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

NEED

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

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

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

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

COLLIE HERB

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selecta explores the reggae songs dedicated to the ganja. It is believed that the term ganja came from India and from the Indians who migrated to Jamaica. Many of the great reggae artists performed songs about the herb, some taking the tunes to another level playing ganja anthems. From Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Kaya” to Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” to Peter Tosh’s anthem “Legalize It” the weed is a constant theme in reggae music.

According to Rastafarians, collie herb grew on the grave of the wisest man in history, King Solomon. For this reason the herb is to be smoked as a sacrament. Often the smoke is referred to as wine to be partaken in communion. The water pipe is called the chalice or cup from which the smoker draws or sups from the cup. Furthermore the great collie herb aids in meditation. The World of Reggae Music Collection presents the finest tunes about sensi.

Julian Marley – Boom Draw

Alborosie – Herbalist

Jah Thomas – Strong Ganja

Rupie EdwardsFree The Weed

Rupie Edwards – Feeling High

Bob Marley & the Wailers Kaya

Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace & Lee “Scratch” Perry Herb Vendor

Peter ToshLegalize It

U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace

Mr. Williamz – Ganja Palace

AswadJust A Little Herb

Eek A Mouse Sensi Party

Sublime – Get Ready

I-Wayne & Rebelution – So High

The EthiopiansLet Me Blow My Smoke

Carl MurphyLick I Pipe

Cornell Campbell A Hundred Pounds Of Collie

The Mighty Diamonds Pass The Kutchie

Josey Wales – It A Fi Bun

Black UhuruSinsemilla

The Uprising Roots – Steamers

Sugar Minott – Herbsman Hustling

Linval ThompsonI Love Marijuana

Barrington LevyCollie Weed

John HoltPolice In Helicopter

Bob Marley & the Wailers Easy Skanking

Rita Marley – One Draw

Ky-Mani Marley – Get High

Horace AndyBetter Collie (Better Calley)

Ben Harper – Burn One Down

Bobby Hustle – Real Ganja Man

The ObserversPass The Pipe

Barrington Levy Under Mi Sensi

Collie Buddz – Ganja Pipe

Collie Buddz & RoacheSensimillia

Slightly Stoopid – This Joint

Eek A MouseGanja Smuggling

Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor

Capleton & Slightly Stoopid – No Cocaine

Manu Chao – Welcome to Tijuana

Chino – Boom Draw

Big JoeSmoke Marijuana

NinjamanLegalize The Herb

Yellowman & Fathead – Herbman Hustling

Gyptian – Sensi

Jacob MillerLamb’s Bread Collie

SOJA – Talking To Myself

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Cypress Hill & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Ganja Bus

Frankie PaulPass The Tu Sheng Peng

Bob Marley & the WailersAfrican Herbsman

Wayne Smith Under Me Sleng Teng

Seeed & Denyo – Sensimilla

Slightly Stoopid Collie Man

Hopeton LewisCool Cool Collie

SublimeSmoke Two Joints

Million StylezPolice In Helicopter

Da Grynch – Police In Helicopter

Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – Smokin’ Love

Rebelution & Zumdi – So High

Rebelution – So High Dub

Jah TLick The Pipe, Peter, Part 4

Alborosie – No Cocaine

Chronixx – Perfect Tree

Sizzla – Sweet To My Brain

Kabaka Pyramid – Herb Defenda

Wayne Marshall – The Boom Draw

Don Carlos & Slightly Stoopid – Marijuana

Max Romeo My Jamaican Collie

Triston Palma & Jah ThomasJoker Smoker

Papa Bruce – Loafer Smoker

Vybz KartelSen On

U-Brown – Tu Sheng Peng

Bushman – Buk-In-Hamm-Palace

Alborosie – Camilla

Johnny Clarke – Collie Dread

Daweh Congo Ganja Baby

Tarrus Riley, Demarco, & Vybz Kartel Herbs Promotion

Richie Spice Marijuana (Pon Di Corner)

Slightly Stoopid No Cocaine

Culture – The International Herb

Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Baby G, & Don CorleonHigher Altitude

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Waan the Herb

Mr. Vegas, Alozade, & Hollow PointUnder Mi Sensi

Bounty Killer – Smoke The Herb

Sugar Minott – Oh Mr DC

Capleton – Acres

Wayne Smith & B-Real – Under Mi Sleng Teng (Remix)

Buju Banton – Sensemeila Persecution

Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed

I-Octane – Puff It

Laden – Highest

Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff

Gyptian & Round Head – Through the Valley

Slightly Stoopid – Fruits “Legalize Them”

Tony Rebel – The Herb

Rootz Underground – Herb Fields

Horace Andy – Collie Weed

Alborosie – One Draw

Lloyd Charmers – Ishan Cup

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Raging Fyah – Ganja

Snoop Lion & Collie Buddz – Smoke the Weed

Mr. Williamz – Babylon In Helicopter

YT – Heat Seeking Camera

Jacob Miller – Tired Fi Lick Weed Inna Bush

Clancy Eccles – Ganja Free

Leftside – High (Friday Version)

Slightly Stoopid – Fat Spliffs

Bunny & Ricky – Bush Weed Corntrash

Willie Nelson & Mishka – Homegrown

Anthony B – One Chalice

Sizzla – Ganja in My Brain

Reggae Crusaders – Bring The Couchie Come

Burro Banton – Sensi Love That Cheeba

311 – Who’s Got The Herb

Josey Wales – Stalk Of Sensimilia

Slightly Stoopid – Sensimilia

Barrington Levy – Sensimilea

Capleton – High Grade

Gyptian – High Grade

Derrick Morgan – The Great Collie Herb

Lady G – Herbie

Chuckleberry – One Draw 2

Dillinger – Marijuana In My Brain

G.G. All Stars – Ganja Plane

Eek-A-Mouse – Juicy Juicy & Weedy Weedy

Onton – Hi Grade Way

Mr. Evil, Mapei, & Major Lazer – Mary Jane

Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby

Eminem – Must Be Ganja

Tappa Zukie – Chalice to Chalice

Inner Circle & Slightly Stoopid – Mary Collie Weed

Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (’94 Spliff)

Israel Vibration – Red Eyes

Sister Carol – Red Eye

Sean Paul & Luga Man – Weed Indeed

Sizzla – Good Load Of Herb

Beenie Man & Silvercat – Chronic

Deadly Hunta – High Grade

Horace Andy – Good Vibes / Dub Vibes

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Barrington Levy Gimmie The Grass

CultureCollie Weed

Sister Carol – Wicked Draw of Sensi

Bounty Killer Eyes A Bleed (RZA Remix)

Anthony Red RoseGi Mi Di Weed

Lone Ranger – Quarter Pound of Ishen

Junior Reid – Sensi Breeze

Jah Mason Couple Chalice A Day

Lee “Scratch” PerryRoast Fish & Cornbread

SizzlaHealing Of The Nation

YellowmanBun The Kutchie

LucianoFree Up The Herbalist

SanchezChronic

JamelodyHigh Grade

The Mighty Diamonds Chalice In A Circle

CapletonChalice

Black Uhuru Puff She Puff

Tippa Irie & Long Beach Dub All StarsSensi

Jah Mason – Let’s Get Some High Grade

SizzlaMarijuana

Chuck FendaGwaan Plant

Charlie ChaplinJamaican Collie

Morgan HeritageGive We A License

Mykal Rose Rush On The Tonic

Billy Boyo One Spliff A Day

Jah THot Pipes

Warrior KingOh What A Feeling

Michael PalmerDon’t Smoke The Seed

Ranking Joe Natty The Collie Smoker

Junior Byles Lick the Pipe Peter

See I – Dinner of Herb

Ward 21Ganja Smoke

Morgan HeritageWisdom Weed

Horace FergusonSensi Addict

Little John Strong Sensi

YT – No Sandweed

King Kong – Legalize It

Jacob MillerHealing of the Nation

ChezidekA De Weed

Carlton Livingston 100 Weight of Collie Weed

Mr. Williamz No Cigarette

Top Cat – Push Up Ya Lighter

PressureGanja Make the World Go Round

ChezidekBun’ Di Ganja

Mojo Morgan & Peter Tosh Herbsman Anthem

Lloyd Clarke – Bad Weed

Israel VibrationHerb Is the Healing

Lutan FyahPlant The Herbs

Capital LettersSmoking My Ganja

Michael Palmer Smoke The Weed

Barry Brown – Natty Dread Nar Run

Triston PalmerSpliff Tail

U-Roy, Suga Roy, & Conrad CrystalHigh Grade

The Skatalites – La Ska Racha

PerfectBig Fat Ganja Spliff

Morgan Heritage Plant Up The Herbs

I-Roy – Jamaican Collie

U-Roy – Herbman Skanking

Little JohnSmoke Ganja Hard

Perfect10 Pound Of Ganja

Congo Ashanti Roy – Stay Red

The EthiopiansWell Red

The SkatalitesCollie Bud

Jah Lion – Columbia Colly

Prince Huntley and Colonel – Granny Iley

Boy Blue (Singer Blue) – A Long Time I No Smoke

Trevor Blyfield – Burning Bush

Rupie & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington

Sylford WalkerLambs Bread

Welton Irie – Lambs Bread International

Jah ThomasMarijuana-Marijuana

Vivian Jones – Got A Light

Flourgon – Bill A Spliff

Max Romeo – A Quarter Pound of Ishan

Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Minister for Ganja

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

World of Reggae Music

Reggae ina Folk Country Version

Beenie Man and Willie Nelson have more in common than you think. They both play country music. And they both play reggae music. Country and Reggae collide on this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection. From Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett, and Johnny Cash to Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, and John Holt this is Reggae inna Folk and Country stylee.

The Survivors  Rawhide

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire>

The Ethiopians – Free Man

Willie Nelson – I’ll Still Be Thinking of You

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Charlie Pride – You’re My Jamaica

Josh Heinrichs – Cryin’ Time

Peter Rowan – No Woman No Cry

LUST – Flowers on the Will

Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia [Bozzo Bajou’s Georgia Dub]

Sanchez – El Paso

Robert Earl Keen – Waves on the Ocean

Delroy Wilson – I Shall Be Released

Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come

Freddie McGregor – The King of the Road

Beenie Man –Ain’t Gonna Figure It Yet

Slightly Stoopid – I’m On Fire

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

Willie Nelson – I’ve Just Destroyed The World

Toots & the Maytals – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Ziggy Marley & The Meloday Makers – Everyone Want To Be

Sinead O’Connor – Untold Stories

The SkatalitesOccupation

Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

John Holt – Before The Next Teardrop Falls

J.J Cale – Crying

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

The Sensations – Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

Bonnie Raitt, Toots & The Maytals – True Love Is Hard To Find

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay Dub

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo

Tenor Saw – Lone Ranger and tonto

Hopeton Lewis Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

Steve Earle – Rivers Of Babylon

Etana – Crazy

Nicky Thomas – If I Had A Hammer/ Hammering Version

Delbert McClinton – Stir It Up

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – Still Is Still Moving To Me

Denzil Dennis – South of the Border

Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria Wine (Live 1973 Luckenbach, Texas)

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Ken Parker – Kiss An Angel Good Morning

Taj Mahal – Never Let You Go

Richie Stephens – Wolverton Mountain

Killer Bees – El Paso

J Rod Records – Bad Cowboy Riddim Version

Ninja Man – Badman Law

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Willie Nelson – One In A Row

Sinead O’Connor – Marcus Garvey

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Dub

Gary P. Nunn – London Homesick Blues (Home of the Reggae Armadillo)

Lloyd Charmers – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Mistaica

Aswad – Best Of My Love

Dennis Brown – The Last Thing On My Mind

Kymani Marley – Rude Boy

Willie Nelson – You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Duane Stephenson – Suspicions

Roman Stewart – Wolverton Mountain

Tessanne Chin – Don’t It Make It My Brown Eyes Blues

Delroy WilsonGreen Green Grass Of Home

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – I’m A Worried Man

John Holt Help Me Make It Through the Night

Steve Earle & the V-Roys – Johnny Too Bad

The Pioneers – Sweet Dreams

Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Rudy Costa – Black Man, Brown Man

Hazel WrightPlease Help Me I’m Falling (In Love With You)

Willie Nelson & Wyclef Jean – To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll Dub

John HoltWasted Days And Wasted Nights

Sinead O’Connor – Jah Nuh Dead

Mariene WebberStand By Your Man

Willie Nelson – How Long Is Forever

The Inventors Bye Bye Love

Noel “Bunny” BrownFor the Good Times

Hopeton Lewis – Drift Away

Johnny Cash & Willie NelsonWorried Man

Dennis Brown – Little Green Apples

Taj MahalJohnny Too Bad

Wyclef Jean & Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Willie Nelson Undo The Right

Bob AndyWalk A Mile In My Shoes

Sanchez & Beenie Man – Refugee

Doreen Sheaffer Walk Through This World With Me

Count Prince Miller Mule Train

Max RomeoBlowin’ In The Wind

Gary P. Nunn – Corona Con Lima

Ken Parker – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Willie Nelson – Something To Think About

Bob Andy – The Games People Play

The Heptones – Guman Coming To Town

Wayne Wade – Lady

Bob Dylan – I And I

Bob Dylan – I And I Dub

John HoltIf I Were a Carpenter

Taj Mahal – African Herbsman

Willie NelsonI Guess I’ve Come To Live Here

Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You

Mishka – Shadow in the Shade

Jackie EdwardsSomeone Loves You Honey

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo (Live at Farm Aid)

Jimmy Riley Statue Of A Fool

The Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle

Cornell Campbell She Wears My Ring

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Max RomeoMissing You

Ziggy Marley & Paul SimonWalk Tall

John Holt – Mr. Bojangles

Slightly Stoopid – Know You Rider

Ken Parker – Guilty

Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train

John Holt – Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Brother Nolan – Coconut Girl

Michael Chung – For The Good Times

Jerry Garcia Band – The Harder They Come

Pat Kelly – Sunshine On My Shoulders

Harry Nlsson – Many Rivers To Cross

Eric Donaldson – Sylvia’s Mother

The Bellamy Brothers – I Love Her Mind

Max Romeo – Is It Really Over

Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ In The Wind

Nicky Thomas – Don’t Touch Me

Manu Chao – La Vacaloca

John Holt – Working Kind (Chokin’ Kind)

Ken Boothe – Mona Lisa

Ewan, Jerry, & the Caribbeats – Tennessee Waltz

Gloria Crawford – Sad Movies Make Me Cry

Hortense Ellis – Stand By Your Man

The Bleechers – Send Me The Pillow

Hortonese Ellis – My Last Date

Anonymously Yours – Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You

Willie Francis – I’m Going To Change Everything (aka Burn Them)

Ernest Wilson – My Elusive Dreams

Raphael Stewart & Hot Tops – He’ll Have To Go (aka Put Your Sweet Lips)

Hopeton Lewis – City of New Orleans (Good Morning Jamaica)

Ed Robinson – Knocking On Heavens Door

Ziggy Marley, Paula Fuga, & Jack Johnson – Cry, Cry, Cry

Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People

Ken Parker – Help Me Make It Through The Night

Bob Andy – Lay Lady Lay

Denzil Dennis – Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Dennis Walks – Snowbird

The Bellamy Brothers – If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

Pat Kelly – Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings

Rip & Lan – In The Ghetto

David Isaacs – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On)

Hopeton Lewis – Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Farewell

Pluto Shervington – Jambalaya

Joya Landis – Angel of the Morning

Mikey Chung – Crying In The Chapel

The Clash – The Man In Me

Ernie Smith – Sunday Morning Coming Down

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ In The Wind

NEED

Willie NelsonDo You Mind Too Much If I Don’t Understand

Lloyd Charmers – Mr. Bojangles

The Skatalites – Ring of Fire

The Bellamy Brothers – Get Into Reggae Cowboy

Johnny CashI’m A Worried Man

J.C. Lodge & Junior Kelly – Someone Loves You Honey

Robert Palmer & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

The World of Reggae Music

The Ska Originals

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the “Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection” called The Ska Originals.

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called “The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the early ska era. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The primary examination of the “Ska Originals” genre focuses on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s. Later posts will explore forms of ska music of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s:  Two-Tone Ska and Third Wave Ska

Some of the same Jamaican singers, musicians, and producers of the original ska music movement later became the fathers and mothers of rocksteady and reggae.  A young Robert Nesta Marley recorded some ska tunes and so did Bob Marley‘s vocal group the Wailin’ Wailers, which later became the Wailers. Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Clancy Eccles, Cornell Campbell, and Lee “Scratch” Perry all played ska as young lads. These Jamaican superstars all make this collection of ska singles.

The classic ska bands and vocal groups of the era appear on this collection, including the famed The Skatalites, The Ethiopians, The Pioneers, The Soulettes, The Paragons, The Heptones, The Ethiopians, The Techniques, The Upsetters, The Baba Brooks Band, The Gaylads, and The Versatiles. Many of the great ska musicians have singles that made this chart, like Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Lyn Taitt, and Tommy McCook.

Ska music is fun and fast, yet a very easy-going music that sends you skanking around the room. I love this music. There are some wonderful characters that came out of this musical genre, performers like Prince Buster, Sir Lord Comic, Lord Kitchener, Stranger Cole, Lord Creator, and the Folkes Brothers. Plus the dynamite sounds of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires make for some of the most classic ska tracks. The Jam-Tex selector invites you to comment on the list and make suggestions.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

World of Reggae Music Collection

The Ska Originals

The Skatalites Guns of Navarone

Don Drummond Don De Lion

Bob Marley & the Wailers Simmer Down

The EthopiansTrain To Skaville

Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead

Jimmy Cliff Miss Jamaica

Toots & the MaytalsSweet & Dandy

John Holt & the Paragons The Tide Is High

Don Drummond – Eastern Standard Time

Jackie Opel – Push Wood

Tommy McCook – Alley Cat Ska

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Jamaica Ska

Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina

The Heptones – Gunman Coming To Town

Lord TanamoI’m In The Mood For Ska

Laurel Aitken & the Skatalites – Rude Boy Dreams

Desmond Dekker King Of Ska

Freddie Note & the Rudies Montego Bay

The Maytals Broadway Jungle

Prince Buster – Madness

Derrick MorganMoon Hop

Lee “Scratch” Perry & The SoulettesDoctor Dick

Don Drummond & the SkatalitesChinatown

Desmond DekkerRudy Got Soul

Gregory IsaacsMy Time

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics Ska Jam

Bob Marley Judge Not

The MaytalsSix And Seven Books Of Moses

Jimmy Cliff – Hurricane Hattie

Don Drummond – (Music Is My) Occupation

Roland Alphonso – James Bond

The Gaylads – Stop Making Love

Alton Ellis & Eddie Parker My Heaven

The Pioneers Jackpot

Prince Buster – Al Capone

Justin Hinds and the DominoesThe Ark

Ken BootheUno Dos Tres

Amos Clarke Chatty Chatty Woman

Val Bennett – Atlas

Lee “Scratch” Perry Give Me Justice

Alton EllisMouth A Massy

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jailhouse

Jimmy Cliff – King of Kings

Desmond Dekker – Honour Your Mother and Father

Eric Monty Morris – Enna Bella

Millie Small & Roy Panton – We’ll Meet

Blues Blenders – The Girl Next Door

Alton Ellis & the FlamesBlessings Of Love

Bob Marley & the WailersDuppy Conqueror

Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp

Roy Shirley & Ken Boothe Calling

Lee “Scratch” PerryWhat A Good Wood Man

Derrick MorganBlazing Fire

Roland Alphonso Phoenix City

Baba BrooksDuck Soup

Stranger Cole & Lester SterlingBangarang

The SkatalitesLatin Goes Ska

Alton Ellis Dance Crasher

Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina

Derrick MorganFat Man

Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella

Owen Gray – Darling Patricia

Baba Brooks – Girls Town Ska

Lord CreatorHurry Up

The MaytalsLet’s Jump

Derrick Harriott – Monkey Ska

Dave and Ansel CollinsMonkey Spanner

The EthiopiansFree Man

Lord Tanamo – You Belong to My Heart

Owen Grey Jezebel

Lee “Scratch” Perry Rub & Squeeze

Justin Hinds and the DominoesOver The River

Don Drummond – Man in the Street

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Out of Space

Roland AlphonsoOn The Move

Ewan McDermott Candy Ska

Desmond Dekker – Mount Zion

Granville Williams OrchestraHonky Tonk Ska

Desmond Dekker Pickney Gal

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites Silver Dollar

Duke Reid’s Group – Let George Do It

The Paragons Happy Go Lucky Girl

Chuck Joseph, Dobby Dobson, and Aubrey Adams – Du Du Wap

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Go Jimmy Go

Desmond Dekker & the Aces – Sabotage

Roland Alphonso – Old Fowl Ska

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris – Penny Reel

Rita Marley Anderson & the Wailers – A De Pon Dem

Jimmy Cliff – One-Eyed Jacks

The Versatiles – Push It In 

Derrick Morgan – The Hop 

Lord Tanamo – Mattie Rag (aka Ol’ Matilda)

Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant

The Sounds – Shufflin’

Cornell Campbell – Under the Old Oak Tree

The Baba Brooks Band – Guns Fever

Frank Anderson – Musical Storeroom

Clive and Naomi – You Are Mine

Alton Ellis & the Flames – The Preacher

Desmond Dekker – Unity

Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith – Look Who I Back Again

Bob Marley & the Wailers – How Many Times (Do You Remember)

Don Drummond & The City Slickers – Don Cosmic

Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Nimble Foot Ska

The Baba Brooks Band – Teenage Ska

Toots & the Maytals – Shining Light

Clancy Eccles with Hersang & The City Slickers – River Jordan

The Riots – Yeah Yeah

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Sugar Bag

Lyn Taitt – Independence Ska

Lord Tanamo – If You Were Mine

Frank Cosmo – My Days Are Lonely

Cecil Lloyd & Roland Alphonso – Oceans 11

Laurel Aitken – Hey Bartender 

Derrick Harriott – Derrick!

Winston Samuels – My Bride to Be

Andy Capp – The Law 

Roland Alphonso – Yard Broom 

Tommy McCook – Cotton Tree

Don Drummond – Lucky Seven 

Lloyd Robinson – Too Late 

Ossie & The Upsetters – Turn Me On 

The Skatalites – Streets of Gold 

Lloyd Brivett – Wayward Ska 

Lynn Taitt – Tender Loving Care 

Jackie Estick – Daisy I Love You 

Cornell Campbell – Don’t Want Your Loving 

Derrick Morgan – Hold Your Jack 

Stranger & Gladdy – How Your Pantie Get Wet 

Bunny & Skitter – When The Well Runs Dry 

The Charmers – Jeanie Girl

The Dreamletts – Really Now 

Clue J & His Blues Brothers – Beeston Street Riff

Derrick Harriott – Answer Me My Darling

Frank Anderson & Tommy McCook – Wheel and Turn

Lascelles Perkins with Clue J and His Blues Brothers – Lonely Moments

Lester Sterling, Johnnie Moore, & Tommy McCook – Settle Down

Jackie Estick – The Ska

Horrell DawkinsButterfly

The SilvertonesTrue Confessions

Ewan McDermottSinners Got A Moanin…

Raymond HarperDiscipline

The Baba Brooks Band Special Event

The Skatalites Good News

Don Drummond – Cool Smoke

Roland AlphonsoCorner Store

Tommy McCook – Twelve Minutes to Go 

The Duke Reid Group – Strolling In

Don Drummond – Stampede

Derrick Morgan – Don’ Call Me Daddy 

Baba Brooks – Boat Ride 

The Skatalites – Black Sunday 

Ewan McDermott – Don’t Bring Me Your Dreams 

Lloyd Brevett – One More Time 

Raymond Harper – Yours 

Tommy McCooke – Apanga 

Clue J & His Blues BlastersSalt Lane Shuffle

Frank Anderson, Tommy McCook, & The Skatalites Always on Sunday

Roland Alphonso – Sucu Sucu

Don Drummond – University Goes Ska

Derrick Morgan – Look Before You Leap 

Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango 

The Skatalites – Dragon Weapon 

Baba Brooks – Musical Communion 

Don Drummond – Spider 

The Skatalites – Street Corner 

Derrick Morgan – Seven Letters 

Roland Alphonso – Back Beat 

Don Drummond – Doctor Decker

Baba Brooks & His Band – Blues 

Don Drummond – Mesoptamia

Baba Brooks – Dreadnaught 

Roland Alphonso – 20.75

Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso – Heaven And Earth 

Roland Alphonso & Carroll McLaughlin – Set Back 

Don Drummond – Garden of Love 

Roland Alphonso & Studio One Orchestra – Spread Satin 

The Baba Brooks Band – Vitamin A 

Don Drummond – Around the World 

Roland Alphonso – Nuclear Weapon 

Don Drummond – Burning Torch 

Roland Alphonso – Alipang

Don Drummond – Thorougfare

Roland Alphonso – Feeling Fine

Don Drummond – Melody Jamboree

Roland Alphonso – Sandy Gulley

Don Drummond – Silver Dollar 

NEED

Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You

The Maytals – Someone’s Going to Bawl

Sir Lord Comic and His Cowboys – Ska-ing West

Don Drummond – Dew Drops

Eric Morris – Put on Your Best Dress

Roland Alphonso, King Sporty, & Justin Yap – El Cid

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Watermelon Man

Prince Buster – Run Man Run

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Train to Ska-Thedral

Lord Tanamo – Night Food Ska

Derrick Morgan – No Raise, No Praise

Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough

Lord Kitchener – The Road

Chuck & Dobby – I Don’t Need Your Love

Derrick Morgan – National Dance

Eric Morris – Strongman Sampson

Drumbago’s Orchestra – Duck Soup

The Rulers – Wrong’em Boyo

Baba Brooks – Musical Workshop

Derrick Morgan – Be Still

The Tartans – What Can I Say

Lord Tanamo – Come Down

The Techniques – I’m In Love

The Spanishstonians – Rudie Gets Plenty

The Techniques – Little Did You Know

Winston & George – Denham Town

Roland Alphonso – Blackberry Brandy

Basil Gabbidon – Ena Meni

Derrick Morgan and Patsy – Let Me Go

Eric Morris – Solomon Gundie

Granville Williams Orchestra – The Third Man Theme

Clive & Naomi – Open The Door

Stranger Cole & the Conquerors – Drop the Ratchet

Andy Cap – Pop A Top

The Maytals – Just Got To Be

Dandy Livingstone – Reggae in Your Jeggae

Roland Alphonso – Shot in the Dark

Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Soul Limbo

Bongo Herman & Les – Dr. Who

The Skatalites – Ghost Town

Tommy McCook & the Skatalites – Doctor Zhivago

Baba Brooks – Watermelon Man

Lord Comic & the Skatalites – Lon Cheney

The Rulers – Copasetic

Carlos Malcom – Bonanza Ska

The Skatalites – Ringo

Lloyd Robinson – When You Walk

Tommy McCook – Riverton City

The Skatalites – Ska Boo Da Baa

Baba Brooks – Shenk I Shek

Roland Alphonso – Cleo’s Back

Cornell Campbell – Make Hay

Don Drummond – Away From It All

The Skatalites – China Clipper 

Lord Tanamo – Iron Bar

King Stitt & the Dynamites – The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

Owen Gray – She’s Going to Napoli

Roy Shirley – Get on the Ball

Vinley Gayle – Go On

Justin Hinds – Try Me

Ferdy Nelson – Ska Down Jamaica Way

The Valentines – Blam Blam Fever

Joanne Gordon & Roland Alphonso – Blow Roland Blow

Johnny Moore – South China Sea

Roy Richards – Lost My Girl

Bobby Aitken – Jericho

Senior Pablo – Senorita

Jackie Opel – Turn to the Almighty

Delroy Blyfield – Yagga Yagga

Ruddy  & Sketto – I Love You

Winston Grennan – Turn on the Light

Larry Marshall – Snake in the Grass

Basil Gabbidon – Back to Jamaica

The Royals – Save Mama

Harry Johnson and the All Stars – The Dog

Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead

The Skatalites – Kingston 11

Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, & the Skatalites –World’s Fair

Owen & Leon Silveras – Next Door Neighbour

Stranger & Patsy – When I Call Your Name

World of Reggae Music Collection: The Ska Originals

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!!!