Various artists album review
Reggae Dreams Volume 1
Rhombus Records
July 26 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Dee - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  2. Steven T. Easter - Never Gonna Give You Up
  3. House Arrest - Turning Nothing To Something
  4. The Crazy Baldheads - When I Say I Do
  5. Vick Silva - Chicano Reggae
  6. The Earthtones - The Soweto Shuffle
  7. Jah Moon - Street People
  8. Steven T. Easter - Hold Your Hand
  9. Dee - Everybody Now
  10. The Earthtones - Caribe
  11. The Earthtones - Red Light Lady
  12. Thom Teresi And The Street Smart Band - S.S. Dub
  13. Jah Moon - I Want You
  14. Hop-Head - Brazillian Reggae Nights
  15. The Earthtones - I Can't Get Loose
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

From US based record label Rhombus Records comes this so called 'Big People Music' compilatation entitled 'Reggae Dreams Volume 1'. The album can best be described as a compilation album loaded with tracks trying to capture a mood, and aimed at the more "mature" listener. An appreciation of big people’s music is by no means limited to age, even if those raised on old school reggae are always going to form its core audience. In an international style, the album presents reggae music styles from all over the world, bringing you 15 songs ranging from Dancehall to Ska music.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights here. Los Angeles singer/percussionist Dee delivers a reggae remake of Simon & Garfunkels's Bridge Over Troubled Water, but also performs an original song called Everybody Now. House Arrest brings an excellent r'n'b flavored song called Turning Something to Nothing, while vocalist and composer Steven T. Easter takes care of two remakes, Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and the Beatles' classic I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Vick Silva from East L.A. does Chicano Reggae, a tune partly performed in English and Spanish. The Crazy Baldheads are present with a do-over of Clint Black's Tune When I Say I Do. Los Angeles World Beat group The Earthtones do no less than four originals. First there is the jazzy flavored The Soweto Shuffle and next comes Caribe followed by the uptempo song Red Light Lady and I Can't Get Loose. Legendary west coast Reggae band Jah Moon do a ska flavored rootical tune called Street People and world beat/jazz group Thom Teresi & The Street Smart Band deliver a jazzy original entitled S.S. Dub. Finally there's studio synthesizer group Hop Head who come up with Brazillian Reggae Nights. From beginning to end this 70 minute CD takes the listener to far off, exotic places and back, a true musical trip. Just put on Reggae Dreams and enjoy the vacation.

Check out the website for more info and/or to purchase this cd : Rhombus Records

Teacher & Mr. T.