(Flames Presents) La La Bella
VP Records
April 18, 2006

Track list
  1. Why Be Afraid a.k.a. If Jah - Tony Rebel
  2. Are You Satisfied - Ras Shiloh
  3. God A Di Man - Little Kirk
  4. Mr. Speaker - Sebastian
  5. Ghetto People Song - Everton Blender
  6. Oh Jah - Lebanculah & Sugar Black
  7. Hurt No More - Honeycomb
  8. No Looking Back - Uton Green
  9. The Right Path - Aaron Silk
  10. Black People Unite - Manna Panna
  11. Moving East - Shanty Plus
  12. Mama Land - Tony Rebel & Mutabaruka
  13. I Saw Selassie - Sugar Black & Lebanculah
  14. Foot Of The Mountain - Tony Rebel
  15. Market Place (Hidden Track) - Tony Rebel
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
VP Records started their series of albums from - the peak era at - Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records with the massive "What One Riddim Can Do" one-riddim album, and now has a remastered version available of one of reggae's most important new roots riddims, one that 10 years after its original release in 1996 stills gets big forwards in every dance in which it's played. 'La La Bella' has become a true classic and it's great to see the re-release of this album, that of course opens with Tony Rebel's seminal "If Jah a.k.a. Why Be Afraid" a scorching confirmation of his belief in Jah, over this riddim he produced himself for his own Flames label. Ras Shiloh strong tune about his (former) woman mistrusting him "Are You Satisfied" follows, before Beenie Man's younger brother Little Kirk kicks in with the strong "Good A Di Man" and the sadly never heard again of Sebastian delivers the great reality tune "Mr. Speaker". Everton Blender contributes the second all time classic anthem over the riddim "Ghetto People Song", before former lovers rock champion Norbert Clarke (who voiced the great "Love Is The Key" album for former boxing champion turned reggae producer Lloyd Honeygan) in his second career as conscious singer Lebanculah teams up with Sugar Black for an answer version to Tony Rebel's tune "Oh Jah". More great singing stems from the underrated and underrecorded Honey Comb with his "Hurt No More", Uton Green with "No Looking Back" and Aaron Silk, sounding less like Garnett than e.g. Ras Shiloh, delivers the fine "The Right Path". Manna Panna continues in the same vein with the great "Black People Unite" before Shanty Plus explains he's tired of the West Indies, so he is "Moving East" on the last track over the 'La La Bella'-riddim. The bonus tracks are other Flames productions not over the 'La La Bella', like the great Tony Rebel & Mutabaruka combination "Mama Land", Sugar Black & Lebanculah combination "I Saw Selassie" and Tony Rebel's "Foot Of The Mountain" over the same riddim, as well as his "Market Place" as a hidden track closing this album over this second featured riddim. If you don't own the 7"s or the album the first time it came around, this is a must have for every serious reggae collection.