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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

VARIOUS ARTISTS

By JUDSON KILPATRICK
Published March 3, 2006

SELECT CUTS FROM BLOOD & FIRE, CHAPTER THREE
Select Cuts/EFA

The third—and final—volume in this series sticks to the same fun formula: a variety of remixers is set loose upon the vast Blood & Fire catalog of classic reggae. Of course, since the original multi-tracks are long lost, these reconstructions were made from the released versions. Some artists, like the Disciples and Small Axe, stick to a rootsy sound, and others, like Pressure Drop and Dreadzone, drop in some futuristic electronica elements. Groove Corporation pumps up Big Youth’s “Waterhouse Rock” with a driving beat and bassline while Smith and Mighty’s remix of Big Youth’s “Jim Screechy” emphasizes the original’s indomitable Stalag 17 rhythm. Henry and Louis mix up a trippy uptempo version of Keith Hudson’s “Satia.” And Fila Brazillia closes out the collection with a bevy of echoing vocal snippets. Don’t buy this expecting to hear a lot of Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Horace Andy, etc. It’s really about what these newcomers can create out of the source material. And start with volume one, because it has a wider selection of remixers while still including some of the best ones featured here.