Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Mr. Brown Meets Number One
VP Records - Walboomers Music
02 - 01 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Brown
  2. Beres Hammond - Can't Walk Away
  3. Freddie McGregor - Change In Me
  4. Buju Banton - Miss Ready Body
  5. Tony Rebel - What You Looking For
  6. Bushman - Where Is Your Clothes
  7. Gregory Isaacs & Marcia Griffiths - Number One
  8. Nicky Burt - Wrong Number
  9. Jahmel - 24-7
  10. Daville - My Ego
  11. Pam Hall - Should Have Made You Mine
  12. Demo Delgado - Last Laugh
  13. Devonte - Maybe We Can Talk
  14. Zumjay - Dem No Have No Gal
  15. Delly Ranks - Tek Bootsing
  16. Nana McLean - Long Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

From VP Records hugely popular 'Riddim Driven' series comes 'Mr.Brown meets Number One', which is a two-riddim album from Penthouse Productions. Throughout the 80s and 90s producer Donovan Germain has established himself as a topnotch producer. He more or less launched the careers of such reggae luminaries as Buju Banton and Cutty Ranks while re-launching the careers of crooner Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths by expertly producing classic hits like 'Half Idiot' by Marcia Griffiths and Cutty Ranks, 'Love Mi Haffi Get' by Beres Hammond and Cutty Ranks, 'I Shall Sing' by Marcia Griffiths and 'Trying To Get To You' by Richie Stephens. He has proven that he is to produce modern roots reggae as well as pure dancehall music.
On this album you will find two revitalized riddims from the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs : 'Mr. Brown' and 'Number One', which were two huge hits for Gregory in the late 70s. Included on the album are two tracks featuring the original artist Gregory Isaacs and although his voice isn't what it used to be, he still makes a solid impression. Buju's Miss Ready Body was a hit in the dancehalls and his rendition is a powerful reworking of the riddim. The same goes for the cultural deejay Tony Rebel, who delivers What You Looking For. Daville comes up with a really nice tune called My Ego, but the two best efforts across the 'Mr. Brown' riddim are Freddie's Change In Me and Beres' Can't Walk Away. Gregory Isaacs teams up with the first lady of reggae music Marcia Griffiths for his updated version of the 'Number One' riddim. Bushman and Devonte put out two oustanding tunes across the 'Number One' riddim, whilst newcomer Nicky Burt's delivery showcases really nice the artist's vocal qualities. It's nice to hear Nana McLean singing, I love her voice and her tune is a decent effort. Donovan Germain's production style is highly enjoyable and he offers the listener a pleasant mix of singers and deejays. Well worth while checking out !

Teacher & Mr. T.