Now going on its 13th year, VP's Reggae Gold series remains vital with its 2006 edition. After kicking off with massive worldwide hit "Temperature" from Sean Paul, Reggae Gold 2006 brings it back to the island of Jamaica with the infectious "Step Out" from up-and-comer Busy Signal. From here, the collection keeps it authentic, up 'til R. Kelly's "Slow Wine," which features Sean Paul and Akon in a wonderful R&B and reggae blend. The always reliable T.O.K. keeps it polished with their rousing club track "Hotta," but their over-the-top hedonism is tempered by the wonderful roots music presented in the album's fourth quarter. Veteran singer Richie Spice's "Youths Dem Cold" is the heartbreaking best of the bunch, but nearly as good is Bitty McLean's "Baby Tonight," which is a thrilling throwback to the old days, thanks in no small part to a killer resurrected Duke Reid riddim. Strange that VP decided to blend the styles of Vogue and Maxim magazine for the cover artwork, but reggae fans shouldn't let that scare them away from this satisfying collection. [Reggae Gold 2006 was initially released with a bonus DVD featuring live footage of T.O.K., Assassin, and Ding Dong along with interviews with the models featured throughout the CD booklet.]
Technical CreditsBobby Konders Producer
R. Buckminster Fuller Composer
R. Kelly Arranger,Producer
G.A. Grant Composer
Christopher Birch Producer
Christopher Chin Executive Producer
S. Davis Composer
J.J. Campbell Composer
Joel Chin Executive Producer
T.J. Thompson Composer
Richard "Shams" Browne Producer
K. Ford Composer
Donovan "Don Corleon" Bennett Producer
Duke Price Producer
Andrew Henton Producer
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Reggae Gold 2006 [CD/DVD] based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
About every year, I eagerly anticipate the release of the new Reggae Gold, Soca Gold, and Strictly the Best volumes but I must admit that I do skip a couple of years depending on what some of the artist come up with. VP records always include the tightest new riddims and the most talented artists. Just as with Reggae Golds in the past, I think this album is fabulous and I feel it's a better mix than last years, which relied heavily on the already hot tunes on popular radio. This mix displays the diversity in reggae, including some hard dancehall jams, softer lover dancehall, and conscious roots. “Reggae Gold 2006” is one of the very few CD’s that I've come across that I rarely have to hit the skip button. Most of the tracks in here are really good. The first half of this album is pretty fast and upbeat while the second half wines down from all the heat accumulated from the first. Richie Spice's "Youths Dem Cold" is the best of the bunch, but nearly as good is Bitty McLean's "Baby Tonight," which is a thrilling throwback to the old days, thanks in no small part to a killer resurrected Duke Reid riddim. “Slow Wine,” with R. Kelly, Sean Paul and Akon is also great because I love the sound to the whole song. “Dutty Wine” - Tony Matterhorn is contagious as well as “Bun Him” - Macka Diamond, and “Badman Forward Badman Pull Up” - Ding Dong. The remaining tracks are just as fine as the rest. If your one of those that doesn’t stay on top of current dancehall/reggae music and riddims then this CD is a must have. However if you often find your self knowing most of these great tunes then, you could probably can skip buying this………… but then again you can always give it to someone you know who is also interested in this genre. Happy listening.
Avid reggae fans will find this collection to be another one of VP records best... TOK,ASSASIN, and CAPELTON on the same album with hot songs for 2006. Grab this and play it till you need another copy!!!!