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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby iembalm on Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:33 am

Cranius wrote:Burning Spear Marcus Garvey.

This has been re-released with the instrumental dub version of the album, Garvey's Ghost. Melodious and minimal.


I don't listen to a whole lot of reggae, but I came here to post this. Fabulous album. Thanks for the heads-up regarding the dub release.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby nick92675 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:07 am

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tmidgett wrote:Congos, Heart of the Congos

I have a million of them, but really that's one record everyone who likes music should own.


This one.



never heard this before tonight - thanks for hipping us to it! (it is on rdio.com)
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Heath on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:45 am

nick92675 wrote:
Heath wrote:
tmidgett wrote:Congos, Heart of the Congos

I have a million of them, but really that's one record everyone who likes music should own.


This one.



never heard this before tonight - thanks for hipping us to it! (it is on rdio.com)


Glad you like it! It is my favorite reggae record. So murky and well-crafted. Makes you feel like you're going to start sweating any minute.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby i am the smud on Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:36 am

thanks for recommends, y'all. all of these are great
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby enframed on Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:10 pm

A really good place to go for Jamaican music compilations is Soul Jazz Records.

This one in particular is outstanding:

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But if you go here you can see the many, many comps this label puts out. I've heard a good deal of these and they are all good. Along with the liner notes these are a good way for the novice to learn about music.

I'm not well school in this music so I too am appreciate of recommendations. So far some favorites of mine are The Upsetters' Super Ape, Big Youth's Screaming Target, Augustus Pablo's King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown, and Prince Buster is pretty great. I think I tend towards DJ and dub.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Cranius on Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:34 pm

Someone already mentioned The Heptones:



This song features in the reggae film Rockers, which I hadn't seen until recently. But needless to say it features an excellent selection of tunes.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby BClark on Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:01 pm

i am the smud wrote:Hey y'all, sorry if this has been done already, didn't feel like sifting through 26 pages of search results

I've been listening to basically nothing other than reggae lately, and was hoping the prf could point me to some other cool stuff

Here's the stuff i like

Bunny Wailer
Jah Cure
Gregory Isaacs
Jimmy Cliff
Buju Banton
Sizzla
Bob Marley (duh)
Toots and the Maytals

i'm totally with you on sizzla, buju, isaacs, cliff, and marley. all those dudes you listed are good really.

while lots of good old stuff has already been mentioned, it doesn't seem many replies have hit on your appreciation of the present-day reggae, so i'll start with that:

as a fan of sizzla you should check out capleton (especially this, this, and this)

as a fan of buju you should check out the big bad bounty killa (especially this and this)

also, you might like junior reid. this and this insane track with the rza.

as a fan of the old stuff, the following are my faves but many have been mentioned:

black uhuru
the heptones
the meditations
the congos
the slickers (who i know only for that one song, johnny too bad, but i love that song)
desmond dekker (more old-school ska than reggae, but not to be missed anyhow)
lee scratch perry
augustus pablo
scientist
king tubby

the latter four are dub.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Bill Swansea on Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:09 pm

GypsumFantastic wrote:Misty In Roots Live At The Counter Eurovision is my favourite reggae album.

Yes! Very underrated group in general.

I listen to more dub than reggae, so here's a mix of both...



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(My favourite dub/reggae album)

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Good film too.

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby BClark on Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:45 pm

^^ that scientist album is excellent. and that cover art! probably my favorite album of his, but scientist meets the space invaders and heavyweight dub champion come close.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby sulfur)addict on Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:49 pm

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Ranxerox on Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:50 pm

I would look long and hard at the On-U Sound, Pressure Sounds, and Blood and Fire labels.

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Model Citizen on Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:59 pm

The Cables - What Kind Of World is fantastic.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby tmidgett on Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:13 pm

enframed wrote:A really good place to go for Jamaican music compilations is Soul Jazz Records.


I have mentioned this a hundred times if I did it once, but for about 18mos, I listened to almost nothing but volumes "100%" through "500%" of the Dynamite comps on Soul Jazz. The original ones, not the dancehall ones.

400% Dynamite is marginally less incredible than the other four.

You could do worse than to buy 100% and 200% and never buy another record again.

Another album like that, and the Congos' record, is the Cedric Im Brooks and the Light of Saba LP on Honest Jon's. Wow. Just...everyone should buy it. My mom should have that record.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Heath on Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:54 pm

I would also like to say thanks for the suggestions! Going to check out the 100% Dynamite series tomorrow. Excellent.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Isabelle Gall on Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:35 pm

enframed wrote:Image
Fantastic record.

This is also great, recorded by Bullwackies during the same time as Dance Hall Style.

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Also, someone really needs to get a Scientist reissue program going.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby enframed on Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:03 pm

Isabelle Gall wrote:
enframed wrote:Image
Fantastic record.

This is also great, recorded by Bullwackies during the same time as Dance Hall Style.

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Nice. Will seek, thanks.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Cranius on Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:52 am

tmidgett wrote:Another album like that, and the Congos' record, is the Cedric Im Brooks and the Light of Saba LP on Honest Jon's. Wow. Just...everyone should buy it. My mom should have that record.


Thanks, for this recommendation. I can hear all sorts of wider influences here (particularly, like the carnival jazz songs).
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Braniac5 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:32 pm

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby tmidgett on Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:30 pm

Cranius wrote:
tmidgett wrote:Another album like that, and the Congos' record, is the Cedric Im Brooks and the Light of Saba LP on Honest Jon's. Wow. Just...everyone should buy it. My mom should have that record.


Thanks, for this recommendation. I can hear all sorts of wider influences here (particularly, like the carnival jazz songs).


That is an incredible record.

Jamaican music has always been (well, at least it used always to be...) heavily influenced by all sorts of stuff. The Dynamite comps on Soul Jazz are some kinds of reggae/ska predominantly, but all sorts of music push through. One of the great revelations of those records is how diverse they are.

It also seems to me that Jamaican musicians in general have been highly conscious of their commercial viability. Which killed Jamaican music in the end. Maybe I'm talking out my ass, but that's how I read it.

When they were on their own 'down there,' they just did whatever sold to people in the dance halls--captive audience, willing to embrace a pretty wide variety of music. Anything that survived that period--early 60s thru early 70s--has a real, real high likelihood of being good.

The process of reggae hitting the mainstream started about when Clapton covered I Shot the Sheriff and was complete by the time Peter Tosh signed to the Stones' record label. By that point, a lot of Jamaican musicians were just doing whatever reggaeish bullshit they thought would sell to this new, much larger audience. An inevitably less discerning audience (all large audiences are so).

And so, by then, it was mostly dead.

Last gasp in the late 70s/early 80s with Culture's Two Sevens Clash, LKJ, all those Black Uhuru records that everybody else hates because they have Simmons drums on 'em. Perhaps there have been great reggae records made in the last fifteen years (anyone...?).

But as an awesome, widespread thing happening in real time, it was fucking over.
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