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]

NEED

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–Dub Reggae: Classic Dub

Classic Dub

Drums and Bass dominate in this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection.  The selector explores the classic dub hits of Reggae Music. King Tubby, Lee Perry & The Upsetters, Scientist, Sly & Robbie, and Prince Jammy, the professionals of dub, found that the kids at the dancehalls and sound systems went wild for instrumental versions of tunes laced with echoes and other effects. Great musicians often soloed over the versions, such as saxophonist Tommy McCook and keyboardist/melodica player Augustus Pablo. This compilation of dub tracks includes some of the great reggae bands Roots Radics, The Upsetters, the Observers, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, and The Dub Syndicate.

King Tubby & Roots Radics King Tubby’s Explosion

Gregory IsaacsPublic Eyes

Scientist – Dub Of The Traveller

The Aggrovators – Dancing Version

Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators – A Dancing Version

Sly & Robbie Jah Jah Man

The Aggrovators – Calley Version

Augustus Pablo Lama Lava

Keith HudsonMelody Maker

King Tubby & Soul Syndicate – Great Stone

Gregory Isaacs All Stars Reform Institute

Tommy McCook Lambs Bread

Augustus Pablo & the Simplicity People – K.G.s Half Way Tree

Sly & RobbieRizla

Roots Radics Storming The Death Star

The Aggrovators – A Crabbit Version

Mad Professor River Niger

Augustus Pablo – Too Late

Sly & The Revolutionaries Cocaine

King Tubby & Roots Radics – Banana & Yam Skank

G.G. All Stars Love Of Jah Jah Children

Prince Jammy – Martian Encounter

Scientist – Miss Know It All

Mad Professor & Jah Shaka – Ecological Dub

The ObserversTurntable Dub

Tenor Saw – Praise Jah With Dub

The UpsettersDub So

Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators The Gorgon Of Dubs & Horns

King TubbyPocket Money Dub

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bob Marley & the WailersMan To Man (Dub Version)

The AggrovatorsDub On My Pillow

Sly & Robbie Crazy Baldhead

Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie – Mystic Mix

The Observers – Rasta Locks

ScientistScientist Ganja Dub

Augusts Pablo – Organ Style

Joe White Ganja

Blackbeard All-StarsBridgeport Dub

The UpsettersDub Dat

King Tubby & Roots Radics – Country Gal Dub

Roots Radics BandMission Impossible

Prince Far I – Prince of Peace

The UpsettersLong Time

King Tubby & Roots Radics – King Tubby’s Hi-Fi Dub

Gregory IsaacsSlum

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus – None A Jah Jah Children

The Obervers – Dubbing With The Observer

The SilvertonesAfrican Dub

Sanchez – Come To Rule Dub

Roots Radics Band The Alien Aborts

Niney The Observer – All Rounder Dub

King TubbyKing Tubby’s Conversation

Sly & RobbieSly & Robbie, The Kings Of Dub

Prince Jammy – A Useful Version

Bob Marley & the WailersOne Dub

Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators A Gigantic Dub

Augustus PabloKing Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown

Gregory Isaacs Leggo Beast

The Aggrovators – Real Gone Crazy Dub

Thompson All Stars – Rock Me In Dub

Rupie Edwards – Feeling High

Joe Gibbs & the Professionals Stonewall Jackson

Lloyds All-StarsDread Dub

King Tubby & Roots Radics – Hungry Belly Dub

Tommy McCook & the AggrovatorsA Version I Can Feel

Scientist – King Pharaoh Dub

Roots RadicsThe Son Of Darth Vader

Mighty TwoHully Gully Rock

The Wailing Souls Bredda Gravalicious

Niney & the Soul Syndicate – Couchie Dub

Lee “Scratch” Perry & King TubbyRainy Night Dub

Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie – African Culture

The Upsetters – Oh Me Oh Dub

Black Uhuru – Painful Dub

King Tubby – King Tubby’s Badness Dub

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Satan Dub

Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie – Weeping Willow

21st Century Dub – Beggars Suite Pt. I, II, III

Velvet Shadow – Dubbin and Wailin

Roots Radics – Joy To The World Dub

NEED

Augustus Pablo – To Be A Lover in Dub

Horace Andy – Government Dub

Sly & Robbie – Unmetered Taxi

Dub Syndicate – King of Sounds

Manasseh – Levi Rhythm (Dub)

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Dub Reggae: Classic Dub

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Super Hits: Roots Reggae

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector drops the greatest roots reggae hits. This is a selection of Reggae’s Superhits from all the greatest reggae legends. From rock and roll hall of famers like Bob Marley & the Wailers and Jimmy Cliff to grammy award winners like Burning Spear to the Jamaican icons Alton Ellis and Toots & The Maytals regge’s greatest songs make this compilation.

Dawn Penn You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)

Alton Ellis I’m Still in Love with You

Bob Marley & the Wailers Three Little Birds

Junior BylesCurley Locks

Horace AndyMoney, Money (aka The Root Of All Evil)

Devon Irons – Vampire

Burning SpearDoor Peep

Junior MurvinPolice & Thieves

Toots & The MaytalsReggae Got Soul

Bob Marley & the WailersNo Woman, No Cry (Live)

Jimmy Cliff Sitting In Limbo

Buju Banton & Tenor SawRing The Alarm Quick

Steel PulseYour House

Gregory Isaacs & the Revolutionaries My Number One

Barrington LevyPrison Oval Rock

Desmond Dekker & the AcesIsraelites

The Pioneers Starvation

Althea & DonnaUptown Top Ranking

Joe HiggsThe World Is Upside Down

Dennis BrownMoney In My Pocket (1978 Version)

Steel Pulse – Steppin’ Out

Israel VibrationRudeboy Shufflin’

Third World Sense Of Purpose

Bob Marley & the Wailers Could You Be Loved

Third WorldNow That We’ve Found Love

Ziggy Marley & the Melody MakersTomorrow People

Gregory IsaacsRumours

Jimmy Cliff – Guns of Brixton

Toots & the MaytalsPain In My Heart

Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger(You Gotta Walk And) Don’t Look Back

Sean PaulTemperature

SizzlaTaking Over

Anthony B Fire Pon Rome

Anthony B – Fire Come Now

Junior Reid – One Blood

Bounty KillerDown In The Ghetto

Steel Pulse Roller Skates

Half PintNo Stress Express

Dave & Ansel Collins Double Barrel

Capleton – Wings of the Morning

Jimmy Cliff – Shelter of Your Love

Shabba Ranks Twice My Age

DirtsmanHot This Year

Mr. Vegas & Sean Paul – Haffi Get Da Gal Yah

CapletonEverybody

Bob Marley & the Wailers Buffalo Soldier

Toots & the MaytalsJohnny Coolman

Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose

Ken Boothe In the Summertime

AlborosieBlue Movie Boo

Burning Spear – Step It

Steel Pulse – Back to My Roots/Dub to My Roots

Busy Signal – Reggae Music Again

Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Music

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)

Sinead O’Connor – Door Peep

Cocoa Tea – Rough Inna Town

Steel Pulse – Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round)

Kymani Marley, Buju Banton, and Mr. Vegas – Party In Session

 

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Super Hits: Roots Reggae

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

World of Reggae Music: Roots and Culture

Rastaman

Red, gold, and green flags emblazoned with the Lion of Judah fly above swirling clouds of ganja smoke while pulsing bass and driving reggae riddims flow through sound systems stacked ten-feet high. This edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection is entitled Roots and Culture. This first volume of Roots and Culture features the Rastaman. The Rastaman is an integral part of Caribbean culture and the reggae movement.

Rita Marleyintroduced Robert Nesta Marley to the foundations of the Rastafarian religion or “way of life.” She had seen the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I on his visit to Jamaica and had been struck by the spirit on seeing what she believed to be an incarnation of God, Jah Rastafari. Bob Marley and The Wailers later became a great messenger of the “king’s music.”

Bob Marley and The Wailers, the I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths), Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailerall professed to the wisdom of Jah in their music. Not only did Marley and the Wailer family play roots and culture reggae, but so did the great rastaman icons Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Jacob Miller. The Rastafarian-inspired bands The Abyssinians, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Gladiators, The Melodians, The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Culture,Wailing Souls, Third World, Israel Vibration, The Itals, and The Heptones rocked reggae for crowds of thousands of listeners and fired the souls and imaginations of millions of fans.

Not only the great reggae bands played tribute to the roots and culture of the rastaman, but so did the finest singjays from Dillinger, Barrington Levy, Ranking JoeSizzla, and Luciano to Buju Banton, Half Pint, Capleton, Anthony B, and Konshens. From the young to the old, from Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Morgan Heritage, Alborosie, and Bushman to the old-school reggae originals of Jimmy RileyHorace Andy, Johnny Clarke, and Cornell Campbell, Rastafarian culture and reggae still captures the pulse of an Island people.

The AbyssiniansSatta Massagana

Capleton – Raggy Road

Bob Marley & the WailersRastaman Chant

Sly & Robbie – Rastaman Chant

Stephen Marley & Ziggy Marley – The Chapel

Black Uhuru & the Revolutionaries Dread In The Mountain

AswadCandles

The Melodians Rivers Of Babylon

Linval Thompson & U-Roy – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks & Joyful Locks

Steel PulseNot King James Version

Josey Wales – Bobo Dread

VC – By His Deeds

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Live Up!

Burning Spear – Old Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – Farther East of Jack

Chronixx – Capture Land

Sizzla – Praise Ye Jah

Peter ToshIgziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Callin’

Barrington LevyA Yah We Deh

Bunny Wailer, Toot & the MaytalsTake A Trip

The Heptones Cool Rasta

Luciano – It’s Me Again Jah

The ShadowsBrother Noah

Buju Banton – Untold Stories

Gregory IsaacsThief a Man

Jacob MillerTenement Yard

Israel Vibration Jericho

Busy Signal – Nah Follow Dem

Morgan HeritageDown By The River

Bob Marley & the Wailers Positive Vibration

The Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof

Ini Kamoze – I Want Ital

Delroy Wilson – Rascal Man

Tony Rebel – Jah Is By My Side

Kiddus I – Graduation In Zion

Sizzla – Rastaman Chant

Third World – Cool Meditation

Jah Cure – Trod in the Valley

Dennis Brown – To the Foundation

Luciano & Sizzla – Jah Blessing

Fred Locks – Black Star Liner

Willie Williams – Armagideon Time

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live

Sly & Robbie – Jah Live

Raging Fyah – Jah Glory

The Abyssinians – Declaration Of Rights

Buju Banton – Give I Strength

Steel Pulse – Babylon Makes The Rules

Chronixx – Rastaman Wheel Out

Burning Spear – Red, Gold & Green

Burning Spear – Workshop

Alborosie – I Rusalem

The Wailing Souls – Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall

Black Uhuru – Whole World Is Africa

Alton Ellis – Back To Africa

Gentleman – Jah Jah Never Fail

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide and Protect Me

Tenor Saw – Jah Guide Dub

Alborosie – Rastafari Anthem

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread

Irie Love – Put Jah First

Garnett Silk – Kingly Character

Horace Andy – Psalm 68

Horace Andy – Dub 68

Half Pint – Bless Us

Buju Banton – ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest

Johnny Clarke – Satta Massagana

I-Roy – Satta

Cocoa Tea – Heathen

Anthony B & Horace Andy – Enter The Kingdom of Zion

J.O.E. – Rasta Chant

The Abyssinians – Y Mas Gan

Alborosie – Dung A Babylon

Toyan – Dread in a Babylon

Damian Marley & Nas – Africa Must Wake Up

Sugar Minott – Black Roots

Burning Spear – Lion

Third World – Dreamland

Tarrus Riley – Love Created I

Johnny Clarke – Be Holy My Brothers And Sisters

Israel Vibration – We a De Rasta

Burning Spear – Jah No Dead

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion

Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise

Black-Am-I – Samson Strength

Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie

Mad Cobra – Salassi I Rule

The Mighty Diamonds – Africa

Busy Signal – Jah Love

Ranking Joe & Michael Rose – Poor Man Struggle

Alborosie – Humbleness

Steel Pulse – Biko’s Kindred Lament

The Gladiators – Roots Natty

Sizzla – Black Woman & Child

Busy Signal – Run Whey

Gentleman – Strange Things

Raging Fyah – Music Isn’t Biased

Alborosie – Still Blazing

Yabby You – Conquering Lion

Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari

The Itals – Roll River Jordan

Johnny Clarke – Enter Into His Gates

Third World – Satta Massagana

Raging Fyah – Behold

Israel Vibration – Sodom and Gomarrah

Cornell Campbell – Lion of Judah

Freddie McGregor – Be Alright

Anthony B – Give Praises

Cocoa Tea – Holy Mount Zion

Bunny Wailer – Rastaman

The Mighty Diamonds – jah Will Work It Out

Johnny Clarke – False Rasta

Alborosie – Grow Your Dreads

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Alton Ellis – True Born African

Black Uhuru – Leaving to Zion

Culture – Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion

Aswad – Back To Africa

The Mighty Diamonds – Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks

Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus – Rise Jah Jah Children (The Lion Sleeps)

The Wailing SoulsJah Give Us Life

Winston Francis Going to Zion

Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon

Alborosie – Call Up Jah

Morgan Heritage – Hail Up the Lion

Michael Prophet – Jah Love

NEED

Capleton & Luciano – Hail King Selassie

SizzlaReally And Truly

Patrick Andy – Living in Mount Zion

Wayne Wade – Poor and Humble

Ras Bug – Fisherman

I-Roy – Rootsman

Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp

Willie Francis – Let’s Go To Zion

Earth & Stone – False Ruler

BushmanKing Selassie I

Determinejah a mi sponsor

LucianoJah Is My Navigator

Horace Andy – Children of Israel

Justin Hinds & the Dominoes – Jordan River

Sugar Minott – Rome

Devon Irons – When Jah Comes

Max Romeo – Babylon’s Burning

Luciano – Jah Live

Morgan Heritage – Set Yourself Free

Bushman – What’s the Matter With the World

Beres Hammond & Flourgon – I Love Jah

Garnett Silk – Mama Africa

Culture – Humble African

Anthony Cruz & Marlene Johnson – Africa

Tarrus Riley – Marcus Teaching

Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen

Black Uhuru – Going To Zion

Hell & Fire – Show Us The Way

Little Roy – Bongo Nyah

Junior Byles – King Of Babylon

Konshens – Rasta Imposter

Luciano & Candy Man – Dem No Know Jah

Max Roemo, Conrad Crystal, & Suga Roy – Chant Rasta

Peter Tosh – Mama Africa

Alborosie – I Am

Frankie Paul – Red, Gold, and Green

Cornell Campbell – I Heart Is Clean/Zinc Fence

Dillinger – Gate Number

Pancho Alphonso & the Revolutionaries – Never Give Up In Babylon

Burning Spear – Jah Is Real

Jimmy Riley – Tell The Youths The Truth

Dolphin Morris & Prince Far I – Su Su Pan Rasta / Heavy Manners

Gregory Isaacs – Babylon Too Rough

Culture – Jah Rastafari 

The Wailing Souls – They Don’t Know Jah

Jacob Miller – I’m A Rastaman

Conrad Crystal, Suga Roy, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem

Jah Is My Navigator

World of Reggae Music–Roots and Culture: Rastaman

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009

The TOP 30 ALBUMS of AUGUST 2009

1. Various ArtistsPecking Old School Young Blood Volume 2 [Pecking 2009]
2. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Records/FiWi Music 2009]
3. Yim YamesTribute To [Rough Trade 2009]
4. Tarrus RileyContagious [VP Records 2009]
5. George Strait Twang [MCA Nashville 2009]
6. Wayne HancockViper of Melody [Bloodshot 2009]
7. Various ArtistsRocksteady: The Roots of Reggae [Moll Selekta Germany 2009]
8. Groundation Here I Am [Young Tree Records 2009]
9. Various Artists Trojan Reggae Chartbusters Volume 1-5 [Trojan 2009]
10. Various ArtistsBeginners Guide to Ska [Nascente 2009]
11. Rebelution Bright Side of Life [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2009]
12. The ImpressionsComplete A- and B-Sides: 1961-1968 [UMC 2009]
13. Tanya Stephens Tanya: Collection of Hits [VP Records 2009]
14. Various Artists Dubwise/Indiscretions: Greensleeves One Drop Rhythms 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
15. Lynn Taitt & the JetsRock Steady Greatest Hits [Federal 2009]
16. Various ArtistsFinest Delivery, Volume 2 [Greensleeves 2009]
17. KRSOne & BuckshotSurvival Skills [Duck Down Records 2009]
18. Amanda Blank I Love You [Downtown Records 2009]
19. TOKOur World [VP Records 2009]
20. 10 Ft Ganja PlantBush Rock [Roit 2009]
21. The Beasties Boys featuring NasToo Many Rappers (12 Inch) [Parlophine 2009]
22. Dead Prez & the Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Pulse of the People [Boss Up/Invasion Music 2009]
23. Sean Paul Imperial Blaze [VP/Atlantic Records 2009]
24. Fort Knox FiveRadio Free DC Remixed [July 2009]
25. Blue Scholars – Oof! (EP) [Duck Down Records 2009]
26. Sly & the RevolutionariesChannel One: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown Dubs & Instrumentals 1974-1979 [Pressure Sounds 2009]
27. Charlie RobisonBeautiful Day [Dualtone 2009]
28. Maxwell Blacksummer’s Night [Sony 2009]
29. General Steele of Smif N Wessun – Presents… Welcome to Bucktown

Courntey John’s Lucky Man” is the dynamite track for August 2009. “Lucky Man” sounds like vintage lover’s rock reggae. Courtney John’s falsetto voice is smooth, sweet, and beautiful. “From this love there’s no holiday” Courtney John sings “we won’t take a break…no.” All the “special ladies” will dig these new Courtney John tunes. Take for instance the lovely cover of Rose Royce’sI Want To Get Next To You.”

In an indie rock meets classic rock vein, on a new EP release Tribute To George Harrison, Jim James (Yim Yames) of My Morning Jacket covers some of Harrison’s greatest songs, including “My Sweet Lord” and “All Things Must Pass.”

Some heavy hitters in the music industry made the charts this month, including Texan country music artist George Strait and Jamaican superstar Tarrus Riley. Both superstars pick enduring songs that capture the spirit of the land and its people. George Strait’s Twang as the title indicates swings with twangy vocals, fiddles, and steel guitars, making a classic Texas country sound. From the Jamaican perspective Tarrus Riley brings together a wide variety of reggae forms, such as dancehall, lover’s rock, and roots reggae, putting together a creative album with a sweet Jamaican vibe.

The popular dancehall performer, Sean Paul, dropped his new album Imperial Blaze with dance-friendly new singles like “So Fine” and “Press It Up.” T.O.K.’s new album Our World features the tracks “Guardian Angel” and “Couple Up,” which make for fun danehall music.

The Top 30 Albums of August 2009