Various artists album review
Jamdown Original Series Reggae Vol. 1
Jamdown Records
22 - 01 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Money In My Pocket - George Nooks
  2. I Want You - Fiona
  3. Things Can Turn Around - Spanner Banner & Powerman
  4. Dance Time - Anthony B
  5. Money Or Not - Determine
  6. Compare The Size Of Love - Chavez
  7. Ghetto Man Do That - Anthony B
  8. No Special Time - Tony Curtis, Jigsy King & Future Troubles
  9. A Yuh Love Mi Want - Lukie D
  10. Life - Sugar Roy
  11. Who Cares For Me - Natural Black
  12. Ma Ma - Lebanculeh
  13. Dan Tapa Tap - Pinchers
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

This is the first installment of the new "Original" series from Jamdown Records. The album features two new reggae riddims, one being un updated lick across Dennis Brown's "Money In My Pocket", the other being a new riddim called "Big Heel Booth", both produced for Stone Cold Records by Mark Hudson. The latter uses a horn line from a vintage tune we just cannot remember !
Starting off this album is George Nooks who does a decent do-over of the original Dennis Brown hit tune, followed by a sweet version by Fiona, who delivers a great lovers tune with I Want You. Then comes the combination Spanner Banner & Powerman with Things Can Turn Around and Anthony B starts a series of three killer tunes across the Big Heel Booth riddim. Determine, Chavez and Anthony B put out some sharp tunes before Anthony B's excellent Ghetto Man Do That takes up the "Money In My Pocket" riddim once again. Household names like the ever so sweet Lukie D and the combination trio Tony Curtis, Jigsy King and Future Troubles benefit from this riddim, as it turns their contributions into solid efforts. The album closes with three solid cuts across the "Big Heel Booth" riddim, with Natural Black's Who Cares For Me being the strongest tune.
The enjoyable mix of reggae dancehall tracks and lovers tunes of this album certainly will satisfy all reggae fans.

Teacher & Mr. T.