Various artists album review
The Best Of Maximum Sound

Tracking list

  1. Beenie Man - More Prayer (Remix)
  2. Red Rat - Bun Dem
  3. Mr. Vegas - Got To Be Me
  4. General Degree - Buss The Door
  5. Mykal Rose - Release Me
  6. Dean Frazer - Warrior Sax
  7. Richie Stephens - Impy Skimpy
  8. Goofy - Nuff A Dem Badmind
  9. Bunny General - Spy Fi Die
  10. Junior Kelly - War Now
  11. Sean Paul - Back Off
  12. Chrissy D. & General Degree - I've Been Waiting
  13. Mykal Rose - Rush On The Tonic
  14. T.O.K. - Hot Gal Crew
  15. Future Troubles - Bad Moda F*****
  16. General Degree - Almighty God
  17. Richie Stephens & General Degree - Give It Up
  18. Elephant Man - Bun It Down (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Frenchie's "Maximum Sound" is always worth checking out as the label of British reggae's most progressive dancehall producer has unleashed some vibrant and exciting innovative reggae dancehall music since it was launched in 1993. Originally hailing from Paris, France, (thus bearing the name Frenchie) he learnt engineering and production skills, as well as in-depth understanding of the reggae business as a whole, at Fashion's A Class studio in Forest Hill, South London. Encouraged by Dub Vendor's John McGillivary, Chris Lane, Gussie P and Mafia & Fluxy he started his own "Maximum Sound" label with track featuring both Jamaican and UK artists. From the very beginning Frenchie emphasized on youth rather than reputation, and also innovation, although he sometimes simply couldn't ignore his love for classic dancehall music which led to revitalized riddims from the past such as Tenor Saw's "Chill Out", Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" and Horace Furgeson's "Sensi Addict". His connection with internationally known Jamaican names such as Sly & Robbie, Degree, Richie Stephens, Mr. Vegas, Dean Frazer and Danny Brownie to name a few lend his productions more of an international flavour, also due to most of the action happening in Kingston JA, rather than London studios. His friendhip and association with musician Stephen "Lenky" Marsden - known as the man behind numerous hits for Penthouse and Buju Banton - helped in developing the innovative and 100% original "Maximum Sound" riddims such as "The Itch", "Space Invader", "Fuzzy" and "Desert Storm".
Results of Frenchie's acclaimed production work can be heard in full effect on this 18 track compilation set entitled "The Best Of Maximum Sound". This wicked bunch of tunes ranges from straight dancehall represented by tracks such as Beenie Man's wicked album opener, "More Prayer (Remix)", Mr. Vegas' infectious "Got To Be Me", Goofy's hard-hitting "Nuff A Dem Badmind" and Sean Paul's awesome "Back Off" to reggae dancehall pieces like for example Bunny General's very enjoyable soundboy tune "Spy Fi Die" and Mykal Rose's killer tunes "Rush On The Tonic" and "Release Me". The latter is followed by Dean Frazer's crucial "Warrior Sax", actually a rendition of Aswad's "Warrior Charge". With Red Rat's "Bun Dem", Junior Kelly's "War Now", Chrissy D. & General Degree's winner "I've Been Waiting", General Degree's solo cut "Almighty God" and Elephant Man's "Bun It Down (Remix)" being vital matching tracks one can't go wrong with this truly wicked album!!

Teacher & Mr. T.