Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Reggae Gold 2005
Various
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
August 5, 2005

Track list
Disc 1:

  1. Step Pon Dem - Assassin
  2. King Of The Dancehall - Beenie Man
  3. Straight Up! - Sean Paul
  4. Turnin' Me On (Black Chiney Reggae Remix) - Nina Sky Feat. Cham
  5. Or Wah - Capleton
  6. As A Man - Assassin
  7. Ride This - Buju Banton
  8. Longing For - Jah Cure
  9. Walk Away From Love - Bitty McLean
  10. Love Mood - Beres Hammond
  11. Telephone Ting - Kiprich
  12. Lava Ground - I Wayne
  13. Hail To The King - Fantan Mojah
  14. Superior - Gentleman
  15. Coca Cola Shape (Dat Sexy Body Remix) - Sasha Feat. Fat Man Scoop
  16. Rah Rah (Remix) - Elephant Man Feat. Daddy Yankee & Pitbull
  17. I'm With The Girls - Sizzla
  18. Booty Clap - Lexxus
Disc 2: Continuous Mix

  1. Love Mood - Beres Hammond
  2. Superior - Gentleman
  3. Hail To The King - Fantan Mojah
  4. Telephone Ting - Kiprich
  5. Walk Away From Love - Bitty McLean
  6. Lava Ground - I Wayne
  7. Longing For - Jah Cure
  8. Ride This - Buju Banton
  9. As A Man - Assassin
  10. Coca Cola Shape (Dat Sexy Body Remix) - Sasha Feat. Fat Man Scoop
  11. Rah Rah (Remix) - Elephant Man Feat. Daddy Yankee & Pitbull
  12. King Of The Dancehall - Beenie Man
  13. Booty Clap - Lexxus
  14. Or Wah - Capleton
  15. Step Pon Dem - Assassin
  16. I'm With The Girls - Sizzla
  17. Turnin' Me On (Black Chiney Reggae Remix) - Nina Sky Feat. Cham
  18. Straight Up! - Sean Paul
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Since its first installment VP Records' top selling "Reggae Gold" series has historically showcased the hottest artists and biggest hits in reggae. "Reggae Gold 2005", the thirteenth edition, is no exception as it is packed with popular reggae and dancehall artists like for example Sean Paul, Capleton, I Wayne, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, and Beenie Man, and heavily front-loaded with chartbusters such as Kiprich's "Telephone Ting", Jah Cure's "Longing For", Fantan Mojah's "Hail To The King" and Assassin's "Step Pon Dem". Besides that this compilation set contains some of the hottest riddims that ruled the dancehalls in recent times including the Christopher Birch produced "Military", Donovan Bennett's "Drop Leaf", Steely & Clevie's "Sleepy Dog" and Mo Music's "Ruckus". The first eight tracks -- including such outstanding efforts as Assassin's "Step Pon Dem" and Sean Paul's "Straight Up!" along with the dancefloor favourites "King Of The Dancehall" by Beenie Man and "Turnin' Me On" by Nina Sky ft. Cham -- are pure dancehall tunes with Jah Cure's excellent "Longing For" acting as the bridgehead to the more melodic tunes, mixing rocksteady (Bitty McLean), lovers rock (Beres Hammond and Kiprich) and modern roots (I Wayne, Fantan Mojah and Gentleman). The inclusion of Bitty McLean's "Walk Away From Love" is a pleasant surprise. Bitty's version of David Ruffin's Motown scorcher "Walk Away From Love" across the 1967 Alton Ellis' "Rock Steady" riddim is a winner and easily the undisputed highlight of the whole collection. Towards the end, things turn back around to dancehall with Sizzla's "I'm With The Girls" being another album highlight. The second (bonus) disc contains a continuous mix done by Collin "The Captain" Hines, who has used the tracks featured on the first cd.