Duke Reid – Ba Ba Boom
Trojan Records 1988

Eind jaren tachtig verscheen op Trojan Records de Producer
Serie, een stuk of tien lp’s met telkens de werken van een be-
paalde producer. Deze uit 1988 is met de rocksteady van Duke
Reid. Zestien toffe tracks van tussen 1967 en 1972. Na de snelle
ska en voor de wat tragere reggae zat de rocksteady, een periode
waarin veel heerlijke liedjes, die ook vandaag nog goed meegaan,
werden gemaakt. Luister ..

towards the end of the eighties Trojan released the producer
Series, a collection of records with every time the works of a
certain producer. This one from 1988 contains a bunch of rock-
steady tunes by the hand of producer Duke Reid. Sixteen nice
songs from between 1967 and 1972. After the fast ska and be-
fore the slower reggae there was rocksteady, a period in which
many awesome songs, which still are played today, appeared.

Sufferer’s Choice 1988
Joe Gibbs & Friends 1988
Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, Musical fever 1967 – 1968 1989
Scotty, Unbelievalble Sounds 1988
Junior Byles, The Upsetter Years 1987
Niney the Observer and Friends 1989
Discogs, The Producer Series
Duke Reid, Golden Hits

tracks ;

01 – The Jamaicans – Ba ba boom
02 – The Paragons – Only a smile
03 – The Three Tops – Do it right
04 – Justin Hinds and theDominoes – Carrie go bring come
05 – The Techniques – I’m in the mood for love
06 – Alton Ellis – Willow tree
07 – The Paragons – My best girl
08 – The Gladiators – Sweet soul music
09 – Alton Ellis – Breaking up
10 – The Tennors – Hopeful village
11 – The Termites – Love up kisss up
12 – Justin Hinds and the Dominoes – brotheration
13 – John Holt & Joya Landis – I’ll be lonely
14 – Phyllis Dillon – Midnight confession
15 – The Tennors – Weather report
16 – The Melodians – Passion love

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This is Reggae Music vol. 2 – Various Artists
Island Records Inc. 1975

From 1976 I worked in our town’s famous youth center ‘De Tagrijn’.
Ever since I worked there this record was playing on a daily basis.
I don’t know how many times I must have heard it and nowadays it
still brings up loads of nice memories. Tracks like ‘Scotty and
Lorna, Skank in Bed’, but also the opening song, ‘Time so Hard’
by George Dekker, wonderful stuff that takes me back in time.
It stood at the beginning of my reggae education more or less.
A Chris Blackwell, Island Records product.
I still cherish it today ..

Vanaf 1976 werkte ik in Hilversum’s bekende jongeren centrum ‘de Tagrijn’.
Deze plaat werd er zo’n beetje elke dag gedraaid, ik weet niet hoe vaak
ik ‘m gehoord moet hebben. Tot op de dag van vandaag brengt hij talloze
herrinneringen bij me naar boven. Tracks als ‘Scotty & Lorna, Skank in Bed’
maar ook de openings song ‘Time so Hard’ van George Dekker, geweldig spul,
het neemt me nog altijd mee terug in de tijd. Ik denk dat deze plaat zo’n
beetje aan de basis stond van m’n reggae opleiding zogezegd. Een Chris
Blackwell, Island Records product, ik koester hem nog altijd ..

Tagrijn Reünie

tracks ;

01 – George Dekker – Time so hard
02 – Peacemakers – Run come sharp
03 – Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Skank in bed
04 – Rudie Mowatt – Love you baby
05 – Third World – Freedom song
06 – The Heptones – Country boy
07 – Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on heaven’s door
08 – Augustus Pablo – King tubby meets the rockers uptown
09 – Desi Young – I don’t know why I love you
10 – Burning Spear – Marcus garvey

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The Heptones – On Top
Studio One 1968

Quite frankly, there is absolutely no necessity for an introduction
of the Heptones to you, as I presume you already know all about
the boys and their musical activities.
To date, they are considered by thousands, to be the hottest ex-
ponents of Jamaica’s current musical trend – the Rock Steady.
Proof of this may be had from a listen to this magnificent new
LP, recently recorded by the singers.
This exciting album, is bejewelled with many “lava-hot” renditions,
all polished up quite nicely by the singers. This is the Heptones’
second LP, and take it as I give it – it is tougher than their former;
for whether it be for relaxed listening, or for putting a life into a
party, you’re all set to have a righteous good time.
Like I’m saying folks, this LP is a “must stuff”; for it’s gonna put flips
in your tips for decades. The singers say that they have it all planned;
and for what I know, they can’t miss. This “nifty” little package of
sounds, happen to be no ordinary package at all. It’s thunderous,
‘tame-wild’ and soul-filled. It gives a real mean wailop, and when
it gets to you, knocks you flat on your backs. You’ll look up, however,
and you’ll see, guess who you’ll see? The Heptones,
folks – way up there – “On Top”. (Jackie Estrick, liner notes)

Party Time 1976
gregory Isaacs wth The Heptones 1982
Rebel Music 1979
Best of Studio One 1983
Wikipedia
Discogs

tracks ;

01 – Equal rights
02 – Pure sorrow
03 – Heptones gonna fight
04 – I hold the handle
05 – My baby is gone
06 – Soul power
07 – Take me darling
08 – We are in the mood
09 – Sea of love
10 – pretty looks isn’t all
11 – Party time
12 – I love you

Bonus tracks ;

13 – A change is gonna come
14 – When you are down
15 – Oil in my lamp
16 – Party time (cleaner version)

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Channel One . Well Charge – Various Artists
Rough Trade 1980

During the period of early 70’s, from 1973, Channel One began to
create a sound that made them for the next few years the most
popular record label in Jamaica. With every song coming out of
Channel One becoming a hit with groups such as The Mighty Dia-
monds, Pat Kelly, Junior Byles, Earth and Stone, The Revolutiona-
ries, and Jays and more. The Channel One mix and Sound became
so famous that other producers tried to capture it. The resident
session men known as The Revolutionaries such as Sly and Robbie,
Willie Lindo, Rad Bryan and Ansell Collins made the main line-up
with added musicians such as Chinna and lloyd Parks and the horn
section made up of Tommy McCook, Hedley Bennett and Vin
Gordon. Special thanks to Austin Palmer who
selected these tunes. (liner notes)

tracks ;

01 – Jays – Queen majesty
02 – Pat kelly – My girl
03 – Johnny Osbourne – Kiss somebody
04 – Hugh Griffiths – This feeling of love
05 – Leroy Smart – Meaning of life
06 – Creole – Moving away
07 – Jays – Pretty looks
08 – The Tamlins – Hard to confess
09 – Bold One – Dry up your tears
10 – The Revolutionaries – I.R.A.
11 – Johnny Osbourne – Quashi
12 – Creole – Beware of your enemies
13 – The Overnight Players – Shaka the great
14 – The Mighty Diamonds – Right time
15 – Junior Byles – Fade away
16 – Bold One – Long about now
17 – Earl Sixteen – The world has just begun
18 – The Revolutionaries – Leftist
19 – Creole – Skylarking
20 – The Mighty Diamonds – Jailhouse
21 – Hell and Fire – Pointless killing
22 – Earth and Stone – That’s the way you feel

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The Meditations – Greatest Hits
Shanachie Records 1984

From 1984 we’ve got this greatest hits album with the Meditations.
Top range of participating artists like Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt, Robbie
Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Mickey Boo, Winston Wright, Willie Lindo,
Ansel Collins, Sticky, Scully, Dean Fraser and many others. Recorded
at Federal Recording Studio, Channel One, Harry J. and Black Ark.
Engineers, Sylvan Morris, Maxie, George Raymond and Lee Perry.

tracks ;

01 – Fly your natty dread
02 – Tricked
03 – Rasta shall conquer
04 – Woman is like a shadow
05 – Standing on the corner
06 – Wake up
07 – Running from jamaica
08 – A wey me do
09 – Turn me loose
10 – Ram jam session

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Fat Man Ridim Section – Bald Head Justice
Top Ranking Sounds 1978

Early eighties, with a couple of friends, we really got stuck in reggae
music. An album that was permanently on the side of the turntable
was this dub version of Jacob Miller’s ‘Wanted’. Bald Head Justice
with the Fat Man Ridim Section of Ian Lewis and his buddies with
Sly and Robbie. I was totally hooked on this one. It is not complex
but somehow has a special touch, nice guitars horns and keys.
A dub lover’s treat you don’t wanna miss out on. I must
have played it thousands of times ..

In de vroege jaren tachtig ben ik met een aantal vrienden echt
even blijven steken in de reggae. Een plaat die niet van de draai-
tafel week was deze dub versie van Jacob Miller’s lp ‘Wanted’.
Bald Head Justice met de Fat Man Ridim Section van Ian Lewis
en zijn companen en met Sly en Robbie. Ik was compleet ver-
slingerd aan dit album. Hij is niet ingewikkeld maar heeft op
de een of andere manier iets bijzonders. Een dub
liefhebber’s droom plaat die je niet wil missen ..

” ..Jah will never give the power to
a bald head man, to judge a rasta man .. ”

Jacob Miller – Wanted 1978
Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard 1975
Wagon of Dub 1982
.. meets Downtown Horns 1979
Discogs

tracks ;

01 – Straight to cuddley’s chest
02 – Wareira hill rock
03 – The “black” spy
04 – Joshua “A” loaf
05 – “Copper” bullet
06 – S.M.G. skank
07 – Laughing babylon
08 – Pass the pipe
09 – Badness never pay

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Jah Woosh – Dreadlocks Affair
Trojan Recordings Ltd. 1976

Jah Woosh, real name Neville Beckford, is 23 years old, a
virgo, and one of the most exciting ‘toasters’ to emerge
from Jamaica in 1976. In may, during his visit to England
he had three records in the reggae top ten at the same
time. We feel this must be some kind of a record!
On this album, his first major solo album to be released in
England, he is backed by the Mighty Clouds and on several
of the titles his vocals are assisted by other Jamaican
artists.
On Albert Classau he is joined by Shelton Wallis and on
Falling in Love, Veronica Adams accompanies him. He
is also joined by Levi Williams on Don’t Do That and
Hubert Lee on In Deh.
All titles are written and produced by himself and
recorded at King Tubby’s and Channel One studio.
A fine debut album from Jah Woosh which should
really establish him as one of the front-line
skankers from Jamaica. (liner notes)

tracks ;

01 – Omega dollar
02 – Midnight version
03 – Albert classau
04 – Shimi skank
05 – Riding melody
06 – Falling in love
07 – Dreadlocks affair
08 – Natty ball head
09 – Don’t do that
10 – Rocking blues
11 – Black freedom
12 – In deh

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Linval Thompson – Look How Me Sexy
Greensleeves 1982

Thompson was raised in Kingston, Jamaica, but spent time
with his mother in Queens, New York, and his recording ca-
reer began around the age of 20 with the self-released “No
Other Woman,” recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Returning to
Jamaica in the mid 1970s he recorded with Phil Pratt, only
to return to New York to study engineering. Returning again
to Jamaica, he worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry at his Black
Ark studio, recording “Kung Fu Man”, and recorded with Bunny
Lee, which resulted in his debut album, Don’t Cut Off Your
Dreadlocks, in 1976.
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Linvall
Discogs Discography

tracks ;

01 – Are you ready
02 – You’re young
03 – Look how me sexy
04 – Call me
05 – Sure of the one you love
06 – Baby mother
07 – I spy
08 – Things couldn’t be the same
09 – Holding on to my girlfriend
10 – Lick up the chalice

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Lee Perry Theme Week, day 7
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Associates
Chicken Scratch Again

Ending this Lee Perry theme week with a freshly made compilation.
It opens with his at Studio One recorded ‘Chicken Scratch’ of which
he got his nick name Scratch. Just a bunch of personal favorites, not
at all covering his immense discography. A whole week, although I
posted several albums on one day, can’t cover the complete works
of this man who truly changed Jamaica’s musical history. A wizard,
an inspiration for many artists in the past, present and future.

We eindigen deze Lee Perry thema week met een voor de gelegen-
heid gemaakte compilatie. Hij opent met zijn bij Studio One gemaakte
‘Chicken Scratch’ waaraan hij zijn naam Scratch ontleende. Slechts een
zwik persoonlijke favorieten die absoluut zijn immense discografie niet
dekken. Een hele week, ofschoon ik soms meerdere albums per dag heb
gepost, kan onmogelijk een degelijke representatie worden genoemd van
het werk van deze man die de Jamaicaanse muziek geschiedenis voor altijd
veranderde. Een tovenaar, een inspiratie bron voor vele artiesten in het
verleden, heden en toekomst.

tracks ;

01 – Lee Perry – Chicken scratch
02 – The Upsetters – Bury the razor
03 – The Upsetters – Not guilty
04 – The Diamonds – Upsetters – Talk about it – Yam a-ky
05 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & the Upsetters – Dub revolution, pt. 1
06 – Charlie Ace & Lee Perry – Cow thief skank
07 – Junior Byles – Curly locks
08 – Lee Perry & the Full Experience – Disco devil
09 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – White belly rat
10 – Horace Smart – Upsetters – Ruffer ruff, Ruffer dub
11 – Lee Perry – Station underground news
12 – Junior Dread – A wat dat
13 – Bunny Clarke – Be thankful
14 – The Upsetters – One punch
15 – Augustus Pablo – Vibrate onn
16 – Leo Graham – My little sandra
17 – Mystic Eyes – Forward with love
18 – Winston Prince – Place called africa (version 3)

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Lee Perry Theme Week, day 5
Lee Perry – Africa’s Blood
Trojan CDTBL 166, 1996

click on it to read

One of Lee Perry’s first albums is this one from 1971. It opens
with a very soulful funky track in which Dave Barker sounds
a bit like James Brown.

Een van Lee Perry’s eerste albums is deze uit 1971 . Hij opent
met een zeer soulvolle funky track waarop Dave Barker bijna als
James Brown klinkt.

tracks ;

01 – Dave Barker – Do your thing
02 – The Upsetters – Deamland
03 – The Upsetters – Long sentence
04 – The Upsetters – Not guilty
05 – The Upsetters – Cool and easy
06 – Addis Ababa Children – Well dread
07 – The Upsetters – My girl
08 – The Upsetters – Sawdust
09 – Winston Price – Place called africa (version 3)
10 – The Hurricanes – Isn’t it wrong
11 – The Upsetters – Go slow
12 – The Upsetters – Bad luck
13 – The Upsetters – Move me
14 – The Upsetters – Surplus

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