VP Records ‘Strictly The Best’ After 35 Years

VP Records ‘Strictly The Best’ After 35 Years

Marking 35 years of business in the US, VP Records is celebrating this huge milestone with the return of Strictly The Best (Vol. 50 & 51), the album series that has brought the best in the world of Caribbean reggae!

This special edition version of Strictly The Best Volumes 50 and 51 will be released November 25 with 4 CDs and album artwork illustrated by legendary artist Michael Thompson. Each volume has double discs – one filled with the latest trendsetting hits plus a bonus disc highlighting the series’ “top vintage selections over the years.” 1526721_10153344940223327_2668371492210568673_n

Opening a record store in New York, back in the mid-1970s, both Vincent “Randy” Chin and his wife Patricia Chin found opportunity in VP Records retail store after moving from Kingston, Jamaica. Randy went from maintaining jukeboxes to recording the cream of the reggae scene after years of success from their Jamaica, Queens location. Ever since 1993, VP Records Label has literally produced many of the top performers in the reggae industry, including Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, Alborosie, Gregory Isaacs, and Shaggy. They continue to bring the hottest artists and compilations to the fore-front of the genre.

“Roots and lover’s rock” collection, Volume 50’s first disc includes new hits from rising stars Toian, Ikaya, Christopher Martin, Duane Stephenson, and Romain Virgo and the best of today’s leading singers Etana, Jah Cure, J Boog, and Gyptian. Check out the classic bonus disc from reggae icons including Jacob Miller, Half Pint, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, and Tarrus Riley.

The best in the dancehall arena, Volume 51 features the newest hits from Busy Signal, Spice, Major Lazer, Mavado and Elephant Man. Don’t miss the bonus disc with legendary dancehall tunes spanning the entire era, including Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Ini Kamoze, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Sean Paul.

This album series sticks to VP’s slogan “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music” and really is a unique compilation that is strictly the best in the world of music. You can tream select songs on Soundcloud by clicking HERE!

STB Vol 50 Track Listing:
Disc 1
1.) Jah Cure – Life We Live
2.) D Major – Real Know Real
3.) Christopher Martin – Steppin ‘Razor
4.) Duane Stephenson – Cool Runnings
5.) Etana – Trigger
6.) J Boog – Love Me
7.) Gyptian – Majestic Love- (ft. Estelle)
8.) Toian – Kingston Town
9.) Romain Virgo – Stay With Me
10.) Tkaya – Ugly Girl
11.) Maxi Priest – Gravity
12.) Aysha Loren – Keep It Like It Is
13.) Queen Ifrica – Love Is Not Blind
14.) Jemere Morgan – Don’t Mean A Thing
15.) Shuga – Ride Di Riddim
16.) Jahlil – One Wrong One White

Disc 2
1.) Jacob Miller – Keep On Knocking
2.) Dennis Brown – Sitting & Watching
3.) Freddie McGregor – Big Ship
4.) Half Pint – Greetings
5.) Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
6.) Cocoa Tea – Lost My Sonia/Sonia Come Back
7.) Garnett Silk – Kingly Character
8.) Sanchez – Praise Him
9.) Luciano – Sweep Over My Soul
10.) George Nooks – God Is Standing By
11.) Etana – I Am Not Afraid
12.) Tarrus Riley – She’s Royal
STB Vol 51 Track Listing:
Disc 1
1.) Busy Signal – Money Flow
2.) Busy Signal – Greetings (Ribidibi)
3.) Busy Signal – Professionally
4.) Major Lazer – Come On To Me (ft. Sean Paul)
5.) Mavado – Give It All To Me (ft. Nikki Minaj)
6.) Gyptian – Wet Fete (ft. Kes The Band)
7.) Latty J & Mr Vegas – Who Rule
8.) Spice – Like A Man
9.) Alkaline – Gyal Bruk Out
10.) Demarco – Good Book
11.) Mavado – My Own
12.) Elephant Man – Shmoney Dance
13.) Tommy Lee Sparta – Hero

Disc 2
1.) Eek-A-Mouse – A Wah Do Dem
2.) General Echo – Arlene
3.) Tristan Palmer & Jah Thomas – Entertainment
4.) Barrington Levy & Nigger Kojak & Liza – My Woman/ One Thousand Gal
5.) Yellowman – I’m Getting Married
6.) Sophia George – Girlie Girlie
7.) Tiger – No Wanga Gut
8.) Chaka Demus – Young Gal Business
9.) Ini Kamoze – Hot Stepper
10.) Buju Banton – Massa God World A Run
11.) Beenie Man – Romie
12.) Sean Paul – Clap Your Hands Now (Get Busy remix) [ft. Fat Man Scoop & Crooklyn Clan]
13.) Mavado – Weh Dem Ah Do
14.) Queen Ifrica – Below The Waist
15.) Konshens – Gal A Bubble

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Article By: David Shaw

Check out the STB playlist on YouTube: smarturl.it/STB5051YT