Various artists album review
Reggae Platynum 2000 + Renaissance Mix Tape Vol. 2
J & D Records-Walboomers Music
09 - 01 - 2000

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Nasio - Jah Glory
  2. Shalom - I've Got News For You
  3. Razor - One In A Million
  4. Buju Banton - Ready Body
  5. Mr. Vegas - Itsy Bitsy
  6. Tanya Stephens - Leggo Dat
  7. Beenie Man - Retreat
  8. Capleton - Ready Fi Bun
  9. Beno Ranks - Give Jah Praises
  10. Glen Washington - Pretty Face Woman
  11. Tony Curtis - Girls Dem Calling
  12. Melo & Merciless - Hard Time
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Dre & Delano - Intro
  2. Mr. Vegas - Itsy Bitsy
  3. Kiprich - Dem Gal Yah
  4. Alley Cat - Stop Who
  5. Lexus - Monkey's Out
  6. Mr. Chicken - Renaissance Special
  7. Kiprich - Renaissance Special
  8. Unknown - Renaissance Special
  9. Alize - Renaissance Special
  10. Mr. Chicken - Renaissance Special
  11. Chico - Renaissance Special
  12. Tanya Stephens - Leggo Dat
  13. Determine - Never Come Si
  14. Jack A Diamond - Renaissance Special
  15. Harry Todler - Know Jah
  16. Delly Ranks - Nuh Fraid A Yah
  17. Powerman - Dem Bwoy Deh
  18. Jack A Diamond - Renaissance Special
  19. Tanya Stephens - Big Mac
  20. Sean Paul - Hot Already
  21. Elephant Man - Get Mad Now
  22. Capleton - Ready Fi Bun
  23. Beenie Man - Retreat
  24. Rico C & Dru Murray - Get Busy
  25. Jack A Diamond - Renaissance Special
  26. Sean Paul & Vegas - Renaissance Special
  27. Burro Banton - Renaissance Special
  28. Kiprich - Dem Gal
  29. Rico C & Dru Murray - Mucky Tight
  30. Buju Banton - Ready Body
  31. Tony Matterhorn - Tony Matterhorn's Intro
  32. Bounty Killer - Tony Matterhorn's Special
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Disc one comes like a normal 'Various Artists' collection with fourteen full length tracks gathering roots, lovers and dancehall tunes from namebrand artists as well as up-and-coming talents. Although Nasio's skills and talent are widely recognized by now, it is a surprise to find his name on the track listing of this album. However, this very gifted singer/songwriter truly deserves to be featured on this compilation set and with "Jah Glory" he delivers a fine effort. Sweet-voiced singer Shalom broke big in 1999 with his hit single "I've Got News For You", an appealing lovers tune for a romantic mood. Razor's "One In A Million" is the next lovers cut, however this time delivered over a powerful riddim. A solid tune from this newcomer and, actually, a perfect step to a six tracks lasting pure Dancehall selection with Buju Banton's awesome "Ready Body" setting the pace. Mr. Vegas performs in his well known style and delivers an entertaining and danceable cut. Tanya Stephens fully lives up to expectations with the solid "Leggo Dat", utilizing an infectious riddim. Beenie Man has to handle a haunting riddim, which he does expertly. Then Capleton, whose peerless performance makes "Ready Fi Bun" an outstanding tune. Singer Beno Ranks has a conscious tune, but unfortunately the riddim doesn't fit his vocal delivery. Glen Washington teamed up with vet producer Ossie Hibbert which resulted in the recording of the excellent, crisp sounding "Pretty Face Woman". Crooner Tony Curtis brings his version of Diana King's hit, entitled "Girls Dem Calling". Although Tony Curtis' effort doesn't match the original, it's a fine one to listen to. The duo Melo & Merciless comes up with "Hard Time", an average dancehall cut but surely a good introduction to the next part of this set.
Disc two is a pure juggling affair as it contains a wicked Renaissance megamix - including some great specials - seemingly effortless and skillfully mixed together by the selector in charge. The disc brings the dancehall vibes of a Sound in session, reflecting the excitement it can create.

Teacher & Mr. T.