Various artists album review
Strictly The Best Volume 32
VP Records-Walboomers Music
December 14 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Can't Satisfy Her - I Wayne
  2. Lonely Girl - Bascom X
  3. Rise To The Occasion - Sizzla
  4. Marijuana - Richie Spice
  5. Stop (Vibes Remix) - Soltex Feat. Fire Links
  6. Move Ya Body - Nina Sky Feat. Jabba (Remix With Vybz Kartel)
  7. I've Got Your Man (Remix) - Lady Saw & Remy Martin
  8. Tek Weh Yu Gal - Cocoa Tea
  9. There For You - Beres Hammond
  10. I See Girls - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  11. Bun Bad Mind - Elephant Man
  12. Consuming - Capleton
  13. We'll Be Burning - Sean Paul
  14. Idiot Thing That - Assassin
  15. Solid As A Rock - T.O.K.
  16. Done A Ready - Macka Diamond
  17. In Heaven - Da'ville
  18. Back In The Days - Marcia Griffiths
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Strictly The Best", the long running, reggae music series from VP Records has the current hits from the most in demand artists. The STB series chronicles the top dancehall, loverís rock and roots reggae hits of the year. The combination of radio hits from Jamaica and abroad is a proven formula that makes STB a desirable collection of songs. The artists here are a mixture of established stars, developing artists from the VP roster and current breakthrough acts impacting the scene.
The album kicks off with up and coming artist I Wayne who brings his excellent rendition of the "Jungle Rock (aka Warrior)" riddim called Can't Satisfy Her, produced by Patrick Henry for the Loyal Soldiers imprint. Another rising star is Bascom X. He licks the popular "Hard Times" riddim, while Richie Spice performs a strong song called Marijuana across 5Th Element's "I Swear" riddim. The crossover hit Move Ya Body is included here as well, but in the (awesome) remixed version featuring the unavoidable Vybz Kartel. Marion Hall, better known as Lady Saw does a nice remix (in combination with Remy Martin) of her top shot tune I've Got Your Man. Reggae veteran Cocoa Tea released nuff tunes on the reworked "Stick By Me" riddim, here he brings his own version of the riddim. The perfect duo Tanto Metro & Devonte makes a good impression with I See Girls a tune on the tantalizing "Wine Your Waistline" riddim from Big Jeans. Elephant Man is one of those artists you simply cannot ignore. Here he contributes with Bun Bad Mind from the Stone Love camp. Capleton offers Consuming, a lick pon the "Mad Guitar" riddim from producer Donovan Vendetta. Sean Paul's We'll Be Burning has plenty of hit potential to cross over to the mainstream charts. Assassin's Idiot Thing That is on the same riddim, "Stepz", by the Renaissance crew. TOK and Macka Diamond deliver tunes pon the "Thrilla" riddim and the album closes with two nice reggae tunes, with Marcia Griffiths' effort being the smoothest one. Her tune goes across the "Top Ten aka Rolla Coaster" riddim.

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