World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Instrumentals

In the edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the greatest Reggae Instrumentals. Some of the finest riddims grace this list of classic tracks.

Ernest Ranglin Stop That Train

Tommy McCook – Tunnel One

The Upsetters Return Of Django

Sound Dimension – Real Rock

Technique All Stars – Stalag 17

Augustus Pablo – Java

Dean Frazer – Overdue Riddim

The Aggrolites – 5 Deadly Venoms

Brentford All-Stars – Race Track

The Now Generation – Boney Dog

Joe Gibbs & The Love Generation – Fat Dog

Sound Dimension – Mojo Rock Steady

Brother Dan’s All Stars – Easter Organ

Harry J All-StarsLiquidator

Val Bennet The Russians Are Coming (aka Take 5)

Lynn Taitt & the BoysStorm Warning

Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock

The Aggrolites – Burning Bush

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rebel’s Hop [Version]

G.G. All Stars Ganja Plane

Earl “Wire” Lindo White Rum

Beverly’s All Stars – Double Shot

Baba BrooksRiver Bank (aka River To Bank)

The Simplicity People Anywhere But Nowhere

Roland Alphonso & the Supersonics Never To Be Mine (O Solo Mio)

Karl Bryan & Count Ossie – Black Up

Lee “Scrach” Perry & The UpsettersClint Eastwood

Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor – Moving Riddim [Version]

The Aggrolites – Sound of Bombshell

Tommy McCook One Trainload Of Collie

Jackie MittooFreak Out

Augustus PabloEast of the River Nile

Slightly Stoopid – Deal With Rhythm

Don Drummond – JFK’s Memory

Rupie Edwards All Stars – Kinky Funky Reggae

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Don’t Rock the Boat [Version]

Lee “Scrach” Perry, Lynn Taitt, & the Jetts Soul Food

Soul Vendors – Swing Easy

Boris Gardiner – Elizabethan Reggae

The Revolutionaries – ’79 Rock

Sound Dimension – Full Up

Brentford Road All Stars – Moon Ride

Rockamovya – Brown Stew Fish

Cecil Lloyd & Roland Alphonso – Oceans 11

Sound Dimension – Heavy Rock

Ernest Ranglin – Rasta Roots Woman

Augustus Pablo – Too Late

Aswad – Warriors Charging

Dub Specialist – Banana Walk

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Grass Cloud

Beverly’s All-Stars – Smoke Screen

Sound Dimension – Heavy Beat

The Society Squad – Skylarking [Version]

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Almighty [Version]

Don Drummond – Spitfire

Soul Vendors – Death in the Arena

Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens – Wolfman’s Brother (Instrumental)

The Dynamites – Rahtid

Beverly’s All Stars – Be Yours

Soul Agent & the Soul Defenders – Popcorn Reggae

Slightly Stoopid – Basher

Bob Marley & The Wailers – It’s Alright [Version]

Sound Dimension – Return of the Scorcher

Winston Wright – Tonight

Soul Vendors – Darker Shade of Black

Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Sympathy [Version]

Jackie & The Invaders – Love Again

Val Bennett & The Upsetters – South Parkway Rock

Sound Dimension – Baby Face

Brentford All-Stars – Throw Me Corn

Winston Wright & Larry McDonald – Reuben

Don Drummond – Green Island

The Technique All-Stars – Eldora

Dean Fraser – Overdue Riddim [Version 2]

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soon Come [Version]

Hot Rod All Stars – Virgin Soldiers

Beverly’s All Stars – Busy Bee

Don Drummond – Saling On

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Cornerstone [Version]

NEED

Count Ossie – Count Ossie Special

Bub Roberts – Is This Love

The Upsetters Live Injection

The Silverstars Last Call

Bub Roberts – I Shot the Sheriff

Lester Sterling – Skaramont

Jackie Mittoo & Ernest Ranglin – Jericho Skank

Carl “Cannonball” Ryan Soul Scorcher

Hubert Lee – Something on your Mind

The Skatalites – Malcom X

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Soul Serenade

Baba BrooksPortrait Of My Love

Lyn Taitt & the Jets – Rock A Shock

The Skatalites – Confucious

Rico Rodriquez – Rico Special

Randy’s All-Stars – End Dust

Charlie Organaire – Royal Charlie

Don Drummond – Machine Shop

Baba Brooks and Trenton Spence Orchestra – Distant Drums

Roland Alphonso – Magic

Lyn Taitt – Ska To Shot

Baba Brooks – Shock Resistance

The Heptones – In Love With You

Niney the Observer – Acoustic Dub

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Instrumentals

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Lover’s Rock

LOVER’S ROCK

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the sweet side of reggae music. Since the early origins of reggae music, love songs have formed an important part of the musical landscape. The sultry voices of Beres Hammond, Ken Boothe, and Dennis Brown alongside the  falsetto voices of Courtney John and Bitty McLean bring real soul power to lover’s rock. And the reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Sugar Minott, and Freddie McGregor shined in this style.

Many legends of reggae, including Bob Marley & the Wailers and Jimmy Cliff have made some beautiful lover’s rock tunes, while some artists like Maxi Priest, Peter Hunningale, and Tarrus Riley have relied on the genre producing a plethora of lover’s selections. And there are some classic cuts here, including Tyrone Taylor’s “Cottage in Negril” and Terry Linen’s “No Time To Linger.”

Some artists surprise their audiences with softer sides, for example, roots reggae artist Alborosie and dancehall singjay Busy Signal have recorded sweet songs for the ladies. And there are many women, including EtanaMarcia Griffiths and Hortense Ellis, who have recorded lush reggae songs filled with love. From Alton Ellis to Sean Paul, love music has been an integral part of reggae.

Courtney John – Lucky Man

Delroy Wilson – I Want To Love You

Beres Hammond – Love Mood

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Sugar Minott Good Thing Going

Busy Signal – Sweet Love (Nightshift)

Terry LinenNo Time To Linger

Tarrus RileyShe’s Royal

Delroy Wilson – I’m Not A King

Cocoa Tea & Cutty Ranks – Rip and Run Off

Heavy D – Queen Majesty

Gregory Isaacs Love Is Overdue

Courtney John – Love Is

Bob Marley & The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide

Tyrone Taylor Cottage In Negril

Dennis BrownLove Has Found Its Way

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own

Busy Signal – Come Over (Missing You)

Estelle – Come Over

Beres Hammond – There For You

Freddie McGregor – Lovers Rock, Ja. Style

Gyptian – Beautiful Lady

Johnny Clarke – Do You Love Me

Heavy D – Hugs and Kisses

Sean Paul & Keri Hilson – Hold My Hand (I’ll Be There)

Slim Smith – Love and Devotion

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It

Courtney John – So Beautiful

Delroy Wilson – Your Love Is Amazing

Beres Hammond – Can’t Say I Never Tried

John Holt – Love I Can Feel

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart

Horace Andy – The Love of a Woman

Busy Signal – Tempted To Touch

Tarrus Riley & Dean Fraser – Cry No More

Heavy D – No Matter What

Ken Boothe – Moving Away

Tanya Stephens – If You Only Knew

Etana & Busy Signal – Love Love Love

Sizzla – Give Me A Try

Tarrus Riley – Burning Desire

Cornell Campbell – Please Be True

Denyque – Summer Love

Barrington Levy – Vice Versa Love

Courtney John, Sly & Robbie – Baby Tonight

Bitty McLean – Walk Away From Love

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Satisfy My Soul

Cocoa Tea – Can’t Be Real

Beres Hammond – Songs of Happiness

Etana & Alborosie – Blessings

Mikey Spice – Roller Coaster

Gappy Ranks – Heaven In Her Eyes

Courtney John – Like Magic

Beres Hammond – No Disturb Sign

Jah Cure – Never Find

Cherine Anderson & Chuck Fender – Coming Over Tonight

Busy SignalOne More Night

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

Beres Hammond – Groovy Little Thing

Shabba Ranks – Slow and Sexy

Tarrus Riley & U-Roy – Sail Away

Horace Andy – Riding For A Fall

Heavy D – Chasing Windmills

John Holt – After All

Courtney John – Run To You

Dennis Brown – I’m Coming Home

Barry Biggs – Love Come Down

Richie Stephens & Maxi Priest – My Girl Dis

Beres Hammond – Hold On

Gyptian – Where You Belong

Gregory Isaacs – Promised Land

Collie Buddz – Won’t Be Long

Tarrus Riley – Version of Love (My Story)

Delroy Wilson – I’m Still Waiting

Junior Reid – Love Is The Answer

Heavy D – All I Have

Cocoa Tea – All Night Saturday Night

Alton Ellis – I’ll Be Waiting

Luciano – Love & Devotion

Wowski – Everything Seal

Horace Andy – Take My Hand

Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, & Jovi Rockwell – Can’t Stop Now

Courtney John – Everyday

Terry Linen – Look Like Love

Beres Hammond – See You Again

Seeed – She Got Me Twisted

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Cocoa Tea – Tek Weh Yu Gal

Beres Hammond – Where Is The Love

Vybz Kartel – Spend Tim Dubb’n

Romain Virgo – Alton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree

Pat Kelly & the Uniques – Daddy’s Home

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Dermott Lynch – Adults Only

Dennis Brown – If I Had The World

Shabba Ranks – Let’s Get It On

Maxi Priest – Should I

Cornell Campbell – Only Lover

Jamelody – Love Crazy

Tarrus Riley – Love’s Contagious

Heavy D – Delilah

Gyptian – Rendezvous

Beres Hammond – Love You Like That

Slim Smith – Everybody Needs Love

Sugar Minott – Lovers Rock Medley (Part 1)

Tyrone Evans & The Paragons – Lovers Rock Medley (Part 2)

Sade – No Ordinary Love

Jah Cure – Forever

Cocoa Tea – Come Love Me

Alborosie – Moonshine

Tarrus Riley – Lost For Words (Speechless)

Green – Alone

Freddie McGregor & Roots Radics – Don’t Play The Fool

Peter Hunnigale – Oh Honey

Alborosie & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Johnny Clarke – If You Should Loose Me

Ky-Mani Marley – Love in the Morning

Gregory Isaacs – Coming Home

Da’Ville & Sean Paul – Always On My Mind Remix

Tarrus Riley – 123 I Love You

Willie Williams – Easy

AswadMy Love

Rebelution – Count Me In

Tarrus Riley – Young Heart

Jah Cure & Phylissa – Unconditional Love

Busy Signal – Royal Night

Raging Fyah – Far Away

Ini Kamoze – Rapunzel

Alborosie – Good Woman

Frankie Paul – Ain’t Nothing In This World

Errol Dunkley – Darling Ooh

Cornell Campell – Whenever You Need Me

Barry Biggs – Why Must You Cry

John Holt – My Desire

Beres Hammond – Emptiness Inside

Kymani Marley – The Conversation

Tarrus Riley – Superman

Sugar Minott – You’ve Got the Love

Alborosie & Perfect Harmony – Rude Bwoy Love

Slim Smith – Sitting in the Park

Jah Cure – To Your Arms of Love

Gramps Morgan – Come Back To Bed

Johnny Clarke – Satisfaction

Andy Livingston – My Promise

Cornell Campbell – Undying Love

LUSTJust As I Am

John Holt – It’s A Pleasure

Peter Hunningale & Janet Lee Davis – We Can Work It Out

Frankie Paul – I Wanna Sex You Up

Hortonese Ellis – Unexpected Places

Beres Hammond – I Surrender

Gyptian – So Much In Love

Slim Smith & The Uniques – Born To Love

Romain Virgo – Dark Skin Girl

The Heptones – Pretty Looks Isn’t All

Phyllis Dillon – Win Or Lose

Bitty McLean – Forever Be Mine

Sugar Minott – Mr. Fix It

Pat Kelly – Ebony Eyes

Seeed – Love Is The Queen

Jackie Edwards – Come On Girl

Steel Pulse – House of Love

Alton Ellis – Play It Cool

Beres Hammond – Fly Like An Angel

Di Genius – Need My Love

Chris Martin – What Can I Do (Without A Woman)

Jah Cure – How Can I Forget

Copper Cat – Since You Came In

Maxi Priest – Strollin’ On

Cornell Campbell – I Love You Madly

Ken Boothe – Without Love

Brent Dowe – Swing & Dine

Shuga – Wet Dream

Al Campbell – Lover To Lover

Chris Martin & Alaine – Still In Love

Johnny Clarke – Wating in Vain

Tifa – Into The Night (If I Could Fly)

Ambelique – Sharing the Night

Jamelody – This Time

Ken Boothe – Don’t Stay Out Late

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Claudette Miller – Tonight Is The Night

Maxi Priest – Woman In You

Cornell Campbell – Never Found A Love

Derrick Harriott – Being In Love

Glen Ricks – Story Book

Pat Rhoden – What About You

John Holt – Memories By The Score

Johnny Clarke – I’ve Got The Handle

Leroy Mafia – Sweet Like Honey

Max Romeo – Out of Reach

Pat Kelly – Loving Pauper

Maxi Priest – Let Me Know

NEED

Beres Hammond – Sweetness

Beres Hammond – Love You Like That

Beres Hammond – Come Back Home

Janet Kay – Silly Games

Dennis Brown Caress Me Girl

Christini – Runnings Run

Freddie McGregorForever My Love

Janet KayLovin’ You

June Powell – Please Mr. Please

Errol Dunkley – Peekaboo

Gregory Isaacs – Next To You

Cynthia Schloss & U Brown – Sad Movies

Barbara Jones – This Love Makes Me Happy

Matumbi – After Tonight

Audrey Hall – Heart of Stone

Doreen Schaeffer – That Wonderful Sound

Sugar Minott – Never Too Young

Pat Kelly – No Love

Pam Hall – Perfidia

Susan Cadogan – If

Alton Ellis & Tony Sexton – Telephone Love

Angela Stewart – When Love Comes Knocking

Jimmy London – A Little Love

T.T. Ross – I Will

Yvonne Sterling – If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

The J. Sisters – I Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)

Sharon Foster – She Wasn’t I

Jennifer Day – Together

Marie Pierre – Can’t Go Through Life

Janette Silvera – I’ve Never Been To Me

Audrey Hall – I Can Not Wait (No More)

Barbara Jones – The Power of Love

Barry Biggs & Rudy Thomas – Reflections of My Life

Carol Brown – Just Enough to Keep Me Hanging

Marcia Griffiths – There’s No More Without You

Hortense Ellis – My Willow Tree

Freddie McGregor – Push Come to Shove

Cynthia Schloss – Cha La La, I Need You

Dennis Brown – Lips of wine

Paula Clarke – Skip and Dance

T.T. Ross – Last Date

Gregory Isaacs – All I Have Is Love

John Holt – Memories by the Score

Dave Barker – Lonely Man

The Ethiopians – Sad News

Bob Andy – Honey Child

Glen Adams – Rich in Love

Delroy Wilson – It Hurts

The Heptones – Let Me Hold Your Hand

Ken Boothe – Now I Know

Dennis Brown – Silhouette

John Holt – Why Can’t I Touch You

Inner Circle – You Make Me Feel Brand New

June Powell – The Best Thing For Me

Paula – Dynamic

The Mighty Diamonds – Tonight I’m Gonna Take It Easy

J.C. Lodge – Let Me Down Easy

Morgan Heritage – All I Want

Romain Virgo – Love Doctor

Mr. Vegas – Rise

Sanchez – Can We Talk

Barrington Levy – The Vibe Is Right

Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy

Mykal Rose – Where Is That Love

Dennis Brown – Hello

Gregory Isaacs – Caught You In A Lie

Junior Delgado – Love Tickles Like Magic

Delroy Wilson – I’ll Never Hurt You

Bitty McLean – Baby Tonight

Sanchez – I’m Missing You

Cocoa Tea – Getting Closer

Bushman – Your Love

Frankie Paul – Let Me Be

The Gaylads – Can’t Hide The Feeling

Gregory Isaacs – Objection Overruled

The Heptones – I Do Love You

Junior Murvin – Let’s Fall In Love

Richie Spice – Prime Time Girl

Pinchers – Got To Be Me

Morgan Heritage – Best of Me

Junior Kelly & J.C. Lodge – Love You Like That (Someone Loves You Honey)

Slim Smith – I Need Your Loving

J.C. Lodge & Sugar Minott – Since You Came Into My Life

The Heptones – Every Day, Every Night

Sugar Minott – Roof Over My Head

Sly & Robbie – Pure & True

Gyptian – This Love

The Heptones – Fallin’ In Love

Morgan Heritage – If There’s No Tomorrow

George Nooks – Call on Me

Sanchez – For My Lover

Gyptian – Love Against the Wall

Da’Ville – Never Gonna Cry

Dub SpecialistLove of a Dub

BushmanScent of a Man

Honeyboy – You Are Mine

Courtney John – Back Into Love

Bitty McLean – Tell Me

Tinga Stewart – Dry Up Your Tears

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Lover’s Rock

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

Top Ten for October 2008!!!

October 2008
1. AlborosieSoul Pirate [Forward Recordings 2008]
2. Bob DylanTell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 [Sony 2008]
3. GyptianI Can Feel Your Pain [VP Records 2008]
4. Half PintEssential Roots Anthology [Essential Media Group 2008]
5. Mighty DiamondsReggae Legends [Greensleeves 2008]
6. Mr. VegasThe Hits [Greensleeves 2008]
7. Various ArtistsReggae Anthology Randy’s 50th Anniversary [VP Records 2008]
8. Thievery Corporation Radio Retaliation [Eighteenth Street 2008]
9. Dub Specialist Dub [Heartbeat 2008]
10. Lucinda WilliamsLittle Honey [Lost Highway 2008]

The Italian reggae sensation Alborosie dropped a limited edition of Soul Pirate on the masses this month. The singles “Kingston Town,” “Rastafari Anthem,” “Herbalist,” and “Moonshine” promise to be roots reggae hits. Kymani Marley, Ranking Joe, and Michael Rose all appear on the disc. Marley and Alborosie cover Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” while Ranking Joe toasts over “Precious.” This disc is a classic one!

Bob Dylan continues to amaze. On Tell Tale Signs versions of “Mississippi” and “Dignity” give me chills. This new edition of bootlegs covers the more recent work of Dylan, including the beautiful tracks laid down by producer Daniel Lanois.

VP Records released Randy’s 50th Anniversary, which offers some excellent Jamaican reissues, including tracks from Lord Creator, Cornell Campbell, Baba Brooks, The Skatalites, the late great Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, The Maytals, Roland Alphonso, Count Machukie, and many more.

Thievery Corporation’s new album Radio Retaliation mashes reggae, dancehall, dub, international, and electronica music with a revolutionary spirit. Several vocalist appear over the thickly layered world beats, including Sleepy Wonder, Seu Jorge, Femi Kuti, Anushka Shankar, Jana Andevska, Lou Lou, Notch, and Chuck Brown.  I especially like the reggae-laced tracks, “Sound the Alarm,” “Radio Retaliation,” and “Blasting Through the City.” Also “El Pueblo Unido” is a powerful song driven by Latin rhythms and bold lyrics.

Top Ten for October 2008!!!