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

Dubplates, Ganja Tunes, and Studio One Riddims

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This mix contains classics from some of the Studio One label’s biggest riddims. The dubplates selected here help to illustrate the story of Highlanda, an original sound system founded in Atlanta in 1999 by Guyanese and Jamaican selectors from Brooklyn, New York.  See tracklist and download link below.

Reggae Lover Kutchie imageTRACKLIST

1   The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie
2   Early B – The Visit of King Selassie
3   Buju Banton – Concrete Jungle Rock
4   Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone Chalice
5   Luciano and Mickey General – Sweet Guyana (Dubplate)
6   Mykal Rose – Stalk of Sensimelia
7   Everton Blender – Bring The Kutchie Come
8   Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderalla
9   Imani – The Sweetest Sound I’ve Ever Known (Dubplate)
10  Sugar Minott – Soundboy Killing (Dubplate)
11  Sluggy Ranks – Sodom and Gomorrah (Dubplate)
12  Sugar Minott – Never Gonna Give Jah Up
13  Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (Dubplate)
14  Sugar Minott – Vanity
15  Warrior King – Highlanda Kill Your Sound (Dubplate)
16  Garnett Silk – Kingly Character
17  Luciano – Give Praise/Jah Blessing (Dubplate)
18  The Heptones – Were Gonna Fight
19  Mickey General – Amazing Medley (Dubplate)
20  Barry Brown – Give My Love A Try
21  Carlton Livingston – Here I Stand
22  Johnny Osbourne – Jah Righteous Plan
23  Sugar Minott – Don’t Fuss or Fight
24  Johnny Osbourne – No War
25  Carlton Livingston – Jam It Up
26  Sugar Minott featuring The Congos – Oh DC (Dubplate)

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Tribute to Studio One: Reggae Vault Classics

Tribute to Studio One Reggae Vault Classics by Highlanda

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Reggae Vault Classics presents Tribute to the legendary Studio One record label.  Nuff respect to the founding father, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd!!!

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Tracklist :

  • Intro – SuperPEC
  • 1  No No No (You Don’t Love Me) – Dawn Penn
  • 2  Truly – Marcia Griffiths
  • 3  Love Me Forever – Carlton And The Shoes
  • 4  Love Won’t Easy – The Heptones
  • 5  I’ve Got The Handle – The Heptones
  • 6  Breaking Up – Alton Ellis
  • 7  Girl Of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  • 8  Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
  • 9  Mr. BassieHorace Andy
  • 10 Unchained – Bob Andy
  • 11 Skylarking – Horace Andy
  • 12 Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
  • 13 Tribute To Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
  • 14 Pretty Looks – The Heptones
  • 15 I’m Just A Guy – Alton Ellis
  • 16 Vanity – Sugar Minott
  • 17 Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
  • 18 Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
  • 19 No Man Is An Island – Dennis Brown
  • 20 Soul Power – The Heptones
  • 21 Real Rock Instrumental 
  • 22 Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  • 23 Let Them Say – Bob Andy
  • 24 Rock Me – The Heptones 
  • 25 Sea Of Love – Marcia Griffiths
  • 26 Money Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osborne
  • 27 Too Experience – Bob Andy
  • 28 I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
  • 29 I Dont Know Why – Doreen Schafer
  • 30 DC – Sugar Minott
  • 31 DC (Highlanda Dubplate) – Sugar Minott
  • Outro – Kahlil Wonda and SuperPEC

Theses tunes are foundation!!!  Studio One still rules!!! Nuff Respect!!!

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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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