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

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

The King of Soulful Reggae brought down the house Sunday night.  My lovely wife and I went to see Beres Hammond and Kenyatta Hill with Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in fine style with some excellent lovers rock. The deep, smooth, sultry, sweet voice of Beres Hammond was pure niceness and sweetness. The House of Blues makes for an excellent venue with great lighting, sound, and balcony seating and with Beres Hammond center stage, it all combines and creates musical magic.

The evening began with roots and dancehall reggae sets from DJ Infernal setting the mood with great selections and flawless mixes. The live music started when the band the Harmony House Musicians took the stage and displayed their superb musicianship. Kenyatta Hill brought the music of his father, Joseph Hill, to the stage. With the Harmony House Musicians laying down thundering drums and bass, Hill and the singers from Culture brought the best of 1970s and 1980s roots reggae to the metroplex.

Culture played some of their greatest hits, including the legendary song “Two Sevens Clash.” Kenyatta Hill performed a spirited version of “This Train,” which he called his favorite song from his father’s extensive catalog. The rollicking version of “This Train” fused the fervor of gospel with the easiness of reggae. The set list included the roots reggae singles “Zion Gate,” “Jah Rastafari,” and “See Them a Come.” Culture also played their ganja anthem “The International Herb.”

Culture’s set alone would have made for an excellent reggae show. But with Beres Hammond headlining the show it became extraordinarily spectacular. Beres Hammond might have the greatest voice on any living human being. The Harmony House Musicians and the Harmony House Singers warmed up the stage for Beres, playing an instrumental version of the Beatles’ classic “Norwegian Wood” and then the singers performed a sweet version of “Come Over.”

Beres took the stage to raucous applause and ladies screaming. The legendary reggae crooner played dancehall favorites, including “Thanks Fe Mi Pride & Joy,” “Come Down Father,” “Sweetness,” “Can You Play Some More,” “One Dance,” “She Loves Me Now,” “Tempted To Touch,” “Putting Up Resistance,” and “Pull It Up.” The three female singers that make up the Harmony House Singers wrapped their vocals around the lush voice of Mr. Beres Hammond. Beres made his lovely voice most noticeable on acapella versions of songs, like a wonderful take on “No Disturb Sign.” The most inspiring and beautiful tracks performed that night were “Rockaway” and “I Feel Good.” And finally I must mention “our song”–that is the song that is very special to my wife and I–“They Gonna Talk.” “Ay, some things were meant to be” Beres sang “So why not let it be…And stop worrying about it…Long as we know what’s in our hearts…We know our inner thoughts…Ay, no reason for concern no….”

Beres Hammond, Kenyatta Hill and Culture at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

The Jam-Tex selector will post a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music. The selector invites others to join in on the organization of these tracks.  Thus Jam-Tex presents The World of Reggae Music Collection.” This collection of singles begins with the greatest roots reggae hits in a category  entitled “Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah.”

The Reggae Superstars category includes the section: “The Lions of Jah.” The Lions of Jah section includes the pillars of reggae music, such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, Jacob Miller, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Wailer, Desmond Dekker, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, and features supergroups like  Third WorldBlack UhuruSteel Pulse, and Culture. The grouping of songs includes classic vocal groups like the Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, and the Itals, and early deejay and singjay sensations like Big Youth, Tenor Saw, and Trinity.  Yet overall this category relies on the heavy hitters of reggae music like  John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Lucky Dube, Johnny Osbourne, and Cornell Campbell.

Please feel free to comment. The selector is open to suggestions and changes. Feel free to comment on the selections, categories, genre headings, and section headings. The selector will consider track additions and removals and even the renaming of categories, sections, and genres. Without further ado…

The Jam-Tex Selector presents…The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah

Ini Kamoze – World-A-Music

Bob Marley & the WailersGet Up, Stand Up

Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)

Toots & the Maytals54-46 That’s My Number

Peter ToshSteppin’ Razor

Jimmy CliffThe Harder They Come

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – The Ghost

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come

Third World Reggae Ambassador

Black Uhuru & the RevolutionariesGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

CultureTwo Sevens Clash

Barrington Levy Too Experienced

Lee “Scratch” Perry Chase The Devil

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil

Steel PulseHandsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse – Revolution Dub

Gregory Isaacs & Roots RadicsNight Nurse

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Dub

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards

The Wailing Souls Shark Attack

The Mighty DiamondsRight Time

Johnny Ousborne – Truths and Rights

Chalice – Good to Be There

Jacob Miller & Inner CircleWestbound Train

Horace AndySkylarking

Freddie McGregor Big Ship

Max Romeo & the UpsettersWar Ina Babylon

Israel Vibration – Get Up and Go

John Holt – Strange Things

Lucky Dube – We Love It

Toots & the MaytalsFunky Kingston

Jacob Miller & Inner Circle We A Rockers

Bob Marley & the WailersRebel Music (Three O’Clock Roadblock)

Burning Spear Columbus

Jimmy CliffYou Can Get It If You Really Want

Barrington Levy Saw Red

Peter ToshWhatcha Gonna Do

Steel Pulse Uncle George

Dennis Brown – Here I Come

The Heptones Book of Rules

Cornell Campbell The Gorgon

Mighty DiamondsIdentity

Beres Hammond & Zap PowLast War

Toots & the Maytals Time Tough

CultureIron Sharpening Iron

Dennis Brown Stop the Fussing & Fighting

Steel Pulse Ravers

Half Pint Level The Vibes

Beres Hammond They Gonna Talk

John Holt & the Aggravators You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine/Version

Jacob Miller & U-BrownKeep On Knocking

Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man

The HeptonesParty Time

Bob Andy – I’ve Got To Go Back Home

Burning Spear The Invasion

Burning Spear – Black Wa Da Da

The ItalsIn A Dis Ya Time/ Harbour View Rock

Bob Marley & the WailersIs This Love

Johnny Osbourne & the SensationsCome Back Darling

The Pioneers Long Shot (Kick the Bucket)

Toots & the Maytals Pressure Drop

Black Uhuru Party Next Door

Gregory IsaacsSad To Know (You’re Leaving)

Peter ToshWanted Dread And Alive

Beres Hammond – I Feel Good

Cornell Campbell Queen Of The Minstrel

Big Youth – Livin’

Burning SpearRise Up

Tenor SawLots of Sign

Tenor Saw – Lots of Dub

Black UhuruBlack Uhuru Anthem

Jacob Miller Mixed Up Moods

Steel PulseBlues Dance Raid

Barrington Levy, Kojak & LizaMy Woman/ Ten Thousand Woman

Bob Marley & the WailersRat Race

Jimmy Cliff Struggling Man

The HeptonesFattie Fattie

Horace Andy Nice And Easy

Horace Andy – Nice and Easy Dub

Mighty Diamonds Have Mercy

TrinityAll Gone

Gregory Isaacs – Cream of the Crop

Black Uhuru Rent Man

Sammy Dread My Princess

Beres Hammond – Rockaway

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel

U-Roy – Natty Rebel

Culture & Shorty the President See Them A Come/ Natty Pass Him G.C.E.

Cornell CampbellBoxing Around

Glen WashingtonRockers (Nuh Crackers)

Dennis BrownWhat About The Half

Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion

Ronnie Davis – Writing on the Wall

Burning SpearJordan River

Third WorldRoots With Quality

The ItalsBrutal Out Deh

Peter Tosh Why Must I Cry

CultureLion Rock

Barrington LevyMy Time (Rights of Man)

Steel Pulse Back To My Roots / Dub To My Roots

Gregory IsaacsStranger In Town

Dennis BrownGhetto Girl

The Wailing SoulsWar Deh Round A John Shop

Jacob MillerChapter A Day

Beres HammondWhat One Dance Can Do

Max Romeo One Step Forward

Lucky Dube Prisoner

Israel Vibration Back Staba

Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Why Must I (Version)

Ed Robinson – Rude Awakening

Aswad – Love Fire

Aswad – Dub Fire

Jimmy Cliff – One More

Gregory Isaacs – Innocent People Cry

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Pimper’s Paradise

The Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious

Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up

The Viceroys – Brethren and Sistren

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Lucky Dube – Julie! Julie!

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

The Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye

Israel Vibration – Reggae on the River

Jimmy Cliff – Treat The Youths Right

 

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)