This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1994
Another unique and innovative concept in reggae music is the "rhythm record,"
where each track is sung by a different artist over variations of the same rhythm.<
If that sounds a little unconventional, believe me, it is. On "Massive Resistance,"
some of reggae's hottest singers and DJs take turns stamping their identity on one of last
year's major hits.
The song in question is Beres Hammond's "Putting Up Resistance." This classic
track kicks things off and its memorable rhythm is the basis for the remainder of this
Ten other songs, all with thoughtful and conscious lyrics, comprise "Massive
Resistance." Included are absolute killers from Yami Bolo, Frankie Paul, Sugar Minott,
Jack Radics, Cutty Ranks and Half Pint. The legendary U-Roy even gets into the act, with
a toast he says, "...is the version that has rocked the nation!"
Some people may disagree that one rhythm should encompass an entire album, and
in many instances that would be the case. But the sheer power of Beres Hammond's
original song, along with the back-to-back "covers" by some of Jamaica's most talented
artists, makes "Massive Resistance" a must hear.
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