Homegrown with G Cole

G. Cole, a fellow reggae lover, podcaster/radio personality, and singer/songwriter is the special guest on this episode.

We talk about:
  • The work he’s been doing to push reggae music.
  • Early musical influences in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  • Meeting and getting his name from Gregory Isaacs at Jack Rudy lawn.
  • Singer/songwriting career and band, Wraps and Kush.
  • The podcast, Homegrown with G Cole: in-depth interviews with veteran artists and rising talent.
  • His reggae “Mount Rushmore” – top 4 singers.
  • Dancehall versus Reggae.
  • Broadcasting on 9 radio stations weekly.
  • Current trends in the dancehall: good and bad.

Gregory Isaacs Roots Reggae Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 117

This episode features roots reggae songs from the Gregory Isaacs catalog. I chose to curate his songs about the reality of everyday life and the strife of poor people.

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Gregory Isaacs was born in Jamaica on July 15, 1951. He made his debut in 1968 with a recording for Byron Lee. He then started the African Museum record label and shop along with Errol Dunkley. Isaacs recorded for other producers as well. His single ‘My Only Lover,’ is credited as the first lover’s rock song ever.
He released music throughout the 70s. In 1978 he signed to the Virgin Records offshoot call Frontline records. That led to his appearance in the movie “Rockers.” He also opened a record shop called Cash & Carry in Kingston. He performed yearly at Reggae Sunsplash from 1981 to 1991.
In 1982 he signed to Island Records and released the massive single, “Night Nurse.” Isaacs was only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley in touring. Gregory recorded and released at least 70 original studio albums. He has over 500 albums including compilations. He maintained an amazing standard of quality in most of his recorded songs.
Gregory Isaacs was nominated for four Grammy Awards, the last of which in 2010 and 2011. One of the things associated with Isaacs was cocaine use. He had many arrests during the years that he battled with addiction.
When you listen to this mix compared to my lover’s rock mix (Episode 116), you can sense a different vibration. Gregory’s passionate lyrical delivery on social issues is very believable. He passed away in 2010 to lung cancer.
I would love to hear what you think about this singer – the musical giant known as “The Cool Ruler.” Comment here, tweet @ReggaeLoverPod, or send an email to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com.

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Gregory Isaacs LOVERS ROCK | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 116.

Gregory Isaacs is one of the greatest reggae singers of all times. He’s in my Top 5 along with Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, and Buju Banton. Many people around the world rate The Cool Ruler as their number 1.

Gregory Isaacs was active from the 60s all the way through the 2000s. There is a great deal of material in his catalog. This mix provides sweet reggae music with a love-related theme. The music can set a relaxing, romantic mood so please listen responsibly.

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Gregory songs about roots and culture are in an upcoming episode.  Here The Cool Ruler sings the finest love songs. That’s right, A Mix of Gregory Isaacs LOVERS ROCK Only – Selections of Reggae, rubadub, lovers rock, rocksteady, and dancehall for lovers.

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DJ Ted Ganung (Dub Rockers) Interview | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 106

I talked to Ted Ganung, the label manager for VP Records’ Dub Rockers imprint.

I talked to Ted Ganung, the man behind the VP Records' Dub Rockers imprint. Our conversation touched on: early reggae influences in Hawaii,  cultural appropriation,  the dominance of the Marley brand,  favorite reggae songs/artists,  music business advice, current and upcoming projects.

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Our conversation touched on:
  • early reggae influences in Hawaii,
  • cultural appropriation,
  • the dominance of the Marley brand,
  • favorite reggae songs/artists,
  • music business advice,
  • current and upcoming projects.

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Joe Gibbs Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 99

The producer Joe Gibbs, hardcore Jamaican entrepreneur, engineer, and record producer started recording artists in the back of his electronics repair shop in 1966.

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He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One. Bunny Lee helped them form The Amalgamated record label. Soon ‘Niney The Observer‘ joined the team and they were able to produce Rocksteady era hits.

In 1972, Errol Thompson came on board as the chief engineer and together with Joe Gibbs formed “The Mighty Two.” Their studio band called The Professionals featured bassist Sly Dunbar, drummer Robbie Shakespeare, and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Hundreds of hits came out including “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown and “A So We Stay” by Big Youth. In 1977 the Culture album entitled “Two Sevens Clash” debuted and became a smash hit which coincided with the punk rock craze in the UK. 

Artists recorded and produced by Joe Gibbs included Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Byles, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken, Althea and Donna, Ranking Joe and Peter Tosh. The list goes on and on.

In the new millennium, Joe Gibbs focused on marketing his back catalog.  Joe Gibbs passed on to Zion in February 2008.  He had over 100 Jamaica number one hits and over a dozen UK hits.

He released music on an array of different record labels. An amazing body of work, the Joe Gibbs catalog includes some very important songs in the story of Jamaican music.  Salute to the icon, the giant, one of the greatest producers ever – Joe Gibbs. 

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Essential Reggae Riddims that Originated at Studio One

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studio1_Sir Coxsone Dodd‘s legacy is large and in charge here at the Reggae Lover Podcast. This episode was created to feed the demand for more Studio 1 sounds. Listen for remakes of foundation riddims like Far East, Boops, Entertainment, Love Bump, and more.

Playlist:

1 Wayne Wonder – Can’t Test Highlanda (dub plate)
2 Lady Ann – Informer
3 Yami Bolo – The Father Vex And Strike Back
4 Robert French – Meet Me By The River
5 Icho Candy – Selassie I
6 Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
7 Amazin Papa G (R.B.I Crew) – Miss Good Looking (dub plate)
8 White Mice – True Love
9 Andrew Bell – Listen To The Words (dubplate)
10 Mikey Melody – Highlanda A Big Bad Sound (dubplate)
11 Johnny Slaughter – Confusion
12 Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
13 Cocoa TeaRikers Island
14 Sanchez featuring Bounty Killer – Searching
15 J.C. Lodge – Love Rewind
16 Maxi Priest – Bonafied Love
17 Sanchez – Rearrange My Live
18 Gregory Isaacs – Greedy For You Love
19 Singing Melody featuring Mad Cobra – Your Wish
20 Busy Signal – Dem Nuh Care
21 Busy Signal – Dat Me Love
22 Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life

Foundation Roots, Reality and Culture

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Roots_Reggae_by_guidenzinIn this episode, I present some essential Roots reggae cuts, mostly from the 1970s. These songs deal with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God.

The featured artists provide social commentary and deliver lyrical themes including spirituality, resistance to government, black pride and repatriation.

You will hear Studio One classics, gems from Tuff Gong, Exterminator and Volcano, plus quintessential Trojan recordings, among others. The full track list is posted below. Enjoy the musical mix!

Song List:

1 Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
2 Bob Marley – Africa Unite
3 Black Uhuru – Sensimilia
4 Sammy Dread – Road Block
5 Hugh Mundell – Rasta Have The Handle
6 The Gladiators – Easy Squeeze
7 Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
8 Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
9 Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
10 John Holt – Up Park Camp
11 John Holt – Tribal War
12 Barrington Levy – No Fuss Or Fight
13 Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
14 Barrington Levy – Do Good
15 Barrington Levy – Murderer
16 Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
17 Bob Marley – Forever Loving Jah
18 Bob Marley – Them Belly Full
19 Bob Marley – Rebel Music
20 Don Carlos – Natty Dread Have the Credentials
21 Half Pint – Political Fiction
22 John Holt – Police In Helicopter
23 Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard
24 Gregory Isaacs – Border
25 Yabby You & The Prophets – Babylon A Fall
26 Yabby You & Tony Tuff – Falling Babylon
27 Burning Spear – Follow Marcus Garvey
28 U Brown – Jah Is My Father Still
29 Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
30 Dennis Alcapone & Delroy Wilson – It Must Come
31 Barrington Levy – Teach The Youth
32 Cocoa Tea – Rasta Man
33 Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
34 U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
35 Johnny Osborne – Truths and Rights
36 Bob Marley – Time Will Tell
37 Burning Spear – Columbus
38 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
39 Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
40 Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
41 Johnny Osborne – Jah Righteous Plan

The Finest Years Classic Reggae Mix (Revision)

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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

Best of Dennis Brown Lovers Rock

The Ultimate Dennis Brown Lovers Rock Mix

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Reggae Lover #6 features 15 of the best Dennis Brown lover’s rock classics.  This is an essential mix highlighting “The Crown Prince” even though it does not include big hits ‘Silhouette,’ ‘Money In My Pocket,’ or ‘Your Love’s Got A Hold On Me.’

There are literally hundreds of other solid love songs from Dennis Brown’s catalog that are worthy of a spin, but since a new Reggae Lover podcast episode will be released weekly you can rest assured, there’s a great deal more in store.

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Playlist

1   Dennis Brown – Caress Me Girl
2   Dennis Brown – Coming Home Tonight
3   Dennis Brown – How Could I Leave
4   Dennis Brown – Have You Ever Been In Love
5   Dennis Brown – Joy In The Morning
6   Dennis Brown ft. John Holt – Wildfire
7   Dennis Brown – A Love I Can Feel
8   Dennis Brown – Its Magic
9   Dennis Brown – Hold On To What Youve Got
10  Dennis Brown – It’s Not The Way
11  Dennis Brown – Friends For Life
12  Dennis Brown – Take Me To The Top
13  Dennis Brown – Love By The Score
14  Dennis Brown – Hit And Run
15  Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, U-Roy – Night Nurse

 

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Reggae reissue label Blood and Fire resurrected via VP alliance

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US-based reggae label VP Records is resurrecting former British reggae independent Blood And Fire, with the indie’s former A&R chief Steve Barrow on board to run it.

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VP Records Relaunches Classic Reggae Label Blood and Fire

Blood and Fire was known primarily for its quality reissues of Jamaican recordings from the 1970s and ’80s, many of which were overlooked upon their initial release.

photo: Gregory Isaacs release on Blood and Fire label

The initial VP/Blood and Fire collaboration will be a (vinyl only) limited edition 12″ of Gregory Isaacs’ 1978 single “Mr. Know It All,” scheduled for release on Record Store Day (Apr. 19).

 

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