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

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

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Vintage Reggae: The Early Years

World of Reggae Music Collection: Vintage Reggae

The Early Years

The Jam-Tex selector digs deeper into the reggae genre, focusing in on some of reggae’s earliest hits. Positive vibrations drip from songs like Dobby Dobson‘s Loving Pauper” and The Pioneers‘ “Let Your Yeah Be Yeah.”  Reggae legends Bob Marley & The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, and Delroy Wilson all laid down foundational tracks during this early period of reggae music.

This particular collection features early vintage hits from the well-known male artists like John Holt, Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Clarke, Ken Boothe, and Bob Andyand female artists Marcia Griffiths, Susan Cadogan, and my favorite Phyllis Dillon. Many of the musicians from the rock steady era like Derrick Morgan and Stranger Colerecorded early reggae hits. Alongside the more well-known vocalists, this collection features lesser-known artists like K.C. White and Watty Burnett, who laid down infectious reggae tunes like “No No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore)” and “Rainy Night in Portland.”

Here in the early reggae cuts you find amazing originality. Dennis Brown tracks like “Westbound Train” and “Man Next Door” encapsulate the raw power of reggae. And, Delroy Wilson‘s bass heavy “Better Must Come” might be the greatest reggae song ever recorded. Plus the early Bob Marley & the Wailers’ songs forged music and message into a powerful punch. Together Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer recorded original classics like “Mr. Brown,” “Try Me,” and “Jailhouse.” These legends of reggae music would forever change the course of music history.

Bob Marley & the Wailers Mr. Brown

Errol DunkeleyOk Fred

Marie Bryant – Tomatoes

Delroy Wilson(I’m in A) Dancing Mood

Alton Ellis – Mad Mad

Don Evans & the Paragons Danger in Your Eyes

Dandy LivingstonRudy, a Message to You

Ken BootheOld Fashioned Way

Phyllis DillonWoman In the Ghetto

Toots & the MaytalsMonkey Man

Barrington Levy Sister Carol

Desmond Dekker Reggae Recipe

Dennis BrownMan Next Door

Susan CadoganNice And Easy

Horace Andy Natural Mystic

Don Carlos & Roots RadicsFight Fight

Johnny Clarke Don’t Trouble Trouble

Toots & the MaytalsDo The Reggay

The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

U-Roy Hold On

Derrick & PatsyHousewives Choice

Lord CreatorDon’t Stay Out Late

Dobby DobsonLoving Pauper

Roman Stewart Try Me

Leroy Smart Ballistic Affair

Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths Young Gifted And Black

K.C. WhiteNo No No

Horace AndyDo You Love My Music

Bruce RuffinRain

Delroy WilsonIt’s A Shame

Johnny Clarke Tears on My Pillow

Cornell Campbell & the AggrovatorsI Will Never Change/Version

Desmond DekkerFu Man Chu

Derrick MorganTougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court)

Dennis BrownWestbound Train

KingstonianNice Nice

Bob Marley & the Wailers Bend Down Low

Jacob Miller Mr. Officer

Owen GrayMidnight Track

Delroy Wilson Living In The Foots Steps Of Another Man

Alton EllisAin’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

Bob Marley & the WailersOne Cup Of Coffee

Delroy WilsonRun Run

Peter Tosh You Can’t Fool Me Again

Lord CreatorIndependent Jamaica

John Holt & Alton EllisRum Bumper’s

Bob Marley & the WailersTry Me

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Try Me (Version)

Desmond Dekker – Mother Pepper

Derrick MorganI Am The Ruler

The TennorsRide Me Donkey

The MajesteriansIf I Didn’t Want Your Loving

Alton Ellis & Phyllis DillonWhy Did You Leave Me To Cry

Delroy WilsonCool Operator

Al Barry & the CimaronsMorning Sun

Watty BurnettRainy Night in Portland

Stranger & Patsy – Give Me The Right

Alton Ellis – If I Could Rule the World

Lord Power – Adults Only (AKA Big Race)

Lord Messam – Linstead Market

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Vintage Reggae: The Early Years