Power House Selectors Choice, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This is the second in a four-volume series of two-disc sets documenting the exemplary work of the frequently overlooked producer George Phang, who helped to usher in the dancehall sound in the late 1970s and early '80s. Working with a relatively small stable of singers and toasters and an even more limited cast of session players (generally centered on the bass/drum duos of Sly Dunbarand Robbie Shakespeare or Clevie Browne and Steely Johnson), Phang made his name by turning loose young talent like Peter Metro, Half Pint, and Charlie Chaplin on updated versions of roots reggae and rocksteady rhythms from the old days. Power House Selectors Choice, Vol. 2 is the strongest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This is the second in a four-volume series of two-disc sets documenting the exemplary work of the frequently overlooked producer George Phang, who helped to usher in the dancehall sound in the late 1970s and early '80s. Working with a relatively small stable of singers and toasters and an even more limited cast of session players (generally centered on the bass/drum duos of Sly Dunbarand Robbie Shakespeare or Clevie Browne and Steely Johnson), Phang made his name by turning loose young talent like Peter Metro, Half Pint, and Charlie Chaplin on updated versions of roots reggae and rocksteady rhythms from the old days. Power House Selectors Choice, Vol. 2 is the strongest set in the series, featuring stellar material from dancehall dons Frankie Paul (singing sweetly over a dubwise mix of the "Heavenless" rhythm), Pinchers (on a fine update of the "First Cut Is the Deepest" rhythm titled "Don't Distress"), and Half Pint (represented here by his classic hit "Level the Vibes"). There are clunkers, as always, and as usual they tend to be provided by Little John -- a singjay who would later mature into a fine talent but who, during this period, seemed almost completely incapable of singing in tune. But the clunkers are few and the clustering of these tracks into rhythm-specific sections is both academically interesting and musically satisfying; seeing how each of these artists managed to make an instrumental track his own will give any reggae fan new appreciation for the level of artistry that characterized this fertile period in the music's history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645413626
  • Catalog Number: 4136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brother Love - Half Pint (3:38)
  2. 2 Don't Distress - Pinchers (3:22)
  3. 3 Miami Vice - Charlie Chaplin (3:28)
  4. 4 Music Is the Staff of Life - Frankie Paul (3:43)
  5. 5 Misunderstanding - Barrington Levy (3:49)
  6. 6 Nah Go to South Africa (3:43)
  7. 7 Heart Breaker - Half Pint (3:25)
  8. 8 Greetings - Half Pint (3:36)
  9. 9 Indian Lady (3:38)
  10. 10 Alesha - Frankie Paul (3:37)
  11. 11 No Problem (3:39)
  12. 12 One a Way Soldier - Al Campbell (3:35)
  13. 13 The Final Mission (3:07)
  14. 14 A Who dem a Try Fe Fool - Admiral Bailey (3:35)
  15. 15 True Confession - Little John (3:19)
  16. 16 A True (3:26)
  17. 17 Que Dem - Charlie Chaplin (3:15)
  18. 18 She Give Me Fever - Michael Palmer (3:01)
  19. 19 Stylee - Frankie Jones (3:00)
  20. 20 Stylee Version (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hey Lady - Little John (3:26)
  2. 2 Can't Get We Out (3:23)
  3. 3 Josey Ready (3:31)
  4. 4 Old King Cole (3:09)
  5. 5 She No Ready - Little John (3:22)
  6. 6 What a Thing - Toyan (3:17)
  7. 7 Everything I Hear the Sound (3:37)
  8. 8 Long Lost Lover - Half Pint (3:35)
  9. 9 String Up the Sound - Frankie Paul (3:48)
  10. 10 Haul & Galong - Frankie Jones (3:59)
  11. 11 Bank Account - Leroy Smart (3:34)
  12. 12 Lecturer Version (4:07)
  13. 13 Frontline (3:03)
  14. 14 Sweet Reggae Music (You Have Fe Move) (3:24)
  15. 15 Gi Mi Wha Mi Want - Michael Palmer (3:25)
  16. 16 Hard to Believe - Barrington Levy (3:13)
  17. 17 Level the Vibes - Half Pint (3:40)
  18. 18 Code of Conduct (3:22)
  19. 19 Love I Can Feel (3:21)
  20. 20 Blow Saxophone - Yellowman (3:16)
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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, Lead
Robert Lyn Keyboards
David Madden Horn
Lloyd Parks Bass
Nambo Robinson Horn
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead
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
Traditional Composer
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