Various artists album review
Dynamite Style
Tabou1/Walboomers Music
04 - 10 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Sugar Minott - Ghetto Uptown
  2. Bobby Floyd - My Skin Is Black
  3. Yellowman & Peter Metro - Canada Cold
  4. Horace Andy - Tell Me Why
  5. Little John - My Woman Is Crying
  6. Yellowman & Fathead - Come We Just A Come
  7. Patrick Andy - Special Arrangement
  8. Pat Kelly - Lets Get Married
  9. Little John - Spin You Roll
  10. Sammy Dread - Walk Away From Me
  11. Clarence Parks - Gun Man
  12. Welton Irie - Put It Down
  13. Michael Prophet - Amazing Love
  14. Trevor Junior - Little Girl
  15. Zu Zu - Come On Tell Me
  16. Clarence Parks - Joker Lover
  17. Johnny Ringo - Johnny Ringo
  18. Coola Merry - Go Roung
  19. Clarence Parks - No No No
  20. Yellowman & Peter Metro - Girl Is Mine
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4

Dynamite Records was founded in 1980 by Clive Jarrett with help from his friends Sly & Robbie, Clive Buisy and Anrhony Waldron aka Lone Ranger. Their goal was to release good quality music to capture the essence of what the label stood for. The core of this label was Sly & Robbie and the Taxi gang. They recorded mainly at Channel One studio with three of the best and creative engineers : Bunny (Tom Tom), Barnabas and Soljie Hamilton. The first single 'Don't Mess With Dread' by the Lone Ranger came out on the Powerhouse label then controlled by Robbie Shakespeare. Following the strong response to this single Robbie told Clive he thought Dynamite was ready to be let loose. The first two artists that recorded for the label were Carlton Livingston and the Lone Ranger. Their first album was Lone Ranger's 'Hi Ho Silver Away'. Carlton Livingstone was next, songs like 'Here I Stand, 'Marie' and 'Rumours' emerged and from these works the second lp out of the Dynamite stable was released. In 1981 Beswick (Bebo) Philips, Clive's longtime friend from their days living in Dunkirk, eastern Kingston, joined the team. Many of reggae's household names started recording for the label, but by 1985 the label ceased releasing material as its founders took time to cool off and launch other projects.
This compilation set contains a fine cross section of the label's releases, recorded in the first half of the 80s. The names featured here represent the best in reggae music, with excellent efforts by Sugar Minott, who opens the album with the classic tune Ghetto Uptown, Bobby Floyd's reworking of The Heptones 'Be A Man', here retitled My Skin Is Black and a young Little John who delivers a nice dancehall tune called Spin You Roll. Further tunes which I kept spinning are the two tunes Gun Man by Clarence Parks and the deejay version by Welton Irie, Put It Down. Michael Prophet released the most popular version of this 'Bad Boy' riddim. Studio One riddims plenty here : the 'Pretty Looks' riddim on Zu-Zu's Come On Tell Me, 'I've Got the Handle' riddim on Michael Prophet's tune Amazing Love, Clarence Parks licks the 'No No No' riddim and the 'Undying Love' riddim is used by Trevor Junior for his tune Little Girl.
Filled with plenty classic tunes, 'Dynamite Style' is a fine compilation set.

Teacher & Mr. T.