Various artists album review
Reggae Gold 2000
VP Records - Walboomers Music
2 CD
19 - 06 - 2000

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Bounty Killer - Look
  2. Capleton - Good In Her Clothes
  3. Lexxus - Cook
  4. Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas - Hot Gal Today (Krotches Remix)
  5. Delly Ranks - What Ah Gal
  6. Professor Nuts - Satan Strong
  7. Richie Stephens featuring Bounty Killer - Magnet
  8. Beres Hammond - They Gonna Talk
  9. Morgan Heritage - Down By The River
  10. Buju Banton & Morgan Heritage - Psalms 23
  11. Beenie Man - Ganja Farm
  12. Wayne Wonder - Keep Them Coming
  13. Glen Washington - One Of These Days
  14. Sanchez - Back At One
  15. Madd Anju - Nuh Play Chess
  16. Baby Cham - War Forever
  17. Lexxus & Lady Saw - Call U
  18. Various - Stalag Y2K
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Adonai - RG 2000 MegaMix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

VP Records' huge selling and acclaimed "Reggae Gold" series, now in its 8th year, hits hard at the beginning of a new millennium as they excel themselves with this year's "Reggae Gold 2000". This collection of popular heavy hitting Jamaican music emphasizes on Dancehall, but one will also find Roots & Culture, Conscious Music, and Lovers Rock. With such tunes as Bounty Killer's "Look", Capleton's "Good In Her Clothes", Lexxus' "Cook", Professor Nuts' "Satan Strong", Beenie Man's "Ganja Farm" and "Psalms 23" by Buju Banton & Gramps - to name but a few - this set is packed with previously released 7" singles, which were huge sellers this year and thus ruled the charts. So, if you can't (or don't want) to keep up with the tremendous output of singles this album is a welcome alternative.
The 'Warlord' Bounty Killer presents his all-conquering #1 chart topping hit "Look" - which was banned in Jamaica - utilizing Dave Kelly's famous "Bug" riddim. Another piece to the riddim is comes from Dancehall crooner Wayne Wonder, who delivers a truly solid performance with his appealing "Keep Them Coming". Top notch cultural deejay Capleton underlines his present supremecy with the Michael Johnson produced killer tune"Good In Her Clothes". Jamaica's hottest new young deejay, Lexxus performs his new hit single across Steely & Clevie's "Bitter Blood" riddim entitled, "Cook". Other hotter than hot deejays Sean Paul & Mr. Vegas deliver an awesome track, actually a remix of their wicked single "Hot Gal Today" over the classic 'Punanny' riddim. More pieces to the riddim will soon be released by Lloyd "King Jammy" James, the vet producer who is responsible for the original version of the riddim, that first came to surface in 1987 on Admiral Bailey's hit song "Punanny". Then the talented newcomers Delly Ranks & Rik Rock, who deliver a nice performance with their new single, "What Ah Gal". After years of silence Professor Nuts is back with a vengeance. "Satan Strong", produced by Richie Stephens for his 'Pot Of Gold' Productions, is a very strong delivery that reached a top 10 position in the British Reggae Charts. This CD also features Richie Stephens as the singer alongside deejay Bounty Killer. With "Magnet" they both deliver a very enjoyable effort, at the same time rounding off the first Dancehall part of this compilation set.
Beres Hammond changes the pace completely with the excellent, self-produced lovers tune, "They Gonna Talk", which became a huge hit in the UK. The same goes for the Dean Fraser produced Morgan Heritage song "Down By The River", which held the number one position on the UK's reggae charts for several weeks. Actually this solid tune from Morgan Heritage is a recut of the Cables' Studio One classic "What Kind Of World". Talking 'bout Morgan Heritage... Donovan Germain made it possible that Buju Banton teamed up with Gramps, which resulted in a beautiful, prayerful recitation of the 23rd psalm, easily Buju's best in this style since "Destiny".
Then it's Dancehall business again with Beenie Man performing his newest single "Ganja Farm", a solid conscious delivery from "The Doctor" for Richie Stephens' "Pot Of Gold" imprint. Glen Washington delivers an entertaining message tune, utilizing the revitalized "Thank You Lord" riddim, which is laid by Mafia & Fluxy. The ladies man and undisputed "king of cover", Sanchez, performs a cover of Brian McKnight's, "Back At One". Nothing special to it, or it must be the riddim, which was earlier used for an excellent Bushman tune, that perhaps will keep you involved.
Once again Dancehall time with the Red Rat produced "Nuh Play Chess" aka "Wi Nuh Play" from Madd Anju, which is performed across the infectious "Rat Patrole" riddim. Wayne Wonder has also started his own label ('Singso'). His production work includes a fine track by Baby Cham entitled "War Forever". The very danceable "Call U" showcases up-and-coming Lexxus with mainstay Lady Saw in a wicked combination. "Reggae Gold 2000" closes with a somewhat disappointing 'mix' of tunes across the mighty "Stalag" riddim. Then better spin the real "MegaMix", which can be found on the limited edition bonus disc. A truly very entertaining "live" DJ mix of this year's Reggae Gold selections by the Jamaican sound system, Adonai.

Teacher & Mr. T.