Victor Rico-Gray | Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico | 09/05/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is a pathetic presentation of reggae. The sound quality is OK, but could be better, the picture quality is quite poor. If you like reggae, please do not purchase this item, better a CD or other DVD's (UB40, Lucky Dube, etc.), it is just a sampler, and NO song is presented in full, and they announce acts that are not in the DVD (maybe in Vol. 2??). Even top acts like Gregory Isaacs and the late Dennis Brown are cut short and not given true respect, either for historic reasons in reggae or to their quality as performers. Most of the time is dedicated to DJ's, most of them with no singing qualities (but great gimnastics, though). I really hoped that if they are headlining with acts like Isaacs and Brown, or the legendary "Lloyd Parks and we the People Band", more time would have been dedicated to these TRUE reggae greats. Maybe I am biased but ROOTS reggae IS IT!!!!!"
I don't believe that 1 STAR is a proper rating for this DVD
Herman Brown | Raleigh, NC, USA | 09/10/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I believe that RicoGray does not know much about reggae music and that is why he rated this DVD: 1 Star. To say the least, I would rate this DVD 3 Stars only because the sound quality could have been better and because a few of the artists could have been properly introduced. I have been listening to reggae all my life as well as attending concerts; and when I hear that some artists only have great gimnastics and not talent - for example Anthony B and Norris Man chanting and skanking on stage - I believe that it is an exaggeration. Anthony B was one of the greatest acts of this show; however, my vote for the best performance was that of George Nooks (formerly known as Prince Mohammed), Dennis Brown (the Prince of Reggae), and Gregory Isaac. I really don't remember this ever occurring in Reggae, but it was a wonderful performance and it brings us back to the good old days of what quality reggae used to be like. As far as lousy performances, I feel that Busta Rhymes could have done a little better instead of using so much profound language to get the crowd going; I am also partly discontent with his performance as a result of a not-so-great sound quality on the DVD. In addition to this and as usual, I did not like the performance by LUST that much because as usual, they sing too many foreing songs that aren't theirs. Finally, I must say that although I really enjoyed the performance by Norris Man, Thriller Prince, and Iyashanti singing out of the Star Trail family, they were not properly introduced."