Various artists album review
VP Records ~ 20th Anniversary
VP Records - Walboomers Music
15 - 11 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 5|
The beautifully packaged album VP Records ~ 20th Anniversary is released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of VP Records. The company was founded in 1979 by Vincent and Pat Chin. Twenty years later they have become the number one reggae outlet in the world. |
The album collects 21 highlights drawn from VP's vaults. It kicks of with the 1979 smash hit for child star Junior Tucker - One Of The Poorest People, followed by Dennis Brown's 1980 Sitting And Watching, which is one of his best productions with the riddim twins Sly & Robbie. Two of the early 80s best known deejays -Yellowman and Eek A Mouse- are present here with memorable hits from that period. Tony Tuff and Cocoa Tea cut some of their best sides for producer Junjo Lawes. Cocoa Tea delivers his 1984 tune I've Lost My Sonia, whilst Tony Tuff performs his 1983 breakthrough hit Come Fe Mash It.
As we enter the digital era we meet the late Tenor Saw with his all time dancehall killer Ring the Alarm, followed by another Winston Riley production by Super Cat -Boops. Frankie Paul's version of Jefferson's Airplane Sara was the craze of 1987. Producer Gussie Clarke was the leading producer of the late 80s. Featured here are JC Lodge's Telephone Love, and the combination tune Twice My Age by Shabba and Krystal. In 1991 Beres Hammond revitalised the 'Love I Can Feel' riddim with Tempted To Touch. The year was 1992 and Chaka Demus & Pliers' Murder She Wrote on the very contagious 'Bam Bam' riddim was the rave in the dancehalls.
Hardecore female deejay Lady Saw (aka Marion Hall) displayed another side of her diverse talents in 1996 with the country & western tinted Give Me A Reason. Beenie Man's Who Am I demonstrated that with the right marketing strategy, hardcore dancehall can cross over the the main street listeners. Clifton Smith, aka Mr. Vegas, hit the scene like a sonic boom. His Heads High climbed to the coveted No. 1 position for eight weeks in 1998. The album close with the Beres & Buju combination tune Pull It Up, the second chart topper for the combination.
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