Hard Drugs Riddim
Tads International
December 2, 2005

Track list
  1. Some A Sellout - Beenie Man
  2. Crack Head - Gregory Isaacs
  3. Hard Drugs - Gregory Isaacs
  4. The Barber - DYCR
  5. Impotent - Macka Diamond
  6. Guns Down - Anthony B
  7. Wait On Me - Nadine Sutherland
  8. Wrong Law - Chezidek
  9. One Don - Turbulence
  10. Joyful - Jah Mason
  11. Loving Non Stop - Junior Kelly
  12. Ganja Spliff - Mr. Perfect
  13. No Remember God - Little Hero
  14. Never Too Late - Fantan Mojah
  15. Road Block - George Nooks
  16. Win Some, Loose Some - Prezident Brown
  17. Gimme De Same Love - Sugar Minott
  18. TAD'S Hard Drugs Riddim - Version
  19. Dean - Dean Frazer
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
I was rather impressed by Frederick Ricketts relick of Gregory Isaacs' 1988 'Hard Drugs'-riddim for his Delperies label, the Gregory Isaacs riddim for Tappa itself losely based on Bob Marley's "Put It On" from 1965 for Coxsone Dodd. Now the man who even before Tappa recorded the 'Hard Drugs'-riddim with Gregory Isaacs, Tad A. Dawkins sr. together with his son Tad A. Dawkins jr. has his mid 80s great version (played by a.o. Lloyd Parks, Sticky, Robbie Lynn, Bubbler & Fox, Dwight Pickney, Steven Stanley and Dean Frazer) voiced again by the current crop of Jamaican veterans and newcomers to great satisfaction for their TADS Record Inc. Producer Tad A Dawkins is noted for his early 80s works, which include not only Gregory Isaacs' "Hard Drugs", but also Dennis Brown's "Wildfire" (as well as the collaborative album of the same name by Brown and John Holt) and Brown's "Here I Come a.k.a. Love And Hate". And now there's this album kicking off with Beenie Man's great "Some A Sellout" followed by Gregory's extra-classic "Crack Head" and "Hard Drugs", two absolute gems. D.Y.C.R. delivers the very convincing and entertaining "The Barber", I like his tunes/poems a lot more recently and dancehall's top-female DJ (at least in my opinion) Macka Diamond rides this roots riddim in fine style as well for the slack yet excellent "Impotent". Not a single weak tune included on this great one-riddim album, that is a nice (qualitative even stronger) companion to the earlier Delperies release. The remaining great line-up of artists all deliver top-notch efforts, and not only does this album count 17 great vocal tunes, there are also 2 wicked versions included, the clean "TAD'S Hard Drugs Riddim"-version as well as Dean Frazer's simply "Dean" titled saxophone masterpiece closing this essential one-riddim album.