Strictly the Best, Vol. 32

Strictly the Best, Vol. 32


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Strictly the Best, Vol. 32

The great thing about the annual Strictly the Best series is that they serve as an accurate barometer of reggae musical trends. The not-so-great thing is that sometimes those trends need to be allowed to die. Strictly the Best, Vol. 32 overflows with the unfortunate trend of cheerleader-type chants melded to weak riddims. "Stop" by Soltex, "Bun Bad Mind" by Elephant Man, and "Solid as a Rock" by T.O.K all serve as excruciating reminders of what was wrong with dancehall in 2004. An 18-track CD should be able to offset a few clunker tunes, but the majority of the music is just mediocre. It takes reggae legends such as Beres Hammond with the silky "There for You" and Marcia Griffiths with her melodious tribute to the past, "Back in the Days," to occasionally elevate this album. It's worth noting, however, that with relatively few women represented in reggae, every one of the women on this disc -- Griffiths, Lady Saw with Remy Martin, and Macka Diamond -- turn in strong performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645170024
catalogNumber: 1700
Rank: 190324

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lloyd Campbell   Producer
C. Cunningham   Composer
Willie C. Daniels   Remixing
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Lloyd James   Composer
R.A. Martin   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer,Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Remixing
Christopher Birch   Producer
J.J. Campbell   Composer
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Composer
Joel Chin   Executive Producer
Curtis Bedeau   Composer
G.J. Charles   Composer
Miguel Collins   Composer
Bryan Adams   Composer
Brian George   Composer
W Passley   Composer
M. Wolfe   Composer
D. Richard Lewis   Composer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Michelle Campbell   Producer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Eric "Jr" Delisser   Producer
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Producer
DJ Cipha Sounds   Producer
Arif Cooper   Producer
Lionel Bermingham   Producer
Stephen "Gibbo" Gibbs   Producer
Elijah Wells   Producer
Natalie Albino   Composer
Patrick Henry   Producer
Sizzla Kalonji   Producer
Devon Wheatley   Producer
Orville Thomas   Producer

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