Various artists album review
Pure Lovers Vol. 13
Charm/Jet Star
23 - 02 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Jimmy Riley - Sun Again
  2. Frankie Paul - Suspicious Mind
  3. Kirk Davis - All I Have
  4. Al Campbell - Just A Little Bit
  5. Frankie Paul - You Are
  6. Vivian Jones - African Queen
  7. Blackstones - You Could Never
  8. Al Campbell - Could You
  9. Peter Hunnigale - Let's Be Friends
  10. Archie Wonder - Up And Down
  11. Richie Davis & Peter Spence - Start Love Again
  12. Peter Man - No Holding Back
  13. Don Campbell & E. Mac-U-Late - As
  14. Don Campbell - You Give To Me
  15. Dennis Brown - Slow Down John
  16. Dawn Penn - Never Never
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The impressive Jet Star/Charm series Pure Lovers is a perfect way to keep up with the latest lovers tunes out of Jamaica and the UK. The album kicks off with two songs one the same riddim, solidly produced by Tony Rich. First there's reggae vet Jimmy Riley, followed by Frankie Paul's interpretation of Elvis' Suspicious Mind. Newcomer Kirk Davis delivers a solid effort doing over The Backstreet Boy's All I Have for the Shocking Vibes Crew. Al Campbell is present here with two smooth tunes. Just A Little Bit and Could You both are fine examples of lovers rock tunes. The latter tune is produced by Stingray, just as Peter Hunnigale's Let's Be Friends, a tune across the same riddim. Another Stingray production, Start Love Again by Richie Davis & Peter Spence, is one of the album's highlights. Vivian Jones, blessed with a soulful voice, is featured here with one of his best cuts of the moment -African Queen. Frankie Paul rides the same riddim in You Are. The combination Don Campbell & E. Mac-U-Late surprise me with their swinging version of Stevie Wonder's classic As. Further standout tracks are Don Campbell with You Give Me across the 'Fattie Fattie' riddim, and the late great Dennis Brown tune Slow Down John.
This album is a must for all the lovers rock diehards. Not to be missed !

Teacher & Mr. T.