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Greensleeves Rhythm Albums #1-90 NOT COMPLETE PACK (WILL BE UPDATED)

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Do you remember Greensleeves Records? It wasn’t until the last few years when the once mighty UK based imprint became, essentially, an expansion pack for VP Records, before that, however, they were about as active a unit in the entire genre and boasted of having the deepest vault in Reggae as well. They also had many series and, much like VP, their most active and signature line was a riddim album series. Greensleeves’ version was probably overlooked in favour of VP’s Riddim Driven (and I think, really, that had something to do with it not having a great name. Say what you will about “Riddim Driven” as a series – the name is very good), but it definitely made its name amongst more heavy fans as the series would, seemingly, go after more hardcore tracks and also contained very little, if any, in the way of editing. In a decade, the series would produce NINETY riddim albums, and only four over the final four years, making it, in its prime, one of the most reliable continuing figures in Dancehall music history. Today, having ridiculously conquered the Riddim Driven series previously, we make the next logical step. Discography: Greensleeves Rhythm Album Series

#1. Bellyas [2000]

Who dem? Ward 21‘s Bellyas Riddim is one of the greatest Dancehall tracks of all time. That isn’t my opinion, it’s a matter of fact as certain and verifiable as it being the first installment of Greensleeves’ Rhythm Album series. This thing was dark, it was grimy, it was explosive and it was perfect for its era, the era before it, the one after it, the one after that and this one as well. It also carried one of the greatest songs of all time (again, a fact, not an opinion), ‘Who Dem’ from Capleton which was somewhere out there beyond even my adjectives. King Shango certainly wasn’t alone, he was joined by the likes of Beenie ManSpragga BenzElephant ManMr. VegasBushman (and Ilue) the Ward and a whole heap of others on this monstrous opening shot of the series which may be forgotten as the opener of this series, but CANNOT possibly be forgotten as one of the Dancehall’s clear masterpieces.

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