Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby: The Best Of Eric Donaldson (Trojan/Sanctuary)
The name Eric Donaldson will only ring a bell with the selected few, though just about everyone can still sing along to his biggest hit 'Cherry Oh Baby' (which might rather be the merit of UB40).
Desmond Dekker - This Is Desmond Dekkar (Trojan/Sanctuary)
'This Is Desmond Dekkar' is a nice homage to ska legend Desmond Dekker who passed away earlier this year, and with a compilation of no less than 31 (!) songs on one CD you can hardly misspend your money in buying this compilation.
Dave Barker meets The Upsetters - Prisoner Of Love (Trojan/Sanctuary)
On this Lee Perry production, Dave Barker (the singing half of duo Dave & Ansel Collins) sounds as if Sam Cooke travelled to Jamaica in the late 1960s.
Cocoa Tea - Save Us Oh Jah (VP Records)
The biggest letdown of this new Cocoa Tea album is that it doesn't offer any real highlights.
The Viceroys - Inna De Yard (Makasound)
The newest addition in the Inna De Yard series this time doesn't focus on a solo artist, but rather on a legendary vocal trio from the glory days of Studio One.
Various Artists - Alpha Boys' School 1910 - 2006, Music In Education (Trojan/Sanctuary)
'Alpha Boys' School 1910-2006, Music In Education' is not a simple compilation album, but a tribute to an institution which for decades played an instrumental role in Jamaican musical history.
Turbulence - Notorious, The Album (VP Records)
This is already Turbulence's third album for 2006, but we’re happy to report 'Notorious, The Album' (released on the VP Records label) is a direct hit.
Garnet Silk - Rule Dem: The Roots Of The Reggae Messiah (Trojan/Sanctuary)
'Rule Dem: The Roots Of The Reggae Messiah' is really nothing more than a collection of dubplates recorded by the late Garnet Silk for Jamaican top sound Killamanjaro in the early nineties of the last century.
Seeed - Next! (Downbeat/Warner)
German band Seeed is preparing to conquer the world.
Scientist - Dub 911 (Nature Sounds)
This album must have one of the most amateurishly done album covers we've seen in months and on top of that the 911-theme makes 'Dub 911', an album by dub-grandmaster Scientist, seem somewhat dated.
Lutan Fyah - Phantom War (Greensleeves)
Lutan Fyah is one of the more promising singjays of the moment and 'Phantom War' confirms his talent.
The Scrucialists - All The Way (Rootdown Records/Sonic Rendezvous)
The Scrucialists is the story of four friends who built a studio in the Swiss city of Basel (which quickly became the place to be in the Swiss reggae scene) and 'All The Way' is the realization of their dream to go to Jamaica and record an album with their idols.
Third World - Black, Gold, Green (Nocturne/I Sound)
Last year Jamaican super group Third World celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with 'Black, Gold, Green', an album that is a tribute to all the beauty that the Caribbean island has to offer.
Leroy Smart - Dread Hot In Africa (Makasound)
The catalogue of the French Makasound label seems to gain prestige with each new release.
The Mighty Diamonds - Thugs In The Street (Médiacom)
If you know that 'Thugs In The Street' contains no less than four cover versions, you will not be surprised to hear that after 30 years, Mighty Diamonds are somewhat lacking in inspiration.
Ijahman Levi - Versatile Life (Médiacom/Tree Roots Music)
In recent years Ijahman Levi has divided his time between waging a legal battle for the rights of his songs on the one hand, and the building of a private studio in Christiana (Jamaica), on the other.
Earl Sixteen - Wake Up (Ariwa)
It looks as if the title of this new album by Earl Sixteen (also known as the voice behind Dreadzone and Leftfield) is meant as a cynical inside joke as it had indeed been a while since his last album release.
Transdub Massive - Negril To Kingston City (Nocturne)
Transdub Massive is a trio of which at least one member has roots in good old Texas.
Anthony Que - Recharge & Reload (Jet Star/Charm)
Anthony Que's voice holds the middle between Luciano and Freddie McGregor; very promising references to say the least, so be sure to keep an eye out for this young Jamaican!
Jah Meek - Touched By An Angel (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)
Jah Meek anyone? No? Let's consult his bio then: "Jah Meek was born and grew up in Robin's Bay on Jamaica's northeast coast in 1971. He has been recording and performing in Germany now for some years."