Growing up in Kingston's tough Trench Town ghetto, Christoper Campbell was a Chuck Norris fan. On his strong first album PERSISTENCE, this conscious DJ comes with as much force--righteous force, that is--as a well-placed karate kick from his idol (and ...
Love Light (1995)
Although Dennis Brown mostly worked in the more electronic dancehall reggae style in the 1990s--indeed, he was pretty much the only traditional reggae singer of the 1970s to be able to make the transition--LOVE LIGHT is a traditional, bass-heavy reggae ...
Herbman Hustling (1998)
Sugar Minott is one of the true renaissance men of reggae -- equally accomplished as a producer and a singer, he is also a successful promoter and record label owner and has run his own reggae sound system. Herbman Hustling ...
Michael Rose (1995)
In the United States, many fans assumed that Michael Rose had dropped out of the music scene entirely after leaving Black Uhuru. Although he continued recording, none of his music was released in the U.S., at least until 1995. At ...
Lick Shot (1999)
A peculiar though successful compilation, LICK SHOT compiles tracks from various periods of the lengthy and wildly diverse career of legendary reggae performer/producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. The disc primarily focuses on Perry's late-'60s rock steady work. A number of killer ...
A.K.A. Papa Kojak (1996)
Audio Mixers: Fatta Marshall; Errol Thompson.
Recording information: Anchor Studio; Leggo Studio; MIxing Lab; New Name Studio; Penthouse studio.
Personnel includes: Floyd Perch, Sly & Robbie, Johnny Moore, Vin Gordon, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffith, J.C. Lodge, Nadine Sutherland, Steely & Cleevy, Rass ...
If you were listening to one of those great, over-the-top, and very silly Red Rat and Goofy tracks back in the day, there's no way you'd guess one of those jokers could turn in a fully formed, knockout album. Nobody ...
Private Beach Party (1985)
Although it was 1988's Red Rose for Gregory that really fired the imagination of international audiences, Private Beach Party, unleashed three years earlier, was immensely popular in its day, and drove reggae fans worldwide to distraction. Both sets were produced ...
Real Love (2001)
One of reggae's greatest appeals is how it uses sunny island music to portray life's difficulties. For example, on Spanner Banner's "Soldier Girl," off Real Love, even such spirit-crushing circumstances as poverty are cast in a festive musical light. When ...
Don't Get Mad.Get Even (1986)
Track Listing: Check's in the Mail; Not Me;
Yellow Like Cheese (1987)
Fashions change quickly in the dancehalls, and once a DJ falls from grace, he will never again regain his previous ranking. Yet even as the dancehalls insisted that Yellowman's golden glow was tarnish, he continued releasing records equal to anything ...
A Mi Shabba (1995)
A nice mid-'90s release from Shabba Ranks, the defending champion of dancehall at the time. The fare is relatively standard, with some level of gun talk and slackness involved as a common motif. The more notable thing associated with Ranks ...
The original trio reunites and releases an album worthy of the Heptones' name, and in one fell swoop extinguishes the memory of the subpar sets they had saddled fans with in recent years. Boasting a pair of excellent covers, a ...
Good, The Bad, The Ugly & The Crazy (1994)
Tapping into Jamaican music's long fascination with the American West (and with Clint Eastwood's films in particular), the first-ever four-way DJ album brought together a posse of tough-toasting chatters on Super Cat's Wild Apache label. On The Good, the Bad, ...
||Palm Beats, Vol. 1 (2004) |
Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures label doesn't deserve the attention his Island Records did at its prime, but it sure deserves more than the attention it gets. When it comes to Palm Pictures' electronica artists, the bios can read like the ...
Recorded at Mixing Lab Recording Studios, Sonic Sound Studios, One Pop Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
Personnel: Sly Dunbar (guitar, drums); Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis (guitar); Robert Lyn (piano, keyboards); Steven "Lenky" Marsden (keyboards); Chevelle Franklyn, Debbie Bennett , J. Burger, Beres Hammond, Cherine ...
||Chaka Demus & Pliers|
For Every Kinda People (1997)
Singer-DJ combinations are always lots of fun, especially when the DJ has the sampling smarts and booming delivery of Chaka Demus. Pliers' singing voice isn't world-class, but it's serviceable. The pair's taste in cover versions is impeccable -- having already ...
All songs co-written by members of Morgan Heritage except "Love And Happiness" (Al Green/Mabon Hodges).
1994's Miracle debuts Morgan Heritage's "New Rasta" sound. The groove of traditional reggae meets an urban outlook on this collection of occasionally political but almost always ...
||Reggae Hits Vol. 21 (2003) |
Track Listing: Queen and a Lady; Tonight; Sunshine of My Life; Last Night; Middle of the Night; Stop the Fuss & Fight; Lion Rules, The; Share Your Love; I Need Your Love; Ain't Got No Love; Rejoice; What Love Gotta ...
Groove With Me (1999)
One of the founding members of Black Uhuru, Don Carlos left to pursue a solo career in 1978, achieving significant success during the dancehall craze of the early 1980s. His singing style and lyrical focus, though, have always been somewhat ...
Open Rebuke (1994)
One of the more intriguing vocalists to emerge from the '80s dancehalls, Jack Radics initially established his reputation with lovers numbers but, once the scene shifted, he proved equally adept at penning potent cultural material. Open Rebuke is arguably the ...
Life Style (1984)
Contains 3 bonus tracks.
Liner Note Author: Bill McAllister.
Recording information: Channel One Recording Studio, K C Subdivision.
Unknown Contributor Role: Barrington Levy.
New Year, New Style (1994)
Recording information: Black Scorpio Studios.
Personnel: Mega Banton, Barrington Levy (vocals); Dwight Pinkney, Danny Thompson (guitar); Dean Frazier (horns); Doni Marshall (synthesizer); Leroy Smart, Sly & Robbie, Ricky General, Shirley McClean, Danger B., Richie Brown.
Engineers: Culture Lee, Mikey Riley, Jack Scorpio.
||Dubmission (2011) |
Track Listing: Destination Unknown; Demolition City; Ion Storm; Boof N Baff N Biff; Flikaflame; Tuffist; I and I Survive (Slavery Days); Reality [Dub]; Shocking [Dub]; Night Nurse;
All songs written or co-written by Cleve Laing.
Engineers: King Jammy's, John John, Snakey, Fatman (tracks 1, 10); Danny Brownie (tracks 2, 8); Gary Jackson, Dean Mundy (tracks 3, 9, 14); David Cole (tracks 4, 7); Barry O'Hare (tracks 5, 12); ...