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Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul, the late great dancehall icon sang many classic tunes that will forever extend his legacy.

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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58 | Download links and tracklist are below

I was inspired to pay tribute to FP because of his beloved voice and his great body of work in the music industry, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to this episode being released.  If you are missing Frankie Paul, go ahead and listen to this mix for some upliftment and celebrate our fallen general. Buy his music, share it, and play it. Look into his life story if you are unfamiliar. You will see that foundation reggae artists and musicians do not get their proper due.  In far too many cases their careers are “unsung” and their contributions are underrated and forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie Paul’s family and loved ones and I hope that he receives as much recognition as he deserves for being one of the quintessential figures in the history of reggae, Jamaica’s greatest claim to fame. There are many other trailblazers that need to be highlighted and honored. Thank you for taking some time out to download or stream Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 58, a Tribute to Frankie Paul, and a dedication to the reggae lover in you.

Frankie Paul Playlist:

  1.  Worries In the Dance (Trojan version)
  2. Don’t Worry Yourself
  3. Jah Jah Children
  4. Children of Israel
  5. Alesha
  6. Stars
  7. The Girl Is Mine
  8. Love Is Like Candy
  9. You Came Running Back
  10. Sindie
  11. Worries In The Dance (Volcano version)
  12. Do Good
  13. Ready or Not
  14. Skettel
  15. Pass Di Kushumpeng
  16. Loose Off A Dem
  17. Pass The Dub Plate
  18. Stuck On You
  19. Casanova
  20. Foreign Mind
  21. I Know the Score
  22. Come and Talk To Me
  23. Agony
  24. Steady Skanking
  25. I Need You
  26. Big and Ready ft. Heavy D, and Super Cat
  27. Out Your Mind
  28. I Miss Your Love
  29. Don Man
  30. Where Is That Love
  31. Ghetto Man Skank
  32. Curfew In the Dance
  33. Mistri Lady
  34. Giving You the Benefit
  35. Cassandra
  36. Head To Toe
  37. Bring Yu Body Come ft. Buju Banton
  38. We Rule The Border
  39. Sarah
  40. Day Oh
  41. Idle Jubie
  42. I Just Wanna Love You
  43. Call The Brigade

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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

The Empresses of Reggae Music’s Golden Era Featured

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Recordings selected and mixed in this episode are by female singers, mostly from the magical golden age of reggae and rocksteady, the finest years of the genre. You will hear a great deal of songs from dominant labels of the period, Studio One and Trojan Records as well as the reigning prolific artists Phyllis Dillon andMarcia Griffiths among others. Certainly a unique listening experience, please enjoy this musical treat and keep your feedback coming in to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your listenership. One love!

Playlist:

1 Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
2 Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss Or Fight
3 Susan Cadogan – Fever
4 Nana McLean -Till I Kissed You
5 Doreen Shaffer – Try A Little Smile
6 Marcia Griffiths – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7 Phyllis Dillon – The Right Track
8 Hortense Ellis – I’m Just A Girl
9 Patsy Wallace – Moonlight Lover
10 Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
11 Marcia Aitken – I’m Still In Love
12 Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
13 Nana McLean – Have I Sinned
14 Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
15 Phyllis Dillon – Picture On The Wall
16 Judy Mowatt – She Kept On Talking
17 Marcia Griffiths – I Shall Sing
18 Phyllis Dillon – One Life To Live
19 Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
20 Doreen Schafer – I Don’t Know Why
21 Nora Dean – Barbwire
22 Charlotte – Banake
23 Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me
24 Rita Marley – One Draw
25 Norma Frasier – First Cut
26 Phyllis Dillon – Perfida
27 Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing
28 The Soulettes – Bring It Up
29 Phyllis Dillon – If You Knew
30 Phyllis Dillon – A Thing Of The Past
31 Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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

Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.

Tribute to Trojan Records, a Reggae Vault Classics Feature

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Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur “Duke” Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records mixed and narrated by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System.

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Tracklist :
1 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
2 – Alton Ellis and the flames – Dance Crasher
3 – Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
4 – Alton Ellis & Flames – Girl I’ve Got A Date
5 – U-RoyWake the Town
6 – Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia
7 – Alton Ellis – Aint That Loving You
8 – Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
9 – Bitty Mclean – Walk Away From Love
10 – U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball
11 – Slim Smith & the Uniques – My Conversations
12 – The Techniques – Queen Majesty
13 – U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
14 – Dobby Dobson – Loving Pauper
15 – Joya Landis – Moonlight Lover
16 – Dennis Alcapone – Wake Up Jamaica
17 – Phyllis Dillon – Picture on the Wall
18 – Dennis Alcapone – Picture on the Wall
19 – The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
20 – Phyllis Dillon – ONE LIFE TO LIVE
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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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Big Bands of Reggae

Highlanda.net:

“Nothing compares to being in a venue where a reggae band is performing live.  The rumble of the bass lines surround you in a warm embrace and you can’t help but to rock and skank as you are transported to another realm and higher level of consciousness.  This describes the effects of the power that live reggae musicians have over the masses.”


Third World

Third World is a Grammy nominated Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. Third World’s greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love”, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979. Here is a Third World performing “Now That We Found Love:”
This song brought them to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who worked with them and wrote (along with Melody A. McCully) their song “Try Jah Love.” This band still records and tours to this day so definitely check them out if they come to a venue near you. Visit Third World online at http://www.thirdworldband.com/

Inner Circle

This Jamaican reggae group was formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis in Jamaica. The band released its debut album in 1974 on the famed record label, Trojan Records, and resigned in 1979 to Island Records, where the internationally successful album Everything Is Great originated. They are responsible for the 1989 song “Bad Boys,” which serves as the theme song for Fox Network’s long-running television program COPS. Here is Inner Circle with “Bad Boys:”
Jacob Miller, the frontman and lead singer, was killed in a car crash on March 23, 1980. The band appeared in the reggae cult film Rockers in 1978. Their second American hit, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 was “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”, which was a #3 hit in the UK. Here is Inner Circle with “Sweat:”

Steel Pulse
Steven Huey reports, “Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the ’80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban R&B gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late ’80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory, but never reached the same degree of commercial acceptance as Aswad or Inner Circle. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound that nonetheless made concessions to contemporary trends with touches of dancehall and hip-hop.” Here is Steel Pulse performing “Rally Round:”
In 1993 they performed at Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. Visit Steel Pulse’s website for more.

Aswad
From Vh1: “Aswad was arguably Britain’s most successful reggae band, in terms of both popularity and longevity. Critical opinion on their body of work is often divided; some hail their early material as the greatest roots reggae Britain ever produced, while others find their later pop-crossover phase more distinctive and unique, even at the expense of authenticity. Regardless, Aswad’s ability to adapt themselves to the changing times — new musical trends, shifting personnel — was ultimately the driving force behind their decades-long career.”
Aswad was often hired as backing musicians for touring Jamaican stars: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Black Uhuru.