Freddie McGregor and John Holt | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 85

This episode features songs about Rastafari, roots, reality, and culture from Freddie McGregor and John Holt.

Episode 49 features Freddie McGregor singing only in the reggae lovers rock style. That episode has over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud and is still very popular. I definitely hope you enjoy this one as well and play it 20,000 times each. This mix shows the well-roundedness and the prolificness of Freddie McGregor. This is powerful music about the black struggle, and about overcoming.

I wanted to elevate everybody that’s listening no matter what’s going on in your life. If you’re able to listen to this music right now that means that you still have a chance and you have opportunities. Even if you were a victim, right now you’re a Survivor. You’re surviving and you can carry on the mission of improving yourself. Don’t give in to depression. There’s good in every situation and what didn’t kill you can make you stronger.

Show love to anybody that shows you love and let them know what you think of them. Let them know that you appreciate them being in your life. If anybody is sending negative vibes your way and taking shots at you, I say cut them off. Go the other way every time the negative energy comes around. Put up your hypocrite shield and hold your head high. Don’t give them power over you by letting them see you crumble. Hold your head up high, stick to your morals, set your boundaries, and continue to live your life in peace. God will bless you. That’s my positive word of the day. Thank you all for listening.

Sir John Holt has passed away, but Freddie McGregor is still captain of the Big Ship, and still doing his thing. His legacy is solid. Big ups to Freddie. Salute to our living legend, and rest in peace to the loving memory of John Holt. Respect is due to all the friends, family and supporters of the John Holt. Please support and spread their music. Once again I thank you so much for listening and I hope you are uplifted and feeling good vibrations.

It’s now February. It’s reggae month. It’s Black History Month. Some know this day as Valentine’s Day. The movie Black Panther is premiering in 1 day. This Friday is Bob Fest ATL 2018 starring Jah9 and her band all the way from Kingston, Jamaica. Also featuring the Saroc the MC and me, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound. See you there!

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Crucial Selections from The ‘A Love I Can Feel’ Rhythm

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AloveIcanfeelThis is another listener suggested mix specially prepared for the reggae lover podcast.

The ‘A Love I Can Feel‘ rhythm was first released on a vocal by John Holt under the same name in 1970. It was produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and was a sizeable hit. John Holt re-recorded his original vocal a number of times (about once per decade) including for Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes’ Volcano label, King Jammy, and the Parish label. The rhythm has been used around 100 times, most frequently by King Jammy and Donovon Germain of Penthouse Records.

Please download using the link below, and feel free to spread the word to fellow reggae lovers. Also email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com to make suggestions, requests or comments, and to get additional information.

Playlist:

1 John Holt – A Love I Can Feel – Studio One
2 Dennis Alcapone – A Love I Can Feel – Studio One
3 Freddie McGregor – When I’m Ready – Studio One
4 George Scott – Love You Still – Studio One
5 Cornell Campbell – Give Your Love To Me – Gorgon
6 Prince Jazzbo – Straight To I-Roy Head – Lagoon
7 Shinehead – Golden Touch – African Love
8 Josey Wales – Weh Dem A Go Do “86″ – Tuff Gong
9 Nana McClean – Nana’s Medley – Penthouse
10 Sanchez – Wont Last A Day – Germain
11 Tony Tuff – I’ve Got To Get You – Penthouse
12 Richie Stephens – Trying To Get To You – Penthouse
13 Tony Rebel – Fresh Vegetable – Penthouse
14 Pinchers – Stand By Me Pt. 2 – Penthouse
15 Sanchez – I Can’t Wait – Digital B
16 Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
17 Beres Hammond and Cutty Ranks – Love Me Haffi Get
18 Pinchers – Dreams and Illusions – Jammys
19 Frankie Paul – Benefit of the Doubt – Black Scorpio

*ROCKSTEADY* Sunday, Nov. 2nd [8PM-Midnight] at The Sound Table

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ROCKSTEADY aka Early Sundays ATL, GA.  – Reggae starts at 8pm, but the Sound Table opens up at 7pm so please come out early to take in the vibes.  The November Edition of ‘Rocksteady’ presents a Sweet Reggae Music soundtrack by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen.

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“ATLANTA’s ONLY monthly Roots Reggae event!” (21+ / Music lovers / Grown and Sexy)

Inviting all Kings and Queens to an official Coronation Day celebration for Emperor Haile Selassie I and an official musical tribute to reggae legend, singer John Holt, who passed on to Zion last week.  This is a priceless event, therefore admission will be complimentary.

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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

NEW Sizzla Kalonji Culture Mix with 49 Songs Is Solid As A Rock

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This Sizzla mix was suggested by a fellow Reggae Lover, Kris in Atlanta, and truthfully I am grateful for such a suggestion.  The messages in Sizzla’s music have aroused and inspired many people over the past 20 years including me.  This mix goes through the best of Kalonji’s catalog from 1995 to now and includes singles from ‘Radical,’ one of 2014’s Sizzla albums – a real “throwback” and a surefire treat.  Listen now, and spread the download link around when you get a chance.

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The Reggae Lover Podcast presents Sizzla

SIZZLA PLAYLIST

1 No White God
2 Really and Truly
3 Praise Ye Jah
4 Solid As A Rock
5 Smoke Marijuana
6 No Wicked Man
7 Dem Ah Wonder
8 Babylon A Listen
9 Jah Never Fail I
10 Radical
11 One Love
12 Clean Up Your Heart
13 Made Of
14 Blaspheme
15 Babylon Homework
16 Jah Blessing with Luciano
17 Freedom
18 Kings Of The Earth
19 Police in Helicopter with John Holt
20 Do You Ever?
21 Good Ways
22 Real
23 Gwaan Star
24 Like Mountain
25 Juvenile
26 Good Things
27 Dem Ah Try Ah Ting
28 Lovely Morning
29 Freedom Cry
30 Render Your Heart
31 Chant Dem Down
32 Take Myself Away
33 To The Point
34 King In The Jungle with Jah Cure
35 Holding Firm
36 Explain To The Almighty
37 Azanldo
38 Till It Some More
39 Show Us The Way
40 Love Is Always There
41 Beautiful World
42 Give Them A Ride
43 Trust and Love
44 Sad Mistake
45 Blaze Fire Blaze
46 No Other Like Jah
47 Collie with Sugar Minott
48 Dem Ah Gaze
49 Hardcore

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The Mighty Diamonds: Reggae Anthology: Pass The Knowledge

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As one of the major cornerstones of the roots reggae movement, The Mighty Diamonds have maintained a consistent message of love and unity.  Download the new Reggae Anthology: Pass the Knowledge – The Mighty Diamonds which features hits and non-album classic material.

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Comprised of lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw and harmony vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, the trio is widely-known for their smooth harmonies and choreographed stage shows inspired by 1960s Motown vocal groups like The Temptations, The Stylistics, The Impressions and The Delfonics and as well as Jamaican rocksteady artists like John Holt and Ken Boothe.  With over 40 albums under their belt, the long-time friends formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston and continue to record and tour together today.

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Reggae Vault Classics Features Henry “Junjo” Lawes & Hits From Volcano

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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.

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Playlist

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 HelicopterJohn 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 DollyCocoa 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

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Jamrock Reggaefest with Beres Hammond & Friends Saturday – July 18, 2009 in NY

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Musical legends Frankie Paul and John Holt join Beres Hammond on stage at the 12th Annual JAMROCK Reggae Fest! Come seeFrankie “Dancehall” Paul, the father of Rock Steady, John Holt along with the originator of Lover’s Rock, Beres Hammond, all on one stage. Newly added acts are Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill and Lenya Wilks along with Natural Blacks. This classic lineup is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with phenomenal performances at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, on Saturday, July 18, 2009. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster, Reggaefest.com and various locations through out the tri-state area with ticket prices starting at just $49.99!

Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late Joseph Hill, front man of Culture, the legendary vocal trio whose 1977 record “Two Sevens Clash” helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Kenyatta has since carried the torch successfully performing as the front man for Culture and paying tribute to his father with every performance.

Natural Blacks, the Guyanese-born roots singer has made a persistent stance in reggae with songs like “Far from Reality” and “Never Leave You Lonely.” His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and fans in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean.

Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica’s Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment; like Wonder, he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early ’80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. Fans can look forward to hits like “Tidal Wave,” “Sara” and “Slow Down.

John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like “Police in Helicopter,” “Stick by Me,” and “Ali Baba.” The former lead singer of the Parogons still stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica’s sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He has voiced and penned so many of the country’s classics that in a way, Holt has defined the island’s sound.

Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the ’70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover’s Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Fans can look forward to hearing timeless classics like “Tempted to Touch,” and “Rock Away,” as well as material from his latest album, A Moment in Time.

Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster, Reggaefest.com and at various  Tri-State area ticket locations. Log on to www.reggaefest.com for more information and location details.

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