Top Ranking Albums of February 2011

Second Chance

February 2011

  1. Peter Bjorn and John Second Chance [Almost Gold/Startime International 2011]
  2. Elephant ManDance & Sweep! – Adventures Of The Energy God [VP Records 2011]
  3. Lucinda Williams Blessed [Lost Highway 2011]
  4. Dennis Brown Tribulation Times [Kingston Sounds 2011]
  5. Derrick Morgan No Dice: All Original Jamaican Mono Recordings 1966-67 [Reggae Retro 2011]
  6. Black Joe Lewis & the HoneybearsScandalous [Lost Highway 2011]
  7. Various ArtistsThe Bombing Volume 2: The Very Best of Bost & Bim Reggae Hip Hop & RNB Classic Inna Reggae Style [Beats Mob France 2011]
  8. Amos LeeMission Bell[Blue Note 2011]
  9. Various ArtistsReggae Wave [Reggae Wave 2011]
  10. Various ArtistsCultural Vibes [Heartbeat Europe 2011]

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Top Ranking Albums of February 2011

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae inna Golden Oldies Version

GOLDEN OLDIES VERSION

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector uncovers some of the greatest reggae cover songs. This particular edition focuses on the Golden Oldies. Form pop sensations Elvis Presley, Neil DiamondBobby Darin, and Fats Domino to the singer/songwriters Bob Dylan and James Taylor to  the rock and roll greats like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the Animals, to the soul crooners like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers this compilation of tracks explores the greatest reggae versions of pop hits.

Groups like Three Dog Night, The Association, and The Archies dominated American and British pop charts. And many Jamaicans took these tunes and transformed them into Jamaican reggae hits. One of my favorites in this edition is Bob Marley’s cover of the Archies tune “Sugar Sugar.”  Some of the greatest reggae performers including Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff,Toots & The Maytals, Dennis Brown, and John Holt took on these rock and roll legends and covered excellent pop songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  And of course, Ub40 made an entire career at the art of the reggae oldies cover, making smash top 40 hits out of Sonny And Cher‘sI Got You Babe” and Elvis Presley’s(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You.”

Gregory Isaacs House Of The Rising Sun

Derrick MorganStand By Me

Desmond Dekker – Yakety Yak

Toots & the Maytals Louie, Louie

Alton Ellis Duke Of Earl

Big Youth Hit the Road Jack

Anonymously Yours Get Back

Chaka Demus & PliersTwist And Shout

UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You

Joy White My Guy

The GayladsIt’s All in the Game

Susan CadoganFever

Slightly Stoopid Leaving On A Jet Plane

Ken Boothe Ain’t No Sunshine

B.B. SeatonSummertime

Dennis Brown(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

Glen AdamsI Wanna Hold Your Hand

Toots & The Maytals – Let the Four Winds Blow

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe

The Heptones – Our Day Will Come

Morgan Heritage – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

John Holt Hey Jude

Sugar Minott Never My Love

Judy Mowatt Joy to the World

Bob Marley & The Wailers – How Many Times

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Busy Signal – Dream Dream

Alton Ellis – Bye Bye Love

Bruce Ruffin – Candida

Honeyboy MartinHave You Ever Seen the Rain

Shaggy & Samira – Never Knew What I Missed (Till I Kissed You)

Jackie Edwards – Take Me As I Am

The GayladsFire and Rain

Bruce RuffinCecilia

The Heptones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Horace Andy Dream Lover

Irving BrownListen to the Music

Dennis Brown – Good Lovin’

C.J. Lewis Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Cornell Campbell Wonderful World

SizzlaSubterranean Homesick Blues

Sizzla – Subterranean Homesick Blues Dub

Wayne Armond – Maggie May

John Holt I’d Love You To Want Me

The Wailing Souls – My Generation

Judy Mowatt & the GaylettesSon Of A Preacher Man

Yami BoloJohnny B. Goode

Steel Pulse & Juki Rank We Can Work It Out

Tenor Fly Bright Side Of Life

Cynthia Richards & Irving Brown – You’ve Got a Friend

Susan Cadogan As Tears Go By

Bunny Rugs, U-Roy, & the Easy Star All Stars Lovely Rita

John HoltTouch Me In The Morning

Brent Dowe Knock Three Times

B.B. SeatonEverything Is Beautiful

Max Romeo Cracklin’ Rosie

Steel Pulse Brown Eyed Girl

Alton Ellis & Hortense Ellis Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Ben Harper & The Skatalites – Be My Guest

Bob Marley & the Wailers Sugar Sugar

Big Youth – Sugar Sugar

The Wailing Souls – My Sweet Lord

Maxi Priest Some Guys Have All The Luck

Johnny Clarke – Soul and Inspiration

Bob Marley & the Wailers And I Love Her

YellowmanBlueberry Hill

BushmanDowntown

Stevie Face – In The Living Years

Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination

John Holt Girl from Ipanema

Devo – Whip It (Techno Remix)

Ken Boothe – Yesterday

Delroy Wilson Do That To Me One More Time

Freddie McGregor – Starting All Over

Derrick Harriot Eighteen with a Bullet

Alton Ellis – Diana

The Now Generation Alone Again, Naturally

Ken Boothe – Help Me Make It Through The Night

John Holt Baby I’m A Want You

Tessanne – I Want To Know What Love Is

Bruce RuffinCandida

Eric DonaldsonCandle in the Wind (Goodbye Norma Jean)

YvonneClose to You

Cornell Campbell – My Baby Just Cares For Me

Jackie Edwards – The Last Farewell

Bitty McClean – Dedicated To The One I Love

Lascelles Perkins – Pledging My Love

Taxi Gang – Mission Impossible

Marcia Griffiths – Play Me

Slim Smith – Love Me Tender

Jackie Edwards – High School Dance

Adina Edwards – Why Don’t You Write Me

Lascells Perkins – Mood For Love

Diana King – I Say A Little Prayer For You

Dave Barker & The Wailers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Jackie Edwards – It’s All In the Game

Ali Campbell – Devoted To You

UB40 – I Wanna Be Like You

NEED

Susan Cadogan In the Ghetto

The Gaylettes Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday

Don Carlos – Hello Goodbye

Chosen Few – Drift Away

Pat Kelly – A Hard Day’s Night

The Cables – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion

B.B. Seaton – Eleanor Rigby

Boris Gardiner – Hooked On A Feeling

The Uniques – Crimson And Clover

Hopeton Lewis – Mighty Quinn

Ken Lazarus – Sugar Sugar

Bob Andy – Baby I Need Your Loving

Delroy Wilson – Get Ready

Alton Ellis – And I Love Her

Peter Tosh – Here Comes The Sun

Freddie McGregor – Sweet Caroline

Joe White – Yesterday

Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me

Ben Harper – Michelle

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – Light My Fire (Live)

Singing Sweet – Donna

Derrick Morgan – Ain’t That a Shame

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Ode To Billie Joe

Sister Carol – Wild Thing

Boris Gardiner & the Happening – Spooky

Horace Andy – Sea of Love

Ernie Smith – Kansas City

Denzil Dennis – (All I Have to Do Is) Dream

Chaka Demus – Don’t Be Cruel

John Holt – Soul & Inspiration

Joya Landis – Kansas City

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae inna Golden Oldies Version

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

COLLIE HERB

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selecta explores the reggae songs dedicated to the ganja. It is believed that the term ganja came from India and from the Indians who migrated to Jamaica. Many of the great reggae artists performed songs about the herb, some taking the tunes to another level playing ganja anthems. From Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Kaya” to Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” to Peter Tosh’s anthem “Legalize It” the weed is a constant theme in reggae music.

According to Rastafarians, collie herb grew on the grave of the wisest man in history, King Solomon. For this reason the herb is to be smoked as a sacrament. Often the smoke is referred to as wine to be partaken in communion. The water pipe is called the chalice or cup from which the smoker draws or sups from the cup. Furthermore the great collie herb aids in meditation. The World of Reggae Music Collection presents the finest tunes about sensi.

Julian Marley – Boom Draw

Alborosie – Herbalist

Jah Thomas – Strong Ganja

Rupie EdwardsFree The Weed

Rupie Edwards – Feeling High

Bob Marley & the Wailers Kaya

Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace & Lee “Scratch” Perry Herb Vendor

Peter ToshLegalize It

U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace

Mr. Williamz – Ganja Palace

AswadJust A Little Herb

Eek A Mouse Sensi Party

Sublime – Get Ready

I-Wayne & Rebelution – So High

The EthiopiansLet Me Blow My Smoke

Carl MurphyLick I Pipe

Cornell Campbell A Hundred Pounds Of Collie

The Mighty Diamonds Pass The Kutchie

Josey Wales – It A Fi Bun

Black UhuruSinsemilla

The Uprising Roots – Steamers

Sugar Minott – Herbsman Hustling

Linval ThompsonI Love Marijuana

Barrington LevyCollie Weed

John HoltPolice In Helicopter

Bob Marley & the Wailers Easy Skanking

Rita Marley – One Draw

Ky-Mani Marley – Get High

Horace AndyBetter Collie (Better Calley)

Ben Harper – Burn One Down

Bobby Hustle – Real Ganja Man

The ObserversPass The Pipe

Barrington Levy Under Mi Sensi

Collie Buddz – Ganja Pipe

Collie Buddz & RoacheSensimillia

Slightly Stoopid – This Joint

Eek A MouseGanja Smuggling

Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor

Capleton & Slightly Stoopid – No Cocaine

Manu Chao – Welcome to Tijuana

Chino – Boom Draw

Big JoeSmoke Marijuana

NinjamanLegalize The Herb

Yellowman & Fathead – Herbman Hustling

Gyptian – Sensi

Jacob MillerLamb’s Bread Collie

SOJA – Talking To Myself

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Cypress Hill & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Ganja Bus

Frankie PaulPass The Tu Sheng Peng

Bob Marley & the WailersAfrican Herbsman

Wayne Smith Under Me Sleng Teng

Seeed & Denyo – Sensimilla

Slightly Stoopid Collie Man

Hopeton LewisCool Cool Collie

SublimeSmoke Two Joints

Million StylezPolice In Helicopter

Da Grynch – Police In Helicopter

Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – Smokin’ Love

Rebelution & Zumdi – So High

Rebelution – So High Dub

Jah TLick The Pipe, Peter, Part 4

Alborosie – No Cocaine

Chronixx – Perfect Tree

Sizzla – Sweet To My Brain

Kabaka Pyramid – Herb Defenda

Wayne Marshall – The Boom Draw

Don Carlos & Slightly Stoopid – Marijuana

Max Romeo My Jamaican Collie

Triston Palma & Jah ThomasJoker Smoker

Papa Bruce – Loafer Smoker

Vybz KartelSen On

U-Brown – Tu Sheng Peng

Bushman – Buk-In-Hamm-Palace

Alborosie – Camilla

Johnny Clarke – Collie Dread

Daweh Congo Ganja Baby

Tarrus Riley, Demarco, & Vybz Kartel Herbs Promotion

Richie Spice Marijuana (Pon Di Corner)

Slightly Stoopid No Cocaine

Culture – The International Herb

Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Baby G, & Don CorleonHigher Altitude

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Waan the Herb

Mr. Vegas, Alozade, & Hollow PointUnder Mi Sensi

Bounty Killer – Smoke The Herb

Sugar Minott – Oh Mr DC

Capleton – Acres

Wayne Smith & B-Real – Under Mi Sleng Teng (Remix)

Buju Banton – Sensemeila Persecution

Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed

I-Octane – Puff It

Laden – Highest

Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff

Gyptian & Round Head – Through the Valley

Slightly Stoopid – Fruits “Legalize Them”

Tony Rebel – The Herb

Rootz Underground – Herb Fields

Horace Andy – Collie Weed

Alborosie – One Draw

Lloyd Charmers – Ishan Cup

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Raging Fyah – Ganja

Snoop Lion & Collie Buddz – Smoke the Weed

Mr. Williamz – Babylon In Helicopter

YT – Heat Seeking Camera

Jacob Miller – Tired Fi Lick Weed Inna Bush

Clancy Eccles – Ganja Free

Leftside – High (Friday Version)

Slightly Stoopid – Fat Spliffs

Bunny & Ricky – Bush Weed Corntrash

Willie Nelson & Mishka – Homegrown

Anthony B – One Chalice

Sizzla – Ganja in My Brain

Reggae Crusaders – Bring The Couchie Come

Burro Banton – Sensi Love That Cheeba

311 – Who’s Got The Herb

Josey Wales – Stalk Of Sensimilia

Slightly Stoopid – Sensimilia

Barrington Levy – Sensimilea

Capleton – High Grade

Gyptian – High Grade

Derrick Morgan – The Great Collie Herb

Lady G – Herbie

Chuckleberry – One Draw 2

Dillinger – Marijuana In My Brain

G.G. All Stars – Ganja Plane

Eek-A-Mouse – Juicy Juicy & Weedy Weedy

Onton – Hi Grade Way

Mr. Evil, Mapei, & Major Lazer – Mary Jane

Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby

Eminem – Must Be Ganja

Tappa Zukie – Chalice to Chalice

Inner Circle & Slightly Stoopid – Mary Collie Weed

Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (’94 Spliff)

Israel Vibration – Red Eyes

Sister Carol – Red Eye

Sean Paul & Luga Man – Weed Indeed

Sizzla – Good Load Of Herb

Beenie Man & Silvercat – Chronic

Deadly Hunta – High Grade

Horace Andy – Good Vibes / Dub Vibes

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Barrington Levy Gimmie The Grass

CultureCollie Weed

Sister Carol – Wicked Draw of Sensi

Bounty Killer Eyes A Bleed (RZA Remix)

Anthony Red RoseGi Mi Di Weed

Lone Ranger – Quarter Pound of Ishen

Junior Reid – Sensi Breeze

Jah Mason Couple Chalice A Day

Lee “Scratch” PerryRoast Fish & Cornbread

SizzlaHealing Of The Nation

YellowmanBun The Kutchie

LucianoFree Up The Herbalist

SanchezChronic

JamelodyHigh Grade

The Mighty Diamonds Chalice In A Circle

CapletonChalice

Black Uhuru Puff She Puff

Tippa Irie & Long Beach Dub All StarsSensi

Jah Mason – Let’s Get Some High Grade

SizzlaMarijuana

Chuck FendaGwaan Plant

Charlie ChaplinJamaican Collie

Morgan HeritageGive We A License

Mykal Rose Rush On The Tonic

Billy Boyo One Spliff A Day

Jah THot Pipes

Warrior KingOh What A Feeling

Michael PalmerDon’t Smoke The Seed

Ranking Joe Natty The Collie Smoker

Junior Byles Lick the Pipe Peter

See I – Dinner of Herb

Ward 21Ganja Smoke

Morgan HeritageWisdom Weed

Horace FergusonSensi Addict

Little John Strong Sensi

YT – No Sandweed

King Kong – Legalize It

Jacob MillerHealing of the Nation

ChezidekA De Weed

Carlton Livingston 100 Weight of Collie Weed

Mr. Williamz No Cigarette

Top Cat – Push Up Ya Lighter

PressureGanja Make the World Go Round

ChezidekBun’ Di Ganja

Mojo Morgan & Peter Tosh Herbsman Anthem

Lloyd Clarke – Bad Weed

Israel VibrationHerb Is the Healing

Lutan FyahPlant The Herbs

Capital LettersSmoking My Ganja

Michael Palmer Smoke The Weed

Barry Brown – Natty Dread Nar Run

Triston PalmerSpliff Tail

U-Roy, Suga Roy, & Conrad CrystalHigh Grade

The Skatalites – La Ska Racha

PerfectBig Fat Ganja Spliff

Morgan Heritage Plant Up The Herbs

I-Roy – Jamaican Collie

U-Roy – Herbman Skanking

Little JohnSmoke Ganja Hard

Perfect10 Pound Of Ganja

Congo Ashanti Roy – Stay Red

The EthiopiansWell Red

The SkatalitesCollie Bud

Jah Lion – Columbia Colly

Prince Huntley and Colonel – Granny Iley

Boy Blue (Singer Blue) – A Long Time I No Smoke

Trevor Blyfield – Burning Bush

Rupie & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington

Sylford WalkerLambs Bread

Welton Irie – Lambs Bread International

Jah ThomasMarijuana-Marijuana

Vivian Jones – Got A Light

Flourgon – Bill A Spliff

Max Romeo – A Quarter Pound of Ishan

Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Minister for Ganja

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

The World of Reggae Music–Vintage Reggae: Classic Reggae

World of Reggae Music Collection: Vintage Reggae

Classic Reggae

This second volume of the World of Reggae Music Collection digs deeper into Vintage Reggae exploring some of reggae’s most classic tracks. For example, the Tamlin’sBaltimore is a classic cut that typifies the soul of reggae music. From the unique vocal stylings of Barrington Levy and Susan Cadoganto supergroups like The Heptones, Israel Vibration, and the Gladiators, this era of reggae music forces hearts to pulsate and feet to dance. Furthermore, this genre includes melodic tracks like Bob Marley & the Wailers “Do It Twice” and Ernie Smith’s “Duppy Gunman.”

Barrington Levy Don’t Fuss Nor Fight

Delroy Wilson – My Baby Is Gone

Desmond Dekker – Archie Wah Wah

Gregory Isaacs – Give Me Land

Dennis Brown – Promised Land

Susan Cadogan – Hurt So Good
The Tamlins – Baltimore

John Holt – OK Fred

Roman Stewart Hit Song

Johnny Clarke – Move Out A Bablyon

Desmond Dekker – Licking Stick

Gregory Isaacs – Lonely Man 

The Heptones – Country Boy

Leroy Smart – I Am the Don
Toots & the MaytalsPeeping Tom

Reggie Antonie – So Many Ways

Lee “Scratch” Perry – So Many Skanks

Clancy Eccles – Fatty Fatty

Jimmy Sommerville – To Love Somebody
The PioneersTime Hard

Dennis Brown Sitting And Watching

Bob Andy – Feeling

Peter Tosh Ketchy Shuby

Peter Tosh – Ketchy Shuby [Instrumental]

Horace Andy – I Feel Good All Over

Bob Marley & the WailersBus Dem Shut

Ernie SmithDuppy Gunman

Junior MurvinCool Out son

Delroy Wilson – Rain From the Skies

Eric Donaldson Stand Up

Lee “Scratch” PerryDub Fu Ye Rights

Horace AndyMan To Man

Bob Marley & the WailersDo It Twice

Bunny Wailer – Rockers

Desmond Dekker – Generosity

John Holt – Anywhere

Bob Marley & the Wailers Guava Jelly

MessageRum-Bum-A-Loo

The Viceroys – River To Cross

Israel Vibration The Same Song

Junior BylesFade Away

Theo Beckford Easy Snappin’

Max Romeo Wet Dream

Freddie McGregor – Joggin’

The ViceroysYa Ho

The Congos – Fisherman

Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So

Dave Barker & the Upsetters – Shock Of Mighty

Black Uhuru – Sponji Reggae

Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape His Judgement

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting In Vain

Desmond Dekker – Where Did It Go

The Maytones – Money Worries

Derrick Morgan –  Forward March

Cornell Campbell & Sound Dimension – What Kind of World

Gregory Isaacs – Top Ten

Little John – Joker Lover

The Abyssinians – Poor Jason Whyte

The Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row

Jackie Edwards – Take Me As I Am

Johnny Clarke – Top Ranking (I’m the Toughest)

Glen Washington – One Of These Days

Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lively Up Yourself

Dennis Brown – Cassandra

Bruce Ruffin – One Big Happy Family

Desmond Dekker – Live and Learn

Cocoa Tea – Come Again

Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss

Errol Dunkley – Sad To Know

John Holt – Reggae From the Ghetto

Israel Vibration – Miscalculation

Ken Boothe & B.B. Seaton – Whole World’s Down on Me

Arthur Robinson – Moments

The Pioneers – You Don’t Know Like I Know

Delroy Wilson – Why Did You Leave Me

The Jivers – Our Love Will Last

Clarendonians – Lick It Back

Ken Boothe – Keep My Love From Fading

The Kingstonians – I’ll Need You Tomorrow

NEED

The Gladiators – Hello Carol
Rupie EdwardsIre Feelings
Jacob Miller – Love Is A Message
Denzel D. Dennis Women and Money
The Upsetters – Cent Skank
The Heptones – I’ve Got the Handle (First Aid)
The Cables – Baby Why
Freddie McGregor – I Was Born A Winner
The Wailing SoulsBack Out
The Congos At The Feast
Carl Malcom – Fatty Bum Bum
Desmond Dekker – Shing A Ling
Barry Brown – Stand Firm
Trevor Byfield – Burning Bush
The Gladiators – On the Other Side
Carl Malcom – No Jestering
Cornell Campbell – Stars
Dub Specialist – Starring Dub
Lloyd Parks – Ordinary Man
The Impact All Stars – Ordinary Man Version 3
Lord Creator – Such is Life
Keith Poppin – Righteous Man
The Heptones – My Guiding Star
Leroy Smart – Wish You Good Luck
Black Uhuru – Sun Is Shining
The Mighty Diamonds – Back Whey
Little John – All Over Me
Ruddy Thomas – When I Think Of You
Don Carlos – Hog and Goat
Tyrone Taylor – Heavy Waist Line
Prince Alla – Poor Man Feel It
Cornell Campbell – Press Along
King Tubby – Press Along (King Tubby’s Dub)
Dandy LivingstoneSuzanne Beware Of The Devil
Zap Pow This Is Reggae Music
Pluto ShervingtonRam Goat Liver
Tingo StewartPlay De Music
Denzel DennisMe Nah Worry
Errol “Flabba” Holt – Danger Zone
The Abysinnians – Sweet Feeling
Big Boss – Kung Foo Rock
Dennis Brown – Cup of Tea
Glen Brown – Crisp As A Ball
Wayne Wade – Man of the Living
Eek-A-Mouse – Noah’s Ark
Gregory Isaacs – Poor and Clean
Prince Tallis and the Israelites – Pressure Is Down On I
Dennis Brown & Johnny Clarke – So Much Pain
Culture – Stop the Fussing and Fighting
John Holt Looking Back
B.B. Seaton – Power
Delroy Wilson – Peace and Love
Junior Delgado – Easy Girl
The Officials – Babylonians
The Viceroys – Try Hard to Leave
Lloyd Charmers – Darker Than Blue
John Holt – It May Sound Silly
Joe Higgs – Burning Fire
Cornell Campbell – My Confession
Ken Parker – True, True, True
Barry Brown – Release the Chains
Roland Burell – Rip Off
The Gladiators – Small Axe
Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life
Barry Brown – Far East

The World of Reggae Music–Vintage Reggae: Classic Reggae

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Vintage Reggae: The Early Years

World of Reggae Music Collection: Vintage Reggae

The Early Years

The Jam-Tex selector digs deeper into the reggae genre, focusing in on some of reggae’s earliest hits. Positive vibrations drip from songs like Dobby Dobson‘s Loving Pauper” and The Pioneers‘ “Let Your Yeah Be Yeah.”  Reggae legends Bob Marley & The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, and Delroy Wilson all laid down foundational tracks during this early period of reggae music.

This particular collection features early vintage hits from the well-known male artists like John Holt, Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, and Bob Andyand female artists Marcia Griffiths, Susan Cadogan, and my favorite Phyllis Dillon. Many of the musicians from the rock steady era like Derrick Morgan and Stranger Colerecorded early reggae hits. Alongside the more well-known vocalists, this collection features lesser-known artists like K.C. White and Watty Burnett, who laid down infectious reggae tunes like “No No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore)” and “Rainy Night in Portland.”

Here in the early reggae cuts you find amazing originality. Dennis Brown tracks like “Westbound Train” and “Man Next Door” encapsulate the raw power of reggae. And, Delroy Wilson‘s bass heavy “Better Must Come” might be the greatest reggae song ever recorded. Plus the early Bob Marley & the Wailers’ songs forged music and message into a powerful punch. Together Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer recorded original classics like “Mr. Brown,” “Try Me,” and “Jailhouse.” These legends of reggae music would forever change the course of music history.

Bob Marley & the Wailers Mr. Brown

Errol DunkeleyOk Fred

Marie Bryant – Tomatoes

Delroy Wilson(I’m in A) Dancing Mood

Alton Ellis – Mad Mad

Don Evans & the Paragons Danger in Your Eyes

Dandy LivingstonRudy, a Message to You

Ken BootheOld Fashioned Way

Phyllis DillonWoman In the Ghetto

Toots & the MaytalsMonkey Man

Barrington Levy Sister Carol

Desmond Dekker Reggae Recipe

Dennis BrownMan Next Door

Susan CadoganNice And Easy

Horace Andy Natural Mystic

Don Carlos & Roots RadicsFight Fight

Johnny Clarke Don’t Trouble Trouble

Toots & the MaytalsDo The Reggay

The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

U-Roy Hold On

Derrick & PatsyHousewives Choice

Lord CreatorDon’t Stay Out Late

Dobby DobsonLoving Pauper

Roman Stewart Try Me

Leroy Smart Ballistic Affair

Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths Young Gifted And Black

K.C. WhiteNo No No

Horace AndyDo You Love My Music

Bruce RuffinRain

Delroy WilsonIt’s A Shame

Johnny Clarke Tears on My Pillow

Cornell Campbell & the AggrovatorsI Will Never Change/Version

Desmond DekkerFu Man Chu

Derrick MorganTougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court)

Dennis BrownWestbound Train

KingstonianNice Nice

Bob Marley & the Wailers Bend Down Low

Jacob Miller Mr. Officer

Owen GrayMidnight Track

Delroy Wilson Living In The Foots Steps Of Another Man

Alton EllisAin’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

Bob Marley & the WailersOne Cup Of Coffee

Delroy WilsonRun Run

Peter Tosh You Can’t Fool Me Again

Lord CreatorIndependent Jamaica

John Holt & Alton EllisRum Bumper’s

Bob Marley & the WailersTry Me

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Try Me (Version)

Desmond Dekker – Mother Pepper

Derrick MorganI Am The Ruler

The TennorsRide Me Donkey

The MajesteriansIf I Didn’t Want Your Loving

Alton Ellis & Phyllis DillonWhy Did You Leave Me To Cry

Delroy WilsonCool Operator

Al Barry & the CimaronsMorning Sun

Watty BurnettRainy Night in Portland

Stranger & Patsy – Give Me The Right

Alton Ellis – If I Could Rule the World

Lord Power – Adults Only (AKA Big Race)

Lord Messam – Linstead Market

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Vintage Reggae: The Early Years

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

The World of Reggae Music

The Ska Originals

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the “Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection” called The Ska Originals.

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called “The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the early ska era. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The primary examination of the “Ska Originals” genre focuses on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s. Later posts will explore forms of ska music of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s:  Two-Tone Ska and Third Wave Ska

Some of the same Jamaican singers, musicians, and producers of the original ska music movement later became the fathers and mothers of rocksteady and reggae.  A young Robert Nesta Marley recorded some ska tunes and so did Bob Marley‘s vocal group the Wailin’ Wailers, which later became the Wailers. Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Clancy Eccles, Cornell Campbell, and Lee “Scratch” Perry all played ska as young lads. These Jamaican superstars all make this collection of ska singles.

The classic ska bands and vocal groups of the era appear on this collection, including the famed The Skatalites, The Ethiopians, The Pioneers, The Soulettes, The Paragons, The Heptones, The Ethiopians, The Techniques, The Upsetters, The Baba Brooks Band, The Gaylads, and The Versatiles. Many of the great ska musicians have singles that made this chart, like Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Lyn Taitt, and Tommy McCook.

Ska music is fun and fast, yet a very easy-going music that sends you skanking around the room. I love this music. There are some wonderful characters that came out of this musical genre, performers like Prince Buster, Sir Lord Comic, Lord Kitchener, Stranger Cole, Lord Creator, and the Folkes Brothers. Plus the dynamite sounds of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires make for some of the most classic ska tracks. The Jam-Tex selector invites you to comment on the list and make suggestions.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

World of Reggae Music Collection

The Ska Originals

The Skatalites Guns of Navarone

Don Drummond Don De Lion

Bob Marley & the Wailers Simmer Down

The EthopiansTrain To Skaville

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead

Jimmy Cliff Miss Jamaica

Toots & the MaytalsSweet & Dandy

John Holt & the Paragons The Tide Is High

Don Drummond – Eastern Standard Time

Jackie Opel – Push Wood

Tommy McCook – Alley Cat Ska

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Jamaica Ska

Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina

The Heptones – Gunman Coming To Town

Lord TanamoI’m In The Mood For Ska

Laurel Aitken & the Skatalites – Rude Boy Dreams

Desmond Dekker King Of Ska

Freddie Note & the Rudies Montego Bay

The Maytals Broadway Jungle

Prince Buster – Madness

Derrick MorganMoon Hop

Lee “Scratch” Perry & The SoulettesDoctor Dick

Don Drummond & the SkatalitesChinatown

Desmond DekkerRudy Got Soul

Gregory IsaacsMy Time

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Ska Jam

Bob Marley Judge Not

The MaytalsSix And Seven Books Of Moses

Jimmy Cliff – Hurricane Hattie

Don Drummond – (Music Is My) Occupation

Roland Alphonso – James Bond

The Gaylads – Stop Making Love

Alton Ellis & Eddie Parker My Heaven

The Pioneers Jackpot

Prince Buster – Al Capone

Justin Hinds and the DominoesThe Ark

Ken BootheUno Dos Tres

Amos Clarke Chatty Chatty Woman

Val Bennett – Atlas

Lee “Scratch” Perry Give Me Justice

Alton EllisMouth A Massy

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jailhouse

Jimmy Cliff – King of Kings

Desmond Dekker – Honour Your Mother and Father

Eric Monty Morris – Enna Bella

Millie Small & Roy Panton – We’ll Meet

Blues Blenders – The Girl Next Door

Alton Ellis & the FlamesBlessings Of Love

Bob Marley & the WailersDuppy Conqueror

Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp

Roy Shirley & Ken Boothe Calling

Lee “Scratch” PerryWhat A Good Wood Man

Derrick MorganBlazing Fire

Roland Alphonso Phoenix City

Baba BrooksDuck Soup

Stranger Cole & Lester SterlingBangarang

The SkatalitesLatin Goes Ska

Alton Ellis Dance Crasher

Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina

Derrick MorganFat Man

Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella

Owen Gray – Darling Patricia

Baba Brooks – Girls Town Ska

Lord CreatorHurry Up

The MaytalsLet’s Jump

Derrick Harriott – Monkey Ska

Dave and Ansel CollinsMonkey Spanner

The EthiopiansFree Man

Lord Tanamo – You Belong to My Heart

Owen Grey Jezebel

Lee “Scratch” Perry Rub & Squeeze

Justin Hinds and the DominoesOver The River

Don Drummond – Man in the Street

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Out of Space

Roland AlphonsoOn The Move

Ewan McDermott Candy Ska

Desmond Dekker – Mount Zion

Granville Williams OrchestraHonky Tonk Ska

Desmond Dekker Pickney Gal

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites Silver Dollar

Duke Reid’s Group – Let George Do It

The Paragons Happy Go Lucky Girl

Chuck Joseph, Dobby Dobson, and Aubrey Adams – Du Du Wap

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Go Jimmy Go

Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Sabotage

Roland Alphonso – Old Fowl Ska

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris – Penny Reel

Rita Marley Anderson & the Wailers – A De Pon Dem

Jimmy Cliff – One-Eyed Jacks

The Versatiles – Push It In 

Derrick Morgan – The Hop 

Lord Tanamo – Mattie Rag (aka Ol’ Matilda)

Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant

The Sounds – Shufflin’

Cornell Campbell – Under the Old Oak Tree

The Baba Brooks Band – Guns Fever

Frank Anderson – Musical Storeroom

Clive and Naomi – You Are Mine

Alton Ellis & the Flames – The Preacher

Desmond Dekker – Unity

Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith – Look Who I Back Again

Bob Marley & the Wailers – How Many Times (Do You Remember)

Don Drummond & The City Slickers – Don Cosmic

Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Nimble Foot Ska

The Baba Brooks Band – Teenage Ska

Toots & the Maytals – Shining Light

Clancy Eccles with Hersang & The City Slickers – River Jordan

The Riots – Yeah Yeah

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Sugar Bag

Lyn Taitt – Independence Ska

Lord Tanamo – If You Were Mine

Frank Cosmo – My Days Are Lonely

Cecil Lloyd & Roland Alphonso – Oceans 11

Laurel Aitken – Hey Bartender 

Derrick Harriott – Derrick!

Winston Samuels – My Bride to Be

Andy Capp – The Law 

Roland Alphonso – Yard Broom 

Tommy McCook – Cotton Tree

Don Drummond – Lucky Seven 

Lloyd Robinson – Too Late 

Ossie & The Upsetters – Turn Me On 

The Skatalites – Streets of Gold 

Lloyd Brivett – Wayward Ska 

Lynn Taitt – Tender Loving Care 

Jackie Estick – Daisy I Love You 

Cornell Campbell – Don’t Want Your Loving 

Derrick Morgan – Hold Your Jack 

Stranger & Gladdy – How Your Pantie Get Wet 

Bunny & Skitter – When The Well Runs Dry 

The Charmers – Jeanie Girl

The Dreamletts – Really Now 

Clue J & His Blues Brothers – Beeston Street Riff

Derrick Harriott – Answer Me My Darling

Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn

Lascelles Perkins with Clue J and His Blues Brothers – Lonely Moments

Lester Sterling, Johnnie Moore, & Tommy McCook – Settle Down

Jackie Estick – The Ska

Horrell DawkinsButterfly

The SilvertonesTrue Confessions

Ewan McDermottSinners Got A Moanin…

Raymond HarperDiscipline

The Baba Brooks Band Special Event

The Skatalites Good News

Don Drummond – Cool Smoke

Roland AlphonsoCorner Store

Tommy McCook – Twelve Minutes to Go 

The Duke Reid Group – Strolling In

Don Drummond – Stampede

Derrick Morgan – Don’ Call Me Daddy 

Baba Brooks – Boat Ride 

The Skatalites – Black Sunday 

Ewan McDermott – Don’t Bring Me Your Dreams 

Lloyd Brevett – One More Time 

Raymond Harper – Yours 

Tommy McCooke – Apanga 

Clue J & His Blues BlastersSalt Lane Shuffle

Frank Anderson, Tommy McCook, & The Skatalites Always on Sunday

Roland Alphonso – Sucu Sucu

Don Drummond – University Goes Ska

Derrick Morgan – Look Before You Leap 

Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango 

The Skatalites – Dragon Weapon 

Baba Brooks – Musical Communion 

Don Drummond – Spider 

The Skatalites – Street Corner 

Derrick Morgan – Seven Letters 

Roland Alphonso – Back Beat 

Don Drummond – Doctor Decker

Baba Brooks & His Band – Blues 

Don Drummond – Mesoptamia

Baba Brooks – Dreadnaught 

Roland Alphonso – 20.75

Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso – Heaven And Earth 

Roland Alphonso & Carroll McLaughlin – Set Back 

Don Drummond – Garden of Love 

Roland Alphonso & Studio One Orchestra – Spread Satin 

The Baba Brooks Band – Vitamin A 

Don Drummond – Around the World 

Roland Alphonso – Nuclear Weapon 

Don Drummond – Burning Torch 

Roland Alphonso – Alipang

Don Drummond – Thorougfare

Roland Alphonso – Feeling Fine

Don Drummond – Melody Jamboree

Roland Alphonso – Sandy Gulley

Don Drummond – Silver Dollar 

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Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You

The Maytals – Someone’s Going to Bawl

Sir Lord Comic and His Cowboys – Ska-ing West

Don Drummond – Dew Drops

Eric Morris – Put on Your Best Dress

Roland Alphonso, King Sporty, & Justin Yap – El Cid

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Watermelon Man

Prince Buster – Run Man Run

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Train to Ska-Thedral

Lord Tanamo – Night Food Ska

Derrick Morgan – No Raise, No Praise

Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough

Lord Kitchener – The Road

Chuck & Dobby – I Don’t Need Your Love

Derrick Morgan – National Dance

Eric Morris – Strongman Sampson

Drumbago’s Orchestra – Duck Soup

The Rulers – Wrong’em Boyo

Baba Brooks – Musical Workshop

Derrick Morgan – Be Still

The Tartans – What Can I Say

Lord Tanamo – Come Down

The Techniques – I’m In Love

The Spanishstonians – Rudie Gets Plenty

The Techniques – Little Did You Know

Winston & George – Denham Town

Roland Alphonso – Blackberry Brandy

Basil Gabbidon – Ena Meni

Derrick Morgan and Patsy – Let Me Go

Eric Morris – Solomon Gundie

Granville Williams Orchestra – The Third Man Theme

Clive & Naomi – Open The Door

Stranger Cole & the Conquerors – Drop the Ratchet

Andy Cap – Pop A Top

The Maytals – Just Got To Be

Dandy Livingstone – Reggae in Your Jeggae

Roland Alphonso – Shot in the Dark

Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Soul Limbo

Bongo Herman & Les – Dr. Who

The Skatalites – Ghost Town

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites – Doctor Zhivago

Baba Brooks – Watermelon Man

Lord Comic & the Skatalites – Lon Cheney

The Rulers – Copasetic

Carlos Malcom – Bonanza Ska

The Skatalites – Ringo

Lloyd Robinson – When You Walk

Tommy McCook – Riverton City

The Skatalites – Ska Boo Da Baa

Baba Brooks – Shenk I Shek

Roland Alphonso – Cleo’s Back

Cornell Campbell – Make Hay

Don Drummond – Away From It All

The Skatalites – China Clipper 

Lord Tanamo – Iron Bar

King Stitt & the Dynamites – The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

Owen Gray – She’s Going to Napoli

Roy Shirley – Get on the Ball

Vinley Gayle – Go On

Justin Hinds – Try Me

Ferdy Nelson – Ska Down Jamaica Way

The Valentines – Blam Blam Fever

Joanne Gordon & Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow

Johnny Moore – South China Sea

Roy Richards – Lost My Girl

Bobby Aitken – Jericho

Senior Pablo – Senorita

Jackie Opel – Turn to the Almighty

Delroy Blyfield – Yagga Yagga

Ruddy  & Sketto – I Love You

Winston Grennan – Turn on the Light

Larry Marshall – Snake in the Grass

Basil Gabbidon – Back to Jamaica

The Royals – Save Mama

Harry Johnson and the All Stars – The Dog

Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead

The Skatalites – Kingston 11

Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, & the Skatalites –World’s Fair

Owen & Leon Silveras – Next Door Neighbour

Stranger & Patsy – When I Call Your Name

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals