Strictly the Best, Vol. 41

Strictly the Best, Vol. 41


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Strictly the Best, Vol. 41

On November 24, 2009, VP Records added two more volumes to their long-running Strictly the Best series. While Vol. 40 focused on lovers rock (reggae singing that favors romantic lyrics), Vol. 41 is dancehall all the way. Dancehall, of course, has been playing a prominent role in the series; it was already huge when VP assembled its first Simply the Best compilation back in 1990. So it isn't surprising that VP would add a dancehall-oriented compilation such as Vol. 41 to the series. And like some of the previous Simply the Best compilations, Vol. 41 underscores dancehall's diversity. Laden's "Really Like You," G Whiz' "Life," Wasp's "Unfair Officer," and Mr. Vegas' gospel-influenced "I Am Blessed" are among the tracks that contain a fair amount of melodic sweetening, but those who like their dancehall hard, tough. and rugged will be drawn to more abrasive offerings such as Beenie Man's "Gimmie Gimmie" and Busy Signal's "Da Style Deh." Fans of Busy Signal know that the toaster has recorded some crossover dancehall -- Vol. 40, in fact, contains his interpretation of Phil Collins' adult contemporary hit "One More Night" -- but on "Da Style Deh," he keeps thing aggressive and in your face. Vol. 41 doesn't cater to those who believe that dancehall should sound a certain way all the time. Rather, those who are open to hearing a variety of dancehall -- that is, listeners who enjoy the really forceful dancehall but appreciate the crossover variety as well -- are the ones who will get the most out of Vol. 41. For the more broad-minded dancehall enthusiasts, this is an enjoyable addition to VP's Strictly the Best series.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2009
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645188029
catalogNumber: 1880
Rank: 274314

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Technical Credits

Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Moses Davis   Composer
Joel Chin   Executive Producer
O'Neil Bryan   Composer
Stephen McGregor   Composer
Cristy Barber   Marketing
Clifford Smith   Composer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Dane "Fire Links" Johnson   Producer
David Harrisingh   Composer
Wayne "Unga" Thompson   Composer,Producer
Tarik Johnston   Composer
Andre "DJ Frass" Gordon   Producer
Germain Clarke   Composer,Producer
Adidja Palmer   Composer
Reanno Gordon   Composer
Craig Marsh   Composer
Linton White   Composer,Producer
David Brooks   Composer
Kemar Ottey   Composer
Dan Cuenca   Illustrations
Andre Gordon   Composer
Dameon Gayle   Composer,Producer
Shaun "DJ Chrome" Chablal   Producer
Michael Fairman   Composer
Damian Rhoden   Composer
Andrew Coke   Composer,Producer
Okeefe Aarons   Composer
Di Genius   Producer

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