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]

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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–UB40 Reggae: The Original Versions

In this section of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the influence and influences of Ub40. This particular edition focuses on the original reggae bands and musicians that UB40 covered. The boys from Birmingham, England made reggae music popular from the European continent to the backfields of north Texas. And more importantly it made inquisitive listeners follow the tracks back to their original performers. The first time many people heard “Johnny Too Bad” and “Cherry Oh Baby” was on the album Labour Of Love, the same album that featured the hit single “Red Red Wine.” Music fans around the world followed many of these tracks back to their Jamaican roots. In the stacks of records they found the amazing sounds of The Slickers, The Melodians, John Holt, Lord Creator, and Eric Donaldson. Ub40 turned many of these delightful tracks into electric 80s pop music for the masses. Albeit “Red Red Wine” is a Neil Diamond song, Jamaican artists like Tony Tribe had already made “Red Red Wine” wicked reggae music. Here in this list are the original reggae tracks from which UB40 found inspiration. From the reggae legends like Bob Marley and The Wailersand Jimmy Cliffto the more obscure artists like Boy Friday and Ken Parker, Ub40 reintroduced some of the greatest 60s and 70s reggae tunes to the modern world.

The Slickers Johnny Too Bad

The Melodians Sweet Sensation

Jimmy Cliff Many Rivers To Cross

U-Roy & John Holt Wear You To The Ball

Keith & TexStop That Train

Ken Boothe – Just Another Girl

Tony TribeRed Red Wine

Ken ParkerGroovin’ Out on Life

Eric DonaldsonCherry Oh Baby

John HoltStick By Me (And I’ll Stick By You)

The KingstoniansSinger Man

Lord Creator Kingston Town

NineyBlood & Fire

Winston GroovyPlease Don’t Make Me Cry

Bob Marley & the WailersKeep On Moving

Ray MartellShe Caught the Train

Boy Friday Version Girl

Ken Boothe The Train Is Coming

The Melodians – It’s My Delight

The Ethiopians – Good Ambition

Max Romeo – Mr. Fix It

Ken BootheCrying Over You

Bob Marley & the WailersSoul Rebel

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel (Version 4)

Slim SmithTime Has Come 

The Fabulous FlamesHolly Holy

Ken Boothe – Kingston Town

Eric Donaldson – The Way You Do the Things You Do

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Tiger – Guilty

Jackie Robison – Homely Girl

John Holt – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

Honeyboy – Impossible Love

Delano Stewart – Stay a Little Bit Longer

The Paragons – My Best Girl

Hopeton Lewis – Grooving Out On Life

Ken Boothe – Red Red Wine 

Johnny Clarke – Keep On Moving

Cornell Campbell – I’ll Never Let Go

Teddy Davis – Tears from my Eyes

Honeyboy – Sweet Cherry

Sonny Bradshaw – Singer Man

The World of Reggae Music Collection–UB40 Reggae: The Original Versions

Top 10 for November 2008!!!

November 2008

  1. Heavy D – Vibes [Federal Distribution 2008]
  2. Taj Mahal – Maestro [Heads Up 2008]
  3. UB40 – Twentyfourseven [Edel 2008]
  4. Ice Cube – Raw Footage [Lench Mob Records 2008]
  5. Dennis Brown – The Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years [Heartbeat 2008]
  6. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Repentance [Narnack 2008]
  7. Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst [Merge 2008]
  8. Blitzen Trapper – Furr [Sub Pop 2008]
  9. Randy Rogers Band – Randy Rogers Band [Mercury 2008]
  10. Gilberto Gil – Banda Larga Cordal [Warner Music Latina 2008]

Heavy D, yes that Heavy D, the guy who funkdafied Third World’s “Now That We Found Love” for the American pop charts in the 1990s. The original overweight lover dropped Vibes and kicked out a wicked dancehall jam “Long Distance Girlfriend.” This is the most head noddin’ song of 2008. Amazing!

Blues legend Taj Mahal unleashes blues, country, folk, and reggae on his new album Maestro. The track “Black Man, Brown Man” with Ziggy Marley has melody and a message. The song “Never Let You Go” sounds like a roots reggae groove. Guest musicians Ben Harper and Jack Johnson also make appearances on the album. 

UB40 lays down some great tunes on their new album Twentyfourseven. The tracks with special guest Maxi Priest “Dance Until the Morning Light” and “I Shot the Sheriff” (a Bob Marley cover) add to the impressive UB40 reggae discography.

Ice Cube’s pyroclastic flow on Raw Footage is gangsta rap music at its best. The tracks “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” and “Do Ya Thang” layer hardcore rhymes over heavy thumping beats. Ice Cube, going back to the days of N.W.A., has continued to make quality music with deep social insight and a political edge. 

Heartbeat’s release of Dennis Brown’s The Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years features the tracks produced by legendary reggae icon Niney the Observer. Tracks include classics like “Westbound Train” and extended and deejay versions of songs, including versions by boss dee-jays I-Roy and U-Roy

Top 10 for November 2008!!!