Some Like It Hot
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992
Dennis Brown is one of reggae's greatest and most
beloved singers. In the early 70's he teamed up with
producer Niney the Observer to record some of his most
memorable songs (which can be found on "Some Like It Hot").
Twenty years later the two have reunited, resulting in the
brand new release, "Cosmic Force."
"Some Like It Hot" is over 60 minutes of timeless roots
reggae from Brown's earliest days. Containing classics such
as "Westbound Train," "Cassandra," "Wolf and Leopards" and
the relentless title track, the music on this greatest hits
package sounds as fresh and exciting today as when it was
first released. With raw backing tracks by the Soul
Syndicate Band and the Cimaroons, these 18 cuts show why
Brown was such an influential figure in the history of
Few albums can compare with the vintage material on
"Some Like It Hot," and this 40 minute release, backed by
the rhythm team of Sly and Robbie, is no exception. It does
have its moments, though, as the first four songs rank with
some of Brown's best work ever. The production has a real
90's feel - crisp and clean - and the aforementioned songs
are real killers. Although the remaining six tunes are nice,
there is nothing else that really stands out.
With an abundance of Dennis Brown releases to choose
from, things can get extremely confusing. "Cosmic Force" is
a fine release containing some excellent material. But "Some
Like It Hot" is the must have of the two.
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