I guess you’re getting old when labels start reissuing albums that you bought at their original release. For me Soul Jazz Records’ magnificent compilation 100% Dynamite is one such. It was released in 1998 and is now remastered, expanded and reissued.
This compilation is Soul Jazz Records’ best ever selling reggae release and it’s blazing hot with its tasty and eclectic mix of Jamaican music. It features ska, soul, funk, rocksteady and reggae.
The first edition of 100% Dynamite was soon followed by several new compilations in the same strong vein. Soul Jazz even headed over the Atlantic and launched two editions of 100% Dynamite NYC with reggae, hip-hop and dancehall.
Among the serious killer cuts are The Upsetters seriously funky Popcorn, Johnny Osbourne’s passionate We Need Love, Phyllis Dillon’s edgy version of Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto, Cedric “Im” Brooks’ dread sax lead instrumental Give Rasta Glory, Lloyd Robinson’s massive Cuss Cuss and Sound Dimension’s haunting Drum Song with its seminal organ solo and melancholic horns.
These 19 tracks showcases a unique sound and 100% Dynamite is a cornerstone compilation with all killers, no fillers.