AGARD and I are the special guests on this episode. As the hosts, we took time out to re-introduce ourselves, talk about who we are, where we come from, and how we got into the music industry. This is part one of this “flashback” conversation.
In perfect timing with the start of Chronixx’s ‘Chronology: North America Tour’, guest starring Jah9, both artists present to you the “Hardcore” Remix.
Originally featured on Jah9’s “9” album, the newly recorded remixed version of “Hardcore”, showcases the talent and creativity of both artists to the highest degree.
A new album containing new dub mixes on the tracks from Jah9’s album “9” and will be released on colored vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day, April 22, 2017.
Chronology: North America Tour | Featuring Chronixx & The Zincfence Redemption + special guest Jah9
2nd March – New Haven, CT 3rd March – Boston, MA 4th March – New York, NY 5th March – New York, NY 7th March – Detroit, MI 9th March – Louisville, KY 10th March – Columbus, OH 11th March – Chicago, IL 14th March – Lawrence, KS 15th March – Denver, CO 17th March – Seattle, WA 18th March – Vancouver, BC*
19tth March – Portland, OR 21st March – Sacramento, CA 23rd March – San Francisco, CA 24th March – Redway, CA 25th March – Santa Cruz, CA 26th March – Reno, NV 28th March – Santa Barbara, CA 31st March – Santa Ana, CA 1st April – Los Angeles, CA 2nd April – San Diego, CA
The title track ‘Never played a 45‘ is an ode to vinyl lovers because “there’s something about the feel of the vibe.” Previously released on a 45, the original Peckings label pressing sold out fast and is now highly sought after.
The popular ‘Medical Marijuana Card‘ features an animated video which has amassed over 250,000 views. ‘Rasta Tell Dem‘ is already hugely popular and has been rinsed out by David Rodigan and others.
The song recounts Rasta’s canny observations of things that are just now coming to pass. ‘African‘ is an astute social observation to the standard we’ve come to expect from Macka B; shedding light on the realities of Africa as the cradle of humanity. Download ‘Never played a 45‘ now.
Atlanta, GA. – Sunday May 24th 2015, All Vinyl Everything delivered another star studded line-up of special guest DJs spinning nothing but the best music pressed on Vinyl.
No laptops, CDs, or DJ Controllers are ever allowed at this event! I selected a round of mostly 45 RPM 7″ inch singles from 1990’s and 1980’s dancehall to foundation reggae icons Dennis Brown and Tenor Saw in representation of the Reggae Lovers who were gathered, but also to introduce reggae music to new listeners.
Its was a holiday weekend and with no work on Monday, the who’s who of Atlanta turned out to play on Sunday at #AllVinylEverything! The venue, Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue offered indoor and outdoor bars along with food hot off the grill. Patrons came early as the music started at 4pm sharp and went until 9pm.
Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]
Once a month from April through SeptemberAVE is hosted by Sean Falyon alongside DJ Dibiase, and brought to you by WGGP Events, BeATLab USA, AB+L Radio, Coalition DJs ATL, Scratch DJ Academy and Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA)
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.
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 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.