MIKEY SPICE :
HAPPINESS

RN0042

Tracks :

1 - I'll Be There, 2 - Happiness, 3 - Open Your Eyes, 4 - Signs And Wonder, 5 - Chant Down Babylon, 6 - Can You Be Mine, 7 - Loving In Your Eyes, 8 - Practice What You Preach, 9 - Only You, 10 - It Won't Be Long, 11 - Party Song, 12 - I'm Back, 13 - I'm Back (Dub Version)

Review by Chuck Foster, published in The Beat :

Immediately reminiscent of Jack Radics, Richie Stephens and precursor-of-them-all Brook Benton, deep-voiced Mikey Spice presents a lovers selection intermixed with penetrating message tunes on "Happiness". Although he might well score with his romantic ballads like "I'll Be There", "It Won't Be Long" and "I'm Back" (do I detect a theme ?) - he even pulls of a Barry White cover ("Practice What You Preach"), no easy task - it's the message tunes "Chant Down Babylon", "Signs And Wonder" and "Open Your Eyes" that make me want to take that crucial second spin some CDs never get, a spin Mikey Spice passes with flying dreads. Although released out of the Netherlands, Spice is a Jamaican artist and these cuts were recorded at Grove studios in Ocho Rios by producer Barry O'Hare for the X-Rated label.

Review by Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton, taken from "Reggae. The Rough Guide" :

Included in the Barry O'Hare-produced debut set is Spice's version of Barry White's "Practice What You Preach", a strong contender for the reggae vocal of 1995. Plenty of pure rub-up-a-girl music here, though tracks like "Signs And Wonder" and "Chant Down Babylon" have him handling 'consciousness' lyrics with aplomb.


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