Various ‎– Soca Favourites

G.B.I. Recording Co. Ltd. ‎– G.B.I. 214
Cassette, Compilation


A1 Ricky Jolly Fire, Fire
A2 Force (24) Sweet Lookin
Berkley Van Byrd Never Felt So Cold [Medley]
A3a Don't Squeeze The Mango
A3b Talking Fool
A3c Say What You Like
A3d Taxi Driver
A3e Island Woman
A3f Lizzy
A3g I Don't Mind
A3h Amen
B1 Kristin Penn Turn Loose Tonight
B2 Unknown Artist Canibal In The Ring
B3 Force (24) You Safe
B4 Joe Cartwright (5) Hot, Hot, Hot
B5 Joe Cartwright (5) Tiny Whiny

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In The Bahamas, Bermuda, The Carribbean, Caymans, Florida Keys & The Virgin Islands

(C) (P) 1987

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August 12, 2017
edited 2 months ago
Have the CD version, music is the same, so might as well leave my comment here before I add a CD release.

It's not bad, but still way more programmed than I expected for 1987, Ricky Jolly's song "Fire, Fire" is okay, but I don't see why he didn't play it with the Force band, a bit disappointing, considering that the composition (music and lyrics) would easily be a hit-maker.

"Never Felt So Cold" is a 13 minute long medley by Berkley Vanbyrd, always loved his voice, and this medley isn't bad, features real bassline, keyboards, backing vocals, and programmed drums. Actually has far more songs in it than stated, but vocals are actually loud and clear unlike in the later Vanbyrd GBI recordings.

"Turn Loose Tonight" starts out like the funkiest track ever, but quickly turns into basic pop, sang by Kristin Penn, not much programming except for drums. Chorus is great.

"Cannibal In The Ring" is sang by an UNKNOWN SINGER, I have 11 GBI CDs and I have never heard his voice before, it may be "Bradley Thompson" but I have yet to confirm, not a bad groove, his voice is enjoyable.

Last two tracks are sang by "Little" Joe Cartwright, half-programmed, half-live, typical party stuff, still better than the typical party stuff GBI issued in the 90s, don't get me wrong.

Sweet Looking and You Safe are both from the first Force album, so nothing new there, but this is supposed to be a compilation of the top stuff, so you can expect a few repeats.

Overall, worth getting if you can find the CD, only because it's rare and a collector's item. If you're looking for straight up fire, I would look to the "Island Party Music" album they issued on CD and cassette, that one is BOUND to have some good tunes, I'll review it when I get it.