Various artists album review
Riddim Rider ~ No Vacancy
Charm-Jet Star
10 - 12 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Morgan Heritage - No Jealousy
  2. Glen Washington - In The Right Direction
  3. Cocoa Tea - Cycle
  4. Sugar Minott & Louie Culture - No Vacancy
  5. Tony Rebel - Foreign Crazy
  6. LMS - Tears Of Pain
  7. Terror Fabulous - I Can Feel
  8. Yami Bolo - Work It Out
  9. Sister Carol - Feedi Feedi
  10. Lady G - Mamma Wooh
  11. Sadiki - Sure
  12. Colin Roach - Floating With The Tide
  13. Kirk Davis & Galaxy P - Loving You Forever
  14. Steve Face - Show Her You Care
  15. Vylmark - When You Go
  16. Keri - I Can't Forget You
  17. Computer Paul - No Vacancy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

With the release of "No Vacancy" Jet Star has launched a new compilation series called "Riddim Rider". Its first installment features 16 cuts (+ the version) across Paul "Computer Paul" Henton's 21st century version of Sugar Minott’s Channel One classic "No Vacancy". Computer Paul - respected session musican and one of Jamaica's top producers - is no newcomer in reggae business. Before moving from Jamaica to New York in 1979 he played bass with groups like The Harold Butler Band, Sonny Bradshaw 7 and the Time Dimension. He'd been a member of the African Connection before joining his next band Monyaka and had a UK Top 20 hit with "Go Deh Yaka" in 1983. In that same year he started to experiment with computerised riddims and struck out on his own four years later. In 1991 he moved to Miami, where he worked alongside Willie Lindo at the Heavy Beat studio. Two years later he started his own label, Boomerang Records. Computer Paul has since featured on some of Jamaica's biggest-ever hits, including Jimmy Cliff's "I Can See Clearly Now", Beenie Man's "World Dance", Capleton's "Tour" and songs by Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks, Tanya Stephens among countless others. In recent years releases on his latest label "Boot Camp" carved a niche in contemporary Dancehall music and also in traditional forms like roots and rub-a-dub. The latter is showcased on "No Vacancy", a classic example of musical rebirth which is a well known phenomenon in Jamaican music.
Computer Paul has succeeded in creating an enjoyable new version which is more or less expressed by the fact that mainly internationally known reggae acts like Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Yami Bolo, Tony Rebel, Glen Washington and Sugar Minott have found their way to his own Kingston studio. Besides these namebrand artists one is also treated to such up-and-coming Jamaican talents as Stevie Face, Keri and Vylmark, who thus have been given the opportunity to reach a broader audience. This set contains many solid to excellent efforts, most of them previously issued on 45. Best tracks are Morgan Heritage's "Jealousy", Cocoa Tea's "Cycle", LMS's Tears Of Pain", Sister Carol's "Feedi Feedi" and Kirk Davis & Galaxy P's "Loving You Forever". Also the original singer Sugar Minott, who can be heard here visiting former glories alongside Louie Culture, delivers a great effort. All in all "No Vacancy" is an above average "version excursion" set!

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