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Various Artists / Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture
Album:Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists Added:12/2008
Label:Soul Jazz Records 

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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2009-01-11 
Coll: Dancehall: the Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture
Reviewed by Sadie O. , 12/29/08
Early Dancehall – pretty much a definitive collection of the big hits, influential cuts, highly sampled and imitated – and also so much fun! Slackness was done amusingly, stories were interesting or lyrics were stream of consciousness. Tons and tons of great stuff in here – not a clinker in the barrel.
No FCCs detected, but plenty of innuendo in patois. I like tracks 6 and 11 on CD 1 and 2, 7 and 12 on CD 2 best, but they’re all killer.
CD1:
1. 3:14 **slow, sparse riddim, downbeat as late as it can get, early Yellowman hit. “Bam Bam” usually refers to a fight, in patois.
2. 3:17 ***midtempo bouncy electronic riddim, amusing folky lyrics.
3. 3:43 **classic spoken intro, syncopated midtempo swing, nonsense monotone lyrics.
4. 4:06 ***possibly the best known dancehall track ever – uptempo simple electronic beat with well-paired vocalists.
5. 3:32 **unintelligible spoken intro, uptempo jaunty swing, sweet (but probably dirty) vocals. Extremely danceable.

6. 3:31 ****downtempo bubble, classic often reworked riddim, basically a list of diseases. Well, hooray!
7. 5:36 ***sweet downtempo one-drop, vocals often sampled, including recently by Damian Marley. Includes dub.
8. 3:09 ***wild, fractured electronic riddim, gonzo falsetto vocals.
9. 7:08 ***thick, slow stepping razor skank (great work by the Roots Radics), nice-up-de-dance vocals. Includes the toast (b-side).
10. 3:01 **swingy syncopated riddim, rather sweet slackness from one of the most influential early dancehall deejays.
11. 3:46 ****uptempo tought dancehall riddim with one of the most recognizable vocals to come out of Jamaica.
12. 3:18 **uptempo syncopated electronic riddim, wild “butcher shop” lyrics – apparently from the guy who brought us the Lambada!
13. 3:23 ***very slow simple skank with stream of consciousness lyrics.
14. 2:48 **midtempo electronic “sleng teng” riddim, all about clothes.
15. 3:11 **bass-laden downtempo dancehall swing, vocals by a great protégé of Dillinger.
16. 4:10 ***super jaunty midtempo skank with lots of syndrum, sweet singing.
17. 6:25 ***mega-hit for the sweetest singer to forward from Yard. Includes the version.
CD2:
1. 3:48 **slightly uptempo electronic riddim, fun “stepping razor” boasting lyrics.
2. 6:24 ****upbeat skank with Jacob Miller’s terrific vocals and toast by Trinity.
3. 3:27 **downtempo dancehall, fun (very young sounding) female vocals.
4. 4:10 **very downtempo bass-driven riddim, nice salute by one of the few righteous school of deejays.
5. 7:41 ****everyone remembers this one, don’t they? Huge crossover hit with lots of nonsense vocals. One of the nicest guys in Reggae history. Includes the fine dub.
6. 3:27 **midtempo skank with female vocals - Sista Nancy’s first hit.
7. 3:43 ****uptempo syncopated electronic dancehall riddim, crazed dancehall vocals – possibly where the crazed vocal tradition started.
8. 3:08 ***downtempo dub with fine toast – response to the monster hit “Uptown Top Ranking”.
9. 4:14 **midtempo skank with pleasant toast and a bit of dub.
10. 3:47 ***downtempo electronic skank, fun youthful toast in praise of pot. You didn’t think we’d miss the obligatory pot song, did you?
11. 3:19 ***slightly downtempo dub of an old reggae hit with toast about dancing; early hit by half of the “Stop that Train” duo.
12. 3:43 ****strong midtempo skank version of a classic ska riddim with equally strong vocals in a raggamuffin stylee.
13. 3:23 ***another praise to pot, this one with bouncy syncopation and gruff vocals – I thought it was Elephant Man at first.
14. 3:34 **odd waking up intro, bouncy uptempo electronic riddim, lots of sirens, dancehall vocals with lots of nonsense lyrics.
15. 3:42 ***slow dubby skank, possibly not the love song “My Adidas” was… Includes a bit of straight-up dub.
16. 7;13 ***pretty, slightly uptempo bounce, boasting song and toast.


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Yelloman Bam Bam
2.Tenor Saw Pumpkin Belly
3.Reggie Stepper Cu-Oonuh
4.Chaka Demus & Pliers Murder She Wrote
5.Pinchers Agony
6.Michigan & Smiley Diseases
7.Ini Kamoze World A Music
8.Junior Murvin Cool Out Son
9.Triston Palma Entertainment
10.General Echo Arleen
11.Barrington Levy Here I Come
12.Cutty Ranks Chop Chop
13.Lone Ranger M16
14.Super Cat Trash And Ready
15.Trinity Jamaican Dollar
16.Cornell Campbell Boxing
17.Gregory Isaacs Soon Forward
18.Conroy Smith Dangerous
19.Jacob Miller/Trinity I'm Just A Dread/One Shut
20.Lady Ann Informer
21.Brigadier Jeryy Fred Locks A Dreadlocks
22.Eek A Mouse We Do Dem
23.Sister Nancy Only Woman Dj With Degree
24.Early B Deaf Ears
25.Trinity Uptown Girl
26.Toyan Spar With Me
27.Horace Ferguson Sensi Addict
28.Clint Eastwood Jump And Pawn
29.Half Pint Greetings
30.Reggie Stepper Under Me Sin Ting
31.Frankie Paul Call The Brigade
32.General Echo Track Shoes
33.Cornell Campbell Mash You Down