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CD REVIEWS

An honest and critical review of some of the latest music CDs available. Reviews by some of industry’s major players (radio disc jockeys, entertainment writers and journalists). A guide for consumers and fans to navigate through the good from the bad the industry has to offer.

REVIEW BY MARLON: DANGEROUSLY ROOTS BY DUANE STEPHENSON “A MUST-GET ALBUM!”

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October 5, 2014
Second week @ No.1

Dangerously Roots Review Over-saturation and over-exposure are words that are often associated with and used in connection with reggae artists who are breaking into the industry. Duane Stephenson has managed to strategically elude that common blunder and space his recordings so that they can properly resonate with the public. In 2007 he burst on...
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ALBUM REVIEW: TAKE UP THE CROSS VOL.3

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September 9, 2013
TakeUpTheCross:vol.3

  Review By Marlon Burrell—- The last volume in Joe Fraser Records’ “Take Up The Cross” series was released in 2005. Eight years has gone by, and just when I thought there would be no subsequent volumes, here comes the third volume. The format of this album is consistent with the first two volumes,...
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CD REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL: “MARCIA GRIFFITHS & FRIENDS”

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December 4, 2012
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  CD Review By Marlon Burrell— When you are dubbed The Queen of Reggae, your list of friends is no doubt an impressive one. Marcia Griffiths delivers a who’s who list of reggae artists on the double CD release “Marcia Griffiths and Friends” from Penthouse Records, covering a very wide spectrum from seasoned veterans...
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CD REVIEW: THE BEST OF JOE FRASER VOL.2

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June 10, 2012
TheBestOfJoeFraserVol.2

Review by Marlon Burrell About five years has gone by since the first volume of “The Best of Joe Fraser.” We are due for another, and if you are a fan of productions from Lloyd A. Campbell’s Joe Fraser label, you won’t be disappointed. This compilation is filled with hits of the past and...
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CD REVIEW: “DIVERSITY” GENTLEMAN

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March 12, 2012
Gentleman:Diversity

CD REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL —— Title: DIVERSITY  Artist: GENTLEMAN Label: VP RECORDS Every now and then, an album whose title is truly descriptive of it’s contents comes out. Gentleman’s “Diversity” is one such album. This German reggae artist shows that he is the real deal with this album. “Diversity” draws from contemporary reggae...
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CD REVIEW: I OCTANE IS “CRYING TO THE NATION”

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March 1, 2012
I Octane:CryingToTheNation

  Title: CRYING TO THE NATION Artist: I OCTANE Title: VP RECORDS CRYING TO THE NATION is I Octane’s long overdue debut album, and from the reaction of his many  fans worldwide, it was worth the wait! Veteran producer Robert Livingston was brought in to work the new stuff, while a couple of previously...
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CD REVIEW: “SITUATION” THE WAIT IS OVER FOR ALLAN KERFEW!

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March 1, 2012
AllanKerfew

CD Review – ALLAN KERFEW Title: SITUATION Artist: ALLAN KERFEW Label: CANCERIAN Allan Kerfew is basically a relative newcomer on the international recording scene, even though he has been in the business for quite a while. Put it this way, if you frequent the local club scenes in the various Brooklyn, New York, neighborhoods,...
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CD REVIEW: “THEY CALL ME MR. MELODY” – A MUST HAVE!

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February 1, 2012
TheyCallMeMrMelody

Title: They Call Me Mr. Melody  Artist: Singing Melody Label: Shem Records Rating: **** “This is the first album I’ve done in many years since taking  time off from my solo career to work with my group…when I made the decision to return to the studio, I didn’t intend to spend two years working...
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STEELY & CLEVIE PRESENTS “MEMORIES” (CD REVIEW)

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January 2, 2012
MemoriesSteely:Clevie

TITLE: STEELY & CLEVIE PRESENTS MEMORIES ARTIST: VARIOUS ARTISTS LABEL: VP RECORDS Review by Marlon Burrell ///// I was very excited when I learned that there was a new Steely & Clevie project coming out. I was even more excited to learn that the project consisted of their take on some Jamaican classics, similar...
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STRICTLY THE BEST 45 (CD REVIEW)

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December 29, 2011
strictly the best 45

TITLE: STRICTLY THE BEST 45 ARTIST: VARIOUS ARTISTS LABEL: VP RATINGS:**1/2   Of the two volumes of Strictly The Best (44 & 45) that are released simultaneously, the dance hall set is usually the least favorable for critics, due mainly to the explicit lyrics of some the material included. This selection of songs is...
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