Various artists album review
Reggae Hits Volume 30
Jet Star
2 CD
24 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Luciano - Come Away
  2. Ambelique - Sad Love Song
  3. Bounty Killer/Richie Stephens - Out Cry
  4. Marcia Griffiths - Run Up And Down
  5. Morgan Heritage/Beres Hammond - Help The Needy
  6. Anthony B - God Above Everything
  7. Freddie McGregor - Love Makes The World Go Round
  8. George Nooks - No Power On Earth
  9. TOK - Falla We
  10. Bounty Killer - Staying Alive
  11. Sizzla - Karate
  12. Peter Hunnigale - Living Without Your Love
  13. Easy B - Black History
  14. Capleton/Luciano - Never Want The Youth Dem Die
  15. Lloyd Brown - I Know
  16. Queen Omega - All For You
  17. Chezidek - Can't Hear Must Feel
  18. Archie Wonder - Cheater
  19. Lady G/Queen Afrika - Just Mi Brethren
  20. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Don't Be Cruel
   Disc 2 ~ Bonus CD
  1. Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi
  2. John Holt/Dennis Brown - Wild Fire
  3. Half Pint - Greetings
  4. Conroy Smith - Dangerous
  5. Tinga Stewart/Ninjaman - Cover Me
  6. Sanchez - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
  7. Shabba Ranks - Wicked In Bed
  8. Chaka Demus - Spirit
  9. Beres Hammond - Tempted To Touch
  10. Pinchers - Bandelero
  11. Capleton - Mellow
  12. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
  13. Shaggy/Rayvon - Big Up
  14. Barrington Levy/Jigsy King - Work
  15. Garnett Silk - Harder
  16. Capleton - Tour
  17. Junior Tucker - Born To Love You
  18. Cocoa Tea/Shabba Ranks - Flag Flown High
  19. Marcia Griffiths - Stepping Out Of Babylon
  20. Sanchez - Never Dis The Man
  21. Frighty/Colonel Mite - Life
  22. Papa San - Maddy Maddy Cry
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Jet Star has unleashed its 30th instalment in their hugely popular "Reggae Hits" series, the undisputed champion of all compilations. Phat packed with mainly solid tunes dealing with such matters as "life, love and philosophy" and featuring some of the best reggae singers and deejays to be found in the UK and Jamaica, this compilation set is good value for money and definitely the best way to sample recent, present and future chartbusters. Very much in the same way as its predecessors this set gathers popular hit tunes as well as some - probably - lesser known efforts ranging from Dancehall to Lovers rock, thus fitting everyone's taste. This volume features an appealing international line-up including such namebrand artists as Luciano, Morgan Heritage & Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Sizzla, Lloyd Brown, Bounty Killer, George Nooks and Peter Hunnigale, to name but a few.
Disc 1 kicks off with Luciano's lick of the popular 'Zion Gate' riddim, followed by Ambelique with a noteworthy love song called Sad Love Song. What comes next is the ultimate highlight of the album : Bounty Killer and Richie Stephens who deliver the wailing cultural tune Out Cry, a tune recorded for Richie's Pot Of Gold label. The next highlight follows, Marcia Griffiths rendition of the 'Engine 54' riddim, the aweful tune Run Up And Down. The combination Morgan Heritage and Beres Hammond are present here with the fantastic song Help The Needy. Anthony B is back on the forefront of reggae music, and the Bobby Digital production God Above Everything proves why ! Freddie's tune Love Makes The World Go Round sees the vintage singer inna melancholic mood, and the same goes for George Nooks with No Power On Earth. The following three tunes are burn proof dancehall tunes, provided TOK with Falla We, Bounty Killer with Staying Alive and Sizzla with a lick across the Martial Arts riddim entitled Karate. The mood changes with Peter Hunnigale's Living Without Your Love, a tune drawn from his excellent album 'Can't Stop'. With the very strong Black History Easy B contributes a vocally and lyrically excellent piece. The combination Luciano and Capleton delivers Never Want The Youth Dem Die, a serious lyrical message which finds Capleton's fulsome growl sweetened by singer Luciano. The mood sweetens with Lloyd Brown's I Know and Queen Omega's All For You, followed by Chezidek's Can't Hear Must Feel which happens to be a very impressive Xterminator production. The disc closes with a rock'n'roll flaverod tune by Chake Demus & Pliers, who dare to version Elvis Presley's Don't Be Cruel !
But there's more ! This special 30th edition also contains a limited bonus CD picking out selections from previous volumes stretching all the way back to 1984. Thatís nearly two decades of massive hits from the likes of Barrington Levy, Half Pint, Shabba Ranks, Sanchez, Garnett Silk and many others - any of which is still guaranteed to move a crowd, no matter current fads or how far the music has evolved in the meantime.
Reggae Hits Vol. 30 offers the best reggae has to offer these days !

Teacher & Mr. T.