This Reggae Lover episode features the legendary reggae singer known as Don Carlos.
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Don Carlos was born Euvin Spencer in the Western Kingston district known as Waterhouse. If you didn’t know, this is one of the roughest parts of Kingston. I was also the birthplace of the group Black Uhuru, and super producers King Tubby and King Jammy.
Notice the consistency of the roots reggae sound and distinct vocal delivery in all the songs. Don Carlos began his career in 1973 as an original member of Black Uhuru along with Garth Ennis and Duckie Simpson. After a few years, the trio split and Don Carlos launched into a solo career.
In 1981 he dropped “Suffering,” an album that exploded on the scene becoming popular especially in Africa. Don Carlos was then solidified as a soloist. During the years between 80 and 85, he was also very popular on the Dancehall scene with many top 10 hits. Songs heard on this mix include the Volcano label hits, Hog and Goat, I’m Not Going Crazy, and Laser Beam.
Don continued releasing albums and touring throughout the 80s. Black Uhuru’s original members reunited from 1989-1994 before splitting again. Since then, Don Carlos has been one of the busiest touring artists out of Jamaica. He rocked the stage at Reggae on the River in California this summer. He has performed at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and other major festivals globally.
He will be on tour in 2019 to support a new album called Golden Classics. You can check him out at DonCarlosReggae.Com or coming to a stage near you.
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Barrington Levy is one of the only reggae singers to have great success throughout the entire decade of the the 1980s. He recorded prolifically with many of his releases topping charts in Jamaica and the UK while he maintained his relevance in the dancehall from then until now.
A Reggae Lover Podcast listener suggested that I feature Barrington’s work, so I have selected this portion of tunes which highlights some of my favorite reality tunes and features many of the Joe Gibbs and Volcano roots recordings. A follow-up mix that covers lovers rock will be coming soon.
Barrington Levy Playlist:
1 Now A Days
2 Don’t Fuss or Fight
3 Do Good
5 Too Poor
6 Praise His Name
8 Under Me Sensi
9 Collie Weed
10 Dont Pretend
11 Mine Your Mouth
12 This Little Boy
13 Jah Is With Me
14 Prison Oval Rock
15 Money Move
16 Teach The Youths
17 Black Roses
18 My Time
Reggae Vault Classics highlights legendary reggae music producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes and spins hit songs from his Volcano Record Label in this Featured Icon Segment by Highlanda Sound.
1 Kingdom Rise and Kingdom Fall – The Wailing Souls
2 Firehouse Rock (Waterhouse Rock) – The Wailing Souls
3 Give Another Israel A Try – Barry Brown
4 Ganja Dub – Scientist
5 Police In Helicopter – John Holt
6 Bible Story – Early B
7 Sister Carol – Barrington Levy
8 Bubbling Telephone – Charlie Chaplin
9 Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osborne
10 Lost Mi Love – Yellowman
11 Miss Know It All – Scientist
12 Come Fe Mash It – Tony Tuff
13 Who Can Make The Dance Ram – Yellowman
14 21 Girls Salute – Barrington Levy
15 Rocking Dolly – Cocoa Tea
16 I Am The Don – Leroy Smart
17 Mr. Chin – Yellowman
18 Bam Bam – Yellowman & Fathead
19 Virgin Girl (A Wha Do Dem) – Eek-A-Mouse
20 Prison Oval Rock – Barrington Levy
21 Hog and Goat – Don Carlos
22 Gunman – Michael Prophet
23 Stealing – John Holt
24 Nobody Move Noboby Get Hurt – Yellowman
25 Jam Dance Master – Yellowman
26 Pass The Kushungpeng – Frankie Paul
27 Worries In The Dance – Frankie Paul
28 Zunguzunguguzungguzeng – Frankie Paul
king yellowman (Photo credit: cultchas)