Various artists album review
Reggae Jam Vol. 1
Heartbeat City

Tracking list

  1. Dennis Brown - Long And Winding Road
  2. Glen Washington - Wandering Stranger
  3. Glen Ricks - Sitting On Top
  4. Mickey Melody - Lipstick
  5. Ruddy Thomas - Go Home Son
  6. Sugar Minott - Vision
  7. Alladin - Let's Pray
  8. Delroy Wilson - Change For You
  9. Junior Jazz - Side Show
  10. Carlene Davis - Ready For Love
  11. Ruddy Thomas & Susan - Come To Me
  12. Sugar Minott - Chant Them Down
  13. Mickey Melody - Need My Loving
  14. Bunny Brown - Black & White
  15. Michael Prophet - Don't Rob Me
  16. Trinity - Ring Craft Rock
  17. Al Campbell - Really Love You
  18. Johnny Osbourne - Selassie Now (Live)
  19. Johnny Osbourne - Jah Jah Jah (Live)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In 1976 the original "Heartbeat Records" was founded by Danny Diaz - former leadsinger of the New York based reggae group The Universalites - and booking agent Pat Bowen. In the years that followed they managed to establish their label with the release of some noteworthy material from well known JA artists like Sugar Minott, Sammy Dread, Tony Tuff, Triston Palmer and Lone Ranger. However, in 1986 Danny and Pat ceased their Heartbeat operations, although they occasionally produced artists and their music and continued to promote reggae concerts. Six years later this husband and wife team decided to revive their label. It was renamed "Heartbeat City" as they wanted to prevent any confusion with Cambridge, Massachusetts' label Heartbeat Records. This varied compilation set features tunes from the 70's, 80's and 90's delivered by some of the finest Jamaican artists around. The album not only focusses on the label's own production work but also includes songs which rights "Heartbeat City" obtained from various producers. "Reggae Jam Vol. 1" is a decent compilation of both lovers tunes and concious reggae music. Standouts are Glen Washington's Wandering Stranger, the Sugar Minott track Vision, Al Campbell's self-produced Really Love You and Don't Rob Me by Michael Prophet. Check this one out and let's look forward to more vibrant and pulsating music from "Heartbeat City".

Teacher & Mr. T.