Various artists album review
Reggae Gold 2002
VP Records - Walboomers Music
2 CD
19 - 07 - 2002

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Give It To Her
  2. Sean Paul - Gimme The Light
  3. T.O.K. - Money 2 Burn
  4. Lexxus & Mr. Vegas - Video Light aka Why
  5. Capleton - Bun Out The Chi Chi
  6. Elephant Man - Shizzle My Nizzle
  7. Baby Cham - Middle Fingers
  8. Mister G - Old Crook
  9. George Nooks & Buju Banton - Hot Ladies
  10. Beres Hammond - Come Down Father
  11. Warrior King - Never Go Were Pagans Go
  12. Terry Linen - The World's Greatest
  13. Sanchez - Frenzy
  14. Freddie McGregor - Uncle Sam
  15. Lady Saw - Baddest Girl
  16. Shabba Ranks - Pretty Please
  17. Bounty Killer - Killa Is Ah Killa
  18. Capleton & Luciano - Hail King Selassie (aka Never Want The Youth Dem Die)
Disc 2 : Bonus MegaMix by Jazzy T & DJ Kareem
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Reggae Gold" was launched by VP Records in 1993 and now here's the tenth edition in the series. Like its predecessors "Reggae Gold 2002" tries to serve the fans of both reggae and dancehall music by gathering the big names, trends and styles of the past year on one compilation set. With 12 out of 18 tracks being straight dancehall tunes it's obvious that "Reggae Gold 2002" treats the fan of dancehall repertoire extremely well. Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Give It To Her" - delivered over Jeremy Harding's infectious "Liquid" riddim - is a great, catchy tune with strong crossover potential. Also Elephant Man rides the "Liquid" for his hilarious "izzle" talk, first utilized in the solid "Shizzle My Nizzle". Another track truly worth of hearing is Sean Paul's awesome "Gimme The Light" which comes across "The Buzz" riddim from young budding producer talents Troyton Thomas & Daddy Reds. Next comes T.O.K.'s "Money 2 Burn" a good effort across Tony "CD" Kelly's amazing, infectious "Buy Out" riddim which perfectly fits those who are looking for a wicked backdrop to dance to. The hit tune "Video Light aka Why" across Fat Eyes' hot "Renegade" riddim is the first duet from Lexxus and Mr. Vegas - a pure "Girls tune" that was recently heating up dancehalls from Jamaica to London. After his first cut, "The Return", Madhouse star Baby Cham recorded his next piece for the riddim entitled Middle Fingers", which unfortunately doesn't match his initial effort. Pocomania revisited with Steely & Clevie's "Nine Night" riddim and the artist Mister G, formerly known as Goofy. His "Old Crook" is not the most notable tune that was put out across the riddim, but a nice one after all. The first dancehall round comes to an end with a mediocre tune from George Nooks & Buju Banton called "Hot Ladies". After a short reggae oriented break, it's Lady Saw who kick starts another dancehall run. Her "Baddest Girl" is an average effort and Shabba Ranks' "Pretty Please" fails to make a serious impression. Then it's the "Warrlord" Bounty Killer whose tough "Killa Is Ah Killa" outmatches both tunes. On the reggae side one is treated to some decent tunes, most notably Beres Hammond's "Come Down Father", Sanchez's "Frenzy" and Warrior King's "Never Go Where Pagans Go". The "Prophet" Capleton and the "Messenjah" Luciano excel in their Jack Scorpio produced cultural tune "Hail King Selassie", a track that definitely belongs to the standouts.
If you're not a regular buyer of singles, this is definitely the most economical way to get good entertainment without the hard search!

Teacher & Mr. T.