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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"Episode 36 - Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture"

Barrington Levy Roots, Reality, and Culture Mix

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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.

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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
4 Murderer
5 Too Poor
6 Praise His Name
7 Sensimelea
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

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JOE GIBBS, LEGENDARY REGGAE PRODUCER FEATURED on REGGAE VAULT CLASSICS

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Label owner and hit record producer Joe Gibbs's productions featured in a mix with narration by Kahlil Wonda for Da Music Vault radio show.

Label owner and hit record producer Joe Gibbs’s productions featured in a mix with narration by Kahlil Wonda for Da Music Vault radio show.

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The Ladies at Joe Gibbs

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The legendary productions of Joe Gibbs have generated many of the reggae genre’s biggest hits. The producer/label operated predominately between 1972 and 1984.

The legendary productions of Joe Gibbs have generated many of the reggae genre's biggest hits. The producer/label operated predominately between 1972 and 1984.The Ladies at Joe Gibbs brings together the classic hits from the female artists Gibbs recorded. The songs and riddims are most familiar and underscore why Joe Gibbs productions were at the top of the genre during these prime years. Judy Mowatt and June 'JC' Lodge went on to have major careers in reggae while other names have faded. Some of the re-mastered tracks include previously unreleased extended mixes. Featured tracks include Marcia Aitken "My Man' and 'I'm Still In Love With You' (which scored # 1 Pop in England), June 'JC' Lodge "Someone Loves You Honey" and a special extended version of Althea & Donna's classic rocker 'Uptown Top Ranking'.

The Ladies at Joe Gibbs brings together the classic hits from the female artists Gibbs recorded. The songs and riddims are most familiar and underscore why Joe Gibbs productions were at the top of the genre during these prime years.

Judy Mowatt and June ‘JC’ Lodge went on to have major careers in reggae while other names have faded. Some of the re-mastered tracks include previously unreleased extended mixes.

Featured tracks include Marcia Aitken “My Man’ and ‘I’m Still In Love With You‘ (which scored # 1 Pop in England), June ‘JC’ Lodge “Someone Loves You Honey” and a special extended version of Althea & Donna‘s classic rocker ‘Uptown Top Ranking‘.

 

Reggae Vault Classics 41: John Holt, 80’s, 90’s, and Modern Classics

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1980’s and 90’s Segment Playlist

  1. Zion Gate – Culture
  2. Forty Leg Dread – Prince Mohammed
  3. Bad Boy Posse – Robert French
  4. Meet Me By The River – Robert French
  5. Entertainment – Tristan Palmer
  6. Your Love Got A Hold On Me – Dennis Brown
  7. Friday Night Jamboree – Jah Thomas
  8. Can’t Test Highlanda (Talk About Dub) – Wayne Wonder
  9. Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osborne
  10. 21 Girls Salute – Barrington Levy
  11. Love And Devotion – Jimmy Riley
  12. Keep On Knocking – Jacob Miller
  13. This Old Man – U Brown
  14. Jah The Youths Run To (Dub) – Sluggy Ranks
  15. Something Wrong – Little Pinchers
  16. We Rule This Border – Teddy Irie
  17. History Of Jamaica – Supercat
  18. Lift It Up Again – Pinchers
  19. Vineyard Party – Supercat
  20. Lightning and Thunder (Dub) – Sluggy Ranks
  21. Baltimore – The Tamlins
  22. Let It Flow – Singing Melody
  23. I Believe I Can Fly – Sanchez
  24. Hold Them Pace – Leroy Smart
  25. Put Down Your Weapon – Yami Bolo/Capleton
  26. Jah Works – Terror Fabulous
  27. Love Sponge – Buju Banton
  28. Mama – Bounty Killer
  29. Before Them Seek God – Junior Reid/Bounty Killer
  30. Live Clean – Capleton
  31. Fire Pon Rome – Anthony B
  32. ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest – Buju Banton
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John Holt Tunes Playlist

  1. Riding For A Fall
  2. A Love I Can Feel
  3. Up Park Camp
  4. Tribal War
  5. Hooligans
  6. Rock With Me
  7. Satisfaction
  8. Police In Helicopter
  9. Ali Baba
  10. Stick By Me
  11. If I Were A Carpenter
  12. For The Love Of You
  13. Wildfire featuring Dennis Brown
  14. The Tide Is High with The Paragons
  15. Wear You To The Ball featuring U-Roy
  16. Stealing
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Singing Melody

Modern Day Classics Segment Playlist

  1. If I Follow My Heart – Ed Robinson
  2. A House Is Not A Home – Freddie McGregor
  3. Love Rewind – J.C. Lodge
  4. Bonafied Love – Maxi Priest
  5. Breaking Up – Tanya Mullings
  6. People Talk – Etana
  7. Lipstick Stain – Buju Banton
  8. If Its Right – Sanchez
  9. The Leaders – Eljai
  10. Black Woman – Richie Spice
  11. Collide – Singing Melody
  12. In My Arms – Beres Hammond

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Reggae Vault Classics 21 – Hits From The Legendary Studio One Era

This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of July 5, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

Today’s mix consists of 27 recordings from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican Studio One record label which was instrumental in shaping the reggae genre during the 1960s and 70s. 12 of the songs in our playlist were sung by female vocalists, Marcia Griffiths, Phyliss Dillon, Jennifer Lara, Angela Prince, Charlotte, and Doreen Schafer – hats off to the ladies. Episode 21 of Reggae Vault Classics runs for about 40 minutes so go ahead and download this one for your collection. Also, please check out this upcoming related event VINTAGE 100% Reggae Sundays at Club Frequency in the Historic Atlanta Underground.

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Playlist

1 Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
2 No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
3 Whisper To Me – Cecile Campbell
4 Picture On The Wall – Phyliss Dillon
5 No No No – Marcia Griffiths
6 Sea Of Love – Marcia Griffiths
7 I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
8 Never Let Go – Slim Smith
9 The Answer – Lone Ranger
10 Keep On Moving – Johnny Osborne
11 Always Together – Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths
12 One Life To Live – Phyliss Dillon
13 Consider Me – Jennifer Lara
14 I Don’t Know Why – Doreen Schafer
15 Banake – Charlotte
16 I Need Love – Marcia Griffiths
17 Fever – Horace Andy
18 Ain’t That Loving You – The Heptones
19 Never Give Up – Sugar Minott
20 Pretty Looks – The Heptones
21 Willow Tree – Alton Ellis
22 When I Fall In Love – Ken Booth
23 Let Them Say – Alton Ellis
24 In The Mood – The Heptones
25 Without Love – Ken Booth
26 Stealing – John Holt
27 Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osborne

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VINTAGE 100% Reggae Sundays at Club Frequency in the Historic Atlanta Underground

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The Music:
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The Labels:
Studio One, Treasure Isle, Coxsone, Joe Gibbs, Tuff Gong, King Jammy‘s, Black Scorpio, Trojan, Techniques, Arrows, Channel One…

The Artists:
Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Gregory Isaacs, Shabba Ranks, Garnett Silk, Sanchez, Luciano, Dillinger, Big Youth, Dawn Penn, Barrington Levy, Sizzla, Alton Ellis, U-Roy, Yellowman, Supercat, Ken Boothe and more.

Doors open at 8pm. On July 19th enjoy complimentary admission until 10pm and no cover for ladies until midnight. General admission is $10. For more information email VintageSundays@highlanda.net or call (404) 934-6840.

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Reggae Vault Classics 15

This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of April 13, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

The Crown Prince of Reggae himself, the late Mr. Dennis Emmanuel Brown kicks off this week’s freestyle mix with Whip Them Jah, Here I Come, and Money In My Pocket. Since last week’s show was devoted to the music of just one artist, I wanted to make sure I covered all other bases this time around. Therefore, this week’s episode features all singers and gives you some Studio One selections, but also includes labels like Trojan Records, Joe Gibbs, and Techniques. The playlist spans from the 1960s with original John Holt, Derrick Morgan, and Sugar Minott through the 1990s with Buju Banton, Beenie Man, and Terry Ganzie. There’s even a bonus mix of Highlanda dubplate specials for the dubplate fans. Hopefully you will want this one to be stored safely in your Ipod where you can listen and share with others.

Right Click the file link and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment right here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Playlist

1 Whip Them Jah – Dennis Brown
2 Here I Come – Dennis Brown
3 Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown
4 Rude Boy Shufflin – Israel Vibration
5 Send Them Come – Terry Ganzie
6 Murderer – Buju Banton
7 Up Park Camp – John Holt
8 No Man’s Land – Cornell Campbell
9 Wolves And Leopards – Dennis Brown
10 Population – Burning Spear
11 A Love I Can Feel – Dennis Alcapone featuring John Holt
12 When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
13 Love You Still – George Scott
14 Don’t Fuss Or Fight – Barrington Levy
15 Never Gonna Give Jah Up – Sugar Minott
16 Collie Weed – Barrington Levy
17 Trodding Through The Jungle – Carlton Livingston
18 Sensimelia – Barrington Levy
19 Entertainment – Tristan Palmer
20 Under Me Sensi – Barrington Levy featuring Beenie Man
21 Cuss Cuss – Lloyd Robinson
22 Roll Call – Tenor Saw
23 Natural Mistic – Jennifer Lara
24 Tougher Than Tough (Rudie in Court) – Derrick Morgan
25 Oh DC – Sugar Minott

26 Bonus Dubplate Mix

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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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