Strictly The Best Vol. 48
December 12, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Throughout the years the "Strictly The Best" series has grown to a top-quality level and its popularity has increased from year to year. Since Jet Star left the business it has become THE essential purchase as it keeps one updated with the newest and hottest aspects in the reggae industry. Since its inception the series has always given reggae lovers the best mix of hits possible and this volume is no exception to it.
This volume opens in a great fashion with Jah Bouks' break out roots single Angola across the Soul Rebel riddim. The tune was produced by Patricia 'Zyon' Panton, who also produced his previous singles 'Cry Fi Di Youths Dem' and 'Don't Cry.' Morgan Heritage comes next with the fine title track of their successful current album Here Come The Kings. STB 48 features yet another Morgan Heritage tune, an exclusive track called Forgive Me. It's one of the highlights of the album, a superb lovers tune produced by Bobby 'Digital' Dixon. He's the producer with whom they enjoyed some of their finest moments, just remember 'Reggae Bing Back Love' and 'New Time New Sign'! Gramps Morgan's son Jemere Morgan licks John Holt's 'Sweetie Come Brush Me' riddim inna relaxed fashion complete with lyrics taken from Jacob Miller's tune 'Tenement Yard. Boom Tune!
UK Reggae legend Maxi Priest is back at the forefront with the awesome tune Easy To Love, a tune underpinned by a riddim that brings back memories of Sly & Robbie in the early 80's. More niceness is included here. Jamelody, the soulful vocalist from the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago, brings a mellow lovers tune called Love You in a production of Bobby 'Digital' Dixon. Jah Cure's version of the 'Sweet Personality' riddim, Wake Up, is a fine contribution to this set, while Tessanne Chin's Incredible Love is a powerful up tempo tune. Etana contributes Better Tomorrow, a dance song based on African riddims with jazzy vocal arrangements.
No, it's not Stevie Wonder, it's Dalton Harris! This new Jamaican talent was born and raised in poverty and overcame the odds to win the popular Digicel Rising Stars title in 2010 at the age of 16. Despite him winning $1 million as part of his Rising Stars prize he ended up in poverty once more. Fortunately that changed when he met Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, who gave him a chance to re-start his career. The song You Will Know is a Stevie Wonder tune across a reggae riddim. Great effort! Sizzla rounds off this strong compilation set with Good Love, a tune taken from the album 'The Messiah', one of 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees.
This year's reggae roundup is one of the best in years!