Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Double Up Vol 4
Various
Brickwall
CD
December 31, 2006

Track list
  1. Richie Spice - Gideon Boots
  2. Lymie Murray - Kings And Queens
  3. Chezidek - Where Did The Good Vibes Go
  4. Ras Shiloh - Come Down Jah Jah
  5. Lutan Fyah - Something For The Youths
  6. Natural Black - People Will Say
  7. Anthony B - Fed Up
  8. Turbulence - Tell My People Live Up
  9. Conrad Crystal & Sugar Roy - Johnny Too Bad
  10. Louie Culture - No So Place Run
  11. Morgan Heritage - Leave The Young Girls
  12. Ras Shiloh - Waste My Time
  13. Mikey Spice - Where Were You
  14. Frankie Paul - She Loves Me
  15. Lymie Murray - Brake Free
  16. Geoffery Star - Ready For Love
  17. Natural Black - Face It
  18. Lutan Fyah - I'm In Pain
  19. Lukie D - Heaven In Your Eyes
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3
We really had to wait a long long time to see the release of another volume of "Double Up" (vol. 3 was released 1998!). Bobby "Digital" Dixon is one of the famous producers from Jamaica, who started his career in Jammy's Studio as an engineer, till he started his own sound system and studio at the end of the eighties. Since then he has become one of Jamaica's leading producers, with top albums by Garnet Silk, Admiral Tibet, Morgan Heritage and Sizzla.

As the name of the CD suggests, this is a 2 riddim sampler. First is the "Johnny Too Bad" riddim. Originally recorded in 1970 by The Slickers for producer Byron Lee, this tune got famous through the inclusion on "The Harder They Come"-soundtrack and is definitely one of the most versioned in Jamdown. Specialized in recreating classics from the past Bobby Digital produced some fine tunes on this riddim. Standout tunes are Richie Spice's Gideon Boots, Anthony B's Fed Up and Lutan Fyah's Something For The Youths.

The second riddim is called "Gully Gully", a brand new one drop riddim and therefore maybe a bit more interesting. The riddim is a good one, although it doesn't reach the depth and quality of the "One To One" riddim from 2002 (remember "Dry cry aka Thank you Mama" from Sizzla). Also no weak tunes here, standout tunes are Morgan Heritage's Leave The Young Girls and Lymie Murray's Brake free.

Having a lot of nice one drop tunes this one is for the lovers of slower and melodic reggae. All instruments are played live, so there are no - sometimes too annoying - computerized noises here. The production is - what else can you expect from Bobby Digital - well done. The only thing to criticize is that there is no plain version. All in all highly recommended, waiting for vol. 5 now.