Category Archives: Reggae

(May 14, 2017): Sly & Robbie – Sun Shine

From the 2006 album, Rhythm Doubles.  This LP brought together singles and odds and ends for reinterpretation with a host of well-known musicians.  T.O.K. features here on a  Bam Bam bonus track.

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(July 24, 2016): Alpha Blondy & The Solar System – Dictature

From the 1999 album, Elohim.  Alpha Blondy (Seydou Koné) is the Rastafarian from Ivory Coast whose political lyrics often strike a chord.  It’s not hard to translate the French word Dictature.  There are at least three different covers for this release … Continue reading

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(June 3, 2016): African Brothers – Mystery of Nature

From the 2001 compilation album, Want Some Freedom.  The African Brothers —  Lincoln “Sugar” Minott, Winston “Tony Tuff” Morris, and Derrick “Bubbles” — got together in 1969 in Kingston as teenagers.  This tune was their first single, originally appearing as the … Continue reading

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(July 7, 2015): Cornel Campbell – The Sun

From the 1975 album, Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm.  Campbell started off at Studio One in the early 1960s and was part of at least two bands (the Uniques and the Eternals) while recording there.  In the early 1970s … Continue reading

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(June 5, 2015): Aswad – I A Rebel Soul

From the 1976 self-titled album, Aswad.  The original members — Brinsley Forde (Chaka B); Donald Griffiths (Dee); Courtney Hemmings (Khaki); George Oban (Ras); Angus Gaye (Drummie Zeb) — here, with the original roots sound.  Its been about six years since … Continue reading

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(May 28, 2015): Visionary – Around the World (feat. Peter Ranking)

From the 2005 single (12″ 45rpm), Around The World / Tempest.  From the Canadian drum and bass duo Dave Whalen and Marcus Sills.  Active from 1996 to 2010.  Prominent 1980s reggae singer Peter Ranking (aka Peter Clarke, Peter Metro, Peter Legore), … Continue reading

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(Mar. 14, 2015): The Melodians – Sweet Sensation

From the 1969 single, Sweet Sensation / It’s My Delight.  This was the first tune by The Melodians that I heard.  It was during the period Leslie Kong was producing them.  It was a few years before their “Rivers of Babylon” contribution … Continue reading

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