Various artists album review
Kings Of Kings Vol. 4
Kings Of Kings-Jet Star
12 - 03 - 2002
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Hailing from Colin Levy's "Kings Of Kings" label comes the compilation set "Kings Of Kings Vol. 4" featuring three riddims spread across eighteen tracks of quality modern roots reggae delivered by today's reggae top ambassadors such as Luciano, Morgan Heritage & LMS, Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B and Bushman alongside reggae veterans John Holt and Gregory Isaacs and promising newcomers like Richie Spice, Chrisinti and Iley Issachar aka Iley Dread (aka producer Colin Levy).|
The wicked "Trod On" riddim is featured on the first eight tracks and includes first class pieces such as Morgan Heritage & LMS's "Dem Try Everything", Capleton's awesome "Jah Is My Light", Sizzla's "Trod On", Half Pint's wonderful "Smooth Operator" and Bushman's "Set Dem Free". Then the mood and tempo changes for the next version excursion with John Holt's "Heavenly Father" being a decent effort, followed by Gregory Isaacs' "One Step Away", a nice tune delivered in the Cool Ruler's well known style. Also Spanner Banner brings no more than a nice effort, however it's with Norris Man's "Whatever Jah Say" and Richie Spice's "Jah Jah Love" that one experiences some excitement. Bushman's "Kindness For Weakness" drops the next riddim tracks and actually brings back some of the quality level witnessed in the first eight tracks. Also worth hearing are the unusual combination of Iley Issachar aka Iley Dread and Frisco Kid as well as Prezident Brown's nyabinghi flavored "One Two". The albums rounds off with an acapella version of Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger's hit "Don't Look Back" by Lady Saw & Iley Issachar aka Iley Dread.
"Kings Of Kings Vol. 4" is a fine collection of modern roots songs with nuff enjoyment for all serious roots and reggae fans.