Various artists album review
Strictly The Best Volume 28
VP Records-Walboomers Music
22 - 12 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Rock Away - Beres Hammond
  2. Sweet Life - Cocoa Tea
  3. Just Friends - Swade & Tony Rebel
  4. Tune In - Gregory Isaacs & Louie Culture
  5. I Go Crazy - Yogie
  6. By Your Side - Ghost
  7. Rise - Mr. Vegas
  8. Your Love - Freddie McGregor
  9. No More Rain - Chrisinti
  10. Love - Sanchez
  11. You Remind Me - Don Campbell
  12. Red Red Wine - Elan
  13. By His Deeds - VC
  14. Oh Father I Love Thee - Luciano
  15. Jah Seed - Morgan Heritage
  16. I Stand Alone - Glen Washington
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

VP Records' longest running compilation series, "The Strictly The Best" series, is one of reggae music's best selling compilation series. The award winning reggae compilation series has become a highly anticipated annual release whose popularity has increased leaps and bounds year after year.
As expected the latest volume (28) features a very good selection of Jamaica's best reggae music. Here you will find top charting loverís rock and roots oriented songs from many of Jamaicaís favorite vocalists. While the counterpart volume 27 has the dancehall oriented #1 hits from the year, volume 28 features #1 hits from Jamaican radio charts and sound systems and international retail charts. Included on this set is the sensational #1 hit By His Deeds from newcomer VC, the #1 smash from Cocoa Tea "Sweet Life", which is taken from his current album 'Feel The Power" and reggae's finest crooner Beres Hammond with his nostalgic smash Rockaway. Strong roots and culture tunes are delivered by the great names such as Luciano who makes a fine impression with the Dean Fraser produced Oh Father I Love Thee, the unrivalled Morgan Heritage with one of their finest songs ever Jah Seed and the ever chart riding Glen Washington who delivers the comforting song I Stand Alone. We are very glad that the compilers have included the UK reggae artist Don Campbell, who performs a cover of Usher's You Remind Me. The dancehall star Mr. Vegas is featured here with a soulful and smooth version of Gabrielle's Rise.
"Strictly the Best 28" features production work from some of reggae's highly acclaimed production wizards such as Winston Riley, Fattis, Stone Love, Computer Paul, Hugh "Beres" Hammond, Dean "Cannon" Fraser, Lloyd Campbell, Mafia & Fluxy and Donovan Germain.
Filled with strictly killer tunes and hit songs, this album is a must have !

Teacher & Mr. T.