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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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Dwight Pinkney Plays The Ventures Jamaican Style (CD Review)

Dwight Pinkney Plays The Ventures Jamaican Style (CD Review)

  Title: Dwight Pinkney Plays The Ventures Jamaican Style Artist: Dwight Pinkney & D.P. Band Label: AIR Ratings:***1/2 Here we go again, another great innovator of Jamaican music is back with a stellar production. For nearly fifty years, Dwight Pinkney has been picking his guitar strings, and the man still has what it takes to come up with a brilliant concept album like  “Dwight Pinkney Plays The Ventures Jamaican Style.”  First, a little background on The Ventures. According to Wikipedia: The … Read entire article »

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STRICTLY the BEST #44- CD Review

STRICTLY the BEST #44- CD Review

  Title:   Strictly The Best 44 Artist: Various Artists Label: VP Records Rating: **1/2 The days when “Strictly The Best” were really strictly the best have long passed. For the past 10 years or so, one of VP Records’ stellar compilations, has taken a turn of being just another Reggae compilation! The selections have become weak and in-consistence, as if no care or thought are given when selecting the tracks. With access to just about all the hit songs … Read entire article »

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EVERTON BLENDER: HIGHER HEIGHTS REVOLUTION (CD Review)

EVERTON BLENDER: HIGHER HEIGHTS REVOLUTION (CD Review)

Title: Higher Heights Revolution  Artist: Everton Blender Label: Island Splash Rating: *** “I am putting in 100% of myself, giving to the people lyrics that make them conscious and spiritual. I feel like I am shining a light of consciousness around the world!” declared Everton Blender, as he released his latest CD in five years. “Higher Heights Revolution” was worth the wait. It is one of Blender’s best releases since 1994’s “Lift Up Your Head.” This is a refreshing … Read entire article »

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CHALICE: Let It Play (CD Review)

CHALICE: Let It Play (CD Review)

By Clinton Lindsay Title:  Let It Play Artist: Chalice Label: Tad’s Records Ratings: **** In 2010, Ed Robinson had a big tune – “Our Heroes” – paying tribute to many of Reggae’s long forgotten stalwarts. In the lyrics, he asked whatever happened to “Chalice and Zap Pow posse?”  Within months, “Let It Play” became available. Did Ed Robinson know something was in the making? Or  that Chalice was in the studio working on this gem of a CD? Did Ed … Read entire article »

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