Various artists album review
Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 3
21 - 04 - 2002
Tracking list - Disc 1
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
With the first two installments in their much anticipated and highly acclaimed one riddim series "Morgan Heritage Family And Friends" - featuring the "Liberation" and "Buss Up Barriers a.k.a. New Jerusalem" riddims - the MH production team, consisting of Morgan Heritage and father Denroy Morgan, has proven that they are more than capable of producing a variety of different artists, ranging from reggae veterans like for example Toots Hibbert to such newcomers as Don Marshall. Some two and a half years after the release of "Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 2" the production team of The Royal Family Of Reggae returns with the next volume, the double CD "Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 3". This compilation set utilizes the tried and trusted concept of its predecessors as it features some of the biggest stars in contemporary reggae music like for example Beres Hammond, Capleton, Luciano and Anthony B alongside such promising artists as Chrisinti, Richie Spice and Ultimate Shines.|
Disc one features a great collection of tunes delivered over a solid, well produced underpinning. This vibrant, nyabinghi flavored roots riddim called "Never Go Under" is expertly laid by Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, Memmalalel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan, Mitchum "Khan" Chin and the drum & bass section of the Firehouse Crew, Melbourne "Dusty" Miller and Donald "Mr. Biggs" Dennis. Furthermore the riddim features some sterling work from saxophonist Dean Fraser. Although superlative performances from Capleton, Luciano, L.M.S., Anthony B, Everton Blender, Ultimate Shines and George Nooks instantly catch the ear, all cuts featured on this disc have merits.
Disc two comes with a different feel and vibe as the riddim track carries a more feel-good reggae-groove. Again one is treated to good quality music from beginning to end. Many cuts have winning qualities which certainly goes for Morgan Heritage & Beres Hammond's wonderful "Help The Needy", Lukie D's excellent "Land Of Peace", Admiral Tibet's "I Make A Vow", Chrisinti's "I Ain't Givin' Up" and the combination tune "No Time" from Military Man & Capleton. However, the real killer comes from Toots & The Maytals, whose superb "Humble" outmatches them all.
The double-CD set "Morgan Heritage Family And Friends Vol. 3" is a wonderful musical package which will appeal to those in search of good quality reggae.