Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Just Friends
VP Records - Walboomers Music
14 - 04 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Just Friends -Tony Rebel & Swade
  2. Girl Friend -George Nooks
  3. Ladies Man -Lovindeer
  4. Informer- Admiral Tibbet
  5. Bring Back The Love -Richie Stephens
  6. My God Is Real -Thriller U
  7. Satisfaction Guaranteed -Glen Washington
  8. Nuh Promote Nuh Violence -Natural Black
  9. Moan And Groan -Frankie Paul
  10. Hugging Me Loving Me -Lukie D
  11. Loving Game -Candy Man
  12. Baby You’re Mine -Richie Canary
  13. Bongo Loving -Bongo Herman
  14. Mega Mix Medley -Various Artists
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

One of VP's most popular series 'Riddim Driven' comes up with an awesome collection of tunes across the "Just Friends" riddim, which is a reworking of the vintage 'Shame and Scandal' riddim. Most of the tracks here surfaced last year as 7" singles on the Techniques label. Producer and owner of the label is reggae veteran Winston Riley, a former member of the Rocksteady group The Techniques. Included here is one of the biggest hits in reggae this year -Just Friends- the smash from Tony Rebel & Swade. The album features a cast of familiar voices to set the riddim off on a similar mood as the title track. Rolling on a smooth'n'easy groove the line up of featured vocalists such as Richie Stephens, George Nooks, Glen Washington, Frankie Paul, Thriller U and Admiral Tibbet manage to create a mood of good, cleam fun. Most tunes concentrate on lovers themes, except for Natural Black's Nuh Promote Nuh Violence and Thriller U's My God Is Real. The backing is provided by a heavy weight line up of studio musicians including Steely & Clevie, Dean Fraser, Pam Hall and Winston Riley. No weak tunes here, only killer tracks, except for the Mega Mix Medley which uses too much phasing effects and doesn't add something extra to the tunes.
With some 14 excellent tunes across the riddim you won't be disappointed !

Teacher & Mr. T.