Power House Selectors Choice, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Even hardcore reggae aficionados tend to nod with only faint recognition when producer and label owner George Phang's name is mentioned. Early in his career he forged an alliance with the legendary bass-drums duo of Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, and in the early '80s teamed up with them and others, including the up-and-coming duo Steely & Clevie to re-create some of the classic roots reggae rhythms of the 1970s in the then-emerging dancehall style, as well as cooking up some new beats of his own. This two-disc set is the first in a four-volume, eight-disc series that documents his work during this period fairly exhaustively. It's organized with reggae scholars in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Even hardcore reggae aficionados tend to nod with only faint recognition when producer and label owner George Phang's name is mentioned. Early in his career he forged an alliance with the legendary bass-drums duo of Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, and in the early '80s teamed up with them and others, including the up-and-coming duo Steely & Clevie to re-create some of the classic roots reggae rhythms of the 1970s in the then-emerging dancehall style, as well as cooking up some new beats of his own. This two-disc set is the first in a four-volume, eight-disc series that documents his work during this period fairly exhaustively. It's organized with reggae scholars in mind: the 40 tracks are grouped by rhythm, each one given several different voicings by the likes of Half Pint, Charlie Chaplin, Frankie Paul, and Barrington Levy. The range of singers is actually not very wide -- the 160 or so tracks that are spread out over these four volumes are performed by a core of ten or 11 DJs and singers, with a handful of others thrown in at the margins. Highlights on this volume include four brilliant takes on the "African Beat/Mission Impossible" rhythm by Johnny Osbourne, Frankie Paul, Peter Metro, and Freddie McGregor; an excellent DJ turn by Josey Wales on an updated version of the classic "Death in the Arena" rhythm; and a moment when Charlie Chaplin redeems a singularly anemic Little John performance with his DJ cut on "Answer." This volume gets a slightly lower grade than the others due to the presence of a couple of subpar rhythms and a series of really poor performances by Little John, who was not on his game during these sessions. But there's still plenty to love on this collection, and it's recommended overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645413527
  • Catalog Number: 4135
  • Sales rank: 268,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mission - Johnny Osbourne (3:26)
  2. 2 FP Love - Frankie Paul (3:34)
  3. 3 Hackle the Mike (2:59)
  4. 4 Don't Hurt My Feelings (5:14)
  5. 5 Mission Impossible (2:31)
  6. 6 Feel the Rydim (3:29)
  7. 7 Old Fire Stick - Frankie Jones (3:28)
  8. 8 Bummy Bummy - Little John (3:29)
  9. 9 DJ a Dance - Charlie Chaplin (3:29)
  10. 10 Answer Version (3:13)
  11. 11 Name and Number - Little John (3:14)
  12. 12 Come Watch the Sound (3:10)
  13. 13 Skank Quadrille - Barrington Levy (3:12)
  14. 14 Money Move - Barrington Levy (3:10)
  15. 15 Tidal Wave - Frankie Paul (3:18)
  16. 16 Don't Push Me (3:21)
  17. 17 DJ Crowd - Toyan (3:40)
  18. 18 Walking Jewelry Store - Yellowman (3:20)
  19. 19 Living Is Hard - Half Pint (3:31)
  20. 20 Reason Wid de Entertainer - Charlie Chaplin (3:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suffer the Little Children - Barrington Levy (3:32)
  2. 2 Jah Don't Love That - Half Pint (3:24)
  3. 3 Try to Hypnotize Me - Echo Minott (3:35)
  4. 4 Can't Dweet (3:42)
  5. 5 I Feel Free - Barrington Levy (3:26)
  6. 6 Hold Me - Barrington Levy (3:13)
  7. 7 Strong Sensi - Little John (3:24)
  8. 8 Skin Up - Charlie Chaplin (3:23)
  9. 9 Cuss Cuss - Yellowman (3:25)
  10. 10 Lone Ranger and Tonto - Tenor Saw (3:48)
  11. 11 Love Life - Leroy Smart (3:52)
  12. 12 Rockers Master (3:37)
  13. 13 Can't Cross the Border (3:18)
  14. 14 Chief in a Town - Michael Palmer (3:29)
  15. 15 Sing On - Little John (3:10)
  16. 16 One Big Family - Half Pint (3:27)
  17. 17 A No One of Me (3:42)
  18. 18 Believe in Jah - Leroy Smart (4:02)
  19. 19 Thank You Jah (3:36)
  20. 20 Everything You Try - Nitty Gritty (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Phang Primary Artist
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Horn
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Bass
Willie Lindo Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Robert Lyn Keyboards
David Madden Horn
Lloyd Parks Bass
Nambo Robinson Horn
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Technical Credits
Peter Chemist Engineer
Phil Palmer Composer
George Phang Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer
Ruddy Thomas Engineer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
Paul Shields Remastering
Solgie Hamilton Engineer
Randy Fagan Liner Notes
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