You don’t mess with Dennis Alcapone’s home security system. Gangsters may brag about ‘packing heat’, but Alcapone never goes anywhere without his mobile cannon.
Dennis “Alcapone” Smith was one of the few DJs in Jamaica capable of giving the great U Roy any competition. His smooth singing style of toasting is brilliantly captured on this album that also features the singing of such Studio One greats as the Wailers, the Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, and John Holt. The album was produced by Coxsone Dodd.
This is a great album cover – Alcapone looks like he’s been caught in the act of trying to light that cannon. Also….the pink hat! Nothing says “Don’t fuck with me and my cannon” than a pink trilby.
- Nanny Version
- Run Run
- Riddle I This
- Baby Version
- Sunday Version
- Version I Can Feel
- Forever Version
- Baby Why Version
- Dancing Version
- Midnight Version
- Sweet Talking Version
- Version You To The Ball
Seriously, it’s a great album and any collection should have this as a keystone in it.
It’s got some incredible rhythms full of frantic bouncing basslines – check out Nanny Version (which is Alcapone’s DJ cut of Larry Marshall’s ‘Nanny Goat’), or ‘Baby Why Version’ (Alcapone’s take of the The Cable’s ‘Baby Why’).
Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton called this album “A defining moment in Jamaican deejay history, the tunes Dennis chose for his Studio One album are all bonafide dancehall classics” in their “Reggae: 100 Essential CDs – the Rough Guide”.
Listen to ‘Forever Version’ by Dennis Alcapone.
Listen to ‘Run Run’ by Dennis Alcapone: