Various artists album review
Smoke The Herb ~ The 2nd Pound
VP Records - Walboomers Music
15 - 10 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Shinehead - Collie Weed
  2. Bushman - Cannabis
  3. Red Rose - Good Sensimella
  4. Jacob Miller - Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
  5. Sizzla - Healing Of The Nation
  6. Morgan Heritage - Wisdom Weed
  7. Luciano - Free Up The Herbalist
  8. Anthony B - Low Di Herb
  9. Buju Banton - Legalize It
  10. Morgan Heritage - License
  11. Roundhead - Weed Is Life
  12. Buccaneer - Ganja Man
  13. Terror Fabulous - Promote The Ganja
  14. Yellow Man - Bun The Kutchie
  15. Sugar Minott - Herbsman Hustling
  16. Sizzla - Good Load Of Herb
  17. Sean Paul & Luga Man - Weed Indeed
  18. Linval Thompson - Marijuana
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Smoke The Herb ~ The 2nd Pound is the follow up to 'Smoke The Herb', a collection of tunes featuring some of the most blazing songs written on the topic of herb. The album features production work from some of Jamaica's hotttest producers including Steely & Clevie, Phillip 'Fattis' Burrell, King Jammy, Colin Fat, Dannny Browne, Sly & Robbie and Richerd 'Bello' Bell.
On the album you'll find herbs-anthems both from the past and recent ones such as Shinehead's Collie Weed a song that uses the classic seventies hit "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts. Shinehead hits the right grooves with this track. It's a killa version, glorifying and promoting the use of ganja. The tune is drawn from his recent album 'Praises' . Next on the case is Bushman. His herb-anthem "Cannabis" uses the General riddim and is taken from his 1997 debut album 'Nyah Man Chant' set.
Two fine tracks by Morgan Heritage are present here : the Xterminator production Wisdom Weed and License a track that was taken from the King Jammy album 'One Calling'. Anthony B. is featured here with a track from the 'Real Revolutionary' album.
From the past comes Sugar Minott's first digital top ten hit Herbsman Hustling, Yellowman's Bun The Kutchie (extended mix), Jacob Miller's Tired Fi Lick Weed and Linval Thompson's cut Marijuana, drawn from the 1976 set I Love Marijuana, More oustanding tracks on this excellent album are the Sizzla tracks Healing Of The Nation, a track found on the compilation set of the same name, Good Load Of Herb, Luciano's Free The Herbalist, the Sean Paul & Luga Man combination style tune Weed Indeed and Buccaneer who delivers Ganja Man across the 'Baltimore' riddim.
Lite up de Chalice !

Teacher & Mr. T.