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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soul Jazz Records
  • ASIN: B00000JSRW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Armageddon Time - Willie Williams - Willie Williams
2. Night and Day - The Maytals - The Maytals
3. Rock Steady - The Marvels - The Marvels
4. Popcorn - The Upsetters - The Upsetters
5. Green Mango - Tommy McCook - Tommy McCook
6. Greedy G - Brentford All Stars - Brentford All Stars
7. Real Hot - Lennie Hibbert - Lennie Hibbert
8. We Need Love - Johnny Osbourne - Johnny Osbourne
9. Stereo Freeze - Jackie Mittoo - Jackie Mittoo
10. Give Rasta Glory - Various Composers - Various Composers
11. Granny Scratch Scratch - Sound Dimension - Sound Dimension
12. Woman of the Ghetto - Phyllis Dillon - Phyllis Dillon
13. Cuss Cuss - Lloyd Robinson - Lloyd Robinson
14. Drum Song - Sound Dimension - Sound Dimension

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12 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Apart from some upbeat ska instrumentals, much of this isn't as fun as the more recent 'Dynamite!' and is more apt for the muso. However it's still great reggae.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great archival ska compilation 11 Feb. 2003
By 3rdeadly3rd - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"100% Dynamite" is the first in a series of 5 compilations of Jamaican music across time. While the other 4 jump from dancehall to dub and back to ska without any real regard for chronology, "100% Dynamite" focuses on the ska recordings which led to the style we all now know as reggae.
While this is a considerable boon to the fan of Jamaican music, those whose experience of ska is found in the ska-punk fusions of America and England will be sorely disappointed. Much of this disc is instrumental and, while it is very exuberant, the style is quite different to what passes for ska these days.
The first selections ("Armagideon Time", "Night And Day" and "Rock Steady") are all vocal cuts and not representative of the disc at all. "Armagideon Time" is an early rastafarian spiritual, while "Night and Day" and "Rock Steady" are both love songs - with the latter being voiced by a woman.
By the fourth track, the Upsetters' "Popcorn", the album takes off. Lee Perry, the man behind the Upsetters, can already be heard working his trademark studio magic that would later feature on recordings by artists as diverse as Bob Marley and Junior Murvin. The track is a deceptively simple bass, drum and guitar melody which varies ever so slightly and at the least expected moments.
Legendary saxophonist Tommy McCook also contributes a number, "Green Mango". McCook, a founder member of the Skatalites - the seminal ska band - leads from the front with the desire of a jazz player. "Greedy G", by the Brentford Allstars, which follows this performance is also a standout.
The rest of the disc is also very strong. Jackie Mittoo (Skatalites pianist) acquits himself admirably on "Stereo Freeze", and Phyllis Dillon's heartfelt "Woman of the Ghetto" could well be claimed as one of the first "sufferer's songs". Lloy'd Robinson's "Cuss Cuss" demonstrates a clear link to the reggae for which Jamaica would very soon become famous, his sweet vocals counterpointing with the important message of the song.
Overall, this album is a very useful collection of early ska and proto-reggae. Many of the artists are under-represented at best on the CD racks of the world, and these recordings are certainly among their best. Thus, from a serious fan's point of view, the compilation is very much worthwile.
The ska or reggae newcomer may also benefit from this disc, but this is slightly less likely. The sad truth is that, after all is said and done, many of the instrumentals do tend to blur into each other - no matter how outstanding they may be. The newcomer may be better served with a Skatalites greatest hits to begin with.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic collection that gets better with every release 23 Feb. 2002
By Andrew McCollum - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Dynamite ! releases from Soul Jazz Records in London are the definitive releases of some of the best reggae and Rock steady music from the late 70s, some of which is not pressed on the original labels anymore and is therefore hard to find.
I started checking out Dynamite ! about three years ago and so far own 1-400% of their 800% (i think) releases. Anything Ive bought under Soul Jazz Records has been nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend their releases.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dynomite 7 Nov. 2000
By Robert A - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is as good as Jamaican Music gets, it skates from Reggae to Soul to Funk as if they were all the same. Also check 200%,300%and400%...all stellar! Great sound quality...a must for any Rock Steady,Soul, Funk or Reggae fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fine Collection of the roots of Reggae 21 Jun. 2000
By - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album, though not as good as the next 2 discs in the series, is still an excellent collection of old-school ska, reggae, dancehall, and rocksteady. Each track will get you skankin'. I highly recommend this as well as the 200% and 300% Dynamite albums. Happy listening.
By Z-ROY - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one excellent compilation! The music is really FUNKY, with strong original jamaican musical styles added to it as well such as:SKA,REGGAE,DUB and ROCKSTEADY fused into the compositions.There are some true legends that perform on this album as well such as:Lee Perry,Tommy McCook, and THE MAYTALS. This is some serious O.G. RUDE BOY music! The rough and tumble streets of Kingston are on all of these tracks. I would highly recommend this album because there is not one bad song on it! The music is full of inspiring lyrics,style,flava and feeling. You will find some heavy influences in American FUNK,SOUL,GOSPEL and JAZZ in these songs from bands such as JAMES BROWN's outfit: "The JB'S",as well as the hot,sticky and funky New Orleans organ grooves of:"THE METERS". The soulful/gospel influence of:Al Green, is obvious on one of these tracks. The jazzy Big-Band swing style of: "The COUNT BASIE Orchestra",also played a very important role in early Jamaican SKA.The drug induced fusion jazz of Miles Davis, can be heard on some of these songs as well. This compilation fits well with my TWO-TONE,ISLAND and TROJAN records collections. Check this joint out cuz It's "finger lickin'good"!
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