Strictly the Best, Vol. 36

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The 36th entry in the consistently profitable Strictly the Best series breaks away from the line's usual dancehall focus and instead offers a solid hour of modern lovers rock -- most of it quite good, some of it excellent, but one or two entries mystifyingly awful. The best offerings come from Morgan Heritage whose "Love You Right" is the kind of sweet, solid pop reggae that this band was born to play, from up-and-coming singer Cherine whose "Good Love" somehow manages to sound more innocent than it is and Roger Robin whose "For Life" is a surprisingly sweet avowal of fidelity and permanence -- sentiments not often encountered in modern reggae, and practically never in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The 36th entry in the consistently profitable Strictly the Best series breaks away from the line's usual dancehall focus and instead offers a solid hour of modern lovers rock -- most of it quite good, some of it excellent, but one or two entries mystifyingly awful. The best offerings come from Morgan Heritage whose "Love You Right" is the kind of sweet, solid pop reggae that this band was born to play, from up-and-coming singer Cherine whose "Good Love" somehow manages to sound more innocent than it is and Roger Robin whose "For Life" is a surprisingly sweet avowal of fidelity and permanence -- sentiments not often encountered in modern reggae, and practically never in the dancehall. Chuck Fender and Cherine team up for a nice combination track on "Coming Over," and Jah Cure does a decent job on "What Will It Take," though the whininess of the song's title is eclipsed by the even greater whininess of his vocal. The album's two real let-down tracks come courtesy of Mr. Vegas, whose "Do You Know" is just far enough out of tune to make the track a chore to sit through, and I Wayne, whose "Life Seeds" is just plain horrible -- an unlistenable voice-and-guitar ballad that has neither a good melody nor any compelling rhythm nor even pleasant vocals to recommend it. The album ends on a mixed note: Della Manley sings beautifully on the rather folky "I Know," but Mutabaruka is completely wasted on this track: instead of toasting with his usual political incisiveness, he grunts brief, repetitive and content-free phrases between her stanzas. A mixed bag, but very good overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2013
  • Label: Vp Records Import
  • UPC: 054645177016
  • Catalog Number: 4517701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Always on My Mind - Da'Ville (3:23)
  2. 2 Beautiful Lady (3:20)
  3. 3 Brown Skin (3:34)
  4. 4 Real Thing (3:57)
  5. 5 Love & Affection - Wayne Wonder (3:42)
  6. 6 Do You Know - Mr. Vegas (3:34)
  7. 7 Deeper - Alaine (3:50)
  8. 8 Love You Right - Morgan Heritage (4:15)
  9. 9 What Will It Take - Jah Cure (3:43)
  10. 10 Old Skool Love - Divine Brown (4:17)
  11. 11 Coming Over - Cherine (3:11)
  12. 12 Memories by the Score - Voicemail (2:48)
  13. 13 Stay with You (3:47)
  14. 14 Good Love - Cherine (3:29)
  15. 15 For Life (3:47)
  16. 16 Wrong Address - Etana (3:47)
  17. 17 Life Seeds - I-Wayne (4:15)
  18. 18 I Know - Della Manley (4:15)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lloyd Campbell Producer
Sly Dunbar Producer
P. Henry Composer
Carl James Producer
Bitty McLean Producer
D. McLean Composer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer, Producer
Christopher Birch Producer
Joel Chin Executive Producer, Mastering
Paul Shields Mastering
J. Walker Clarke Jr. Composer
L. Campbell Composer
Nigel Burrell Producer
D. Dennis Composer
V. Charles Composer
C. James Composer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Michelle Campbell Producer
Deron D. James Art Direction
Wayne "DJ Wayne" Morris Producer
Patrick Henry Producer
T.J. Evans Composer
Donovan "Don Corleon" Bennett Producer
Ricky Genious Producer
Stephen Anderson Cover Illustration
Devon Wheatley Producer
Everton Hardware Producer
Orville Thomas Producer
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