Strictly The Best Vol. 38
VP Records-Groove Attack
November 23, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Every year, just in time for the festive
season, VP Records release their "Strictly
The Best" albums, two volumes, to 'compete' with Greensleeves Records'
"The Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems" and "The Biggest Ragga Dancehall
Anthems" for the reggae massive's attention and after Greensleeves very
strong sets this year, VP Records doesn't disappoint either. As a roots
/ singers companion to the more dancehall /DJs oriented "Strictly The Best
Vol. 37" this "Strictly The Best Vol. 38" is a must buy as well. Tarrus Riley opens this
set with his sweet "She's Royal" taken from his excellent with
Dean Fraser coproduced album "Parables",
followed by Jah Cure with "To
Your Arms Of Love", his take on Arif 'Fresh Ear' Cooper's
Angel'-riddim and DaVille's great hit
destined brilliant lovers (gone wrong) tune.|
Derrick Morgan's daughter Queen Ifrica impresses with her well deejayed "Below The Waist" about her preferred way to make up after fighting with her lover over Donovan Germain's "Stop The Fighting"-riddim, before Tami Chynn's "Over And Over (Again)" that VP Records inexplicably left off their 'Guardian Angel' album only to see it appear on Greensleeves' "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems" ... and Toronto songstress Kim Davis' powerful combination "Hush" together with Sizzla over The Narcotics' R&B/reggae riddim that perfecly fits the tune.
Reggae's 'royal family' Morgan Heritage deliver their wonderful "Make It Official" over Don Corleon's 'Far Away'-riddim, another brilliant one-drop by this top notch producer, who also takes the credits for his production of Beres Hammond's excellent "Not For Sale" over the 'Love Potion'-riddim, the riddim that received lots of applause backing Alaine's "Sincerely". Legendary riddim twins and producers Sly & Robbie produced one of the most brilliant reggae singers nowadays Bitty McLean, whose album "Moving On" is coming up and from which this superb "Let Them Talk" over a relick of Junior Delgado's "Merry Go Round" (originally produced in 1980 by Sly & Robbie themselves for their Taxi label) is taken, THE tune of this album for me.
Etana, Fifth Element Records first lady, is up next with the magnificent self-produced soulful "Roots" with its undeniable gospel-influences, that was also featured on "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2007", followed by Trinidadian Jamelody with his "Give Thanks" for Bobby Digital over his update of Sizzla's 'Woman I Need You'-riddim and Richie Stephens' "Come To Jamaica" over his together with Danny Browne produced soulful 'CVM Jungle'-riddim. Former 2-Isis lead vocalist Duane Stephenson, who released his album "From August Town" earlier on VP Records, is included here with his take on the classic "Cottage In Negril by Tyrone Taylor - who passed away less than 2 weeks ago on December 1st, 2007, which makes the inclusion of this cover of that 1983 song all the more appropriate. Alaine's brilliant "Sincerely" over the 'Love Potion'-riddim is just one of her great tunes and I can't wait till I get hold of her debut album, with this scorcher followed by the last tune of the album, Ras Shiloh's unfortunately just a little less impressive lovers ballad "Need Your Love" taken from his Bobby Digital produced "Coming Home" album, closing a set that despite the few overlapments with Greensleeves' "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2007" is an absolute must-buy.