Various artists album review
The Herbalist
Xterminator Records - Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Sizzla - Herb Man A Smoke
  2. Luciano - Free Up (The Herbalist)
  3. Morgan Heritage - Wisdom Weed
  4. Sizzla - Submerge Cocaine Base
  5. Luciano Skank If You Skanking
  6. Macka B - Legalize The Ganja
  7. Sanchez & Shaka Shamba - Bun Bun Bun
  8. Sizzla - Search Fi Hardcore
  9. Cocoa Tea - The Weed
  10. Leroy Sibbles - It Must Be Good
  11. Singing Colone - High Grade
  12. Roaring Lion - The More Wi Plant
  13. Turbulence - Word Wid It
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Songs dealing with "the herb" have always been around in reggae music and, no doubt, plenty new so-called herb songs will be written and performed in the next millennium. Some four years after VP Records collected such tunes from different producers and released a fine compilation set entitled "Smoke The Herb", Xterminator Records releases a spanking new album collecting thirteen Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell produced herb songs. One look at the list of artists involved raises the reggae fan's expectations to a high level as it features an impressive line-up. And indeed, although not every track is great there are enough excellent tunes to enjoy. Sizzla contributes three great songs including the awesome "Submerge Cocaine Base". With "Free Up (The Herbalist)" and "Skank If You Skanking" Luciano is the second artist who has more than one tune on this album. Both songs fully justify their inclusion as they are truly solid efforts with the first mentioned being the slightly better one. Morgan Heritage 's "Wisdom Weed" is wicked and fully lives up to expectations. UK-based singjay Macka B and the combination Sanchez & Shaka Shamba have nice efforts but fail to make a strong impression. The herb songs of Cocoa Tea and reggae vet of Studio One fame Leroy "Heptones" Sibbles are outstanding and also Singing Colone's "High Grade" is well worth spinning. Then Roaring Lion and especially Turbulence round off in fine style. Needless to say "The Herbalist" is not only reserved for ganja smokers !

Teacher & Mr. T.