Rhythm Streetz Series #5 ~ Seasons
Don Corleon / In The Streetz
CD / 2LP
October 13, 2005

Track list
  1. No Ordinary Love - Alaine
  2. Happy Days - Wayne Marshall
  3. Love U Girl - Anthony B
  4. Tears - T.O.K.
  5. I Believe - Wayne Wonder
  6. Far From Reality - Natural Black
  7. Is There A Place - Gyptian
  8. Picture Me And You - Jeffrey Star
  9. Love Is - Jah Cure
  10. Falling - Mr. Easy
  11. How Come - Morgan Heritage
  12. Thanks & Praise - Fantan Mojah
  13. Can't Move We - Vybz Kartel
  14. Never Gonna Be The Same - Sean Paul
  15. Seasons Version - Don Corleon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Byron Murray & Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith' In The Streetz label releases in their Rhythm Streetz Series - following the most successful 2004 one drop riddim "#1 - Drop Leaf" produced by Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon, selector Fire Links' completely crazy yet infectious riddim, "#2 - Chaka Chaka", DJ Sunshine's sophomore riddim "#4 - Real Life", Andrew Prendergast & Josef Bogdanovich a.k.a. Black & White of Downsound Records "#3 - Invasion & Maroon Riddim" and the inexplicably again "#3" numbered album "No Man's An Island", produced by the in the late 70s rather popular DJ now turned producer Neville 'Jah Woosh' Beckford for his Original Music label, now "#5 - Seasons", Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon's equally high praised second one drop riddim, the successor 'Drop Leaf'. Dismissed by some as being 'just a 'Drop Leaf' part 2' this riddim is maybe (if possible) even better than 'Drop Leaf'. Alaine contributes "No Ordinary Love", a heartfelt sexy sung tune as we have become used to by her, but over this great Don Corleon backing and arrangement even better than the tunes I've heard from her till now. Wayne Marshall's "Happy Days" might lyrically not be the most complex tune, but it is great well sung feelgood lovers tune, followed by Anthony B's "Love U Girl" on which he copies Sizzla's falsetto for some of the parts he sings, also a fine feelgood lovers tune. T.O.K. follow up their condemnation of the violence in the streets of Kingstong by means of their "Footprints" over "Drop Leaf' with a condemnation of domestic violence in the as much heartfelt "Tears". Wayne Wonder (and his DJing alter ego Surprize) is (/are) in fine form on "I Still Believe" that you love me baby, and so is Natural Black on one of the best tunes I've ever heard by him "Far From Reality". Gyptian, who currently tops the Jamaican charts and rules the dancehalls with "Serious Times" already proves he is not going to become a one hit wonder with the beautiful "Is There A Place" where i can find true love for life and newcomer Jeffrey Star has been putting out some nice tunes this year, and his request to his lady to "Picture Me And You" is another fine effort. Jah Cure adds another superb tune to his in prison recored oeuvre with the excellent "Love Is" followed by Mr. Easy's great "Falling", Morgan Heritage's excellent protest

tell me "How Come" here in Jamaica so many people still a fight Rasta
tell me how come down a east west dem neva charge Beenie Man but dem charge Sizzla
tell me how come people a support da street
not enough love for da prime minister
tell me how come those in power don't seem to care

Its cuz life is so unfair in this sweet paradise and this is what we swear
out a many one tell me people can you see that anywhere
everyone treated equal and this is why so many die leaving so many to cry
(it's so unfair)

and Fantan Mojah's first tune over a Don Corleon (one drop) riddim, "Thanks & Praise" being as fine as you might have hoped for and expected of that pairing. Vybz Kartel drops the excellent "Can't Move We" followed by Sean Paul's superb heartfelt moving tribute to amongst others founding Dutty Cup Crew member Gabra Mantaskeddus Lambert a.k.a. Daddigon, who was shot Thursday January 27, 2005, that being unfortunately the last vocal of a set of all killer no filler tunes on this excellent second one drop riddim by Don Corleon, that is, thank goodness, included in it's clean "Seasons Version". Whether it's hardcore dancehall or one drop, Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett rules it riddimwize AND he gets the best out of the artists voicing his riddims!