The "Reggae Gold" series was launched by VP Records back in 1993 and this gotta be the eleventh edition in the series. The annual round up of dancehall, roots & culture and lover's rock styles has consistently earned the "Reggae Gold" series best seller status on the BillBoard Top Reggae Chart, with sales of Reggae Gold 2003 exceeding 300,000 units in America.
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Like its predecessors "Reggae Gold 2004" 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. The biggest part of the 18 tracks being hot dancehall tunes it's obvious that "Reggae Gold 2004" treats the fan of dancehall repertoire extremely well.
The album kicks off with the "Chrome" riddim as Capleton sings In Her Heart. Elephant Man rides the same riddim as he performs his hit tune Jiggy. Beenie Man and Ms Thing rode the charts with their boomshot Dude, here in the remix with Shawwna, all courtesy of Dave Kelly and his "Fiesta" riddim. Capleton shows up once more as he rides the popular "Mad Instruments" riddim from producer Fire Links. T.O.K. ride the very same riddim with their cut called Fire Fire. Assasin delivers his effort across the "French Vanilla" riddim called Girls Gone Wild and superstar Sean Paul teams up with Tony Touch for the fast paced latin hip hop flavored tune Ay Ay Ay. Another noteworthy combination track is Anything Goes by Wayne Wonder, Lexxus & CNN. Remix time galore with Alicia Keys whose pop hit You Don't Know My name gets the "Columbus" riddim treatment. By the way, a new remix version of the song is out now and runs across the "Doctor's Darling" riddim!
Singers featured here are Natty King who is in fine shape as he sings one of the best tunes here No Guns To Town across the "Who Cares" riddim. More niceness comes from Richie Spice with Earth A Run Red and Beres Hammond with Pride & Joy, his contribution to Donovan Germain's reworking of the "Love Me Always" riddim, courtesy of The Heptones at Studio One. Next comes Dave Kelly's "Pretty Pretty" riddim, here done by Baby Cham in combination with Jimmy Cheeztrix. Morgan Heritage is present with a tune called U've Got Me which will be featured on their new album. A remix version of that song, with Sizzla and Bounty Killer, is doing very well right now in the dancehalls.
Disc Two is a continuous DJ mix, superbly mixed by Black Kat.