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Recently released on the VP label is a Cd, entitled Old to New, Steely and Cleevie Presents.   What this Cd has is songs from the past, redone, some with the original artist and some songs with new artists.  Fourteen tracks to sing along to, and to acquaint or reacquaint you with some of Jamaica’s more popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s.  If the two sevens clashed before you were around, listen now and hear Culture and Anthony B tell you about prophesies coming true.  Another Culture favorite is “I’m Not Ashamed.”


Sean Paul and Sasha have done justice to Marcia Aikens, “I’m Still in Love With You.”  The combination works well and neither artist is trying to make the song sound exactly like the original.  As a matter of fact, that is one reason why I like the Cd so much.  Each artist has done justice to recreating the song without trying to make it exactly like it was before.  From the Might Diamond and Luciano, “Identity,” to J.C. Lodge singing “Someone Loves You Honey,” with and without Junior Kelly, this Cd is one to get immediately. 


Check out Barrington Levy and Cecile on “My Woman” as she tells him that if he took it easy, she wouldn’t stress him so much.  The song was so nice it had to be done again, sans Cecile.  “Left With a Broken Heart” is George Nooks tribute to John Holt.


One of my favorite selections is Beres Hammond and Daddy U Roy recreating the Dennis Brown magic with “Ain’t That Loving You.”  Round two, three and four for Dennis, this time it’s Richie Stephens wanting to know, “How Could I Leave,” Glen Washington with “Money in My Pocket,” and, Freddie McGregor wrapping up with “Should I.”


Is the landlord giving you problems?  Listen to Mykal Rose as he wails about the tribulations of dealing with the rent man in his bad-living tenement flat.


Expecting to see more volumes like this, with tasteful versions and remixes. 


Nuff Big Up to Steely and Cleevie!


Me deh yah now!



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