Yellow Fever: A History of Dancehall's Original Ruler

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Yellow Fever: A History of Dancehall's Original Ruler Review

by David Jeffries

For every ten or so fantastic compilations that have come out of the Sanctuary/Trojan relationship, there's a frustratingly misleading one like this. Besides sharing the name of one of Yellowman's great full-lengths, Yellow Fever tries to pass itself off as a "history of dancehall's original ruler." If you just consider the highly informative booklet, it is. On the other hand, the track selection is unexplainable. A couple forgotten greats ("Donkey Want Water" and "Weed Dem") are here, as is the great "Yellow Like Cheese" hit, but the amount of career-defining hits you're missing is incredible. The sound quality and time periods jump all over, and when Yellowman's cute but disposable take on "Blueberry Hill" is a highlight, you know you're in trouble. Give this compilation to a Yellowman novice, and he'll think the man is pleasant and fun. Yellowman is so much more than that, and there are plenty of other compilations that do his career justice.

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