Various artists album review
Selectors Choice
Penthouse-Walboomers Music
12 - 10 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Buju Banton & Gramps Morgan - 23rd Psalms
  2. Dean Fraser - 23rd Psalms
  3. Lukie D - Glory
  4. Jahmel - Paradise Lost
  5. Marcia Griffiths - Love Of A Lifetime
  6. Beres Hammond - This Love Affair
  7. Nadine Sutherland - Front Page
  8. ARP - Coming Home
  9. Daville & Marcia Griffiths - All My Life
  10. Mikey Spice - In His Mind
  11. Zumjay - City Of Angels
  12. Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton - Reunion
  13. Tony Rebel - One Love
  14. Buju Banton - Homeless
  15. Freddie McGregor - Keep On Running
  16. Luciano - Jah's Promise
  17. Zumjay - Courtney
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The Donovan Germain & Steve Marsden produced "Selectors Choice" is a very entertaining and well produced compilation set, which kicks off with the intensely spiritual "23rd Psalms" from Buju Banton & Gramps, the latter being a member of Morgan Heritage. This excellent combination tune is followed by Dean Fraser's truly wicked saxophone rendition. Then, Lukie D's enjoyable cut "Glory", which is the first out of five pieces over the infectious "Extortioners" riddim. The other pieces over this riddim include Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton's smash hit "Reunion", Luciano's excellent "Jah's Promise" and two Zumjay tunes; the decent "City Of Angels" and his local hit "Courtney", the latter being a tribute to Jamaican cricket great Courtney Walsh. Jahmel is a little known roots singer, who recorded the truly outstanding album "Watchful Eyes" - featuring the original Wailers Band with the legendary Barrett brothers Family Man on bass and Carlie on drums - in 1983 (re-issued as part of his CD "Now And Then" in 1999). Seventeen years after his recording debut he finally succeeded to team up with a topnotch production team. His "Paradise Lost" is a solid song which hopefully brings Jahmel the recognition he truly deserves. Marcia Griffiths' "Love Of A Lifetime" is the next cut to the riddim utilized for Jahmel's piece. This songstress and reggae vet has delivered some really noteworthy efforts on the Penthouse label and with this track she continues to do so. Furthermore she contributes a second tune entitled "All My Life" (a duet with Daville, the former lead vocalist for the vocal group ARP) which actually can't match the aforementioned "Love Of A Lifetime". Also Beres Hammond has recorded some excellent tunes in association with Donovan Germain. "This Love Affair" is another excellent effort from this winning combination, showcasing the singer in good shape delivering a tune in the lovers rock vein. Nadine Sutherland, who started her musical career at a very young age, expertly rides an uptempo riddim, making "Front Page" not only an enjoyable, but also solid effort. Nadine's delivery is followed by ARP's "Coming Home", which happens to be a nice love song. Lately Mikey Spice has been putting out some remarkable tunes and "In His Mind" - an interpretation of Jerry Butler's "The Girl In His Mind" - can be reckoned to them. "One Love" by Tony Rebel is delivered in this cultural singjay's usual style, a strong effort in its own right. Buju Banton makes his third appearance with his local Jamaican hit "Homeless", a well delivered conscious song by this internationally acclaimed reggae artist. Vet Freddie McGregor hardly fails to make a solid tune, which is once again underlined by his "Keep On Running".

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