Top Ranking Albums of November 2010

Supersize

Top Ranking Albums of November 2010

  1. Prince Fatty – Supersize [Mr Bongo 2010]
  2. The Tamlins Rebirth [Shengen 2010]
  3. Rocky DawuniHymns For the Rebel Soul [Aquarian Records 2010]
  4. The Shinyribs Well After Awhile [Nine Mile Records 2010]
  5. EtanaFree Expressions [VP Records 2010]
  6. LucianoWrite My Name [Footprintz Music 2010]
  7. Jahdan Blakkamore Babylon Nightmare [Lustre Kings 2010]
  8. Kanye West –  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [Roc A Fella Records 2010]
  9. AlpheusFrom Creation [A-Lone Productions 2010]
  10. Various ArtistsBlow Your Head – Diplo Presents: Dubstep [Mad Decent Records 2010]
  11. Lil WayneI Am Not A Human Being [Cash Money 2010]
  12. Black Dub Black Dub [Jive 2010]

Well After Awhile

Top Ranking Albums of November 2010

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

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

I was lucky enough to be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to see the opening of the film Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae by Swiss director Stascha Bader. What a wonderful film. Just amazing. The film narrated by Stranger Cole captures rocktsteady legends reuniting to cut an album of legendary hits and perform a reunion concert. The impressive lineup included Stranger Cole, U-Roy, Hopeton LewisSly Dunbar, Ernest Ranglin, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, Dawn Penn, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Leroy Sibbles, the Tamlins, Gladstone Anderson, Hux Brown, Bongo Herman, and Scully Simms. Moss “Mossman” Raxlen, the Montreal based reggae producer recorded the reunion session at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

The king of the toasters U-Roy performs “Stop that Train.” This version is amazing and steeped in deep meaning. For historical context one must know about the trains in Jamaica and the boom and bust of economic development in newly independent Jamaica (Jamaica won independence from the United Kingdom in 1963). The film does a brilliant job of contextualizing the songs. We know exactly where U-Roy is coming from when he toasts over this classic tune. After the bust the trains stopped, the jobs ran out, the rude boys started to roam the streets, and many Jamaicans sought jobs overseas. When U-Roy toasts over “Stop That Train” he talks about the trains stopping and the people leaving. There is so much soul and history and culture wrapped into one song.

The vocal-group trio the Tamlins are in tip top form and the band leader/guitarist Ernest Ranglin has still got the goods. The drummer Sly Dunbar forms the backbone of the band as he has for decades and the rest of the legendary studio musicians perform magnificently recapturing the fire of the past.

There are some real gems in this film. Hopeton Lewis lays down the rocksteady anthem “Take It Easy” and later sings an excellent rocksteady version of “Rivers of Babylon.” Dawn Penn records her bread and butter track “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” and she talks about the endurance and popularity of the song. Derrick Morgan’s “Tougher Than Tough,” Ken Boothe’s Freedom Street,” Leroy Sibbles’s “Equal Rights,” and Judy Mowatt’s “Silent River Runs Deep” all appear, as well as a great rendition of Desmond Dekker’s classic “007 (Shanty Town)” by Ken Boothe. Marcia Griffiths performs “The Tide Is High” and reminiscences with Judy Mowatt about their time with the producer Coxsone Dodd, the legendary vocal group the I-Threes and with Bob Marley and the Wailers. A guest appearance by Rita Marley follows the widow through Trenchtown where she elaborates on the conditions of the ghetto and recalls her time with Bob in the yard.

I don’t want to give too much away about the film, but it will make you smile, laugh, and tap your toes. For people interested in music and culture, I highly recommend seeing this film. The album will release on the heels of the movie. The Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae album, which releases in August 2009, promises to be a big hit too. Many critics are comparing it to the Buena Vista Social Club, but I think it will be even bigger than Ry Cooder’s classic documentary about Cuban jazzmasters. Rocksteady will be an instant classic!

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae