The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
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The Top Albums of October 2009

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