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A particularly parsimonious compilation; a mere 11 tracks doesn't particularly give one much bang for the buck. However, Forever Yours does at least try not to duplicate material heavily compiled elsewhere. Eschewing Beres Hammond's multitude of hits for Donovan Germain's Penthouse label, Philip "Fatis" Burrell's Exterminator, and the well covered Willie Lindo productions, Forever bundles up numbers from a representative seven producers for whom the singer cut singles across the '90s. A trio of excellent tracks are culled from the split Live & Learn Presents: Beres Hammond & Barrington Levy set, credited here to Al Campbell, although Delroy Wright took the honors for the 1990 release. This includes "Sho-Be-Do-Sho" which appears under the title "You're Mine." The eternally popular hit "Sweetness" also masquerades under a new moniker, "You're Mine," and its stellar DJ version also included. "I Know Better" is better known as "I'm Still Going Strong," a huge hit overseen by Anthony "Red Rose" Cameron.

"Step Aside" was an even bigger smash, cut for Blackbeard, as was the giddy "Move Along." The fabulous "Strange" comes courtesy of Tapper Zukie, the producer behind Hammond's smash Putting Up Resistance album. Zukie creates the most martial of rhythms for "Silver & Gold." Collin "Bulbie" York also utilizes a tattoo of beats, but wraps this cultural great in the rootsiest of atmospheres. "Over You" is a much more delicate number, and this 1996 single was a huge hit for producer Robert Ffrench. All in all, a top-notch set of songs, and if you don't already have them all in your collection, this compilation is actually quite a bargain. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi