Various artists album review
Reggae Hits Volume 30
24 - 05 - 2002
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 !