Remember this album is entitled 'The Birth of Dancehall' and therefore should be...
This compilation serves as a comprehensive musical history lesson into the foundation of dancehall music. The release of this double whammy collection could not be better timed as it coincides with Jamaica celebrating its 40th Independence.
For anyone who started listening and collecting dancehall music from the late eighties to the present time, this album will surely fill some of the missing gaps you may have in your collection, the only problem will be convincing your peers that you have the original vinyl, because the standard crackles have been removed from the tracks.
Featured on this album we have greats like Barrington Levy, John Holt, Clint Eastwood and Nicodemus to name a few. Highlights include General Echo's "Bathroom Sex", in which he uses a lyrical comedy style, and Ranking Dread's 1981 No 1 classic smash, "Fattie Boom Boom". To all of you dancehall sound clash fans; we have the original "Gunman" by legendary Michael Prophet. Gunman has been cut on special by all of the biggest sounds on the planet and used to win clashes from year to year, some specials have paired Michael with the likes of Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, which increases the chances of winning the sound clashes (i.e. Murdering a sound boy). Eek-A-Mouses 1981 No 1 hit "Wa-Do-Dem" sees Mouse demonstrating his trademark style, which involves using basic noises to complete various lines. This is followed up by "Yellowman Getting Married" by none other than Yellowman who, pound for pound, has to be up there with the greatest dancehall artists of all time. This track to has a very catchy feel to it and served as a folk song to Jamaicans of the time because the story being told was so real to everyday life.
To the lovers out there, we have the undisputed crown prince of reggae, the late great Dennis Emmanuel Browns' "To The Foundation". For anybody thinking about having a house party beware as
this tune will also serve as paint and wallpaper stripper.
Remember this album is entitled The Birth of Dancehall and therefore should be treated as a newborn baby, i.e. it may take time to get used to. Although all 40 tracks may not be to your taste, if you consider yourself to be a dancehall fanatic, there will definitely be enough material on this album to make it worth owning. This is not a must have but if your collection has any gaps, then this will be equivalent to using some Polyfiller after that house party.