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Initial post: 27 May 2013 23:24:49 BDT
it's very cold and lonely over here in ital corner, so why not illustrate your good taste here - there are a few posters armed thus - here's mine-
'world war 3' - mikey dread
'heart of the congos' - congos
'playing it cool' - keith hudson
'east of the river nile' - augustus pablo
'satta massagana' - the abyssinians
that wisny easy narrowing it down to five

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 14:41:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 May 2013 14:47:27 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Showcase - Aswad (stop sniggering, this is brilliant Brit roots with extended dubby mixes)
Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost - Burning Spear
Heart Of The Congos - Congos (used for 9.99 for this OOP album is a steal)
Pick A Dub - Keith Hudson
Mr. Isaacs - Gregory Isaacs
King of the Dub Rock Parts 1 & 2 - Sir Coxsone Sound (have the original vinyl of Pt 2 which has 4 dubs per side and a DJ cut, this strips off the latter to fit two albums worth of classic dub onto one cd). King Of The Dub Rock MAY be the same album, much cheaper but there's no track list. Edit - copy on Play from zover for 9.99 delivered, you won't regret it (unless you hate dub reggae!).

Posted on 30 May 2013 23:36:58 BDT
nae sniggering - cracking album - aswad made some superb records (this, new chapter, new chapter of dub), as well as a few of significantly less quality. there is much great uk reggae.
love dub and have these as 2 discs withiin 'evolution of dub vol.5', - excellent and distinctive stuff. am busy collecting the 'evolution of dub' series - some stoating stuff in these. seven volumes so far (the essential 'african dub almighty' box sits well alongside these)

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 18:41:56 BDT
Brass Neck says:
I put African Dub on my Xmas list when it was only 10-12 - now look at the price.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 19:02:24 BDT
aye, it wis 12 bucks when i bought it - at the same time got 'culture at joe gibbs' fae amazon for a whole big fiver.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 19:06:02 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Yes I got that one too. Nearly went to see Culture with Kenyatta Hill, Joe's son, who took the lead when his dad died mid-tour a few years ago, at Easter in Liverpool while at a conference but couldn't persuade anyone else to go. :(

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 19:11:23 BDT
i missed the glasgow show,for the simple reason that i didny hear about it till after the fact.

Posted on 3 Jun 2013 08:45:21 BDT
brass's champioming of aswad has inspired me to list my favourite uk reggae releases
lkj - 'independent intavenshun' / 'dread, beat and blood' - the former covers the best of his island output.
misty in roots - 'the wise and the foolish' - first studio album.
steel pulse - 'handsworth revolution' / 'tribute to the martyrs' - 1st 2 albums - hardly a note wasted.
aswad - 'new chapter' / dub - inspired.
dennis bovell - 'higher ranking' / 'yuh learn' - 'godfather?' of uk reggae.
capital letters - 'smoking my ganja' 12" - thumping and intracate.
audrey - 'english girl' 12" - soulful, rootsy, dubby - whole package.
bunny marrett - 'times are getting harder' - classy single from veteran bristol artist.
the clash - 'armagideon time' 12" - b-side of 'london calling' - shoulda been an a-side (imo, the clash and the ruts produced some excellnt reggae based material.)
please feel free to add to this, as there are a good few that i'll have omitted - please observe the ub40 rule.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 14:19:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2013 17:18:48 BDT
Brass Neck says:
There's only thee and me Craig! Forgot an absolute favourite that I only have on vinyl - Judge Not - Gregory isaacs and Dennis Brown. Not a collaboration, they get a side with three (4 on the expensive cd) tracks each all extended with dubs to about 7 mins apiece, fabulous stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 15:40:29 BDT
seems to be - i'm expecting a rush soon - however, that looks like a cracking album - got some gregory albums, but, weirdly enough no d brown - that is also my favourite album format.
have you tried 'Africa Must Be Free By 1983' Africa Must Be Free By... by Hugh Mundell - a very bit pricey here - worth hunting down - pablo production.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 17:18:10 BDT
Brass Neck says:
There's a few tracks on The Mystic World Of Augustus Pablo which I snaffled up for about a tenner brand new a while back!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 17:25:28 BDT
told you there'd be a rush - i've been ogling that set greedily for awhile, even tho i got a lot of stuff on it. where in the name did you get it fer 10 bucKs?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 17:30:02 BDT
Brass Neck says:
Can't remember, think it was a seller on Play, purely a one-off but my fingers were a blur as I completed that transaction!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2013 20:28:35 BDT
In no particular order: (you only asked for 5!!)
1. Bunny Wailer: "Blackheart Man"
2. Steel Pulse: "Handsworth Revolution"
3. Poet & the Roots: "Dread Beat an' Blood"
4. Peter Tosh "Legalize it"
5. Aswad: "Aswad"
See if you can spot the UK reggae slant!
The Tosh song "Burial" is probably one of my favourite all-time songs. But I posted a question a few months back that no-one seemed to be bothered to answer. It concerns same song.

Tosh is credited with authorship on his named opus above. However, there is a version called "House Raid" on the Pablo greatest hits "The Great Pablo" where Pablo is given the nod!?! Can anyone out there explain....?

Posted on 9 Jun 2013 23:16:45 BDT
greetings, robert - 5, 10, 20, knock yerself out, the more the dreader - feel free. all superb stuff - i only fairly recently bought 'legalize it' and am re-familiarising with it after not having heard it for 20 odd years. Equal Rights =legacy= is equally as strong, but i find subsequent albums a little patchy. as to your query - it would take an army of specialised lawyers several lifetimes to fairly assess who wrote what , and who gets whatever royalties, regarding most reggae music. i'm a great appreciator of pablo, but do not know the track - assuming that it's instumental - tosh wrote the song as it appears on 'legalize it', pablo will have 'borrowed/stole' rhythm, and saw fit to claim royalties as he has added his input to the rhythm, and is not using vocals. again assuming. there was little monitoring/policing of such practises, and imo, reggae would not have become the varied and vital music that it was, if this had been enforced. that, along with the fact that many/most of the greats of the genre are no longer with us to fight it out. hope that's helped.

Posted on 12 Jun 2013 20:50:09 BDT
Family Dad says:
To be fair to Pablo he was better than most at crediting other songwriters when he knew them...

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2013 22:23:04 BDT
yes, complicated stuff, tho. looking for recommendations for a good biography on pablo - something on a par with People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Revised Edition), which is comprehensive and entertaining. a somewhat quiet, unasuming man (genius), but ifeel i know little otherwise. any suggestions?

Posted on 22 Jun 2013 18:39:04 BDT
anyone aware of source for reasonably priced misty in roots material? caught a performance recently, and it inspired a need to catch up with a couple i missed, and copies of 1st 2 albums which i used to own (whatever happened, it was not wise). i encountered prices like stupid pounds 99 on such items, but found most to be unavailable. this, i find to shameful, considering the band's continuing reputation as one of the best reggae bands - anywhere

Posted on 5 Jul 2013 13:12:59 BDT
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Posted on 10 Jul 2013 20:08:57 BDT
or...define an artist's career in only 5 albums - lee 'scratch' perry

Upsetter: Essential Madness From The Scratch Files for the pre-ark material
Apeology for the 'ape' trilogy
Sipple Out Deh: The Black Ark Years master single producer
Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes master of the 12" single
Time Boom X De Devil Dead post ark classic

could do it again and come up with 5 different

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 15:53:32 BDT
Can't argue with any of those, however, reading down the thread the absence of Mr Nesta Robert Marley is interesting. So, to compensate, what are people's favourite "Bob" associated albums? Let the arguments begin......

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 16:53:20 BDT
my appreciation of bob marley is of that as a figurehead or an ambassador for reggae, rather than an artist. no doubting his charisma or his talent, but i find his music to be somewhat 'light'. he was presented by blackwell/island to the world as a 'rock band', the structure of which was alien to the jamaican norm, who were not used to the concept of a touring band, or even albums at the time. so, nothing against him, there were just a lot of reggae sounds that i preferred.
although i dont own any marley, i would say the first 2 ls perry produced albums and 'exodus' were his finest.

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 12:44:33 BDT
for any contributions you might want to make to this thread, it will currently be more widely read and discussed on 'reggae/dub forum roadshow' on the 'music' forum. cheers.
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Initial post:  27 May 2013
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