Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

You Should Know
Various
Jungle Jimuzik Global
CD / 2LP
October 26, 2005

Track list
  1. Jungle Jimuzik - Foota Hypa
  2. Intro : Imperial Speech - The Coptic Archbishop of Ethiopia
  3. You Should Know - Jungle Jim
  4. Angry Faces - Anthony B
  5. Better Place - Junior Kelly
  6. Even A Dollar - Danny English
  7. Almost 2 O'Clock - Gregory Isaacs
  8. Bad, Bad Girl - Sugar Minott
  9. I Apologize - Marlon Stewart
  10. Trying To Reach Me - Future & Destroyer
  11. It's All About - Danny English
  12. You And Me - Trinity
  13. Mama Enid - I-Bar
  14. Journey - Tolerance
  15. Bad Mind And Envy - Blade
  16. Babylon - K.B. & Mello
  17. Guba Click - Tye
  18. You Should Know (Acoustic Instrumental) - Jungle Jim
  19. You Should Know (Dub) - Jungle Jimuzik Global
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Sean Johnson, a.k.a. 'Jungle Jim', was born into a musically oriented family and was nurtured in rhythm and melody at a time when music was lived and not simply taught. Life itself was a musical experience and his mother was the motivating force that steered him in the right direction. Being the youngest of four children, Jungle Jim can remember waking up every morning to see his older brother and sister seated at the piano practicing their scales and Mozart, Chopin or Hayden. Next to them was his mother, listening keenly with a no-mistake-must-be-made look on her face. At the time, Jungle Jim did not know that the world of music would soon be his fate too, nor that he would eventually attend the Jamaica School Of Music. While attending the Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica, young Sean started honing his musical skills and was soon broadening his repertoire at Sugar Minott's famous 'Youthman Promotion' studio. This was his introduction to a recording career, that became under the management of Percy Chin and Hyman Wright of Jah Life Records. His solo debut album "Everything Is Everything" was released by Life Time Records for Jah Life Publishing 8 years ago, and did, despite the promise it contained, unfortunately not lead to cementing a position as a renown roots singer. His albums "Same Way" and the compilation (featuring Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minott and Blade and Marlon Stewart also featured on the 'You Should Know'-riddim) "Rise" went unnoticed. Then suddenly last year his name popped up again as the producer of Junior Kelly's "Better Place" for his own Jungle JiMuzik Global imprint. And now an entire album of tunes on that brilliant acoustic (guitar) riddim, composed by Sean 'Jungle Jim' Johnson and laid with the help of Pablove Black on keyboards, I-Paul Gauntlett's bass and drum programming, Mark Charlton's violins and Dean Frazer's brass section and arrangement of the beautiful angelic backing vocals by the 1st Eye, a.k.a. the Daffodils: Althea Hamilton, Connie Campbell and Sherida Sharpe, the 'You Should Know' a.k.a. 'Better Place'-riddim, is finally released. With a "Jungle JiMuzik"-intro by one of Jamaica's hottest juggling DJs, Bounty Killer protegé Foota Hype, followed by an excerpt of "Intro - Imperial Speech" by the Coptic Archbishop of Ethiopia from Haile Selassie's coronation, Jungle Jim contributes the first vocal of the album the (and that is meant as a compliment) Marley-esque title-track "You Should Know" why angry faces looking at you, of which Anthony B's you should know why "Angry Faces" looking at you can be regarded as the singjay version. It's Junior Kelly next with the heartfelt i'm looking for a "Better Place", but where these 4 tunes are brilliant, nothing in the world has prepared you for Danny English "Even A Dollar". I've heard (and reviewed) a lot of really great tunes in 2005, but no matter what will be released in the remainder of this year, this superb delivered and lyrically heartfelt slow spoken instead of DJed tune is my favorite of the year (even when it belongs in 2004):

You see life
A the greatest thing
Ever given to man
So you see your life
You better cherish it
You see if you wake up to-day with a dollar
Give thanks
‘Cause you don’t know what tomorrow brings
Don’t grudge you brother for what he has
Seek your own……….Hear that……..hey

When I go to my bed at night
I have to give thanks and praises
To see morning light
And
when I wake up
In a the morning
I have to give thanks to H.I.M.
For my earthly blessing

I trod with JAH not man
He’s always in my songs
Songs of peace and redemption
Spreading across the nation
‘Cause we a burn down Satan
Remember the five barley loaves
And the two small fishes
Feed the multitude people from cities
The word is better than bridges
Beware of snitches
Heeey

If a dollar you have my friend
No bother
Worry you head
No need to cry
When you can pray by your bed
If is a dollar you have my friend
Forever give thanks
‘Cause better is yet to come
HEY

What are you looting for
What are you shooting for
True a man start make money
You go shoot him star
Leave out the crew thing star
Satisfy your self
With a few things star
What are you rooting for
You need recouping star
From badness you have to stay far
Or else you gonna die on the tar

If a dollar you have my friend
No bother
Worry you head
No need to cry
When you can pray by your bed
If is a dollar you have my friend
Forever give thanks
‘Cause better is yet to come
Hey

While them worshipping idols
Them worship gold
Money and diamonds
Never take a second
And think ‘bout the man
And over all things
H.I.M have dominion
Oh! Mighty One
Can you hear my cry
So many times
I’ve been denied
Some need to purge
And sanctify
Them too bad mind and full of red eye

A dollar you have my friend
No bother
Worry you head
No need to cry
When you can pray by your bed
If is a dollar you have my friend
Forever give thanks
‘Cause better is yet to come

Give thanks for life
You better live it right
No need to fuss nor fight

I trod with JAH not man
He’s always in my songs
Songs of peace and redemption
Spreading across the nation
‘Cause we a burn down Satan
Remember the five barley loaves
And the two small fishes
Feed the multitude people from cities
The word is better than bridges
Beware of snitches
Heeey

If a dollar you have my friend
No bother
Worry you head
No need to cry
When you can pray by your bed
If is a dollar you have my friend
Forever give thanks
‘Cause better is yet to come

Another heartfelt tune is delivered by Gregory Isaacs, who has been waiting on his lady in her parking lot till it's "Almost 2 O'Clock". It's almost folky, and I've indeed heard a lot of people asking me while playing this album why I wasn't listening reggae, but it's pure, it's acoustic, and it grows on you even more every time you spin this album again. Former mentor Sugar Minott contributes the excellent and equally heartfelt "Bad, Bad Girl" and newcomer Marlon Stewart - son of veteran singer Roman Stewart and forming a duo once with Warrior King - delivers the beautiful ballad "I Apologize". Future & Destroyer (I've stopped wondering about Jamaican artists' monikers long ago) also convince with "Trying To Reach Me", and once more attention should be paid to the excellent job 1st Eye a.k.a. the Daffodils do on all these tunes. Danny English has another great tune on the riddim, and pay attention to his lyrics again on "It's All About". Veteran DJ (and in his - real name - Junior Brammer disguise singer & producer) Trinity delivers the old school DJ lovers tune vibe on his "You And Me" before I-Bar contributes a typical Jamaican kitsch tribute to his mother, followed by Tolerance's fine "Journey" and Blade's convincing "Badmind And Envy". The typical US rap approach of K.B. & Mello works out unexpectedly well on their "Babylon", before the small Tye interlude "Guba Click" propels us into the Jungle Jim acoustic guitar only "You Should Know (Acoustic Instrumental)" with its three-and-a-half minutes showcasing how hypnotizing the riff is, and the "You Should Know (Dub)" named clean version of the riddim. Pure magic, and the most slept-over acoustic riddim of the past 12 months, certainly deserving to be heard (and bought) by everyone now that it's released on CD.