Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Various artists album review
Reggae Hits Volume 32
Various
Jet Star
2 CD
November 29 - 2003


Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Bounty Killer & Leroy Smart - Ballistic Affair
  2. Sanchez & Bad Sarge - Sweet Sensation
  3. Sizzla - Blessing
  4. Beres Hammond - Live My Life
  5. Morgan Heritage - Man In Love
  6. L.M.S. - One Dance With You
  7. Luciano & Rasites - Leaders
  8. Sean Paul - Brethren
  9. Elephant Man - Blasé
  10. Wyclef Jean - Senorita
  11. Lee Francis - Turn Me On
  12. Peter Hunnigale - Weeks Go By
  13. Lloyd Brown - Black Bags
  14. Don Campbell - Dance With My Father
  15. Mr. Vegas - Chop Out De Grass
  16. Capleton - Chat Dem A Chat
  17. Beenie Man - Use U Fist
  18. Queen Omega - 22 Questions
  19. J.C. Lodge - A Little Love
  20. Don Ricardo - S.I.L.W.Y
  21. Beenie Man, Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel - Goldmine Medly
   Disc 2 ~ Bonus CD mixed by 1Xtra's Seani B
  1. Mr. Vegas - Chop Out De Grass
  2. Wyclef Jean - Senorita
  3. Elephant Man - Blasé
  4. Beenie Man, Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel - Goldmine Medly
  5. Sean Paul - Brethren
  6. Capleton - Chat Dem A Chat
  7. Queen Omega - 22 Questions
  8. Beenie Man - Use U Fist
  9. Lee Francis - Turn Me On
  10. Sanchez & Bad Sarge - Sweet Sensation
  11. Morgan Heritage - Man In Love
  12. Bounty Killer & Leroy Smart - Ballistic Affair
  13. Sizzla - Blessing
  14. Beres Hammond - Live My Life
  15. Luciano & Rasites - Leaders
  16. Peter Hunnigale - Weeks Go By
  17. Don Campbell - Dance With My Father
  18. J.C. Lodge - A Little Love
  19. Don Ricardo - S.I.L.W.Y
  20. Lloyd Brown - Black Bags
  21. L.M.S. - One Dance With You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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


Jet Star's highly reputed "Reggae Hits" series was launched back in the eighties, when dancehall first evolved from the music of Bob Marley's generation. It's beyond doubt that the albums that were released as part of this series have set the benchmark for every other reggae hits compilation to follow. Two decades later and a "Reggae Hits" set is still one of the most anticipated collection of tunes in the reggae market as it provides a good overview of what's fresh and new in the dancehalls; of which artists and producers are leading the pack and where the music is headed next. In contrast to many other samplers that mainly collect tunes from a certain genre (i.e. lovers, dancehall, roots, etc.), a "Reggae Hits" album features a variety of tunes from the dancehall, roots and UK arenas alike, once again fully expressed on this entertaining 32nd installment. Most eye-catching names featured here are the dancehall rulers and international hitmakers Sean Paul (currently one of the three top-selling acts in the US), former Fugees member Wyclef Jean, the unstoppable "Energy God" Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, who deliver their deadly goods alongside some of the UK's finest voices including Lloyd Brown, Peter Hunnigale, Don Campbell and Don Ricardo. All of these UK based artists treat us to solid pieces with Peter Hunnigale's "Weeks Go By" and Lloyd Brown's "Black Bags" particularly standing out. Another great vocal performance comes from one of Jamaica’s best-loved vocalists, Beres Hammond, who brings us the excellent anthem "Live My Life". For the conscious-minded there's also the combination Luciano and Rasites who deserve full attention for their awesome anti-war piece "Leaders". Another welcome addition is the sumptuous "Man In Love" by Morgan Heritage, a wonderful tune across the Bobby Digital produced "One 2 One" riddim. Also the younger siblings of the Royal Family Of Reggae, L.M.S., are featured on this compilation presenting the Phillip "Fatis" Burrell produced "One Dance Can Do", a tune worth of hearing. Furthermore the line-up includes the two Rasta prophets, Sizzla and Capleton, who both deliver a Leroy "Sugar Roy" Moore produced tunes. Sizzla rootsy "Blessing" fails to make a strong impression, whilst Capleton's "Chat Dem A Chat" across the dancehall oriented "Footstep" riddim is a decent effort. The second cd, a bonus disc, is a 21 track disc mixed exclusively by BBC Radio 1Xtra's Seani B.
All in all a solid compilation album that surely will appeal to reggae lovers of all tastes!

Teacher & Mr. T.