Various artists album review
Reggae Hits Volume 31
March 2 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
At the end of 2002 Jet Star unleashed its 31th instalment in their hugely popular "Reggae Hits" series, the undisputed champion of all compilations. As usual the compilation offers a variety of styles, but the emphasis is on the roots reggae and lovers rock. Only 5 tracks on the bashment tip, with releases by Merciless, who delivers a firing r&b flavored remixed tune -Roots Alone, in combination with Sara Jane, courtesy of Jet Star's in-house producer Danny Ray. 'Shizzle Mi Nizzle' Elephant Man can't do anything wrong. Here he brings Escalade Bumper for producer Harvel Hart. In 2002 Uptown Boy by Bounty Killer and Twin Twin was released as a 7" single and received rave reviews, and Harry Toddler's Curfew comes on real strong. The combination Delly Ranks and Mega Banton deliver Herbalise, the next highlight on this album. The first disc closes with two extremely strong dancehall tunes. Just Be Clean finds Sizzla reaffirming his rastafari roots across an updated version of Junior Byles' "Curly Locks" riddim, whilst crossover star Sean Paul performs No Batter Bruise for the Shocking Vibes Crew.|
The other 15 tunes are solid reggae tunes, with a lot of UK productions such as Lloyd Brown's excellent Main Squeeze, which was the lead single for the one riddim album "Columbus". Jamaican reggae star Beres Hammond keeps going from strength to strength and here he brings his latest hit It's Much Clearer. Last year producer Tony Neufville released a couple of versions across Roman Stewart's "Natty Sing Hit Songs", and Sanchez' cut did very well on the charts. Morgan Heritage is featured here with a fine lovers tune called She's Still Loving me. Reggae veteran Half 'Greetings' Pint licks the "Train To Expo '67" riddim with Blessing Darling and two other reggae veterans Freddie McGregor and Gregory Isaacs bring two excellent UK produced sides, with Gregory being in extremely good (vocal) shape. Fine roots singer Jahmali is responsible for one of the highlights of the album, The Right Thing. Two of the UK's best vocalists, Don Campbell and Lloyd Brown share vocals for the first time on the tune You Must Know.
The second cd, a bonus disc, is a 20 track disc mixed exclusively by BBC Radio 1Xtra's Robbo Ranx.
A must have album !