Various artists album review
Reggae Hits Volume 29
15 - 09 - 2001
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Jet Star Records have unleashed their 29th installment in their "Reggae Hits" series and again they have succeeded in compiling a notable set of in demand hit tracks as well as will be hit tunes. This volume features an appealing international line-up including such namebrand artists as Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Sizzla, Lloyd Brown and Peter Hunnigale, to name a few. Containing such a variety of reggae styles like dancehall, roots and lovers, this set aims at the reggae fan with a broad musical taste.
"Reggae Hits Vol. 29" opens with Beres Hammond's truly excellent "Say Thank You", which is delivered over a wicked new version of Lloyd Brown's "Lessons" riddim. Freddie McGregor takes over with "Loving Jah", a solid tune which utilizes the "Green Apples" riddim. This great vet singer contributes a very entertaining second piece - "Eyes On You" over the "Born To Be Loved" riddim - which fully shows that he hardly fails to deliver a solid tune. The Messenjah Luciano presents a superb message tune entitled "Bandits", previously released on 45 and also featured on his "Great Controversy" album. Fine UK singer Don Campbell delivers a decent cover version of R. Kelly's "The Storm Is Over", which is followed by the high prolific Glen Washington whose Danny Ray produced "Love Keeps Calling Me" is a very enjoyable lovers tune over a revitalized version of the classic "I'm Still Waiting" riddim. Mikey Spice and Shabba Ranks form a deadly combination as can be witnessed while spinning the uproarious ganja anthem "Kusheng Peng". The mood changes with two Stone Love productions over R. Kelly's "Fiesta" riddim ina Jamaican stylee. "Fiesta" is arguably 14K's best effort yet, but it's Elephant Man's awesome cut "Jamaica" that makes a serious impression. The same goes for Tony Rebel & Swade, who ride the infectious "Mama" riddim for the Winston "Techniques" Riley produced combination tune "Just Friends", a big tune in Jamaica right now. Truly outstanding are "Won't Fly In Jah Face" by Buju Banton and vet Leroy Sibbles across Penthouse's updated version of Bob Marley's "Forever Loving Jah" riddim and also Morgan Heritage's "Jealousy" which comes across the "No Vacancy" riddim. Ghost performs "By Your Side" in his well known unique style, which may not suit everyone's taste. Ambelique is in good shape and comes up with one of his best tunes entitled "Back Stabbers" (NOT a cover of the Detroit Spinners' song). Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame has shown his affection towards reggae and dancehall music before. Here he delivers a nice cut for the hot "Rice & Peas" riddim, before Sizzla's wicked "Galong" drops, a track taken from his "Black History" album. Next to the combination piece with Shabba this set also features a solo cut from Mikey Spice. "Never Let Me Down" was recorded for Stingray, one of the UK's finest production houses, and shows the singer with the strong, deep, sensual, silky smooth voice in fine form over a contemporary version of the Techniques' "I Wish It Would Rain" riddim. Another fine singer is the versatile Peter "Mr. Honey Vibes" Hunnigale whose "Midnight Love" is a very enjoyable lovers tune, well produced by Al Campbell. Next comes the man with the golden voice, Lloyd Brown, who delivers a truly superb updated take of the Royal Rasses' classic "Humanity". The album ends with the wicked "Perfect World" from George Nooks, who fully benefits from King Jammy's production work and the impeccable rub-a-dub "Thank You Father" riddim.
Packed with many winners and no real weak tune to be found this compilation set is a treat for every reggae fan's ears. A great opportunity to access twenty solid to excellent tunes from production houses in Jamaica, the US and the UK.