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ALBUM REVIEW: TAKE UP THE CROSS VOL.3

ALBUM REVIEW: TAKE UP THE CROSS 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, blending traditional gospel standards with originals by established reggae and inspirational artists and bonafide, well produced reggae rhythms. Some of the rhythms here … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL: “MARCIA GRIFFITHS & FRIENDS”

CD REVIEW BY MARLON BURRELL: “MARCIA GRIFFITHS & FRIENDS”

  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 to younger stars, established stars to more obscure artists, vocalists to DJ’s, and male  and female artists. The names of guests include: Beres … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW: THE BEST OF JOE FRASER VOL.2

CD REVIEW: THE BEST OF JOE FRASER VOL.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 present. Most of these songs weren’t massive hits, but there are some absolute gems here. The selections here represent a span of … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW: “DIVERSITY” GENTLEMAN

CD REVIEW: “DIVERSITY” GENTLEMAN

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 and dancehall influences, while keeping ties with the music’s past. There are several collaborated tracks on this album and the choices of collaborators are reflective … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW: I OCTANE IS “CRYING TO THE NATION”

CD REVIEW: I OCTANE IS “CRYING TO THE NATION”

  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 released singles are included to give his waiting fans the sixteen-track CRYING TO THE NATION.  Without hesitation, my favorite cut is the well-arranged “Rules Of Life” … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW: “SITUATION” THE WAIT IS OVER FOR ALLAN KERFEW!

CD REVIEW: “SITUATION” THE WAIT IS OVER FOR ALLAN KERFEW!

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, chances are you might have caught him on stage one time or the other. He has been paying his dues and gaining experience for sometime … Read entire article »

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CD REVIEW: “THEY CALL ME MR. MELODY” – A MUST HAVE!

CD REVIEW: “THEY CALL ME MR. MELODY” – A MUST HAVE!

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 on this record…” declared Singing Melody. The fact that it took two years to complete “They Call Me Mr. Melody” is a testament to the … Read entire article »

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STEELY & CLEVIE PRESENTS “MEMORIES” (CD REVIEW)

STEELY & CLEVIE PRESENTS “MEMORIES” (CD REVIEW)

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 to the “Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage Classics” from 1994, which spawned the Dawn Penn hit “No No No (You Don’t Love Me”) … Read entire article »

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STRICTLY THE BEST 45 (CD REVIEW)

STRICTLY THE BEST 45 (CD REVIEW)

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 much better than previous volumes, maybe Chris Chin is finally hearing the cries of the pens, or perhaps he has no other choice because  this series … Read entire article »

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Hits After Hits 5 (CD Review)

Hits After Hits 5 (CD Review)

  By Marlon Burrell Title: Hits After Hits Vol.5 Artist: Various Artists Label: Joe Fraser/// Joe Fraser Reccords began the Hits After Hits series in 2007 with a consistent formula that has been proven to be successful. Take some currents hits, add some hits from the recent past, throw in some gems from the not so recent past and we have a winning formula. The selections are also not limited to producer Lloyd Campbell’s coffers either, as selections from other … Read entire article »

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