Ketch Di Riddim ~ Get A Beaten
Rocky Gibbs
November 19, 2005

Track list
  1. Must Get A Beaten - Peter Tosh & Buju Banton
  2. Forgive Them - Capleton & Junior Reid
  3. Acting Unruly - Yami Bolo & Chuck Fender
  4. Hypocracy - Tony Rebel
  5. Heart & Soul - Luciano
  6. Them A Fe Get A Beaten (2K5 Mix) - Peter Tosh
  7. Little Black Child - Bushman
  8. Easy Skanking - George Nooks
  9. Chatty Mouth People - Admiral Tibet
  10. What A Shame - Natty King
  11. Humble Life - Chezidek
  12. My Father's Kingdom - Everton Blender
  13. Babylon Blunder - Queen Ifrica
  14. Long Life Prosperity - Ginjah
  15. Kingfish - Ranaco
  16. Wah She Tek Me Fah - Marky Schorcher
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Rocky Gibbs, son of Joel Gibson a.k.a. Joe Gibbs, releases on his Rocky One label a one riddim album using his father's 1972 cut for the Pressure Beat label of Peter Tosh' "Them Have To Get A Beaten", a rerecording of the 1968 Peter Tosh & The Wailers tune "Dem A Fi Get A Beating" for the Wailers Wail N Soul M label. And Rocky has hit the jackpot with it, because this riddim not only fits very nicely into the current one drop riddim trend, but in its own right deserves a warm applause as one of those strong outings of the genius Peter Tosh, whose greatness has been overshadowed by the attention for Bob Marley. The album is opened with the 'impossible combination' (© David Rodigan) Peter Tosh and Buju Banton for the excellent "Must Get A Beaten", followed by the absolute killer tune on the riddim, the unusual but superb combination "Forgive Them" by (an early 90s) Capleton & Junior Reid and yet another great combination, Yami Bolo & Chuck Fender sharing the credits on "Acting Unruly". Tony Rebel is in fine form on the fierce "Hypocracy", and Luciano in my opinion is always delivering a strong tune, no matter how many tunes he records he seems never to disappoint, and his "Heart & Soul" is no exception. Peter Tosh' tune "Them A Fe Get A Beaten" is also included in the 2K5 Mix, highlighting the strength of his original, before Bushman delivers an absolute flawless tribute (in the style and tone of voice adapted) with "Little Black Child". George Nooks delivers the smooth "Easy Skanking", Admiral Tibet the fine "Chatty Mouth People" and Natty King the strong "What A Shame". Chezidek's "Humble Life" and the unfortunately heavily underrecorded Everton Blender's "My Father's Kingdom" are also more than solid tunes, followed by Derrick Morgan's daughter Queen Ifrica once again confirming she is one of the best female roots vocalists to emerge on the scene with "Babylon Blunder". Beres Hammond protégé Ginjah has one of his rare appearances not on the Harmony House label with the beautiful "Long Life Prosperity" and talented newcomer Ranaco (who debuted on the Joe Gibbs compilation "Presents Inner City Roots") impresses with "Kingfish". Another newcomer, Marky Schorcher, closes the album with the well sung and lyrically very entertaining (and reminiscent of the tongue in cheek humour of Kiprich) "Wah She Tek Me Fah" / she aks me fi a tousand dollah / wah me look like to she / she mus tek me for a money factory . Unfortunately there's no clean version of the riddim included, but that doesn't distract from "Ketch Di Riddim ~ Get A Beaten" being an excellent set of tunes over a great riddim composed by one of reggae's biggest (in my opinion still underrated) heroes.