Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

King Juggler
Various
Vizion Sounds Records
CD
December 15, 2006

Track list
  1. First Born - Irits
  2. Tarrus Riley - Read Between The Lines
  3. King Prof - Mama Don't Cry
  4. Anthony B - Born Hustler
  5. Natural Black - Weh Yu Deh Pon
  6. Ras Shiloh - Survivors
  7. Andrew Bees And Big Youth - People Get Ready
  8. Duane Stephenson - Three Blind Mice
  9. Luciano - Never Forget Your Roots
  10. Chrisinti - Give Me All Of You
  11. Alley Cat - Empress
  12. Louie Culture - Hook Pon Mi Mind
  13. Gregory Isaacs - Runaway Slave
  14. Big Youth - Three Blind Mice
  15. Zebulan - Call On Him
  16. Yvonne Sterling - Concrete Castle King
  17. LMJ - Solo Dance
  18. Peter Lloyd - Praise The King
  19. Hush - Legalize
  20. Sennon - Money Root Of All Evil
  21. Irits Riddim - Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
This one riddim album -- the "Irits" riddim -- is originally known as "Three Blind Mice". Leo Graham recorded it for producer Lee Perry in the '70s. Originally the tune is a traditional folk song from Jamaica. Most reggae fans know this riddim, it's been around for over 30 years now and still artists are recording new tunes on this backdrop. With a riddim this old it's obvious that new and veteran singers voiced it. On this album the music is made by the following musicians: Drums: Melbourne (Dusty) Miller, bass: Donald (Mr Biggs) Dennis, keyboards: Paul( Wrong Move )Crosdale and on horns the one and only Dean Fraser.

First Born kick off this album with the song that titled the riddim, Irits. It is followed by Tarrus Riley's Read Between The Lines which features wise words about life. King Prof delivers a tribute to his mama on Mama Don't Cry. Anthony B is also one of the well known artist on this riddim and his contribution Born Hustler is a fine track. This year's newcomer Natural Black is really shining on this riddim with Weh Yu Deh Pon. Ras Shiloh created a sweet tune -- Survivors -- about life's struggle. Andrew Bees and Big Youth did a great job on People Get Ready. Duane Stephenson made a nice remake of the classic Three Blind Mice song. Another great name on this album is Luciano who brings the spiritual tune Never Forget Your Roots. Chrisinti is present with the lovers lyrics of Give Me All Of You, while Alley Cat's heavy voice sounds great on Empress.

Hook Pon Mi Mind from Louie Culture is one of the finest tracks of the album. Big veteran singer Gregory Isaacs made a sweet tune Runaway Slave. Big Youth also made a remake of Three Blind Mice, but in my opinion Duane Stephenson did a better job. Zebulan made a great praise to the King of Kings on Call On Him. Yvonne Sterling's Concrete Castle King is about the suffering of the people and is one of the gems one finds on this album. Solo Dance by LMJ is not dancing solo on this album. Peter Lloyd comes on strong with Praise The King. While coming to the end of the album we still got some fine tunes left. Hush made a sweet ganja smokers tune Legalize and Sennon teaches us where all evil comes from on Money Root Of All Evil. Of course the great version of the riddim closes off the album.

This "King Juggler" album features all kinds of tunes from romance to dancehall and from roots to ganja tunes. A must for every reggae fan, listen and experience for yourself.