Reggae Gold 2007 ~ Treasure Of The Caribbean
VP Records-Groove Attack
June 1, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
VP Records presents the 15th edition of one of the world's best selling reggae compilations and like last year it
is paired with a limited edition bonus DVD containing multiple exclusives
and great extras including performances live dance segments, behind the
scenes footage of Reggae Gold 2006 photo shoot and interviews with sexy
cover models. And continuing another thing from last year's edition, Sean
Paul is once more kicking off proceedings with the excellent "Watch Dem
Roll" over Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor latest riddim 'Tremor',
followed by the magnificent "This Is Why I'm Hot (Blackout Remix)"
of Jamerican rapper (Shawn) MIMS featuring Junior Reid & Baby Cham with
great contributions and including snippets of Dawn Penn's "No No No" and
Winston Riley's seminal 'Stalag 17'-riddim and Mavado's harsh "Top
Shotta Nah Miss" over Stephen McGregor's 'Power Cut'.|
Don Corleon, who was firmly tied to Greensleeves, licensed quite some tunes to VP Records this time, and his protégé Munga's "Bad From Mi Born" over the bouncing 'Sativa'-riddim is the first proof that the master hasn't lost his touch. Mavado as man of the moment makes his second appearance then with "Last Night" over TJ (White)'s update of Dave Kelly's 'Showtime' called 'Show Off'-riddim before Elephant Man rides one of my all-time favorite riddims 'Unmetered Taxi' for his impressive "Bring It" produced by Steven 'Lenky' Marsden, around the same time Sly & Robbie reran one of their trademark riddims once more late last year and Buju Banton contributes his absolutely brilliant take on the 'M16'-riddim "Bobby Reds".
Morgan Heritage's wonderful ghetto-reality statement "Brooklyn & Jamaica" over Juke Boxx' dubby riddim 'Statement', with its guitars flowing over longlasting echoes and beautiful real horns is followed by Jah Cure's fine prayer "Sticky" over Danger Zone's 'Jamdown'-riddim, Gyptian's equally conscious "Mi Fadah Seh" over Vemal Newman's production of the 'Foundation'-riddim for Real Lyfe and Tessanne's "Hide Away", and although she sings as beautiful as her sister Tami Chin, her reggae-rock fusion just isn't my cup of tea. US Virgin Island based Delyno 'Pressure' Brown is ready to take Jamaica by storm, and Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's production of "Love And Affection" is surely instrumental in that and so will the album be produced by Don Corleon that supposedly is in the can, followed by 2 more great & sweet Don Corleon productions, I-Wayne's "I Need Her In My Arms" and Alaine's "Sacrifice" keeping the vibes flowing gently before Shaggy returns for the last tune on this compilation to the dancehall vibes of Tony 'CD' Kelly for his tune about "More Woman" closing a great all killer (almost) no filler "Reggae Gold 2007", indeed uncovering the 'Treasure Of The Caribbean'.
Then put in the DVD to enjoy 24 minutes of the casting and shooting for "Reggae Gold: The Making Of The Cover", 2 to 4 minute stints including acapella's by Shaggy, Elephant Man and Gyptian in "Words From Your Favorite Artists", the beautiful Empress guiding us through "Kingston's Night Life" in 46(!) minutes with many artist, dancer and producer cameos visiting Stone Love's Weddy Weddy Wednesday, Razz & Biggy's Bembe Thursdays, Asylum and New Kingston's exclusive Quad nightclub and the "Made In Jamaica": The Trailer of Lawrence Pictures' music film. A very heartily recommended 15th edition of Reggae Gold for roots and dancehall enthusiasts alike.