Various artists album review
Twelve Disciples
ERC Records - Walboomers Music
05 - 09 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Bushman & Ilue - On A Mission
  2. Capleton - Seek Knowledge
  3. Mikey General - Make That Change
  4. Anthony B - No Like What A Gwan
  5. Luciano - Keep I Chanting
  6. Buju Banton - Straight Forward
  7. Ambelique - Everyday
  8. Yami Bolo - Children
  9. Tony Rebel - High Grade
  10. Beres Hammond - Chase Dem
  11. Toots - King Of Kings
  12. Jimmy Riley - Never Give It Up
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Produced by Paul Kastic, Mark Hudson, Dalton Browne, Beres Hammond and Noel Browne for Stone Cold Records, the "Twelve Disciples" set gathers some of today's leading cultural artists as well as such respected reggae veterans like Toots Hibbert of the renown Toots & The Maytals, former member of the Sensations and the Uniques Jimmy Riley and Beres Hammond. Featured are 6 pieces to a new cut of Larry & Alvin's old Studio One classic "Nanny Goat", 3 tunes utilizing the fresh "Spring Water" riddim, which was created by the hot Ward 21 crew, and 2 efforts across the "Joe Frazier" riddim. Paul Kastic built a truly fine contemporary version of the appealing "Nanny Goat" riddim, which Bushman & Ilue, Mikey General, Luciano, Ambelique, Tony Rebel and Toots voiced at "Big Ship Studio" in Kingston, Jamaica. Little to choose between them, as they all deliver solid efforts. So let's just stick to some personal favourites. Bushman & Ilue prove a winning combination with their awesome "On A Mission". "Keep I Chanting" showcases Luciano at his best. Seemingly effortless finding his flow over the riddim the "Messenjah" delivers an excellent effort. Although Ambelique has one of the best voices around he remains an underrated singer, not very well known to a broad audience. "Everyday" is not only a joy to listen to, but also an entertaining effort from this fine soulful singer. Then the infectious "Spring Water" riddim, which implies that the mood switches from modern roots reggae to conscious dancehall music. Jamaica's topnotch deejays Capleton, Anthony B and Buju Banton live up to expectations as they deliver solid to excellent efforts. The "Prophet" Capleton has an outstanding piece with the ferocious "Seek Knowledge", while the Anthony B and Buju Banton cuts are not far behind, thus keeping the quality standard high. "Joe Frazier" is the kind of riddim that fits Yami Bolo's vocal delivery perfectly well, which makes that "Children" can be regarded as one of his better tunes. The next piece to the riddim comes from Beres Hammond, who delivers a decent effort. Jimmy Riley rounds off this compilation set in fine style with a great conscious tune, utilizing an appealing (untitled) riddim.
"Twelve Disciples" contains nuff notable tunes to make this well compiled set worth while checking out!

Teacher & Mr. T.