What One "Riddim" Can Do
Penthouse-VP Records
April 18, 2006

Track list
  1. World's Best Lover - Tonto Irie
  2. Rock-A-Dub - Johnny Osbourne
  3. No Work On Sunday - Tenor Saw
  4. One Hundred Sexy Girls - Yellowman
  5. Cool Down - Sugar Minott
  6. One Dance Won't Do - Audrey Hall
  7. Standing In His Way - Owen Gray
  8. Pressure On The Sax - Dean Fraser
  9. The "Riddim" - DX7 & D. Machine
  10. The Metro - Peter Metro
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
By special arrangement with Penthouse Records one of reggae's seminal riddims runs again with VP Records distribution, the remastered "What One Riddim Can Do" CD, available at mid price showcases a defining moment in reggae. Born as an answer to the Beres Hammond 1985 smash "What One Dance Can Do", Donovan Germain voiced 9 tunes compiled for this album. The mere 10 tracks demonstrate that less is truly more. With its riddim gaining massive attention again in the dancehalls a bit more than a year ago, when Fantan Mojah's "Hungry" over Downsound Records' fabulous reworking of the Tennors' 1967 'Pressure & Slide' Studio One riddim, also known (after the 1978 Sugar Minott Studio One scorcher) as 'Oh Mr. DC' i.e. District Constable, renamed 'Invasion', started its victory tour in dancehalls in Jamaica and around the world, it's no wonder that this album is in the first batch of midprice releases by VP Records as a result of their take-over of the distribution of Penthouse, as Penthouse's own from Miami had become pretty unreliable. 'Pressure & Slide' (not only known as well as 'Mr. DC' but also as Prince Buster's "Shaking Up Orange Street") had been relicked for Penthouse by Robbie Lyn, Franklyn 'Bubbler' Waul and Dwight Pickney as a very fine pretty basic riddim track in digital late 80s style and here is first the always seen as 'Jammy's DJ' Tonto Irie's "World's Best Lover", followed by Johnny Osbourne's soundsystem scorcher "Rock-A-Dub", Tenor Saw's 1985 recording, three years before his untimely death, "No Work On Sunday" and Yellowman's funny "One Hundred Sexy Girls". Sugar Minott addresses a more serious topic in his "Cool Down" before Audrey Hall's big answer version to Beres Hammond's "What One Dance Can Do" the phenomenal "One Dance Won't Do" grabs you, and heavily underrated veteran singer - who cut his first tunes in 1960(!) - Owen Gray's very entertaining warning to forget about the 'one-dance-man' "Standing In His Way" counters Beres as well. Dean Fraser delivers a very satisfying saxophone cut over the riddim "Pressure On The Sax" and "The "Riddim" " is included in its (almost clean) version as well, attributed to the Yamaha DX7 and the Korg Drum Machine instead of its programmers Robbie Lyn and Franklyn 'Bubbler' Waul before we're treated to Peter Metro in very fine style (another DJ like Tonto Irie who will forever be remembered for his soundsystem appearances and much less for his recordings) showing he is capable to get his full live energy on record bragging how everybody wants "The Metro" to close a very welcome re-release of this early digital one-riddim set on an immortal riddim.