Dub / Reggae: An Idiot's Guide

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I need help.

The Sly & Robbie mix of "Fu-Gee-La" is amazing. Lee Perry gets ridiculous amounts of praise heaped on his immaculately stone shoulders. Yet, the only Jamaican music I know well is (duh) Bob Marley, and I had enough of that to last me through two collegiate tours of duty AND another high-school go around. So, where should I go? What should I do?

And is it fair to smack reggae & dub together like I did in the Subject Line? Or are they two tastes that just happened to taste great together?

Like I said, I need help.

David Raposa, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

buy the following:

lee perry - arkology

the congos - heart of the congos

augustus pablo - king tubby meets rockers uptown

king tubby - dub gone crazy, foundation of dub

big youth - natty universal dread

junior murvin - police and theives

jimmy cliff - the harder they come

bunny wailer - black heart man

burning spear - marcus garvey/garvey's ghost

v/a - tougher than tough: the story of jamaican music

v/a - the 100% (200%, etc.) dynamite series

dub is a process. reggae is a music. (dub reggae = process music?) at least that's my take.

jess, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'd add some Linton Kwesi Johnson -- Dread Beat an' Blood, LKJ in Dub or the Independant Intavenshan anthology. Also some of the cheapo Trojan box sets. Um... drawing blank...

Andy, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also: Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub. Awesome lp.

RW, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

But for a starting point (without spending hundreds of dollars on the above, all of which are good), you really can't go too far wrong with _Tougher Than Tough_, a kick-ass 4-CD survey that goes from proto-ska all the way up to dancehall and will at least give you some idea of what artists/styles/periods you'll want to explore more.

Beyond that, a personal semi-obscuro favorite of mine is Junior Byles' retrospective _Curlylocks_, on Heartbeat.

Douglas Wolk, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

SEARCH along w/Jess's picks
Culture, Two Sevens Clash--my favorite reggae album proper, one of the best albums of all time, period; International Herb is also spectacular
Profile did a series of four Dancehall Stylee: Best of Reggae Dancehall comps that you can generally find used as a box set; the killers there are the first and fourth
Lee Perry, The Upsetter Collection, Some of the Best, Open the Gate--killer comps, all of which trash Arkology in form and concept and as music
Linton Kwesi Johnson, Indapendant Intavenshan and Tings an' Times--forward over the dub tracks, which really are distracting, and the former is his first three albums; the latter is from '91 and is endlessly playable
Buju Banton, 'Til Shiloh
Dub Chill Out--naff title but mighty good nevertheless; track 11, King Tubby's "Dark Destroyer Dub," is a moment of Zen perfection scored by guitar, bass, drums, organ
The Rough Guide to the Music of Jamaica and The Rough Guide to Reggae--nowhere near as essential as the Tougher Than Tough box, but pretty good overviews nevertheless, especially if you avoid the last couple tracks on each
Intensified! and More Intensified!--definitive mid-60s ska comps
Toots & the Maytals, Time Tough: The Anthology--Jamaica's greatest-ever singer on two solid CDs
The Power of the Trinity--superb comp of Jamaican harmony-trio groups
Augustus Pablo, Original Rockers--the wildest dub album ever; many of the same basic tracks as on King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown (my favorite Jamaican album of all time), but given even more disorienting treatments

And finally: a few months back I put together tracklists for Even Tougher Than Tough: Jamaican Classics 1962-95, my own self-styled sequel to the Island box mentioned above. (Tracklists are available here.) If anyone's got suggestions for improvement, let's have 'em.

M. Matos, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

jess's list is all essential, dead-on correct. From that list, I'd start with The Harder They Come soundtrack or Tougher Than Tough if you can afford it. For some earlier rocksteady stuff, pick up a "Best of Desmond Dekker" or one of the Trojan or Tresure Isle comps.

fritz, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know about dub being just a process anymore. It has gone beyond being a verb. Sure, King Tubby's dubs were versions of original songs and "dubbing it up" could be words used to describe his process--the process of remixing, dropping out vocals, adding the trademark echoy delay, but with stuff like Twilight Circus, I'd say that "dub" becomes a type of music.

However, this being said, I think that you could say that everyone who likes dub likes reggae, and everyone who likes reggae would probably like dub, if they knew what it was.

Want some good stuff?

I agree with everything that has been said, but I'd also recommend:

If Deejay was your trade - Various (Blood and Fire) Mad Professor vs. Massive Attack - No Protection Horace Andy - In the Light and In the Light Dub Prince Alla - Only Love Can Conquer Sizzla - Reggae Max

Some of my favourites, not not exactly a comprehensive selection.

Pick up the Rough Guide 100 Essential Reggae CDS. It makes for great reading and is a lovely conversation starter.

cybele, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Pressure Sounds comps are great too. I'd reccommend "Riding The Roots Chariot" and "Sounds and Pressure: Vol 1 to start.

fritz, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Whatever happened to Dubstar?

dave q, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also search: King Tubby's collaborations with Harry Mudie. Great Tubby dub sound meets Mudie's funked out breaks. Check it: "King Tubby meets Harry Mudie's in dub Conference vol 1-3".

turner, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I heard a very nice set of dancehall on the in-flight system coming back from Jamaica a few years ago, surprisingly enough, and wanted to buy some good samplers. What would people recommend in this area?

nickn, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I've always wondered where Dubstar got the name...I'm mean, I like them and all, but Dubstar??

cybele, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, I do have the Rhino dancehall comp, and it has good moments but didn't really grab me the way the in-flight set did.

nickn, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

This thread has been very strong so far on the late seventies (and bits later), though I'm surprised no-one's mentioned "Best Dressed Chicken In Town" yet.

There's lots of great earlier reggae too: I'm particularly fond of Clancy Eccles's productions, Amalgamated-era Joe Gibbs, a lot of Bunny Lee stuff and Winston 'Niney' Holness, probably the heaviest of the early reggae fellows.

A step back a little further to rocksteady can't do any harm, either: the golden age of Treasure Isle.

The other thing I think should be mentioned in this thread is Studio 1. The greatest body of work in Jamaican music bar none. You can never go wrong with the series of "Best of Studio 1" compilations which Heartbeat put out which span early reggae to roots stuff. LPs? I's start with "Bob Andy's Songbook", Cedric 'IM' Brooks's "Flash Forward", "The Wailing Souls" and "Bobby Bobylon" by Freddie Macgregor. But there's loads more to be found.

My other *real* thing at the moment is 70s Gregory Isaacs. More Gregory. Gregory, Horace Andy and Junior Byles are three of my top 10 voices ever.

Tim, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

anyone want any reggae mixtapes? primarily RockSteady, Reggae, Roots, and Dub, but also some Ska and early 80s Dancehall. i have a lot of vinyl only stuff, e.g. loads of 7" represses, which doesn't often turn up on the CD comps.

'Reggae' as a specific style refers to stuff around 68-72 i guess, but is more commonly used to refer to all JA music

Books:
Lloyd Bradley - Bass Culture
Norman K Stoltzkoff (sp?) - Wake the Town and Tell the People [on dancehall]
David Katz - People Funny Boy [on Lee Scratch Perry]
Guy Kennaway - One People [fiction]

other good stuff/people:
Max Romeo - Revelation Time LP (reissued with bonus tracks as 'Open the Iron Gate')
Prince Far I
Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse LP (essential!)
Sizzla - Bobo Ashanti

my brane is dead though at the moment - will think of more later

m jemmeson, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ah! Forgot to add Prince Far-I... "Under Heavy Manners" was the first reggae LP I ever truly loved.

The first version I had of that LP (which was a taped version of a Jamaican pressing on Joe Gibbs with the primarily yellow sleeve and a colour version of the photo) had a little reprise / dub of the last track on the second side. Just about 45 seconds of wild dubbing on "Under Heavy Manners". I've heard vinyl and CD reissues on Gibbs and never found another version with that little coda, and it upsets me a little. Anyone have any versions which do have the little end bit? (BTW, it's not the same as the various dub versions I have of the rhythm).

mj, do you have "Prophecy Reveal" by Bo Jangles? I know it was re- pressed a while back but I've never found it. Is it on the "Money In My Pocket" rhythm?

Tim, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

almost forgot: VP put out two vols. of Dancehall 101 last year; both are superb

M. Matos, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just because someone mentioned books...

I work for a publishing company and we will be reissuing Beth Lesser's "King Jammy" - it is the definitive book on 80s dancehall. Beth is also a photographer--her work has appeared in the Rough Guide, among other publications.

Just for interest sake, is anyone on this thread (or any dub/reggae fans) intrigued?

cybele, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There are a few dancehall recommendations (most of which I still haven't followed up unfortunately) on this thread.

Ian, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

count me in as intrigued - anything we can see on the web yet?

fritz, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Film recommendations: The Harder They Come, Rockers, Heartland Reggae, Countryman & Dancehall Queen.

fritz, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Prince Far I! Any of the 'Cry Tuff Dub Encounter' albs are wicked. Plus U Roy's 'Dread In A Babylon' is full of great songs and has the dubbingest front cover photo of all time!

Andrew L, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A few more roots classics: The Wailing Souls 'Wild Suspense', The Abyssinians 'Satta Massa Gana', Hugh Mundell 'Africa Must Be Free By 1983' + Dub version, The Gladiators 'TrenchTown Mix Up', Mighty Diamonds 'Go Seek Your Rights'. Also some Dennis Brown is essential - the recent Trojan anthology is a good place to start.

Bim Sherman's 'Miracle', while not exactly Reggae, is still utterly wonderful.

Johnathan, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Lee Scratch Perry--Blackboard Jungle Dub

The first dub album? I forget, but one of them. One of the craziest too. Mad loping grooves, everything and the kitchen sink samples before there were samples.

Lee Scratch Perry--Super Ape

Primo mid-70s Scratch. Smooth, rootsical, deep, hypnotic...

Ben Williams, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's inconceivable to imagine someone hearing Prince Far I's "Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3" and not absolutely freaking out over dub, hard.

Andy, Wednesday, 31 October 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Blood& Fire Sampler series is also a very good starting point for the novice. The second one is particularly good. A word of warning however: a glut of sub standard toss has ben reissued in the last few years and the reggae shelves in Tower records are so stuffed now that it's become difficult to differentiate between the good and crap. Any B&F stuff with Steve Barrow sleevenotes is usually a safe bet. Those mini Trojan box sets will also get you off the blocks into the right direction.

David Gunnip, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Add Scientist 'Meets Space Invaders'. Forget Heart of the Congo's, overrated.

Omar, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

My favourite Scientist LP is "Dub Landing", really very fine. Impossible to find, of course (in fact, even my copied copy is impossible to find since it's on a long term lend to a sometime contributor here). Why doesn't someone reissue that, eh?

Tim, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Omar is sooo wrong over Heart of the Congos... mind you, unless you like shrill falsetto vocals it might not be a wise choice.

m jemmeson, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Are there any labels to avoid - I'd heard the reggae CD market was flooded with shoddy product.

Dr. C, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hmmm - JA vinyl is notoriously poor quality, e.g. reground stuff, with badly photocopied sleeves. if you're buying 7"s try and listen to them first, because the mastering can be dreadful besides all the pops etc

there's also loads of dodgy Lee Perry and King Tubby stuff - i.e. CDs put out claiming to be produced by them, or, when they're not lying, they're doing it illegally, and not paying the copyright owner. if you stick to Blood and Fire, Pressure Sounds, On-U, Trojan etc at first you should avoid the real stinkers, although all these labels have been guilty of barrel-scraping with certain releases.

m jemmeson, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

In answer to your original question, can we put reggae and dub together, sure we can, they are utterly, inextricably linked and it's often hard to draw a line between them. If you want to learn more about the origins of reggae and dub, read Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley. If I were to pick one album to set you on your way I'd the Studio One Rockers compil on SOULJAZZ. It's got a bit of everything and doesn't contain a weak track.

Daniel, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Addendum: Lee Perry is playing in New Haven this evening (with the Mad Professor). Should I go?

David Raposa, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hmmmm... Mad Professor is ok live, Lee Perry variable - he can be absolutely terrible. Reggae and dub aren't really 'live' musics, they're better on record or via DJ, IMO.

m jemmeson, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

That is the push I needed to save myself $25. Much obliged.

David Raposa, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

spend the money on reggae records - you won't regret it. live concerts are a nice way to see your heroes, but for a music which is all about skilful production and beautiful voices, live music venues don't really cut it. i think selective CD purchasing is more likely to turn someone on to reggae than a concert

m jemmeson, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Then again, sometimes Mad Professor can be killer.

cybele, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Nope. Mind made up. There's also the risk that my brand new company car could have an illicit rendevous with a cement brick. I like M's idea better - save the money, buy some discs, and acquaint myself with the music that way. I wouldn't mind going, but for TWENTY FIVE bucks?

David Raposa, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

we've talked about this before, david i'm sure. NO show is worth $25 bucks. not even miles davis' corpse in a daishiki.

jess, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Bullshit. I saw Lee Perry a few years ago with Mad Professor. He played for four hours, smoking giant spliffs that would have felled a lesser man in seconds the whole time. You have to see him just to see him prance around. (Great nude photo in Vanity Fair this month).

Ben Williams, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also, dub IS a live music. You can't get the true physical impact of the music without hearing it booming out of enormous bass bins. Just go and hear a really kickass sound system and be transported to another dimension. I don't know if Abu Shanti still plays in London, but he's great.

Ben Williams, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Not to change the subject, but I think paying $32 to see Mission of Burma is pretty fair. Sort of. Maybe. Well, if they dedicate the set to me. And make "Einstein's Day" into "Raposa's Day". And change their name to Dave Is All Good. Yeah, then it'd be worth it.

But never mind me and my minor griping. Have I thanked you all for your recommendations yet? I haven't gone out and bought anything, mind you, but when I do, you'll be the 10th or 11th to know.

David Raposa, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

weed smokers in tha hay-ouse!!!! :)

fuckin contrary: Towers of Dub is better than Yabby U

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

To whoever said that dub needs to be experienced on a giant sound system: word.

You just can't get it loud enough at home. It's gotta be so heavy that you can feel the bass from your fingers through to your toes. I'd pay $25 for that--then again, I'm Canadian. Don't know whether I'd pay $25 US.

cybele, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Live Dub soundsystems are the best way to hear dub, unless you've got a 200k rig in your front room, seeing Jah shaka live the physicality of the bass is sickening, especially mixed with some weed, perfect!

jk, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I saw Lee Perry recently and it was dross. Having said that, dub can work live. Dennis Bovell and the Dub Band, for example, with DB making special effects with his voice. Staggering.

Daniel, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

People with serious knowledge have joined since the last time we covered this territory. I'm sure I'll be returning to this thread before my next trip to the record store. Nice work.

Mark, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i was talking about live reggae concerts, i.e. with a band, singers etc, which *usually* wouldn't be a great introduction to reggae.

dub sound-systems play a variety of *records*, and are a safer bet as an introduction (as well as getting the impact of the bass. Jah Shaka is very good, another big UK name is Aba Shanti. most JA sound systems will play dancehall.

m jemmeson, Friday, 2 November 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

found 'em

Vol 1: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wlku2kpjjifbs7a/AACBeaEm8pyJhMVk4BJY2rM-a?dl=0
Vol 2: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/517kscvshytylke/AAAs2F_P5WUYzxgYQiyFHjl7a?dl=0

I could probably do a volume 3 if people are interested

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 July 2016 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks! V much looking forward to these. Judging from the reaction upthread I'm sure a third volume would be popular...

toby, Friday, 8 July 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Tracklisting:

1. Dreada Dread - Jacob Miller (Tenement Yard)
2. Simpleton Badness - Tappa Zukie (Man ah Warrior)
3. Message to the Ungodly - Niney the Observer (Sing It Wicked Style)
4. Valley of Joeasephat - Smith and the Prophets (Yabby You: Deeper Roots)
5. Blackman Land - Prince Far I (Message from the King)
6. None of Jah Jah Children No Cry - Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus (Rastafari)
7. Holy Mount Zion - Wayne Jarrett (Showcase Vol. 1)
8. Free Black People - Burning Spear (Spear Burning 1975-1979)
9. The Great Psalms - U-Roy (Dread in a Babylon)
10. Sufferation - Tyrone Taylor (Sufferation: The Deeper Roots of Niney the Observer)
11. Revolution (Total Destruction) - The Heptones (Party Time Deluxe Edition)
12. Chant Down Babylon - Sylford Walker (Lamb's Bread)
13. Africa Must Be Free by 1983 - Hugh Mundell (Africa Must Be Free by 1983)
14. Lion Dub - Linval Thompson (Negrea Love Dub)
15. Open the Gate - Dennis Brown (So Long Rastafari)
16. Only Jah - Earl Zero (Only Jah Can Ease the Pressure)
17. I'm Gonna Hold On - Sugar Minott (Black Roots)
18. Oil in a Babylon - General Echo (Teacher Fi Di Class 1979-1980)
19. Robin Hood - Barrington Levy (Robin Hood)
20. Don't Touch I Dread - Barrington Spence (Yabby You: Deeper Roots)
21. Rastaman Dub - Horsemouth Wallace (Original Armageddon Dub)
22. On That Day - Philip Fullwood (Spear Burning 1975-1979)
23. Judgment On the Land - Tappa Zukie (The Man From Bozrah)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

sweet, thanks again outic

marcos, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm a huge fan of these mixes

marcos, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

thx - my pleasure!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 16:41 (one year ago) Permalink

awesome! thx for the links

moullet, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

full disclosure this mix is heavier on the roots and less so on the dub side, I wasn't too strict about style, was going more for consistent tone and content etc

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Love these mixes too. Thanks for sharing. Don't think I had Vol.3.

A few years back I made a little fade in/fade out mix of some dub/roots tunes. I may have posted it before but since folks are digging this vibe I thought I would toss it out again.

http://biznotic.com/music/badcompany.mp3

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks Οὖτις and brotherlovesdub -- these mixes are great!

city worker, Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:34 (one year ago) Permalink

i have a mix from awhile back and accompanying dub version
mix
mix dub

am0n, Thursday, 14 July 2016 16:23 (one year ago) Permalink

huh did not know that Junior Ross & the Spears track/album thx amon!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

its from this comp

am0n, Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Both albums on that comp are amazing.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Add mine to the voices eagerly anticipating checking these mixes out. Thanks to both of you for those.

In the meantime just wanted to say I was really touched by Beres Hammond's Rockaway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj-E-YnyLK4

Maybe kind of corny but I feel like that message really resonates right now.

viborg, Sunday, 24 July 2016 02:14 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

my first reggae 45 purchase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW3mCOO83g4

Οὖτις, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink

a good one!

marcos, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

love most of the jah stitch stuff ive heard

marcos, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

I only have that single and Dread Inna Jamdown but yeah he seems p reliably great

Οὖτις, Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

meant to post this last week, i heard this eek a mouse tune during a reggae program on one of my local college radio stations, i was impressed esp not being very familiar w/ eek a mouse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dmxg3nEQIs

marcos, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

produced by linval thompson, roots radics are backing band

marcos, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

dude is a legend obviously but ... tbh that goofy name has always put me off

Οὖτις, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

ha me too, then i heard this and in search of that starker, sparser post-roots early dancehall sound i started to get really intrigued

marcos, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Wa Do Dem is a classic, especially of that particular sound. check out "Ganja Smuggling"

rob, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRb7mprbj54

Οὖτις, Friday, 13 January 2017 16:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

good footage! what's the year?

marcos, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

good number of white hippies in the audience

marcos, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

no idea what year this is, late 70s by the look of it

Οὖτις, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Think that footage is from the undercard of the One Love Peace Concert from '78, most famous for this:

http://jamaicans.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Bob-Marley-joins-the-hands-of-Michael-Manley-Edward-Seaga.jpg

Tim, Friday, 13 January 2017 19:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

hmm yeah looks like it

Οὖτις, Friday, 13 January 2017 19:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

It passed me by when it was announced, but VP has reissued Pick A Dub by Keith Hudson, with the original artwork and a second LP of the vocal versions.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 13 January 2017 20:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

Trenchtown Mix-Up by the Gladiators has to be one of the best reggae albums in history. Literally no bad songs on it at all. How can I lobby for a reissue?

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 16 January 2017 12:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's still available isn't it? On CD at least. It's a good one for sure.

I see that "Madness" by the Maytones is being reissued soon, that's a belter.

Tim, Monday, 16 January 2017 12:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

yeah i meant on record. it's just brilliant.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 16 January 2017 12:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0vFeWqVTnY

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 January 2017 18:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

wtf @ munchkin voice chorus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPO6yFXrIWo

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

haha

marcos, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

I can't think of any other reggae song I've heard that uses that particular trick, it really jumped out at me. got a few more 45s recently

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZUxRWt-wK8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHqD4r1-opc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh2s-qeTqXM

Οὖτις, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

don't think I have ever been so bummed about a website going black for months on end as I am about roots-archives

Οὖτις, Friday, 5 May 2017 22:15 (six months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

anyone know where this footage is from?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGf7gr_dmyU

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:56 (two months ago) Permalink

longer version of same Pablo footage iwth live concert footage. great find :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piyxGr53lIo

grapsta, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hah, i bought Blackheart Man back in the day especially because I liked the metalness of the cover

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 15:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

solid album

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

blackheart man is excellent, i tend to go to that one more than the actual wailers albums

marcos, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Wailers' collective discography (early rocksteady stuff, Lee Perry era, the two with Bob, and then Bob, Peter and Bunny's solo albums) represents a pretty weird cross-section of reggae when you think about it. I'm not sure what I like the best, but it's probably Catch a Fire and Burnin'.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

god i love that Massive Dread sleeve

brimstead, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've never heard/seen that one!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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