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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby dvockins on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:14 pm

+1 everything Tim said.

I think if a nuclear family could have a soundtrack, ours would be the Soul Jazz comp Studio One: Scorcher. I wouldn't say it's the best record ever made, but if I heard it every single day for the rest of my life, I'd be 100% cool with it.

Any John Holt/Paragons singles compilation is awesome.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby milkmeat on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:42 pm

I don't know if anyone has mentioned Joe Gibbs and the African Dub Almighty compilations. Also, much stuff by the Revolutionaries is excellent. Lone Ranger has lots of great songs, start with the early stuff. And everyone should listen to King Stitt at least once. He has a unique style of toasting that is often at real odds with the smooth, soulful songs underneath.

SHIT, I just read on the internet that King Stitt passed away earlier this year. RIP, weirdo.

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby BClark on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:58 pm

tmidgett wrote:
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...?).

well i am the smud, in his original post, mentioned buju banton and sizzla; in my earlier post i mentioned capleton, junior reid, and bounty killa. i put up some links in that post (special attention should be paid to the link to junior reid's collaboration with the rza). those artists are great in my opinion.

i get the sense that most folks around here (myself and smud excepted) don't dig modern reggae so much, and sure the quality control is highly questionable (even the good artists require some sifting through filler tracks), but i insist much of it is really excellent.

for those who want new stuff that doesn't sound like the new stuff, but rather has more of a classic vibe, i recommend restless mashaits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-WSxBVfUZ0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYP0slD ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuVn55F2VDc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ1FCeEe3uU

as you mention, the 80s was a bad time for reggae. not only for the worldwide commercialism and the explosion of faux-reggae acts like ub40, but also for the overwhelming use of cheesy synths and drum machines to make up the entire band. for a genre that was often miles ahead of rock in the use of electronic sound and fx, it's really a shame that all-electronic sound sources nearly spelled the death of the genre. but nowadays there are a few like fatis and bobby dixon who are much more tasteful with using synths and programmed drums.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby warmowski on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:12 pm

Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm



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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Cranius on Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:08 am

Nice King Tubby produced track here:



tmidgett wrote: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.


Yeah, the worldwide success of reggae meant the end of its original sound. As a genre its never really been able to mount a comeback, since the unique conditions of its creation are lost forever.


BCLark wrote:as you mention, the 80s was a bad time for reggae. not only for the worldwide commercialism and the explosion of faux-reggae acts like ub40, but also for the overwhelming use of cheesy synths and drum machines to make up the entire band. for a genre that was often miles ahead of rock in the use of electronic sound and fx, it's really a shame that all-electronic sound sources nearly spelled the death of the genre. but nowadays there are a few like fatis and bobby dixon who are much more tasteful with using synths and programmed drums.


I like a lot of dancehall, too; Cutty Ranks, Tenor Saw and so forth. The Soul Jazz compilation of Studio One dancehall stuff is the best of it. Although, Jamaican music never really returned to the heights of the 70's.

This is a personal favourite:



This is some decent contemporary dancehall sound:

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:24 am

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:24 am

Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:27 am

That one part in Spirit of the Radio by Rush.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Robert G on Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:02 am

Max Romeo's War ina Babylon, with the Upsetters. Sums up the entire political situation at the time it was released, 1976. The title cut has to do with opposing political parties setting the various shanty towns on fire:



and then of course, there's "Chase The Devil."



and "Norman."

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby dabrasha on Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:46 am

Great thread.

Is there a Trouser Press-Reggaesampler type guide worth owning?
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby placeholder on Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:04 pm

dabrasha wrote:Is there a Trouser Press-Reggaesampler type guide worth owning?


The Rough Guide to Reggae is great, although it isn't comprehensive.

The MayorofRockNRoll wrote:D'yer Maker by Led Zeppelin
The Tide is High by Blondie
Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
That one part in Spirit of the Radio by Rush.


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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby AnthonyCinder on Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:02 pm

I recommend not listening to reggae.

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Heath on Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:13 pm

I just picked up Soul Jazz's "Studio One Rockers" and "Studio Rub-A-Dub." I can't recommend them enough.

Rub-A-Dub is not at all what I expected, in the very best way.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby enframed on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:07 pm

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

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This arrived today. Outstanding record, it's other-worldly. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby madmanmunt on Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:47 pm

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Got this playing right now.

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby enframed on Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:58 am

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Another excellent Wackie's release. I think I might like Wackie's dub better than Scientist, Lee Perry, or King Tubby.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby Cranius on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:01 am

Some lullaby dub:

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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby BClark on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:39 pm

enframed wrote:
Isabelle Gall wrote:This is also great, recorded by Bullwackies during the same time as Dance Hall Style.

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This arrived today. Outstanding record, it's other-worldly. Thanks for the recommendation.

oh man this is awesome.
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby tmidgett on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:26 pm

BClark wrote:
enframed wrote:
Isabelle Gall wrote:This is also great, recorded by Bullwackies during the same time as Dance Hall Style.

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This arrived today. Outstanding record, it's other-worldly. Thanks for the recommendation.

oh man this is awesome.


I am buying this!
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Re: Recommend me some reggae

Postby MrMattDiehl on Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:43 am

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