CD Review: Various, “Strictly Vocals”

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Strictly Vocals coverVarious Artists
[Reggae Vibes, 2003]

If a compilation includes a track by Luciano, it generally gets an “A” in my book. Well, that’s not entirely true, but this collection, in a somewhat deceiviIng cover, is a sweet collection. Reggae Vibes pulls together some of the best veteran singers in the industry with Gregory Isaacs, Yami Bolo, Toots Hibbert, Luciano, Dennis Brown, Tony Curtis, Johnny Osbourne and Wayne Wonder, and showcases some newer artists with Mikey General, Khani Jones, Kymani Marley, and Mahlon Stewart. Whether a spiritual or lovers slant, all of these tracks effuse spirit and emotion.

Highlights include Mikey General’s “What Are We Fighting For,” Luciano’s “Sudden Attack,” Kymani Marley’s “Who We Are,” Nittie Kutchie’s “Nah Play Friendly,” and Nico’s “Halleluyah.”

All the tracks were either recorded at Mixing Lab Studio in Kingston, or at Reggae Vibes Studio in New Jersey. Ricky Myrie, Donald Dennis, Beeperman, George Miller, and Paul Crossdale back the vocalists in their always-professional manner.

What I find so strong and compelling about this compilation is the original character of each and every tune. There is no monotony. There are no tracks to fast forward. This is what reggae music is all about!


 



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Laura Gardner is the Founder and Editor of JahWorks.org, the intelligent online magazine about Caribbean music, travel, and culture. She's been involved in radio programming, concert and festival production, artist publicity, and reggae and Caribbean journalism for many media outlets, including the national Beat Magazine and the German magazine Riddim. She loves to travel (especially to tropical places) and has been listening to reggae since about the time she could walk. | View all posts by Laura

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Laura Gardner is the Founder and Editor of JahWorks.org, the intelligent online magazine about Caribbean music, travel, and culture. She's been involved in radio programming, concert and festival production, artist publicity, and reggae and Caribbean journalism for many media outlets, including the national Beat Magazine and the German magazine Riddim. She loves to travel (especially to tropical places) and has been listening to reggae since about the time she could walk.

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