Various artists album review
Strictly The Best Volume 30
VP Records-Walboomers Music
28 - 12 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Mr. Easy - Drive Me Crazy
  2. George Nooks - Hero
  3. Anthony Cruz - U Got It Bad
  4. Sean Paul & Sasha - I'm Still In Love
  5. Glen Washington - Your Love
  6. Sanchez - Love We Had Stays On My Mind
  7. Ghost - Speechless
  8. Beres Hammond - Holiday
  9. Yogie - I'll Be Ready
  10. Javis Church & Elephant Man - Run For Your Life
  11. Singing Melody - I Wanna Know
  12. Tony Curtis - High Grade
  13. Shinehead - You Sang To Me
  14. Lloyd Brown - Bless Me
  15. Kashief Lindo - Music Is A Part Of Me
  16. Sanchez - Hit Song
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Since 1990 VP Records is running their successful and eagerly anticipated "Strictly The Best" series. As usual VP's annual talent showcase is spread over two volumes. While Vol. 29 mainly focusses on the deejay stars and hardcore dancehall riddims, it's the next installment that features the vocal hits of the year 2002. Mr. Easy's "Drive Me Crazy", coming on the infectious "Buy Out" riddim, is the notable album opener, although this tune and also "Run For Your Life" by Jarvis Church & Elephant Man actually should have been part of "Strictly The Best 29". Beginning with George Nooks' cover of Enrique Iglesias' hit tune "Hero" we're mostly treated to Lover's Rock and 'feel good' reggae music like for example Kashief Lindo's "Music Is A Part Of Me" and the remake of Roman Stewart's "Natty Sing Hit Songs" by Sanchez. Best tracks on this compilation set are "U Got It Bad" by Anthony Cruz, Lloyd Brown's "Bless Me", Yogie's "I'll Be Ready", Singing Melody's "I Wanna Know" and the aforementioned "Hit Song" by Sanchez, with furthermore worth of hearing Beres Hammond's "Holiday", Tony Curtis' exceptional remake of the Burt Bacharach tune "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" entitled "High Grade" and "Iím Still In Love", the classic remake from Sean Paul & Sasha. Mediocre tunes are delivered by Glen Washington, Ghost, Shinehead and Kashief Lindo.
"Strictly the Best 30" features tracks from well known producers such as Tony "CD" Kelly, Steely & Clevie, Stone Love, Hugh "Beres" Hammond, Dean "Cannon" Fraser and Lloyd Campbell, as well as production works from promising newcomers like Tony Neufville, Michael Stuart and Yogie.

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