Various artists album review
Ready When You Ready Three
Smugg Records
November 22 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Dennis Brown Dancing Mood
  2. Cornell Campbell Queen Of The Minstrel
  3. Alton Ellis Can I Change My Mind
  4. Don Carlos Laser Beam
  5. Devon Russel Judahs Priest
  6. John Junior No One Knows
  7. Echo Minott Sharp Shooter
  8. Admirel Tibbet Live The Life
  9. Candyman Hungry Man
  10. Devon Russel Mystery Babylon
  11. Frankie Paul Rejoice
  12. Sugar Minott Wheel & Turn
  13. Dawn Penn I'll Let You Go
  14. Don Angelo Miss Grabalicious
  15. Uptempo Plauyers - Nanny Goat
  16. Trevor Junior Love At First Sight
  17. Sugar Minott Jah In My Heart
  18. Don Angelo Reggae Market
  19. I Ces No Touch Cocaine
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The follow-up to the cd "Ready When You Ready Two" is simply titled "Ready When You Ready Three". This cd collects a variety of styles, recorded throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s and produced by Stephen King, Sugar Minott and Bunny Striker Lee.
Tracks like "The Gorgon","The Sun" and "Investigators" are just a few of the classic tracks that Cornell Campbell has brought to the world. One of the sweetest voices in the bussiness truly came to form working with Bunny Lee in the 1970s. Before this he was a member of both the Uniques and the Eternals. Here he brings an updated version of his hit Queen Of The Minstrell. Studio One veteran Alton Ellis delivers Can I Change My Mind, a recut of his 1969 Studio One Hit, while the late great Dennis Brown opens the album with Dancing Mood, which happens to be one of Delroy Wilson's most celibrated Studio One hits. More niceness comes from the Dancehall Father, Sugar Minott. His Wheel & Turn dates from the early 80s when dancehall was in full bloom. We see Sugar in a more pensive mood when he sings Jah In My Life.
Sweet voiced vocalist & composer Don Carlos has had his greatest success singing with Black Uhuru, the reggae trio he formed in 1974 with two friends. Don Carlos only recorded one single with the group, leaving to pursue a solo career and to perform with his band Don Carlos & Gold. Sixteen years later he returned and joined with Dennis & Simpson to resurrect the original trio. Don Carlos has always put out top quality reggae music including Laser Beam that was originally cut as a Bunny Lee dubplate, before it was released as a regular 7 inch in 1983. Paul Blake aka Frankie Paul shot on the music scene with veteran producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes back in 1981 with the number one classic "Worries In The Dance". He's not only one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Jamaica, but also a prolific artist who has always maintained a remarkably high standard of work. Frankie has been dubbed JA's Stevie Wonder because he has a vocal range that many artists can only dream about. His roots tune Rejoice was cut in the late eighties. The album includes two fine tracks by the late great Devon Russell. First there's the excellent uptempo tune Judah's Priest and next comes Mystery Babylon. Rootsman Admiral Tibet sings Live The Life across the "Run Run" riddim and the album rounds off with an unknown artist called I Ces who is responsible for our favorite track here No Touch It, a sharp anti hard drugs song.

Teacher & Mr. T.