61 - Reggae Lover Podcast - Original Vintage Ska (artwork)

Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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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.

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.

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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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MR. VEGAS RELEASES BRUK IT DOWN 2.0

MR. VEGAS RELEASES new album ‘BRUK IT DOWN 2.0’

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Named after his recent international cross over hit single, the Bruk It Down 2.0 album (MV Music) follows his innovative proven approach.vegas-gif

Grounded in Reggae Dancehall, Bruk It Down 2.0 demonstrates Mr. Vegas’ uncanny ability to tap into a seamless mix of House, Reggaeton, Soca, pop and Dubstep. But it’s not simply Vegas going it alone.

A who’s who of production talent from Clevie to Danny Browne, Studio 758 and Jah Snowcone, help Bruk It Down 2.0 connect the foundation of Reggae Dancehall with cutting edge musical movements.MR. VEGAS RELEASES BRUK IT DOWN 2.0

On the mic, Vegas is joined on the title track by Barbados’ very own, the Soca queen Alison Hinds while Reggae crooner Lukie D, foundation Dancehall favorite Flourgon and Reggaeton artist El Boy C are also on board, as well as St Lucian songstress Terri. Released on September 24, 2013, the 16-track ensemble is Vegas’ 9th studio release and the second from his own label imprint, MV Music.

The electric vibe of Bruk It Down 2.0 picks up where a series of #1s left off. Indeed, the original Bruk It Down” single (2012) went #1 on the MTV Base Chart, number one in Jamaica and number one on BBC 1Xtra in the UK.Soca Queen Alison Hinds is featured on 'Bruk It Down 2.0'

Here, “Bruk It Down” featuring Bajan Soca queen Alison Hinds enriches the original version with indigenous Calypso sounds. Staying in the region and keeping it ‘caliente’, Mr. Vegas links with El Boy C to spark an electrified Reggaeton track “Vamos” (‘Let’s Go’).

In due fashion, the record is ready for “Take Off” when Terri lends her seriously seductive and catchy hooks to a synthy Dancehall track that didn’t need the help. But this is Bruk It Down 2.0. And when Jamaican super-producer Clevie returns for “It’s A Beautiful Life” years of collaboration with Mr. Vegas shine through on the composition.

Using clever melodic flows, as well as crucial production support from Jah Snowcone, Steadly and Chuck T, Vegas focuses on what is most essential on the soulful, R&B-esque “Slow Jam” before “Run Up And Down”, ramps up the energy once again.New Mr Vegas music video + download "Whenever You're Lonely"

Finally, “Wet Party” featuring rub-a-dub Dancehall veteran Flourgon, whines, wheels and pulls up the vibes for a fresh party sound that’s wonderfully familiar at the same time. Based around the Paragon’s rocksteady hit “On The Beach” recorded for Duke Reid in 1967, Mr. Vegas and Flourgon here provide the classic 2.0 version.

Rooted within the Reggae movement, which itself drew on Soul, RnB and Gospel, Bruk It Down 2.0 points us to the next era of Dancehall Reggae music. It is one in which Jamaican riddims’ embrace of contemporary Drum & Bass and the synthy sound scapes of House and Electronic genres creates new horizons.

Indeed, Mr. Vegas offers a captivating, head nodding and hip shaking musical interpretation of what is to come.