Many Moods of Moses [VP/Slammin' Vinyl]

Many Moods of Moses [VP/Slammin' Vinyl]

by Beenie Man
     
 

"Beenie" means "little" in Jamdown patois, which is what young Moses "Beenie Man" Davis was when he first rocked the microphone at age six. But he's not so little any more; Beenie is one of the biggest stars on the reggae circuit, a magnetic performer who makes ladies swoon with a flash of his megawatt smile. His international hit single, "Who Am I?" (better known by…  See more details below

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"Beenie" means "little" in Jamdown patois, which is what young Moses "Beenie Man" Davis was when he first rocked the microphone at age six. But he's not so little any more; Beenie is one of the biggest stars on the reggae circuit, a magnetic performer who makes ladies swoon with a flash of his megawatt smile. His international hit single, "Who Am I?" (better known by its catchy punch line, "Sim-Simma"), was the party jam of the year, warming up radio waves all through '98 with its thick, tropical bass and wild, sing-a-long lyrics. "Who Am I" may be a bona fide dance hall classic, but the album MANY MOODS OF MOSES doesn't confine itself to one style, leaving Beenie's talent room to sprawl. On "Ain't Gonna Figure It Yet," he delivers a convincing country and western performance, while "Bad Mind Is Active" finds the reggae rapper in Busta-meets-Bobby-Brown mode. Drum and bass masters Sly & Robbie provide a caliente Latin-flavored riddim for the irresistible dance-rocker "Foundation." Guest appearances by Lady Saw and the Shocking Vibes just add to the remarkable, all-over-the-place proceedings. MANY MOODS is one of reggae's great musical journeys, thanks to the manic maestro in the navigator's seat.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Having showcased his talents on Maestro, Beenie Man along with executive producer Patrick Roberts no longer felt the need to overwhelm audiences with a smorgasbord of sound, and thus Many Moods of Moses is a more coherent set than its predecessor. Of course, that doesn't mean Roberts doesn't mix up the sound, or that the DJ is reverting to one-topic toasting -- there's still plenty of diversity within. Again the album bundles up a few recent big hits, including the novelty-laden "Who Am I?," which drove its beamer straight into the U.K. Top Ten. The smoking "Oysters & Conch" was an even bigger hit back home, while the party piece "Foundation" shared credits with backing band the Taxi Gang. But what struck most fans were the cultural gems hidden among such heavy hitters. Beenie takes the "Long Road" to righteousness, calling down fire on the heathens along the way on this driving number. For when the gates of Zion close, the DJ has "Got to Be There," another strong number boasting particularly rich rhythms. But best of all is the inspiring "Steve Biko," which versions Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" to pay heartfelt homage to the martyred ANC hero. However, in the Rastafarian faith, prudery gets you no closer to Zion, which is a good thing, considering the sexual escapades Beenie gets up to elsewhere on the album. "Oysters" may have been a smash, but it was also slack. And of course, it wouldn't be a Beenie album without the DJ fawning over the equally explicit tongue of Lady Saw, and the pair turn up the fire with "So Hot." Little Kirk helps sweeten up "Have You Ever," but even his lovely tones can't conceal the unmentionable acts that Beenie is getting up to behind him. So, most girls would be a bit wary when the DJ declares his love on "Sincerely," but with the backing's insistent nyahbinghi beats, the lovely choral harmonies, and Beenie's hypnotic performance, it's hard not to fall under his spell. Moving out of the dancehalls, the DJ and A.R.P. join forces on two tracks, a gorgeous cover of the soul hit "Heaven on Earth" and the emotive R&B-flavored "Miss You." But the most surprising pairing is on "Ain't Gonna Figure It Yet," a note-perfect country song, recorded in Nashville with country singer Bob Patin. And just in case anyone had forgotten what a tough, hard man Beenie really is, "Monster Look" is a potent reminder, while "Bad Man" makes a similar point to the hip-hop crowds. With a phenomenal album like this, it's difficult to believe that there were still haters out there, but Beenie puts them straight on the lethal "Bad Mind Is Active." From the dancehalls to the bedrooms, rudeness to reverence, Beenie is a man of many moods, and this album is filled with emotion, fabulous performances, and stellar musical accompaniments. Something for everyone, and more than enough classics to keep listeners dipping back into this record time and time again.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/1997
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645151320
catalogNumber:
1513

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beenie Man   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Little Kirk   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Taxi Gang   Group,Track Performer
Mark Myrie   Track Performer
Marie Twiggi Gittens   Background Vocals
Prilly Hamilton   Background Vocals
Michelle Jackson   Background Vocals
J.C. Lodge   Background Vocals
Shocking Vibes Crew   Group
Lady Saw   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Patin   Background Vocals
Arp   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Mendez   Background Vocals
Nicola Tucker   Background Vocals
56 Crew   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Cooper   Engineer
Mark Myrie   Arranger,Producer
Beenie Man   Arranger,Producer
Mark Stumpy Brown   Engineer
Michael "Ibo" Cooper   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Arranger,Producer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Patrick Roberts   Executive Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Arranger,Producer
Andrew Thomas   Engineer
Handel Tucker   Arranger,Producer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Arranger,Producer
Anthony Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Hugh Palmer   Engineer
Moses Davis   Arranger
Dean Mundy   Engineer
Shocking Vibes Crew   Arranger,Producer
Maxine Stowe   Liner Notes
Leroy Champaign   Artwork
Raymond Ledgister   Engineer
Delroy "Fatta" Pottinger   Engineer
Bob Patin   Arranger,Producer
Garfield McDonald   Engineer
Clyde McKenzie   Art Direction
Jeremy Harding   Producer,Engineer
Marlon Cooke   Engineer
Jason Bloomfield   Engineer
Jason Frater   Illustrations
Michael "Cooley" Cooper   Engineer

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