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

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The World of Reggae Music–Vintage Reggae: Classic Reggae

Top Albums of November 2009

This month’s music selection varies from twangy country to roots reggae to experimental jazz-hip-hop and dub. Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked is chalk-full of creativity and musicianship.  Glasper, a pianist originally from Houston, Texas has performed with Erykah BaduThe Roots, Maxwell, and Mos Def. On this new album Glasper mixes hip-hop, jazz, and experimental music into a beautiful soundscape.
Conrad Crystal and Suga Roy have put together a fine album with help from some of reggae’s icons. The legendary Toots & The Maytals joins the duo on “God Bless You.” The singjay Gyptian performs “Jah Jah See Dem”  in tribute to Joseph Hill and Culture. The dancehall jam “She Call Mi Phone” features “king of the dancehall” Beenie Man and the amazing vocalist Barrington Levy. Deejays U Roy, Dillinger, and Big Youth join the fray while Reggae superstars Lee “Scratch” Perry, Max Romeo, Eek-A-Mouse, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, The Congos, and Inner Circle all lend their vocals. Even the amazing danechall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers makes an appearance on “Girl You Rock My World.”
The Stephen Marleyalbum Mind Control originally dropped more than a year ago. Now a newer acoustic version of the disc has been released called Mind Control Acoustic. The smooth beautiful track “Chase Dem” features Capleton layering rhymes through the original tune. Brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley appear on the record as does rude boy Spragga Benz.
  1. Robert GlasperDouble Booked [Blue Note 2009]
  2. Conrad Crystal & Suga RoySuga Roy, Conrad Crystal and the Great Reggae Icons [Fire Ball 2009]
  3. Stephen MarleyMind Control Acoustic [Tuff Gong 2009]
  4. Danny BarnesPizza Box [ATO Records 2009]
  5. Corb LundLosin’ Lately Gambler [New West 2009]
  6. Beres HammondSomething Old, Something New [Penthouse Records 2009]
  7. Morgan HeritageThe Journey Thus Far [VP Records 2009]
  8. DrakeSo Far Gone [Young Money/Cash Money 2009]
  9. B.B. SeatonReady For The World [Soul Beat/Roots International 2009]
  10. Various Artist Joyful Noise [I Grade Records 2009]
  11. Geoff Maldaur & the Texas Shieks – Texas Sheiks [Tradition & Moderne 2009]
  12. James Hand – Shadow on the Ground [Rounder 2009]
  13. Jack Johnson En Concert [Brushfire Records 2009]
  14. SeraniNo Games [Phase One 2009]
  15. The Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective One More Reason [Red Earth Music 2009]
  16. Del Tha Funkyhomosapien & Tame OneParallel Uni-Verses [Gold Dust 2009]
  17. Mike Zito Pearl River [Eclecto Groove Records 2009]
  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt BandSpeed Of Life [Sugar Hill 2009]
  19. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Clearance [VP 2009]
  20. LorenzoMovin’ Ahead [Irie Ites 2009]
Top Albums of November 2009

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

The Jam-Tex selector will post a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music. The selector invites others to join in on the organization of these tracks.  Thus Jam-Tex presents The World of Reggae Music Collection.” This collection of singles begins with the greatest roots reggae hits in a category  entitled “Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah.”

The Reggae Superstars category includes the section: “The Lions of Jah.” The Lions of Jah section includes the pillars of reggae music, such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, Jacob Miller, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Wailer, Desmond Dekker, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, and features supergroups like  Third WorldBlack UhuruSteel Pulse, and Culture. The grouping of songs includes classic vocal groups like the Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, and the Itals, and early deejay and singjay sensations like Big Youth, Tenor Saw, and Trinity.  Yet overall this category relies on the heavy hitters of reggae music like  John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Lucky Dube, Johnny Osbourne, and Cornell Campbell.

Please feel free to comment. The selector is open to suggestions and changes. Feel free to comment on the selections, categories, genre headings, and section headings. The selector will consider track additions and removals and even the renaming of categories, sections, and genres. Without further ado…

The Jam-Tex Selector presents…The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah

Ini Kamoze – World-A-Music

Bob Marley & the WailersGet Up, Stand Up

Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)

Toots & the Maytals54-46 That’s My Number

Peter ToshSteppin’ Razor

Jimmy CliffThe Harder They Come

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – The Ghost

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come

Third World Reggae Ambassador

Black Uhuru & the RevolutionariesGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

CultureTwo Sevens Clash

Barrington Levy Too Experienced

Lee “Scratch” Perry Chase The Devil

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil

Steel PulseHandsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse – Revolution Dub

Gregory Isaacs & Roots RadicsNight Nurse

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Dub

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards

The Wailing Souls Shark Attack

The Mighty DiamondsRight Time

Johnny Ousborne – Truths and Rights

Chalice – Good to Be There

Jacob Miller & Inner CircleWestbound Train

Horace AndySkylarking

Freddie McGregor Big Ship

Max Romeo & the UpsettersWar Ina Babylon

Israel Vibration – Get Up and Go

John Holt – Strange Things

Lucky Dube – We Love It

Toots & the MaytalsFunky Kingston

Jacob Miller & Inner Circle We A Rockers

Bob Marley & the WailersRebel Music (Three O’Clock Roadblock)

Burning Spear Columbus

Jimmy CliffYou Can Get It If You Really Want

Barrington Levy Saw Red

Peter ToshWhatcha Gonna Do

Steel Pulse Uncle George

Dennis Brown – Here I Come

The Heptones Book of Rules

Cornell Campbell The Gorgon

Mighty DiamondsIdentity

Beres Hammond & Zap PowLast War

Toots & the Maytals Time Tough

CultureIron Sharpening Iron

Dennis Brown Stop the Fussing & Fighting

Steel Pulse Ravers

Half Pint Level The Vibes

Beres Hammond They Gonna Talk

John Holt & the Aggravators You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine/Version

Jacob Miller & U-BrownKeep On Knocking

Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man

The HeptonesParty Time

Bob Andy – I’ve Got To Go Back Home

Burning Spear The Invasion

Burning Spear – Black Wa Da Da

The ItalsIn A Dis Ya Time/ Harbour View Rock

Bob Marley & the WailersIs This Love

Johnny Osbourne & the SensationsCome Back Darling

The Pioneers Long Shot (Kick the Bucket)

Toots & the Maytals Pressure Drop

Black Uhuru Party Next Door

Gregory IsaacsSad To Know (You’re Leaving)

Peter ToshWanted Dread And Alive

Beres Hammond – I Feel Good

Cornell Campbell Queen Of The Minstrel

Big Youth – Livin’

Burning SpearRise Up

Tenor SawLots of Sign

Tenor Saw – Lots of Dub

Black UhuruBlack Uhuru Anthem

Jacob Miller Mixed Up Moods

Steel PulseBlues Dance Raid

Barrington Levy, Kojak & LizaMy Woman/ Ten Thousand Woman

Bob Marley & the WailersRat Race

Jimmy Cliff Struggling Man

The HeptonesFattie Fattie

Horace Andy Nice And Easy

Horace Andy – Nice and Easy Dub

Mighty Diamonds Have Mercy

TrinityAll Gone

Gregory Isaacs – Cream of the Crop

Black Uhuru Rent Man

Sammy Dread My Princess

Beres Hammond – Rockaway

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel

U-Roy – Natty Rebel

Culture & Shorty the President See Them A Come/ Natty Pass Him G.C.E.

Cornell CampbellBoxing Around

Glen WashingtonRockers (Nuh Crackers)

Dennis BrownWhat About The Half

Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion

Ronnie Davis – Writing on the Wall

Burning SpearJordan River

Third WorldRoots With Quality

The ItalsBrutal Out Deh

Peter Tosh Why Must I Cry

CultureLion Rock

Barrington LevyMy Time (Rights of Man)

Steel Pulse Back To My Roots / Dub To My Roots

Gregory IsaacsStranger In Town

Dennis BrownGhetto Girl

The Wailing SoulsWar Deh Round A John Shop

Jacob MillerChapter A Day

Beres HammondWhat One Dance Can Do

Max Romeo One Step Forward

Lucky Dube Prisoner

Israel Vibration Back Staba

Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Why Must I (Version)

Ed Robinson – Rude Awakening

Aswad – Love Fire

Aswad – Dub Fire

Jimmy Cliff – One More

Gregory Isaacs – Innocent People Cry

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Pimper’s Paradise

The Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious

Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up

The Viceroys – Brethren and Sistren

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Lucky Dube – Julie! Julie!

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

The Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye

Israel Vibration – Reggae on the River

Jimmy Cliff – Treat The Youths Right

 

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009 – Top Reggae Singles 2009

TOP REGGAE SINGLES 2009 – 50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009

  1. Courtney JohnLucky Man
  2. Major Lazer featuring Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell Can’t Stop Now
  3. Daweh CongoStraight Up Conscious
  4. Richie Spice Street Life
  5. Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley Guns Up
  6. Sean PaulSo Fine
  7. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  8. Terry Linen No Time To Linger
  9. Alborosie & I-Eye Mama She Don’t Like You
  10. RockamovyaThe Bounty
  11. Gyptian – Money Man
  12. Julian Marley Boom Draw
  13. BushmanYou Can’t Blame The Youth
  14. Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train
  15. Easy Star All-Star’s, Luciano, & U-Roy – With A Little Help From My Friends Dub
  16. Easy Star All-Stars & LucianoWith A Little Help From My Friends
  17. Sean Paul & Estelle – Come Over
  18. Cherine Anderson Talk If Yuh Talking
  19. Black Ryno Real Stingers
  20. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline
  21. Julian Marley & Damian MarleyViolence In The Streets
  22. Buju Banton & John Legend Can’t Be My Lover
  23. LadenTime To Shine
  24. Romain Virgo Mi Caan Sleep
  25. Tarrus RileyHuman Nature
  26. Easy Star All Stars, Michael Rose, & Menny MoreA Day In The Life
  27. Black Rhyno – Dollar Coin
  28. Major Lazer featuring Ms. Thing & T.O.K. Bruk Out
  29. SeraniPlaying Games
  30. Sean Paul Press It Up
  31. Bounty Killer Corrupt
  32. Easy Star All Stars & Max Romeo – Fixing A Hole
  33. Damian Marley & B-Real Fire
  34. Queen IfricaKeep It To Yourself
  35. Tarrus Riley & KonshensGood Girl Gone Bad
  36. Busy Signal Praise & Worship
  37. Vybz Kartel – Mind Pon Mi Mind
  38. Beres HammondSee You Again
  39. RockamovyaRock in Place
  40. Queen IfricaBelow The Waist
  41. Jah VinciWatch Your Friends
  42. Da’Ville Never Gonna Cry
  43. Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson, & Paula FugaCry, Cry, Cry
  44. Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose
  45. Easy Star All Stars & Frankie PaulLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  46. JahmaliEl Shaddai
  47. Ziggy Marley & Toots Hibbert Take Me To Jamaica
  48. Easy Star All Stars & Steel Pulse Good Morning Good Morning
  49. Easy Star All Stars & the Mighty DiamondsGetting Better
  50. Machel Montano HD & Collie Buddz – Fly Away
50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009 – Top Reggae Singles 2009

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County

I got to attend this year’s Reggae on the River Festival in Southern Humboldt County, California. The festival had a great local community feel and funds raised went to support the Mateel Community Center in Redway, California. The Eel River flowed through the picturesque venue located at Benbow State Recreational Area. Reggae on the River celebrated its 25th Anniversary in fine style. Positive vibrations flowed all day long. Soul Majestic played early in the day bringing their brand of soul-drenched reggae to the stage. The track “First Light” set the vibe and songs like “Rough N’ Tuff ” displayed the musical prowess of this young group. Soul Majestic also played the single “Better World,” which dovetails nicely with their positive vibe and eco-friendly message.

Queen Omega ignited the stage with soul, dancehall, and roots reggae. A native of Trinidad and Tobago Queen Omega sang “Love Ya Color,” “Judgement,” “Warning,” and “Ganja Baby” to an appreciative crowd.  The Roots Revealers bought Jamaican dancehall to northern California playing the songs “Long Road” and “No More Killing.”

The crowd-pleasing crown princess of roots reggae Etana turned it up a notch dropping the killer hits “Roots” and “Blessing.” The lovely songstress covered some Bob Marley and the Wailers tunes creating a wonderful vibe with the classic “One Drop.” Etana played some tracks from her newest hit album The Strong One performing “Jah Chariot” and “Don’t Forget,” and “Caltariba System.” And I was pleasantly surprised by Etana‘s cover of the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down.” Etana finished her set singing “I Am Not Afraid,” which is from one of my favorite riddims: the “Rub-A-Dub” riddim.

The legendary vocal group from Jamaica The Abyssinians took the stage under the afternoon sun. Roots reggae filled the air with classic tunes like “Y Mas Gan,” “African Race,” “Let My Days Be Long,”  “Meditation,” and “Know Jah Today.” The Abyssinians took us to the Bible and the book of Daniel with “Abendigo,” turning the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo into a wonderful reggae and dub experience. And of course the reggae legends performed their megahits from the Satta Massagana album, including “Peculiar Number,” “Black Man’s Strain,” “Declaration Of Rights,” “Forward Unto Zion,” and “Satta Massagana.”

The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009

Tanya Stephens livened things up with a raunchy-rough riding performance that included plenty of references to “long ding dongs” with high-energy versions of “Boom Wuk” and “Good Ride.” The dancehall favorite “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet” set a playful vibe and then she played the killer singles “Can’t Breathe,” “It’s A Pity,” and “These Streets.” Stephens showed her soulful side too with songs like “What Ah Day” and “Little White Lie.” But it seemed Stephens dominated with the playful tunes like “Tek Him Back” and “To The Rescue.”

Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California

Then the Yellow Wall Dub Squad took the stage to warm it up for The Mighty Diamonds. The bassist sang the song “Overlaod” and then King David sang a reggae version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” The Mighty Diamonds entered the stage and played “Poor Marcus Garvey” and “Rise Up” from the album titled Rise Up. The roots reggae gems “Have Mercy,” “Right Time,” “Africa,” and “I Need A Roof” all made the set list. The “I Need A Roof” jam extended and transitioned into a cover of the Bob Marley‘s anthem “Get Up, Stand Up.” An extended version of “Pass The Kutchie” and a sweet version of the Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions tune “It’s All Rightt” capped off the set. Etana, The Abyssinians, Soul Majestic, Queen Omega, and The Mighty Diamonds then returned to the stage and all performed together for a finale. The all-star group of reggae performers sang the Bob Marley and the Wailers classic hit “One Love / People Get Ready.”

The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County

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!!!