Various artists album review
Shadow & Curly Lox
Tha Jam Records-Walboomers Music
March 24 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Sizzla - Just Be
  2. Luciano - You Bring Me Joy
  3. Half Pint - If Love Is Allright With Me
  4. Mikey General - Jah Will Never Leave Me
  5. Jack Radics - I'm Still Waiting
  6. Determine - When Will This Be Over
  7. Kirk Davis & Shaddu - Guide Me
  8. Pinchers - Inseperable
  9. Patchie - I Don't Care
  10. Richie Spice - Powers
  11. George Nooks - A True Friend
  12. Shines - Fly
  13. Lee Kelly - Baby I Love
  14. President Brown - So A Man Thinketh
  15. Chrisinti - Freedom Reign
  16. Jimmy Riley - What Would You Do
  17. Inque - Yes I Will
  18. Powerman - Fowl Fight
  19. Delly Ranks & Kirk Davis - Protect You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

From the "Tha Jam" label comes the two riddim album 'Shadow & Curly Lox'. The latter riddim is un updated version of Junior Byles' / Lee Perry hit tune from the 70's. This riddim has been used several times in the past, but the way Edward Murray of KT Productions revamped the riddim is certainly worth while checking out. No less than nine cuts across the riddim with top artists such as Sizzla and Luciano delivering noteworthy rootical efforts, but Mikey General puts out a very strong tune called Jah Will Never Leave Me. Jack Radics, reggae's most underrated crooner, comes up with the aching love song I'm Still Waiting. Reggae veteran George Nooks lives up to expectations as he brings A True Friend, whereas President Brown manages to impress us once again with his powerfull voice and sharp lyrics.
The other riddim is called 'Shadow', which apparently is an updated version of a tune from The Meditions called "Woman Is Like A Shadow" from 1977, but we're not quite sure. Anyway, the artists lining up for this updated version deliver decent efforts. Especially worth spinning are Determine's When Will This Be Over and the combination tune Protect You by Delly Ranks and Kirk Davis. Producer Mark Hudson (Stone Cold Productions) has employed Chrisinti and Jimmy Riley to fine effect, but once given Fowl Fight a spin, it's evident that Powerman delivers our favorite rootical track across the riddim.
Definitely one of our favorite riddim sets.

Teacher & Mr. T.