Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul, the late great dancehall icon sang many classic tunes that will forever extend his legacy.

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58 | Download links and tracklist are below

I was inspired to pay tribute to FP because of his beloved voice and his great body of work in the music industry, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to this episode being released.  If you are missing Frankie Paul, go ahead and listen to this mix for some upliftment and celebrate our fallen general. Buy his music, share it, and play it. Look into his life story if you are unfamiliar. You will see that foundation reggae artists and musicians do not get their proper due.  In far too many cases their careers are “unsung” and their contributions are underrated and forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie Paul’s family and loved ones and I hope that he receives as much recognition as he deserves for being one of the quintessential figures in the history of reggae, Jamaica’s greatest claim to fame. There are many other trailblazers that need to be highlighted and honored. Thank you for taking some time out to download or stream Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 58, a Tribute to Frankie Paul, and a dedication to the reggae lover in you.

Frankie Paul Playlist:

  1.  Worries In the Dance (Trojan version)
  2. Don’t Worry Yourself
  3. Jah Jah Children
  4. Children of Israel
  5. Alesha
  6. Stars
  7. The Girl Is Mine
  8. Love Is Like Candy
  9. You Came Running Back
  10. Sindie
  11. Worries In The Dance (Volcano version)
  12. Do Good
  13. Ready or Not
  14. Skettel
  15. Pass Di Kushumpeng
  16. Loose Off A Dem
  17. Pass The Dub Plate
  18. Stuck On You
  19. Casanova
  20. Foreign Mind
  21. I Know the Score
  22. Come and Talk To Me
  23. Agony
  24. Steady Skanking
  25. I Need You
  26. Big and Ready ft. Heavy D, and Super Cat
  27. Out Your Mind
  28. I Miss Your Love
  29. Don Man
  30. Where Is That Love
  31. Ghetto Man Skank
  32. Curfew In the Dance
  33. Mistri Lady
  34. Giving You the Benefit
  35. Cassandra
  36. Head To Toe
  37. Bring Yu Body Come ft. Buju Banton
  38. We Rule The Border
  39. Sarah
  40. Day Oh
  41. Idle Jubie
  42. I Just Wanna Love You
  43. Call The Brigade

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Culture Mix: The Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown

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Reggae Lover #8 - Dennis Brown

In this episode Dennis Brown comforts, professes, warns, soothes and instructs us with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  This is a follow-up to the all Dennis Brown lovers rock mix featured in Reggae Lover Podcast #6.  The current state of world affairs calls for positive messages to help us overcome, so we present roots and culture from “The Crown Prince.”

Tracklist

1   Liberation – Dennis Brown
2   Promised Land – Dennis Brown
3   Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
4   Whip Them Jah – Dennis Brown
5   To The Foundation – Dennis Brown
6   Stop The Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
7   Love and Hate – Dennis Brown
8   Satta Amassagana – Dennis Brown
9   If Is A Fact – Dennis Brown
10  Love Jah – Dennis Brown
11  Africa – Dennis Brown
12  Unite – Dennis Brown
13  Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
14  Sitting and Watching – Dennis Brown
15  Show Us The Way – Dennis Brown
16  Revolution – Dennis Brown
17  If This World Were Mine – Anthony Cruz ft. Dennis Brown
18  Hold The Faith – Junior Kelly ft. Dennis Brown

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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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