Police In Helicopter Rhythm
Voiceful Records-Foxtail/VP Records
CD / LP
June 7, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
This "Police In Helicopter Rhythm" album updates John Holt's in 1983 for Henry 'Junjo' Lawes recorded classic tune
against the fight against marijuana, nicely produced by Marvyn & Mervin
Williams for their Voiceful label with the help on guitar and bass of
veteran Leebert 'Gibby' Morrison. The riddim has a great vibe, indeed
reminiscing the original Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production and that is proved
first by John Holt revisiting his classic tune giving this album and this
riddim its name, "Police In Helicopter", sharing the vocals with
Sizzla who contributes his deejaying in exactly the right amounts to make
this a wicked combination, and Gregory Isaacs delivers one of his best
recent efforts using all of his usual trademarks without overdoing these
in the beautiful "Neva Work At All" on which the great backing
vocals by Chantelle Hernandez also deserve a special mention.|
Luciano delivers the more than solid "World Rock" before Ghost in his typical off-key style contributes the fine conscious "Pray", Chuck Fenda delivers the ideal ganja tune to play for selector's after dropping "Police In Helicopter" in the John Holt & Sizzla version, his "More Marijuana" and Norris Man spreads the words of the Almighty singjaying everyone should "Know Jah Law". Anthony B. contributes the fierce "Drop It" before crooner Anthony Cruz delivers the beautiful lovers tune "Gold" trying to convince his girl he has the Midas touch (everything i touch girl turns to gold) promising her i'm the magic man with the magic stick, to keep you coming all night long baby.
Perfect missing his "Roxan" gives us just an okay tune, before former ARP singer Mitch in his strong reality anti-violence tune describes how the situation in Jamaica is "Out Of Control". Newcomer Bobby Lindsay is especially lyrically strong telling "From Dem Reach" dem do nothing for the poor and sweet voiced female newcomer Karamel after someone committed the crime to leave her with a broken heart pleas for somebody to "Call The Cops" as she's slowely dying. Mikey General with "Mama No Worry", DJ Leaf A Life (who debuted on 2004 on Black House's 'Middle East'-riddim but only resurfaced late last year) with his almost dub poet like delivery with "Burn Dem Down" and Chrisinti with "Hail To The Most High" all deliver decent efforts.
The man known for voicing (especially for Stone Love) numerous Bob Marley tunes as specials for soundsystems and for touring last year as lead singer (finally) with the Wailers band Byron Reid a.k.a. Candy Man (or Kandiman as he prefers these days) sings the great Marley-esque "Fight For Your Rights" before Pinchers closes this album with his "Can't Hide". Unfortunately no clean version of the riddim has been included, but nevertheless "Police In Helicopter Rhythm" is a very entertaining album with several very strong vocals laid over a great relick of a classic early dancehall riddim.