Jamaican Deejays: Search and Destroy as I Would Say

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So I have U-Roy's "Super Boss" comp.; have heard a little bit of I-Roy, Michigan & Smiley, and Trinity. Prince Jazzbo's name is coming up a lot during searches, so I'll check him out. Who else should I know of? Any definite classics in this genre?

naus, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:25 (nine years ago) link

I-Roy and U-Roy are the kings in my opinion

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:27 (nine years ago) link

Big Youth, probably next in line

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:28 (nine years ago) link

Jazzbo has a lot of good tracks despite being a bit of a plodder

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:28 (nine years ago) link

Prince Far I is a favourite of mine.

Neil S, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:28 (nine years ago) link

Big Youth - Natty Universal Dread is pretty Issential

making plans for nyquil (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:30 (nine years ago) link

Thanks. Just before posting, I found a comp called "Original Foundation Deejays" on Spotify. After that, and sleep, will search Prince Far I and the Big Youth album.

BTW, the comp I queued has lots of I-Roy, U-Roy, Trinity, and Jazzbo, but also Dennis Alcapone, Big Joe, Clint Eastwood, Dillinger, and Jah Stitch. Never heard of any of the ones not mention in my initial post, but will give them a listen too.

naus, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:43 (nine years ago) link

Any other links, whether YouTube, Spotify, or whatever, would be appreciated.

naus, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:44 (nine years ago) link

Soul Jazz Records have done a whole series of Deejay compilations IIRC, and Spotify has a good selection of Prince Far I records. This one's a good place to start: http://open.spotify.com/album/6Uq1Pi1vKh675ASId0elCs

Neil S, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:44 (nine years ago) link

Jah Stitch, "Original Ragga Muffin (1975–77)" is killer

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:46 (nine years ago) link

Dillinger's "Cocaine in My Brain" is amazing, it post-dates the classic 70s deejay era but is the year zero for digital reggae:


Neil S, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:50 (nine years ago) link

just want to say that the title of this thread makes me so happy, asiwouldsay

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 9 May 2013 15:48 (nine years ago) link

As I-Roy would say, makes me feel free, like a bird in a tree

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 15:50 (nine years ago) link


am0n, Thursday, 9 May 2013 17:13 (nine years ago) link


am0n, Thursday, 9 May 2013 17:14 (nine years ago) link

Yellowman had a great stretch in early 80s, search all that

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 May 2013 18:14 (nine years ago) link

lot of good recs on this thread, can i just mention WELTON IRIE


the late great, Thursday, 9 May 2013 18:26 (nine years ago) link

Madlib did a great mix of about 40 Trojan classics about 10 years ago: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Madlib-Presents-Blunted-Bomb-Shelter/dp/B00006RYH6 probably findable as a zip or whatevs, some classic ska and reggae but also some deep deejay cuts.

Neil S, Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:04 (nine years ago) link

highlight from it


Neil S, Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:05 (nine years ago) link

All great stuff on this thread so far, but I have a question. Is there a defining point between deejay tracks and dancehall proper? When was it? The early-80s stuff from Yellowman and Sister Nancy that I've heard is way different than the mid/late-70s stuff on this thread. Was it something that had been going on for a while but hadn't made it onto record?

naus, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:53 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

I don't know U-Roy's catalog that well but Version Galore is a favorite of mine. Hard to go wrong toasting over the Paragons. RIP


reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:45 (one year ago) link

Rip U-Roy, a pioneer toaster

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:47 (one year ago) link

oh shoot, missed that he had died. RIP

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:50 (one year ago) link

Awesome story from Jon Langford:

Mekons played the beautiful Sines Festival in a Castle in Portugal in 2010. Took the boys down to breakfast and met U-Roy my total hero and he graciously invited us to sit with him. I was doing the Eclectic Company show for WXRT at the time and ran back upstairs to get my mini-recorder with Tommy running behind me yelling "Everyone U-Roy is here! U-Roy is here!".
They knew exactly who he was from those long drives to school with me cranking his tunes. We did a little interview in the hotel breakfast room. To my horror Tommy's hand reached out and started stroking U-Roy's dreadlocks. "It's cool" said U-Roy "He can touch them." He did a station ID "This is U-Roy and you are listening to Jon Langford on the The Electric (sic) Company on WXRT, Chicago's finest RAAAAHHK!.... your son told me to say that". Well done James. Later he came out by the pool and waved to all the Mekons and we waved back...
I pinched a bunch of his records from the VIRGIN press office in Vernon Yard back in 1979 and I still treasure them. They've been played so much down the years its amazing they still work, but they do, that incredible authoritative voice burned deep into the grooves forever! Thank you U-Roy - so glad my boys got to meet you - another terrible loss in 2021

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:00 (one year ago) link

I'm in a local history group on Facebook, to post nostalgia about old buildings etc. Some dimbulb woman posted a link mourning Rush Limbaugh's passing, and then got all incredulous when people told her not only was this an improper place for her post, but that Rush was a complete piece of shit.

I told her reggae great U-Roy passed but I didn't go blather on her gardening page about it.

RIP U-Roy.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:36 (one year ago) link

Glad to see his death got a mention on the BBC. News24 at least, don't know about the main news.

I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon to Mark Grout Tonight (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:55 (one year ago) link

A terrible loss indeed. What a great.

Jah Jah Call You.

It wasn't om the main news but I'm happy the Beeb acknowledged it.

stirmonster, Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:08 (one year ago) link

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