Various artists album review
Champion Sound Stone Love
Nocturne - Walboomers Music
11 - 01 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Since their start nearly half a century ago the sound systems (in fact the Jamaican version of mobile discos, with massed gigantic speakers for play in the dancehall, usually an open space that has been fenced off) have been responsible for making or breaking artists and reggae hits. They have been the absolute instrumental vehicle that has helped promote reggae music worldwide and has helped launch the career of hiphop music in the US, which is now the mainstream music in that country. Besides the dancehall tapes from sound systems in action - for example featuring "live" artists passing the mic or a clash between two or more sounds - the second half of the nineties saw the rise of the so-called "juggling" tapes i.e. a sound system playing versions of the latest and hottest riddims without interruption. |
Stone Love made their entry into the dancehall business in 1972 and for the past 25 years it has been the sound systems with the most potent and magnetic force to pull crowds and ‘cork’ any dancehall. The name Stone Love has become an international household name and it is the most sought after sound system today. Record producers, singers and Djs will do anything to hear tunes being played on the set. The dancehall massive will follow the sound to wherever end of the earth it goes to listen to the voices of their favorite entertainment idols. Stone Love is the brainchild of Winston "WeePow" Powell, a man that thousands of people today, hold in high esteem for his professionalism, credibility, and persistence of excellence.
This album contains some 65 minutes of (mostly) dubplates from dancehall's biggest stars, continuously mixed by Stone Love's selectors. The Stone Love Crew now includes the sound's founder, Winston Powell, long time selectors Rory and Cancer, as well as Billy Slaughter, Nico (one of Stone Love's youngest selectors), Geefus, Swamp Thing and Bill Cosby. They offer the listener every style and flavor of reggae music : from the hardcore ragga sounds from Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and Merciless, to the rootical vibrations of Luciano, Morgan Heritage and Kymani Marley, to the romantic crooning of Sanchez and Wayne Wonder to the fire-burning consciousness of Sizzla and Capleton. Not only contemporary dancehall stars like Elephant Man, Kiprich and Lexxuss, but also passed away reggae legends like Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk and Nitty Gritty deliver their deadly goods.
The dubplates presented here come across the usual popular riddims : M16, Stalag, General, Lala Bella, Real Rock, Badda Badda, Rip Off, Congress and Headache to name but a few.
Join the Stone Love party... stamina required!