One of the few DJs in Jamaica capable of giving the great U Roy any competition was another master of the genre named Dennis "Alcapone" Smith. His smooth singing style of toasting is brilliantly captured on this album that also features the singing of such Studio One greats as the Wailers, the Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, and John Holt. This deluxe edition features the rare stereo album mixes and adds an additional six bonus tracks.
The tracks are top rate, showcasing Alcapone's emerging style. There certainly are moments in his delivery where he blatently copies U-Roy's famous little screams and hiccups, but he can't be blamed for that- many of the toasters today also copy U-Roy, so why shouldn't Alcapone?
Of interest to collectors will be the "Dancing Version," (Written by Bunny Wailer) featuring the Wailers, who do a nice job backing up Alcapone on this track- one which Wailer revisits as "Dancing Dub" on his great "Dubd'sco" lp in 1978.
Overall, this lp rules the toasting roost, and is a super introduction to both Alcapone, but to the toasting style, as well. A must have.