Various artists album review
Greensleeves Sampler 17
02 - 04 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Beenie Man - Who am I
  2. Sizzla - Woman of Africa
  3. Goofy - Someboody just poop
  4. Red Rat - Wrigley's
  5. Sanchez & Beenie Man - Refugee
  6. General Degree - Traffic blocking
  7. Richie Stephens - Winner
  8. Redrose, Jack Radics, Bounty Killer, Anthony B. - Dancing
  9. Mr. Vegas - Heads high
  10. Tony Curtis - My lady in red
  11. Cutty Ranks - That's the way
  12. Buccaneer - Tek it easy (Cheesy)
  13. Mad Cobra & Merciless - Correction we fix
  14. Ricie Stephens, Crissy D, Lady G, Hawkeye, General Degree, Goofy, Red Rat - Rich (Jugglin' remix)
  15. Crissy D & Goofy - Hot stuff
  16. Beenie Man - Who am I ( Dj Arif remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

UK's premier reggae record label Greensleeves has put out their latest bumper bargain sampler filled with all the current dancehall highlights of the last months. Volume 17 is very much dancehall orientated with handpicked tracks from the most hottest contemporary Jamaican producers : Jermy Harding, Danny Browne, Harvel Hart, Redrose & Malvo, Philip Thomas, and Carl "Banton" Nelson.
Beenie man's top ten hit "Who am I", on the appealing "Playground" riddim, is featured twice on this set (check out the remix !), while Sizzla's rasta anthem "Woman of Africa" for the Firehouse Crew is -very different from its predecessor "Mount Jerusalem"- done across a "Kette Drum" style riddim, but Sizzla delivers a top-notch performance. General Degree delivers a energetic cut on the hardcore computerised Main Street's spankin' current dancehall "Filthy" riddim. Chrissy D teams up with label mate "Fudgie" man Goofy - a combination that melds surprisingly well - to deliver a dancefloor filler with a truly soulful and funky JA style version of Donna Summer's classic "Hot stuff". On the 'talking farts' track "Somebody just poop" Goofy puts out a solid performance all the way and brings you the things you might expect from the "Fudgie" man. Buccaneer tackles the same riddim on "Tek it easy".
Taking K.C. & The Sunshine Band's 70s hitsong "That's The Way I Like It" as a starting point he delivers a solid dancehall tune on a powerful, beat-driven riddim. Cutty Ranks uses his angry monotone voice well and when it is combined with a strong riddim his tune embodies a lot of power.
This sampler maintains the series' wonderful tradition of sampling the chart-topping hits on a midprice album. Not to be missed !

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