The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall – Reggae Lover Podcast 56

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The original styles of the most popular riddims in dancehall history are all right here in this mix.  Most of the mega hits from the 1980s and 1990s dancehall era’s were remade digital versions of the classics you will hear in this mix.

artwork: The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

If you downloaded Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55, then this will be a great companion.  This segment is more uptempo and even more iconic in content with no songs repeated from the previous mix (except my Little Pinchers dubplate which is on a different riddim).  If you should enjoy, please do leave a comment and share.


Tracklist:
1. Amazing Sound – Mikey General (dubplate)
2. Love is A Feeling – Earl Sixteen
3. Give Praise – Luciano (dubplate)
4. Heptones Gonna Fight – The Heptones
5. Give Love A Try – Barry Brown
6. Here I Stand – Carlton Livingston
7. Pretty Looks Isn’t All – The Heptones
8. The Girl is Mine – Frankie Paul
9. Never Give Up – Sugar Minott
10. Compliments to Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
11. Babylon Bridge – Dillinger
12. Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
13. No Call Me Cracky – Lone Ranger
14. Take a Ride – Al Campbell
15. Truths and Rights – Johnny Osbourne
16. Automatic – Lone Ranger
17. Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
18. New Millennium – Wayne Marshall
19. I’m Just a Guy – Alton Ellis
20. Vanity – Sugar Minott
21. Rub a Dub Style – Michigan and Smiley
22. Highlanda Kill Your Sound – Warrior King (dubplate)
23. Ram Dance Master – Brigadier Jerry
24. She Gone She Gone – Linval Thompson
25. Program – Frankie Paul
26. You A Fool Boy – Angela Prince
27. Deliver Us – Half Pint
28. Rougher Yet – Slim Smith
29. Come To Me – The Jay Tees
30. Our Love – Yami Bolo
31. Love Bump – Lone Ranger
32. No Say So – Little John
33. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths
34. Greatest Sound In The Dance – XO (dubplate)
35. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
36. Highlanda Bus – Sluggy Ranks (dubplate)
37. Render Your Heart – Sluggy Ranks
38. Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
39. Lend Me The Sixteen – Johnny Osbourne
40. Nice Up the Dance – Michigan and Smiley
41. Keep On Moving – Johnny Osbourne
42. Never Let Go – Slim Smith
43. I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
44. The Answer – Lone Ranger
45. No Regrets – Carlton Livingston
47. Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osbourne
48. Consider Me – Jennifer Lara
49. I Don’t Know Why – Doreen Shaffer
50. No War – Johnny Osbourne
51. Jah Jah Children – Sugar Minott
52. Far East – Barry Brown
53. Jam It Up – Carlton Livingston

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Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55

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In honor of my favorite reggae music record label of all time, I have crafted one of my best mixes ever. This is dedicated to you, the reggae lover.

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix artwork by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55


Tracklist:

  1. Pick Up the Pieces – The Royals
  2. Reggae Is the Key – Earl Sixteen
  3. Africa Here I Come – Freddie McGregor
  4. Sweet Sweet Guyana – Luciano and Mikey General (dubplate)
  5. Love You Still – George Scott
  6. When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
  7. A Love I Can feel – John Holt ft. Dennis Alcapone
  8. Unity – Johnny Osborne
  9. Murderer – Johnny Osborne
  10. Keep On Coming A Dance – Lone Ranger
  11. Dry Cry – Sizzla (remix)
  12. Love Me Girl – Leroy and Rocky
  13. Little Girl – Freddie McGregor
  14. Get In the Groove – The Heptones
  15. Come Now Sister – Freddie McGregor
  16. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
  17. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Tennessee Williams
  18. Ten to One – Cornell Campbell
  19. False Alarm – Ray Darwin
  20. People’s Choice – Ray Darwin
  21. Roof Over My Head – Sugar Minott
  22. No No No – Dawn Penn
  23. Jah A the Creator – Michigan and Smile
  24. Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
  25. Chase Them Crazy – Lone Ranger and Welton Irie
  26. No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
  27. Love Knows No Shame – Glen Washington
  28. Come On Home – Sugar Minott
  29. Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  30. Shine Eye Girl – Clint Eastwood
  31. Sexy Dancer – Eddie and Sleepy
  32. Stop Crying – The Silvertones
  33. I’ve Got the Handle – The Heptones
  34. Breaking Up – The Heptones
  35. Give me Jah Jah – Sugar Minott
  36. Throw Me Corn – Larry Marshall
  37. Slacky Tidy – Horace Andy
  38. Wildest Dreams – Joseph Quote (dubplate)
  39. Bring Back the Love – Rude Boyz International (dubplate)
  40. Little Soundboy – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  41. Kill Another Soundboy Tonight – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  42. Sing Jay Stylee – Johnny Osbourne
  43. Please Be True – Alexander Henry
  44. Wine of Violence – Freddie McGregor
  45. Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  46. Smile – The Silvertones
  47. Jah Righteous Plan – Johnny Osbourne
The Ladies of Reggae Rocksteady Foundation

The Empresses of Reggae Music’s Golden Era Featured

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Recordings selected and mixed in this episode are by female singers, mostly from the magical golden age of reggae and rocksteady, the finest years of the genre. You will hear a great deal of songs from dominant labels of the period, Studio One and Trojan Records as well as the reigning prolific artists Phyllis Dillon andMarcia Griffiths among others. Certainly a unique listening experience, please enjoy this musical treat and keep your feedback coming in to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your listenership. One love!

Playlist:

1 Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
2 Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss Or Fight
3 Susan Cadogan – Fever
4 Nana McLean -Till I Kissed You
5 Doreen Shaffer – Try A Little Smile
6 Marcia Griffiths – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7 Phyllis Dillon – The Right Track
8 Hortense Ellis – I’m Just A Girl
9 Patsy Wallace – Moonlight Lover
10 Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
11 Marcia Aitken – I’m Still In Love
12 Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
13 Nana McLean – Have I Sinned
14 Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
15 Phyllis Dillon – Picture On The Wall
16 Judy Mowatt – She Kept On Talking
17 Marcia Griffiths – I Shall Sing
18 Phyllis Dillon – One Life To Live
19 Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
20 Doreen Schafer – I Don’t Know Why
21 Nora Dean – Barbwire
22 Charlotte – Banake
23 Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me
24 Rita Marley – One Draw
25 Norma Frasier – First Cut
26 Phyllis Dillon – Perfida
27 Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing
28 The Soulettes – Bring It Up
29 Phyllis Dillon – If You Knew
30 Phyllis Dillon – A Thing Of The Past
31 Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

The Finest Years Classic Reggae Mix (Revision)

finest years

Tracklist

1 I-Roy – Welding
2 Frankie Jones – Wonderful World
3 Mighty Diamonds – Love Me Girl
4 Barrington Levy – Dances Are Changes
5 Michael Palmer – Pauline
6 Sanchez – Still In Love
7 Little John – All Over Me
8 Midnight Rider – Rucumber
9 Jah Thomas – Ghetto Dance
10 Heptones – Breaking Up
11 Barry Brown – Make It With You
12 Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
13 Marcia Griffiths – No No No
14 Gregory Isaacs – Tune In
15 John Holt – Satisfaction
16 Marcia Griffiths – Truly
17 Heptones – I’ve Got The Handle
18 Alton Ellis – Willow Tree
19 Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward
20 Barrington Levy – My Woman
21 Bitty McClean – Cruising
22 Barry Brown – Sister Magling
23 Gregory Isaacs – Number One
24 Ken Boothe – When I Fall In Love
25 John Holt – Stick By Me
26 Phyliss Dilon – Picture On The Wall
27 Alton Ellis – Im Just A Guy
28 Johnny Osborne – Cant Buy My Love
29 Bob Andy – Let Them Say
30 Alton Ellis – Sitting In The Park
31 Ken Boothe – Without Love
32 Dobby Dobson – Loving Pauper
33 Ken Boothe – Moving Away
34 The Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
35 Bob And Marcia – Always Together
36 Marcia Griffiths – Sea Of Love
37 Bitty McClean – Walk Away From Love
38 Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
39 John Holt – Stealing
40 Bob Andy – Too Experience
41 Horace Andy – Fever
42 Marcia Griffiths – I Need Love
43 Dennis Brown – Cassandra
44 Dennis Brown – Westbound Train
45 Phyliss Dilon – One Life To Live
46 Dennis Brown – Should I
47 Pyliss Dilon – If You Knew

Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.

Tribute to Trojan Records, a Reggae Vault Classics Feature

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Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur “Duke” Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records mixed and narrated by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System.

DOWNLOAD “TRIBUTE TO TROJAN RECORDS – REGGAE VAULT CLASSICS”

Tracklist :
1 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
2 – Alton Ellis and the flames – Dance Crasher
3 – Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
4 – Alton Ellis & Flames – Girl I’ve Got A Date
5 – U-RoyWake the Town
6 – Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia
7 – Alton Ellis – Aint That Loving You
8 – Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
9 – Bitty Mclean – Walk Away From Love
10 – U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball
11 – Slim Smith & the Uniques – My Conversations
12 – The Techniques – Queen Majesty
13 – U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
14 – Dobby Dobson – Loving Pauper
15 – Joya Landis – Moonlight Lover
16 – Dennis Alcapone – Wake Up Jamaica
17 – Phyllis Dillon – Picture on the Wall
18 – Dennis Alcapone – Picture on the Wall
19 – The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
20 – Phyllis Dillon – ONE LIFE TO LIVE
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Third World Band Teams Up With Zojak World Wide

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Third World Music Group in association with Zojak World Wide is pleased to present the release of Third World’s 23rd album Patriots.  Known as one of the greatest reggae bands of all time, this release celebrates over 3 decades of music from the group.

Patriots is an album that spans eras and subgenres of reggae music with ease. Tracks like Front Door (featuring the late, great Gregory Isaacs), You Made Me So Very Happy (a cover of Alton Ellis‘ timeless hit featuring Marcia Griffiths), By My Side (featuring Tessanne Chin), Good Hearted People (feat. Capleton), and 96 Derees In the Shade (a remake of the band’s classic featuring Stephen and Damian Marley) demonstrate the undeniable skill and ageless quality of the band. Other guests on the album include Junior Reid, Mykal Rose,  Dean Frazer, Tarrus Riley, and Toots Hibbert. Quality reggae music is indeed still alive, and Patriots is a prime example of that.

Considering Third World is a band known as much for its impressive live performances as its studio output, fans will find themselves treated to a live version of Spirit Lives performed at the 2010 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Listeners of all age groups, backgrounds, and tastes are sure to find something they love on this album. Fans can also look forward to Third World being on a world tour in 2011.

TRACK LIST:

1. Spirit Lives ft. Jr. Reid & Inner Circle
2. Revolutionary People
3. 96 Degrees ft. Stephen & Damian Marley
4. Front Door ft. Gregory Issacs
5. By My Side ft. Tessanne Chin
6. Good-Hearted People ft. Capleton
7. Always Around ft. Dean Frazier
8. That’s All We Have ft. Tarrus Riley
9. Island Girl ft. Toots
10. Freedom Must Be Now ft. Mykal Rose
11. You Made Me So Very Happy ft. Marcia Griffiths
12. Patriots Theme ft. Cat Coore on Cello
13. Spirit Lives (Live @ Ja Jazz & Blues 2010)

CONTACT INFORMATION

MANAGEMENT AND BOOKINGS

Victor E. Lewis

VicRae Inc.

347-216-6885 (U.S.A)

876-582-3970 (Jamaica)

Skype: VicRaeInc.

vicraeinc@gmail.com

MEDIA/PUBLICITY

Triple 7 Entertainment LLC

201-981-6960 (U.S.A)

876-475-5841 (Jamaica)

media@triple7entllc.com

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Tanya Mullings Nominated for the 2010 JUNO Awards

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The 2010 Juno Nominees were announced in downtown Toronto.  Tanya Mullings received a nomination for Reggae Recording Of The Year.  This years awards will be hosted in St. Johns, NL.  The 2010 celebrations in St. John’s will mark the 39th anniversary of the JUNO Awards.  Watch the JUNO Awards Live April 18th on CTV.

http://junoawards.ca/nominees/

www.myspace.com/tanyamullings

For Music, Bookings or Interviews contact
i.M.O.K. Enterprises
Tanya Mullings
tmullings@imokenterprises.ca
416-880-4255
www.imokenterprises.ca
www.myspace.com/tanyamullings
http://www.twitter.com/1TanyaMullings

2010 JUNO Award Nominee
Breaking Up – Tribute to Alton Ellis

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Luciano rushed off stage in Atlanta

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Review of Spiritual Fyah with Luciano, Queen Ifrica, and Tony Rebel, 11/8/08 at Club Intrigue in Stone Mountain, GA.

 

The Setting

 

First off let me say for the record that since the mid 1990’s, when asked which artist puts on the best live stage show performance, my answer was and is Luciano.  I found out that he was going to be performing in Atlanta through word of mouth the day before the concert and decided to go since it had been a while since I attended a stage show.  Knowing that Caribbean events in Stone Mountain typically start late, I was in no rush to arrive.  I got inside Club Intrigue at around 2am after paying $30.  I had no problem forking up the money, because after all, it was for Luciano – my favorite live performer.  At that time there was a short line outside and the venue, which can hold approximately 1000 people was about half full.  More people continued to arrive over the next couple hours but the club wasn’t packed at all.

 

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae ...

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae legend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Early Warm (part 1)

 

Local sound man, Danger Marcus finished up his set on the turntables and turned the controls over to Adonai Sound from Jamaica.  Dred from Adonai selected and mixed, while Atlanta’s Mix Master David acted as MC.  Adonai’s Dred started out with some foundation music, but then brought it to more recent conscious and lover’s rock reggae before starting to juggle with songs like ‘Living Dangerously‘ by Bounty Killer featuring Barrington Levy.  The music was decent though I would have liked to hear more culture played since it was a culture show.  Also, Mix Master David’s specialty is mixing, hence his name, and he struggled to connect with the audience while talking over music being played by the Adonai.  I don’t recall any forwards (big crowd responses) being achieved.

 

The Early Warm (part 2)

 

At around 3am, the stage show began with opening acts performing dirty south style hip-hop.  The first 4 acts took the stage rapping about various subject matter unrelated to the theme of the night (Spiritual Fyah), performing at least 2-3 songs each which made me think to myself, among other questions, “are the promoters familiar with the music of Luciano at all?”  After that the MC introduced Fire Harp, the first reggae artist, followed by Ras Idon, Ishmael Turner, and a female duet that reminded me of the group Floetry called Last Lyricists.  These performances were good and much more appropriate, but I think this whole portion of the show was too long.  Standing up and watching 8 artists you have never heard of sing songs you never heard before for over an hour doesn’t exactly energize a crowd, especially at that time of morning.

 

More Earlies

 

The MC then announced that the DJ would take over for a while until the remaining artists were ready to take the stage so Nolan from King Eternity began to select and was joined by Danger Marcus as MC.  I think Danger Marcus was better than Mix Master David as he ventured away from the DJ booth in the corner of the stage out to front stage a few times to interact with the crowd.  He had more energy, but It didn’t transfer over to the audience.  This whole time, the majority of the people were at the back of the club, near the bar or in the far corners so it was pretty empty in front of the stage and on the main dance-floor.  During his set, Nolan selected 2002 – 2003 tunes and juggled on riddims like Diwali, Buyout and the Buzz at 4 o’clock in the morning.  The selection was not fitting with the theme of the night in general and this prevented the vibes from reaching anywhere.  I still can’t believe that I heard no Beres Hammond, Garnett Silk, Capleton, conscious Sizzla… No Anthony B, Everton Blender, Chuck Fender, Bob Marley or any other Marley…  You get my drift.

 

Showtime

 

It is at this point that the event started suffering from attrition and people began to trickle out one by one.  I am sure patrons wondered if the artists they had paid to see were even in Atlanta at all, I know I did.  Eventually the MC came back on stage to resume the stage show after the long break and brought out Anthony Malvo.  There was still no band in sight, but at least there was a known reggae artist.  Anthony Malvo was able to entertain the crowd singing covers of different reggae hits mostly, and his biggest response was in tribute to the late great Alton Ellis.

 

It was great to see band members emerge and take there place along with Delly who travelled from Jamaica to be the official MC/host.  It was around 5am now, and whoever had stuck around that long had to be glad to know that Luciano would be coming out soon.  Delly then introduced Papa Michi, Michigan from the foundation DJ duo Michigan and Smiley.  I was shocked just to see this artist still performing at his age, but he went through some covers, another Alton Ellis tribute with the same songs Anthony Malvo sang, and also performed the 1980 hit, Diseases.  Not bad at all, I just wished it was at least 3 hours earlier.

 

 

Star time

 

Queen Ifrica touched the stage and pulled stragglers in from the far corners of Club Intrigue to the front of the stage.  She was well received and sang all her hits from the past 2 years, stopping only to give relevant speeches and introduce her songs like a pro.  She worked well with the band and stayed on stage for approximately 30 minutes, ending off with her current hit tune, ‘Keep it to Yourself.’  Her performance was short and sweet.

 

Tony Rebel was up next.  Rebel Tony showed poise and veteranship while on stage.  He immediatley commanced attention from the crowd and went through the hits that he is know for globally, including Fresh Vegetable, Chatty Chatty, and If Jah.  He also gave some lyrics about the rise of President Barack Obama to bring it current.  Tony Rebel’s segment was longer than Queen Ifrica’s – I’d say about 45 minutes, which meant that now it was 6:30am.

 

Luciano took the stage to close the show and was well worth the wait.  I will continue to support this artist because of the vibes and energy he puts into his shows.  He skanked, jumped, and tumbled across the stage.  He prayed for Barack Obama and gave good reports from his trip to Kenya, which was during the time of the recent Presidential election in the US.  Luci did hits from different albums, but while singing Glory Be, given the signal that he had to leave to catch his plane.  His performance ended up being not much longer than some of the opening acts which is sad, however in the short time he was on stage (at almost 7am) he was still able to completely energize the audience and get everyone back onto their feet and in a vibes.  Then he stopped the last song and had the band start over, playing low so he could at least finish properly, kneeling down to say a prayer in the process.  The Messenger Luciano shook the hands of all who were near enough to the stage and posed for pictures as if truly grateful for the opportunity to carry out his life mission – to spread Jah love and a conscious message through singing.

 

Please share your comments on these artists, concerts or events you have been to, etc.  I will be breaking down the Atlanta dancehall scene in depth in future posts so you will want to stay tuned, trust me.  That’s all for now.

 

 

 

Alton Ellis Remembered

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One of my all time favorite artists, Alton Ellis passed away today and will be missed by many across the world. Alton was a former member of The Heptones, another of my favorite groups from the Finest Years era. Listen to or download a copy of The Finest Years, and The Book of Life at www.highlanda.net for a taste of some Alton Ellis selections mixed with other timeless masterpieces.

It comes with great sorrow that I spread the news that Mr. Soul of Jamaica, Alton Ellis, passed away on the morning of October 9th. The world was given this treasure in 1944 when he was born in Trenchtown, Kingston, JA. His career spanned nearly five decades and his ever-lasting impression on the future of Jamaican music came in the mid- to late-sixties as the riddim-laden grooves filled with his soulful melodies permeated the upbeat vibrations of the ska era. The summer of ‘66 saw the explosion of rocksteady in the Kingston scene and Alton ruled the dancehalls during this time as he cuts tunes for Studio One and Treasure Isle among others.

His musical longevity persisted for years and years and he enjoyed much-deserved praise from a new generation of listeners as ska and rocksteady made a revival in the late nineties. Among them was myself, who had goosebumps on my skin when hearing his voice for the first time around the age of 16. Over time, I became exposed to more and more of his tunes, none of which every left me without my heart beating at a faster pace or a tear in my eye from the passionate sounds coming out of my hi-fi. His sound truly made a lifelong impression on me and he will forever be missed in my heart.

Alton…your music was there with me during the joy-filled times in my life and it was also there during those dark, lonely times. We’ll sit under the willow tree together with Phyllis one day and I’ll tell you all about it.

From: www.thegoldbrick.net

When the Roll is called up yonder, Alton Ellis will be singing there…

Kahlil Wonda on ‘The Finest Years’ of Reggae Music

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The period beginning in the 1960’s on up through the 1980’s is what I refer to as The Finest Years of reggae music.  I sometimes include also the 1990’s.  The Finest Years includes many styles of the genre, from very grass-roots productions such as those of Studio One in Jamaica and Treasure Isle in the UK to the computerized creations of Jammy’s and Digital B in the 80’s and early 90’s.  These are some of my favorite selections as a consumer and Disc Jockey alike.  I pride myself as a collector and will never, ever, ever part with my musical treasure – original 12″, 10″, and 7″ records.

The Finest Years - classic reggae mix CD cover
The Finest Years – classic reggae mix CD cover

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Although I don’t think its my very best mixing, this 100% vinyl mix is well selected and flows nicely from start to finish with some very nice transitions from song to song.  The sound quality is very good considering the age of some of the records being played, although I think the sound effects are sometimes too loud, especially for the type of songs being played.

The Finest Years - classic reggae mix CD cover
The Finest Years – classic reggae mix CD cover

The Finest Years mix begins with Ken Boothe’s ‘Everything I Own,’ which I use at the beginning to immediately set the tone. The first blend brings in Alton Ellis singing ‘I’m Just A Guy’ on the Studio One label. At this point you can really hear some hissing and popping from the needle travelling along the grooves of the original 45 (7″ record played at 45rpms). ‘Love and Devotion’ sung by Jimmy Riley (Tarrus Riley’s father for those who don’t know) is next followed by Eek A Mouse’s ‘Virgin Girl,’ a Volcano recording.

The mix steps up pace just a bit now as I draw for “I’m Still in Love” sung by Marcia Aitken and produced by the legendary Joe Gibbs. This tune was made popular recently by Sean Paul and Sasha. For all dub lovers I feature Studio One’s Ken Booth 45 of ‘When I Fall In Dub,’ (look for more dub featured on mixes coming soon). One good Studio One deserves another so another blend begins and The Heptones sing ‘Pretty Looks’ for us. Next is the first song from Dennis Emmanuel Brown, The Crown Prince of Reggae, ‘Sitting and Watching,’ followed by the Empress of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths with ‘Feel Like Jumping.’

The mix then goes into a vintage classic, ‘Loving Pauper,’ by Dobby Dobson. I remember drawing tunes like this in the early days of Highlanda to the surprise and praise of the elders in the community who asked “is how you know dem tune ya?” The Heptones’ ‘Sitting In the Park’ mixes in right on beat and ushers in more nostalgia before again the voice of Mr. D. Brown is featured with ‘Have You Ever.’ I had to let this one play for a while before transitioning smoothly into ‘I’ve Got The Handle,’ another Heptones Studio One classic, then Freddie McGregor’s version of ‘Let Him Try.’

The blend that follows is crucial as it brings across to your speakers the voices of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths with ‘Always Together,’ a lover’s anthem recorded at Studio One. I had to feature some Bob Marley so the next blend is into ‘Nice Time,’ original Tuff Gong 45 and from there back to Studio One with Alton Ellis ‘Breaking Up.’ To keep things interesting next up is ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ by Freddie McGregor and ‘Missing You’ by Dennis Brown, (This Dennis Brown version was recorded at Don 1 studios in Brooklyn, New York) and Cocoa Tea‘s ‘Tune In’ on the Far East riddim. Volcano label 45 ‘Rocking Dolly‘ also by Cocoa Tea blends in smoothly next followed by another Cocoa Tea hit ‘She Loves Me Now.’

For many what follows is the sweetest part of The Finest Years mix. 6 Dennis Browns in a row blended masterfully starting with the Joe Gibbs dub version of ‘Money In My Pocket’ and moving into the original version, then ‘Silhoutte,’ ‘Take It Easy,’ ‘Caress Me Girl,’ ‘How Could I Leave,’ and ‘Rocking Time.’ Thank you D. Brown, we love you!

The next 4 songs are from Studio One: ‘Party Time’ by the Heptones, ‘Truly,’ by Marcia Griffiths, ‘Play Play Girl,’ by Johnny Osborne, and ‘Fatty Fatty,’ by Alton Ellis. Then an all-time favorite of mine ‘Friends for Life,’ is performed by Dennis Brown followed by The Melodians with ‘Come On Little Girl,’ and Cornell Campbell with ‘Boxing,’ another Joe Gibbs masterpiece. Featuring one more Freddie McGregor, the mix transitions into ‘I Was Born A Winner,’ and serious rockers tune ‘Keep On Knocking’ by Jacob Miller. The Finest Years closes out with Gregory Issacs‘s ‘Number One,’ and the classic ballad by Junior Byles, ‘Curley Lox.’

Thank you for reading and more importantly thank you for listening. The purpose of this blog post is for the education of those who seek to learn more about this powerful force, this divine gift of reggae.

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