Tuff
  5. Love Me Brownin - Buju Banton
  6. Them A Bleach - Nardo Ranks
  7. Full Up A Class - Bunny General
  8. Romantic Call - Patra Feat. Yo Yo
  9. Dem Bow - Shabba Ranks
  10. Butterfly - Jigsy King & Tony Curtis
  11. Bogle - Buju Banton
  12. World Dance - Beenie Man
  13. Hardcore (It's Raining) - Lady Saw
  14. Dun Wife - Mad Cobra
  15. Boom Shack-A-Lack - Born Jamericans
  16. Sound Boy Killing (Remix) - Mega Banton
  17. Tour (Lil Jon & Paul's Remix) - Capleton
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Back in 2000 VP Records started the series "Dancehall 101" . The albums contained dancehall club classics featuring hit singles from the eighties and nineties with familiar hooks and infectious riddims. 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 above 20 year old reggae/dancehall fan probably knows and loves but before now could not find in one place.

Seven years after the release of Volume 4 they come up with a new volume in the series. Volume 5 kicks off in fine style with Dawn Penn's recut of her own Studio One classic You Don't Love Me (No No No), courtesy of producers/musicians Steely & Clevie. Sweet voiced Nadine Sutherland and gruff voiced Terror Fabulous take over with their 1993 hit tune Action. Dave Kelly produced that one. Tony Tuff -Girl I've Got To Get You- licks the John Holt riddim 'A Love I Can Feel, a good choice, because it's one of the lesser known, but excellent tunes across this Penthouse produced riddim.

Sly & Robbie did some quality productions across the Santa Barbara aka Bam Bam riddim. Here's the Nardo Ranks interpretation -Them A Bleach-, a wonderful tune! A good example of speed-rap comes from Bunny General on the Fashion production Full Up A Class. Shabba was one of the top artists during the nineties. His top tune Dem Bow named the riddim for producer Bobby Digital, who unleashed good cuts on the same riddim from Beenie Man and Wayne Fire.

From the Shocking Vibes production house comes Beenie Man with World Dance who charted in 1994 with this tune pon the Corduroy riddim. Two tunes by Buju Banton here. First he gives us the classic Penthouse produced Love Me Browning across the Feeling Soul riddim, and second comes Bogle. Both tunes were released in 1991. In 1993 Mega Banton recorded Sound Boy Killing and it became a huge seller, courtesy of producer Big Jack Scorpio. Here they included the excellent soul remix version.

A good selection of dancehall classics!