Various artists album review
Strictly The Best Volume 24
VP Records / Walboomers Music
30 - 11 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4/5|
VP Records' "Strictly the Best" series is the longest running compilation series. From the start in 1990 the series' popularity has only increased from year to year. Volume 24 collects (as you might expect) nuff of the most hitbound reggae tunes from 1999, locking up a wicked thrill packed selection from the likes of Beres Hammond, Glen Washington, Sanchez, Ghost, Terry Linen, Morgan Heritage and Freddie McGregor. There are also some tunes from 'back in the days' : Benji Myaz' brilliant tune Time and Beres Hammond's thrilling love song Not Official, which is drawn from his 1998 album "A Day In The Life".|
The album features production work from some of reggae's highly acclaimed production wizards. Producer credits include Anthony Cameron, Patrick Roberts, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Willie Lindo, Paul Delapenna, Richard Martin, Lloyd Campbell, Collin "Bulby" York & Lynford "Fatta" Marshall, Norman Bryant , Lloyd "John John" James Jr, E. Wilson & Pam Hall, Dean Fraser, Revue Records, and Trevor "Juggling T".
Included here are covers of pop tunes, originals and reworkings of classic reggae tracks. Glen Washington excels with his tune Still Going Strong across the original Bunny Lee riddim "Stick By Me", outstanding is Terry Linen's interpretation of Wycliff Jean's (and Whitney Houston's) "Your Love", Ghost delivers a nice effort with his rendition of Cher's Believe, and Kashief Lindo revives Cat Stephens' "Wild World" on the religeous tune Give Me Strength. Taken from Morgan Heritage's chart topping album "Don't Haffe Dred" comes Reggae Road Block. The first lady of reggae music -Marcia Griffiths- is present here with a superb cut entitled Then Came You and from newcomer Fiona comes aother highlight of the album -Hold On , a tune across the Channel One "Fade Away' riddim. "Strictly the Best 24" features an infectious blend of Jamaica's best reggae/conscious/lovers rock music for all to enjoy.