Various artists album review
Harmony House Verse One
VP Records / Walboomers Music
17 - 12 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Tony Curtis - Jah I Thank You
  2. Louie Culture & Anthony Selassie - Ya Hoo
  3. Jah Cure - Zion Wait
  4. Robert Ffrench - Calling All Rastaman
  5. Anthony B - Good Life
  6. Sugar Black & Lehbanchulah - Fight On
  7. Track Unknown... Wrongly credited Half Pint - Just Be Good
  8. Sizzla & Jah Cure - King In the Jungle
  9. Prince Malachi - Why Is It So
  10. Beres Hammond & Anthony B - Penny Ketcher
  11. Ginja - War Inna Di City
  12. Saba - More Love
  13. Sizzla - Live and Give Praises
  14. Natural Black - Leff Out
  15. Don Ricardo - Bet You Didn't Know
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In recent years the production works of Hugh Beresford Hammond aka Beres Hammond, released on his "Harmony House" imprint, have made a serious impact on the reggae scene. As they were only available on limited 7" singles many reggae fans had to be patient and wait for their appearance on a compilation set.
Now, at last, VP Records unleashes "Harmony House Verse One", the first edition of the debut Beres Hammond's label production series. And let's say it straightaway... this is a truly impressive compilation set collecting lots of wicked lovers rock and conscious tunes featuring some of the hottest tunes today as well as some older deadly goods. The production quality on this scorching 15-track album is excellent, the riddims are laid by "live" musicians, and some of the most best renown and up-and-coming Jamaican artists are delivering topnotch peformances. The "Harmony House Verse One" set features ten singles and five previously unreleased tunes. Riddimwize this set includes such fine riddims like the highly anticipated "Gonna Talk/Those Guys", first utilized for Beres Hammond's smash "They're Gonna Talk", a reworking of the Mighty Diamonds' classic "Have Mercy" riddim, "Plenty Bag" "Frozen Soul", "Get In The Groove" and "Satisfaction". Recent outings are from Tony Curtis, Anthony B and up-and-coming Saba, who deliver their versions over the "Gonna Talk/Those Guys" riddim. Earlier this year released on single are Prince Malachi's "Why Is It So", Ginja's "War Inna Di City", Sizzla's "Live And Give Praises" and Don Ricardo's "Bet You Didn't Know". Recordings spanning the years 1997 through 1999 come from Louie Culture & Anthony Selassie, Jah Cure, Robert Ffrench and the wicked combination Sizzla & Jah Cure.
"Harmony House Verse One" is a great compilation set with no fillers to be found. Highly recommended!!

Teacher & Mr. T.