Gregory Isaacs – Cool Ruler
Virgin records / Frontline 1978

Although this album didn’t bring him the international
breakthrough he had hoped for, ‘Cool Ruler’ became a
Gregory Isaacs classic later and is considered one of his
very best. The king of lover’s rock made some unforget-
table records of which we already had several. Gregory
died far too young, aged 59, of lung cancer. If we look
at Gregory’s life, the unfortunate cocaine abuse, I tend
to focus on his early successes. He truly
was one of the best.

Alhoewel deze plaat hem niet de gehoopte internationale
doorbraak bracht, werd ‘Cool Ruler’ later een klassieker
en wordt beschouwd als een van zijn beste albums. De
koning van de lover’s rock maakte een aantal onvergetelijke
platen waarvan we er al diverse hadden. Gregory stierf veel
te jong, op 59 jarige leeftijd. Als we naar zijn leven kijken,
het spijtige coke gebruik, focus ik het liefst op zijn vroege
successen. Hij was absoluut éen van de grootsten ..

Wikipedia
Cool Ruler
Discogs

In Person 1974
Night Nurse 1982
The Lonely Lover 1980
Mr. Isaacs 1982
More Gregory 1981
Best of Gregory Isaacs vol. 2 1981
All I Have is Love 1976
The Early Years 1981
The Best of Gregory Isaacs 1977
Soon Forward 1979
Rockers 1979

01 – Native woman
02 – John public
03 – Party in the slum
04 – Uncle joe
05 – Word of the farmer
06 – One more time
07 – Let’s dance
08 – Don’t pity me
09 – Created by the father
10 – Raving tonight

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Mutabaruka – Check It !
Alligator Records 1983

Early eighties the reggae/dub poetry movement took place.
We saw Poet and the Roots, which was Linton Kwesi Johnson,
Michael Smith, Benjamin Zephaniah, Oku Onoura and also
Mutabaruka. This is his 1983 album we played a lot almost
40 years ago, time flies. The lyrics are still relevant today.
Protest songs about war, rape, discrimination and a rotten
system can easily be listened to in the present time.

In de vroege jaren tachtig was er een beweging gaande die
we reggae/dub poëzie noemen. Jongens als Poet and the Roots,
(Linton Kwesi Johnson) Michael Smith, Benjamin Zephaniah,
Oku Onoura, maar ook Mutabaruka deden hun ding. Dit is
zijn plaat uit 1983, veel gedraaid bijna 40 jaar geleden.
De tijd vliegt. Deze teksten die oorlog, verkrachting,
discriminatie en het verrotte systeem belichten,
kunnen ook vandaag nog worden beluisterd.

Wikipedia
Discogs
All Music, biography

Poet and the Roots, Dread Beat an’ Blood 1978
Linton Kwesi Johnson, Forces of Victory 1979

01 – Intro, Check it
02 – De system
03 – Every time a ear the soun’
04 – Witeman country
05 – Whey mi belang ?
06 – Say
07 – Angola invasion
08 – Hard time loving
09 – Butta pan kulcha
10 – Sit dung pon de wall, Naw give up

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Lee van Cleef – Reggae Sunsplash
Revolutionary Sounds 1982

One of the hottest voices in reggae music belongs to Lee
van Cleef, who took his name from the famous movie actor.
We only find his two albums from 1982, the singles ‘Wiser
than Solomon’ and ‘Different Fashion’ were already on my
Reggae Monster Originals comps. I’m glad to bring the
Reggae Sunsplash elpee today. My copy only had a
white sleeve, took the covers from the web ..

Sinds begin jaren tachtig was ik al gek van de singles, ‘Wiser
than Solomon’ an ‘Different Fashion’ welke je op twee van
de Reggar Monster Originals compilations kunt vinden. Op
elpee heeft Lee van Cleef slechts twee albums uitgebracht.
Zijn stem is een van de mooiste in het veld. Blij vandaag de
tweede te brengen, mijn plaat had alleen een witte hoes,
ik heb de andere voor je van het web gehaald, luister ..

Discogs

Rock it to Me Twice 1982
Reggae Monster originals, part 2
Reggae Monster Originals, part 4

01 – Reggae sunsplash
02 – Don’t tax me fi dat
03 – Dead in ina bed
04 – Gonna love her tonight
05 – Country john
06 – Different fashion
07 – Dread at the controls
08 – Spot and beat the banker
09 – Shirley
10 – Whole heap a girls

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Freddy McGregor – I am Ready
Studio One 1982

Freddy mcGregor’s ‘Big Ship’ is currently No. 10 in our list
of most downloaded albums. It is a huge hit and always was.
Today one of his records from the same year, 1982. Listen ..

Wikipedia
Discogs

Big Ship 1982

01 – I am ready
02 – I won’t cry
03 – Africa here I come
04 – Too late
05 – Sweet child
06 – Stop the world
07 – Ghetto child
08 – You’ve turned away
09 – Bredda labba labba
10 – My guiding star

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Hugh Mundell – Jah Fire
with Lacksley Castell
Live and Love 1980

This short album with only eight songs is credited to Hugh
Mundell while it should in fact be on the name of both Hugh
Mundell and Lacksley Castell. Also see previous post ..

Dit korte album met slechts acht nummers wordt toegeschreven
aan Hugh Mundell terwijl het feitelijk een plaat is met Zowel
Hugh Mundell als Lacksley Castell. Zie ook de vorige post ..

Discogs

01 – Lacksley Castell – Be my princess lady
02 – Hugh Mundell – Jah fire
03 – Hugh Mundell – Walk with jah
04 – Hugh Mundell – King of israel
05 – Lackskey Castell – Million miles
06 – Lacksley Castell & Hugh Mundell – My woman can
07 – Lacksley Castell – You over there
08 – Lacksley Castell – Black sheep

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Lacksley Castell – Princess Lady
Negus Roots 1983

His album ‘Morning glory’ is on number 15 in our download
list, 15 of over 3000 posts is a huge score. Today we have his
second and last solo album ‘Princess Lady’. He made one other
record with Hugh Mundell called ‘Jah Fire’, we’ll have that one
soon. Both singers died an untimely death, way too young.
Lacksley Castell died after being sick, age 24. Hugh Mundell was
shot during an assault while sitting in his car with his wife and
Junior Reid in the backseat. Reid survived the assault. Mundell
was only 21 years old. Both singers and close friends died late
1983, Mundell in October and Castell in November, both
singers had a promising career ahead, what a loss ..

Zijn album ‘Morning Glory’ staat op nummer 15 in onze download
lijst. Nummer 15 van meer dan 3000 posts is een geweldige score.
Vandaag hebben we zijn tweede en laatste solo album genaamd
‘Princess Lady’. Hij maakte nog één andere plaat samen met Hugh
Mundell genaamd ‘Jah Fire’, die hebben we voor later deze week gepland.
Beide zangers stierven zeer vroegtijdig, veel en veel te jong. Lacksley
Castell na een ziekbed, 24 jaar oud. Hugh Mundell werd tijdens een
overval dood geschoten terwijl hij in z’n auto zat met zijn vrouw en
Junior Reid op de achterbank. Reid overleefde de overval. Mundell
was slechts 21 jaar oud. Beide zangers en goede vrienden stierven
eind 1983, Mundell in Oktober en Castell in November, beiden
hadden een veel belovende carrière voor de boeg,
een groot verlies ..

Lacksley Castell, Wikipedia
Lacksley Castell, Discogs

Hugh Mundell, Wikipedia
Hugh Mundell, Discogs

Lacklsey Castell, Morning Glory 1982
Hugh Mundell, Africa Must Be Free By 1983 1978
Hugh Mundell, Blackman’s Foundation 1983
Augustus Pablo, East of the River Nile 1978

01 – Genie in a jar
02 – Johnny brown
03 – Guiding light
04 – Unkind to myself
05 – Old dusty clothes
06 – Untrue love
07 – Wicked man
08 – This girl & me
09 – Black sheep
10 – Princess lady

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Dillinger – Dillinger
Surprise 1977

It was Lee Perry’s idea to use the stage name Dillinger
after gangster John Dillinger. His real name is Lester Randal
Bullock. Dillinger made a nice pile of records, but never
really had a major breakthrough. Only his ‘Cocaine in My Brain’
became a number one hit and only in the Netherlands. It was
released in 1976. The album we have today is from 1977 ..

Wikipedia
Discogs

with the Upsetters 1985
D.J.’s, various artists 1985

01 – African world wide
02 – Truth and rights
03 – Don’t take another man’s life
04 – Trial and crosses
05 – Jah love
06 – Mind your own business

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The Rasses – Experience
Ballistic Records 1979

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Meet Lincoln Thompson.
“He began his recording career as a harmony singer along with
Cedric Myton of The Congos in 1967, in a band called The Tartans,
who then split up in 1969. In 1971 he was taken on by Coxsone Dodd
and recorded three songs with him at Studio One called “Daughters of
Zion”, “True Experience” and “Live Up to Your..” (read more ..) This is their
second album from 1979, very friendly reggae with this feel
good band. On Ballistic Records ..

Discogs

01 – Nobody her but me
02 – Blessed are the meek
03 – Slave driver
—- You gotta have love (Jah love)
04 – Babylon is falling
05 – True experience
06 – For once in my life
07 – Walk in jah light
08 – Jungle fever
09 – Thanksgiving

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Sly and Robbie
60’s, 70’s into the 80’s = Taxi
Island Records / Taxi 1981



One of the world’s most famous and greatest bassplayers
has died. Robert Warren Dale, or just Robbie Shakepeare
left us after being ill sometime from kidney problems.
Robbie was one half of rhythm twins Sly & Robbie and
was only 68 years old. They played with half of the
Jamaican reggae artists and people like Mick Jagger,
Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Grace Jones
and many many others. When Black Uhuru and King
Sunny Adé came to Amsterdam, for a double gig in
the Jaap Eden Hal, in june 1984, I had the honour
of meeting Sly & Robbie. My good friend Gerard Kamer
who had a radio show called ‘Demo’ interviewed them
at the Sonesta Hotel afterwards. I still have the picture.
we were 26 years old and clearly had a few smokes. 😉
I never forget the things Robbie said about Peter Tosh
that evening. Let’s say they weren’t the best of friends.
Listen to this 1981 Taxi album on which Sly & Robbie
do the main vocal parts, quite exceptional. I had to
place the skips manual so better listen to the whole
record in one session.
RIP Robbie ..

Één van ‘s werelds meest bekende en beste bassisten
heeft ons verlaten. Robert Warren Dale, of gewoon
Robbie Shakespeare overleed aan nier problemen
na daar al een tijdje mee te hebben gestoeid. Hij was
slechts 68 jaar oud. Robbie Shakespeare was de helft
van het beroemde ‘ritme duo’ Sly & Robbie. Zij speelden
met zo’n beetje de helft van alle Jamaicaanse artiesten
en met mensen als Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jackson
Browne, Joe Cocker, Grace Jones en vele vele anderen.
Toen Black Uhuru en King Sunny Adé in de Jaap Eden
Hal in Amsterdam speelden in een dubbel concert in
juni 1984, heb ik de eer gehad hen te ontmoeten. Mijn
goede vriend Gerard Kamer, die toen zijn radio show
‘Demo’ had interviewde hen in het Sonesta Hotel
achteraf. Ik heb de foto van toen bewaard. We waren
26 jaar oud en hadden duidelijk wat gerookt. 😉 Ik zal
nooit vergeten wat Robbie toen vertelde over Peter
Tosh, laat ik zeggen dat ze geen beste vrienden waren.
Luister naar dit Taxi album uit 1981, Sly & Robbie doen
zelf, vrij uitzonderlijk, de meeste vokalen. Ik moest
de ‘skips’ handmatig plaatsen dus luister
liefst in één keer af.
RIP Robbie ..

Jaap Eden Hal concerts
Discogs
Robbie Shakespeare, Wikipedia

All Posts with Sly & Robbie

01 – You don’t care
02 – Bum ball
03 – Only sixteen
04 – You have caught me
05 – Rain from the sky
06 – When I fall in love
07 – Conquer me
08 – Swing easy
09 – Soul serenade
10 – Who done it
11 – Stampede
12 – I should have known better
13 – Watermelon man
14 – El pussy cat ska

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Ranking Superstar
Repatriation Time
I’m in Love with a Dreadlock
Lord Koos 1980

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You may have noticed reggae is on repeat here at my turntable.
Old times relive when listening to all the hot reggae records bought
some 40 years ago when my friends and I were almost fulltime
skanking. Early eighties we were attending concerts of many many
Jamaicans visiting Amsterdam and other surrounding cities. I don’t
know how many times we frequented Paradiso, enjoying the bands
that came to play in my favorite music temple of those days. This
is the 1980 ´Repatriation Time, I´m in Love with a
Dreadlock´, with Ranking Superstar ..

Het was je wellicht al opgevallen dat reggae momenteel weer volop
op de draaitafel ligt hier. Oude tijden herleven als ik luister naar al de
toffe reggae platen die zo’n 40 jaar geleden gekocht werden. In die tijd
waren mijn vrienden en ik onophoudelijk van de partij bij de vele vele
concerten van de Jamaicaanse artiesten die Amsterdam en omliggende
steden bezochten. Ik weet niet hoe vaak we Paradiso frequenteerden
om de concerten te genieten die toentertijd mijn favoriete muziek
tempel aandeden. Dit is het in 1980 uitgebrachte ´Repatriation
Time, I´m in Love With a Dreadlock´, met
Ranking Superstar ..

01 – Repatriation time
02 – Lovers rock
03 – Red and dread
04 – Dreadlocks affair
05 – Peaceful natty dread
06 – Rastafari calling
07 – Matilda
08 – Just because
09 – Jal lights

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Barrington Levy – Run Come Ya!
Puff Records 1981

After playing Barrington Levy’s Robin Hood again I got
the taste of more Barrington. ‘Run Come Ya!’ from 1981
which we have today is maybe not so well known, but
almost from that level. It is the type of record that grows
on you. The more you hear it, the better it gets.
Absorb and share it ..

Na het wederom intensief beluisteren van Barrington
Levy’s Robin Hood kreeg ik de smaak te pakken. ‘Run
Come Ya!’ uit 1981 die we hier vandaag hebben is
misschien minder bekend, maar bijna net zo goed.
Het is het type album dat groeit, hoe vaker je het
hoort, hoe mooier het wordt. Slurp binnen,
luister en verspreid ..

01 – I’m not in love
02 – The love of jah
03 – Lost and found
04 – Run come ya man
05 – Time hard
06 – Full understanding

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Barrington Levy – Robin Hood
Greensleeves Records 1980

Last night I was watching the western ‘The Harder They Fall’
by clip director Jeymes Samuel on Netflix. Heavily influenced
by Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino, he created a black cowboy
film in which he used reggae and soul songs. I quite enjoyed it
despite the bloody scenes. Very strong was the use of a version
of Barrington Levy’s ‘Here I Come’ (Broader than Broadway) and
Dennis Brown’s ‘Promised Land’. It inspired me to record a
classic Barrington album today. From 1980 we’ve got the great
‘Robin Hood’, backed by the Roots Radic Band, arranged and
produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, mixed by Scientist, a
must have for every reggae lover. I added some
classic Barrington songs as a bonus ..

Gisteravond keek ik op Netflix de western ‘The Harder They Fall’
van zanger, producer en clipregiseur Jeymes Samuel. Duidelijk
beïnvloed door Quentin Tarantino en Sergio Leone maakte hij
deze zwarte cowboy film waarin hij gebruik maakt van reggae
en soul muziek. Ik heb er, ondanks de bloedige scenes, behoorlijk
van genoten. IJzersterk vond ik het gebruik van Barrington Levy’s
‘Here I Come'(Broader than Broadway) en Dennis Brown’s ‘Pro-
mised Land’. Het inspireerde me vandaag een klassiek Barrington
album op te nemen. Uit 1980 komt het mooie ‘Robin Hood’, met
de Roots Radic Band, arranged en produced door Henry ‘Junjo’
Lawes en gemixed door Scientis, een ‘must’ voor elke reggae
liefhebber. Ik heb enkele Barrington classic
als bonus toegevoegd ..

Wikipedia
Discogs

Money Move 1984
Teach Me Culture 1983

01 – Robin hood
02 – Rock and come in
03 – Love sister carol
04 – Gonna tell your girlfriend
05 – You come to ask me what is love
06 – Why did you leave me
07 – Many changes in life
08 – Na broke no fight over no woman
09 – When friday come
10 – Like how you kiss and caress me

bunus tracks

11 – Here I come (Broader than broadway)
12 – Shine eye girl
13 – Under me sensi

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Culture – Baldhead Bridge
Joe Gibbs Record Globe 1978

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Baldhead Bridge is Culture’s second album from 1978 when
they were still under the guidance of Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson.
The numbers were derived from their first recording session, the
one they did for their debut album ‘Two Sevens Clash’, their UK
break through. Another song that scored big time was ‘The
international herb’ which you may find on Vital Selection.
Don’t forget to read both the Wiki pages of singer Joseph
Hill and Culture. Get, spread and listen to Cultures second ..

Baldhead Bridge was het tweede album van reggae band Culture.
Hij is uit 1978 en de nummers stammen van hun eerste opname
sessie onder de bezielende leiding van Joe Gibbs en Errol Thompson.
De opnames waren tevens van hun debuut album ‘Two Sevens Clash’,
de plaat die voor hun doorbraak in het Verenigd Koninkrijk zorgde.
Culture is ook bekend van hun single ‘The international herb’ die je
op hun Vital Selection vindt. Vegeet niet de beide Wiki pagina’s van
zanger Joseph Hill en Culture te lezen. Pak mee en luister ..

Wiki Culture
Wiki Joseph Hill
Discogs

Vital Selection 1981

01 – Them a payaka
02 – How can I leave jah
03 – Baldhead bridge
04 – Behold I come
05 – Love shines brighter
06 – Jah love
07 – Zion gate
08 – So long babylon a fool I (and I)

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