Lovers’ Rock for Valentine’s Day

LOVERS’ ROCK FOR VALENTINES

Here Are 200 Lovers’ Rock songs for the perfect Valentine’s Day Mix.

Since the early origins of reggae music, love songs have formed an important part of the musical landscape. The sultry voices of Beres HammondKen Boothe, and Dennis Brown alongside the  falsetto voices of Courtney John and Bitty McLean bring real soul power to lovers’ rock. And the reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, Delroy WilsonJohn HoltSugar Minott, and Freddie McGregor shined in this style.

Plus, many reggae supergroups, including Bob Marley & the Wailers and Steel Pulse have made some beautiful lovers’ rock tunes, while some artists like Maxi Priest, Jah Cure, Peter Hunningale, Gyptian, and Tarrus Riley have relied on the genre producing a plethora of lovers’ 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 artists Alborosie, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and Kymani Marley, dancehall singjays Busy Signal and Vybz Kartel, and the R&B “overweight lover” Heavy D  have recorded very sweet songs for the ladies. And there are many women, including Etana, Cherine AndersonEstelle, and Hortense Ellis, who have recorded lush reggae songs filled with love. From Alton Ellis to Cocoa Tea 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 Linen – No Time To Linger

Tarrus Riley – She’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 Brown – Love 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 Signal – One 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

Aswad – My 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

LUST – Just 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

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Lovers’ Rock for Valentine’s Day

Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Graham Wilkinson – Focus

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju BantonJah Army

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round

Emmylou Harris – My Name Is Emmett Till

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyWanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Bright EyesOne For You, One For Me

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

GyptianDuggu Duggu

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Feel So Good

Richie SpiceMy Life

Paul Simon Getting Ready For Christmas

Alborosie & Junior ReidRespect

Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

Third World, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley96 Degrees 

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, and Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica

The Uprising Roots Band – Steamers

Mac MillerParty On Fifth Ave

Richie Spice – Soothing Sound 

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo-Yo MaAttaboy

Sanchez – El Paso

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

Courtney John – Everyday

The Beastie Boys & Santigold – Don’t Play No Games

Cham – Stronger

Bright Eyes – Firewall

I-Wayne – Pure As the Nile

The Decemberists – June Hymn

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Protoje – Take Control

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

Lil Wayne, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes – Outro

Chino – Driving Me Insane

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear

Laza – One By One

Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Waves on the Ocean

Alborosie – La Revolucion

Brian Wilson – Listen To Me

Assassin – How Mi Feel

James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Shaggy  & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Lyle Lovett – Well…Alright

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Wilco – I Might

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Smith Westerns – Weekend

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Das Racist – Booty in the Air

DeMarco – Love My Life

Tune-Yards – You Yes You

Richie Spice – Legal

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

Easy Star All Stars – Paid My Dues

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

Wiz Khalifa & Too Short – On My Level

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Collie Buddz – Playback

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Gyptian – My Number One

The Decemberists – All Arise!

L.U.S.T. – Flowers on the Wall

Lil Wayne – How To Love

Romain Virgo – The System

Alexi Murdoch – Crinan Wood

Easy Star All Stars, Daddy Lion Chandell, & Junior Jazz – One Likkle Draw

Bright Eyes – A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)

Richie Spice – Father

YACHT – Dystopia

Alborosie & Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama

Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

The Decemberists – January Hymn

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Keep Your Hands of My Gal

Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal Sacred Light

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Coldplay – Paradise

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Gillian Welch – Six White Horses

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Robbie Robertson & Robert Randolph – How To Become Clairvoyant

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

Jeff Lynne – Words of Love

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Adele – Someone Like You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Lil Wayne – President Carter

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

Alexander – In the Twilight

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Ziggy Marley & Heavy D – It

Paul Simon – Rewrite

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

Alexander – Truth

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain – Boom

Easy Star All Stars – Reggae Pension

Alexander – Awake My Body

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Black Baldy Stallion

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Wilco – Dawned On Me

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Ringo Starr – Think It Over

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, & Steve Winwood – Fear of Falling

The Beastie Boys & Nas – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)

Easy Star All Stars – Don’t Stop the Music

Smith Westerns – Only One

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

Alborosie – One Draw

Paul Simon – Love and Blessings

Stephen Marley – Break Us Apart

Das Racist – Relax

Richie Spice – Got To Make It

Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Mavado – Peppa

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Tune-Yards – Bizness

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson – Superman

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Weedwacker Rag

Shaggy & Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) – Feeling Alive

Alexander – Let’s Win

Alborosie – Camilla

Bright Eyes – Haile Selassie

Richie Spice – Serious Woman

Robert Earl Keen – Top Down

Stephen Marley – The Chapel

Alborosei & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Gillian Welch – The Way The Whole Thing Ends

Shaggy & Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

Alexander – Let’s Make To Not Make A Deal

The Decemberists – Rise To Me

Etana – People Talk

Smith Westerns – Still New

Richie Spice – Confirmation

The Decemberists – Rox in the Box

Dr. Dre – Kush

Richie Spice – Mother of Creation

The Beastie Boys – Funky Donkey

Tune-Yards – Killa

Hayes Carll – Another Like You

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Who Do Man

Hayes Carll – Hard Out Here

Richie Spice – Jah Never Let Us Down

Paul Simon – Questions For the Angels

Stephen Marley – She Knows Now

The Decemberists – Dear Avery

Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow

Jamelody – This Time

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo Yo Ma – Less Is Moi

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Wanda Jackson – Thunder On The Mountain

Etana – Crazy

The Beastie Boys – Here’s A Little Something For You

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Dr. Dre – I Need A Doctor

Alexander – A Million Years

Easy Star All Stars, Lady Ann, Tony Tuff, and the Meditations – Easy Now Star

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Alexander – Bad Bad Love

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

Harvey and Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

Robbie Robertson – Tango for Django

The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All

Mavado – Final Destination

Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – River Rock Bottom

Thievery Corporation – Overstand

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot

I-Octane – Nuh Ramp Wid We


Top Ranking Singles of 2011

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

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Here are the selector’s top 10 favorite albums for 2009…

  1. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline [MK-Zwo Records 2009] 
  2. Willie Neslon & Asleep at the WheelWillie And The Wheel [Bismeaux Records 2009]
  3. Easy Star All Stars Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band [Easy Star Records 2009]
  4. Michael Franti and Spearhead All Rebel Rockers [Anti 2009]
  5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You [American Recordings 2009]
  6. Julian MarleyAwake [Tuff Gong Records 2009]
  7. K’NaanTroubadour [A&M/Octone Records 2009]
  8. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Music/FiWi Records 2009]
  9. Chali 2naFish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  10. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Downtown Records 2009]
Top 10 Albums of 2009

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

The King of Soulful Reggae brought down the house Sunday night.  My lovely wife and I went to see Beres Hammond and Kenyatta Hill with Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in fine style with some excellent lovers rock. The deep, smooth, sultry, sweet voice of Beres Hammond was pure niceness and sweetness. The House of Blues makes for an excellent venue with great lighting, sound, and balcony seating and with Beres Hammond center stage, it all combines and creates musical magic.

The evening began with roots and dancehall reggae sets from DJ Infernal setting the mood with great selections and flawless mixes. The live music started when the band the Harmony House Musicians took the stage and displayed their superb musicianship. Kenyatta Hill brought the music of his father, Joseph Hill, to the stage. With the Harmony House Musicians laying down thundering drums and bass, Hill and the singers from Culture brought the best of 1970s and 1980s roots reggae to the metroplex.

Culture played some of their greatest hits, including the legendary song “Two Sevens Clash.” Kenyatta Hill performed a spirited version of “This Train,” which he called his favorite song from his father’s extensive catalog. The rollicking version of “This Train” fused the fervor of gospel with the easiness of reggae. The set list included the roots reggae singles “Zion Gate,” “Jah Rastafari,” and “See Them a Come.” Culture also played their ganja anthem “The International Herb.”

Culture’s set alone would have made for an excellent reggae show. But with Beres Hammond headlining the show it became extraordinarily spectacular. Beres Hammond might have the greatest voice on any living human being. The Harmony House Musicians and the Harmony House Singers warmed up the stage for Beres, playing an instrumental version of the Beatles’ classic “Norwegian Wood” and then the singers performed a sweet version of “Come Over.”

Beres took the stage to raucous applause and ladies screaming. The legendary reggae crooner played dancehall favorites, including “Thanks Fe Mi Pride & Joy,” “Come Down Father,” “Sweetness,” “Can You Play Some More,” “One Dance,” “She Loves Me Now,” “Tempted To Touch,” “Putting Up Resistance,” and “Pull It Up.” The three female singers that make up the Harmony House Singers wrapped their vocals around the lush voice of Mr. Beres Hammond. Beres made his lovely voice most noticeable on acapella versions of songs, like a wonderful take on “No Disturb Sign.” The most inspiring and beautiful tracks performed that night were “Rockaway” and “I Feel Good.” And finally I must mention “our song”–that is the song that is very special to my wife and I–“They Gonna Talk.” “Ay, some things were meant to be” Beres sang “So why not let it be…And stop worrying about it…Long as we know what’s in our hearts…We know our inner thoughts…Ay, no reason for concern no….”

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas