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Initial post: 9 Feb 2010 00:09:52 GMT
Finch Mckee says:
Ok, I've decided in a moment of over-powering curiosity to give reggae a try, i've heard a few of the bigger hits, bob marley etc, and i like the style, so could anyone point me towards some reggae which would be good try out?

I'd prefer something not too commercial, and the more though-provoking the lyrics are the better, sorry for the long shopping list of things thereXD thanks

Posted on 9 Feb 2010 00:11:14 GMT
Finch Mckee says:
damnit typo'd the titleXD

Posted on 9 Feb 2010 00:21:14 GMT
Anders Täpp says:
Have a go at the soundtrack album from the movie Rockers, and perhaps see the movie too. I can also recommend the various artists album Calling Rastafari on Nighthawk rec. They made one album titled Wiser Dread also.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2010 20:52:21 GMT
The Orb's selection of atrtists spanning all styles of Reggae/Ska is excellent:
I'll Be Black

This Trojan Ska Box set is great value with good tunes:

Trojan Box Set: Ska


In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2010 21:47:48 GMT
Paul 77 says:
Check out Linton Kwesi Johnson, especially the the albums "Dread Beat An' Blood","Bass Culture", and "Forces Of Victory" or Benjamin Zephaniah ("Rasta") or Steel Pulse ("Handsworth Revolution")

Posted on 12 Feb 2010 15:48:15 GMT
Try some early Dancehall stuff (U Roy, Maytals, Slim Smith et al) - Have to agree that a lot of the Trojan playlist is excellent, but check out some early dub as well! Righteous!

Posted on 12 Feb 2010 17:22:54 GMT
Rudy says:
Hi Finch,
you said you've heard some Bob Marley and The Wailers and liked the style so that is prob the best place to start. I love reggae and that is where my interest began, many moons ago. If you don't have any of The Wailers albums start there. Best of's do not do The Wailers justice at all. Catch A Fire This is well worth the money. Includes the original album as recorded by The Wailers in Jamaica. No over dubs just the music as they played it all in one room at the same time like a proper band. Sensational.
The Best Of the Wailers This isn't a best of but an album they recorded early in their career before they signed for Island. I think it's a classic.
Soul Rebels Produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry brilliant. 1 of 2 albums recorded with Scratch. Again before they signed to Island. That's enough of The Wailers to start you off i think! Although most of their albums are classics.
I agree with Paul 77 Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse is an amazing album, best reggae to come out of Britain by a long way. The Congos - Heart Of The Congos is one of the great roots reggae albums so check that out. I would also highly recommend The Harder They Come soundtrack. With Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, The Melodians there is plenty of good music on there.
The Royals - Pick Up The Pieces is fantastic too, one of my favourite albums. Maybe look out for Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown too. Certainly 2 of the most important singers in Jamaican music history. If you find you have a liking for roots reggae then buy Burning Spear's debut album recorded on Studio One. Again another classic of roots reggae. In fact most of Burning Spear's albums from 1969 up to the mid 80's achieve classic or almost classic status. I think i've said too much, sorry my enthusiasm got the better of me! Good luck hope you enjoy it.

Posted on 13 Feb 2010 20:23:32 GMT
TheFoe says:
Reggae this is Finch McKee, Finch McKee this is reggae. Right that's the introduction out the way let's have a drink!

Posted on 13 Feb 2010 20:55:54 GMT
Turkeydread says:
Reggae covers quite a lot of ground these days!
If you want thought provoking, you're probably better of starting with roots vocals from the 70s and 80s.
I'd recommend this as it's one of my favourites and will also give you a taste of the dub side of reggae:
What other music do you like?
Reggae crosses over into many other genres too, what sort of other music are you into?
Also check out this out for any reggae info you might want (Reggaepedia):

Posted on 15 Feb 2010 15:12:19 GMT
Finch Mckee says:
thank you all for your excellent input, i'll definitely try a few of these out!
TheFoe, made me chuckle:P

Turkeydread: um i listen to all sorts, mostly rock and a bit of metal (so you can see that it's quite a radical change for me, i just want to widen my tastes)
but i also listen to some indian classical and things like that, thanks for the links:)

Posted on 15 Feb 2010 15:22:10 GMT
Finch Mckee says:
ok i've tried africa must be free, i like it, thanks:) i'll try a few of the others out

Rudy thanks for all the info - never appologize for enthusiasm!:) i'll check out a few bob marley and the wailers songs see if i like them, cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2010 01:50:22 GMT
Jan says:
Great to see others who have enjoyed some of the greats LKJ, Steel Pulse, Benjamin Zephania, Hugh Mundell, Burning Spear. I used to tape Rodigon every Saturday and just loved all the sounds he played. Rudy you have good taste

Would also recommend Misty in Roots, Black Uhuru, Scientist , Mighty Diamonds, Yellowman, Freddy McGregor, Barrington Levi, Ine Kimoze - world of music Barrington Levi so many greats

Posted on 12 Mar 2010 12:48:23 GMT
Ben Perkins says:
I would recommend

Bob Marley, Soul Rebel and Catch a Fire are amazing, start there

Then move to similar Roots Reggae albums such as:
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Culture - Two Sevens Clash
Dennis Brown - Visions
Peter Tosh - Equal Rights

Posted on 12 Mar 2010 15:12:59 GMT
D. Somerton says:
Hey Finch, just to add to the already bewildering amount of artists you've been suggested, check out The Idlers - a stunning, eleven piece band with a really upbeat ska and reggae sound to them. Give their first album, 'Corner,' a try, and you'll be hooked. I bought it last year, and it's still always being played in the car!
Also, Chris Murray, on Asian Man Records is another brilliant artist creating great riddims. Just check out 'Ex darling,' and 'Love Flame' by him on youtube.
Bad Brains, if you like rock and metal, you may like their hardcore punk sound, and they made some fine reggae tracks, like 'Leaving Babylon,' on their self titled album, or 'The Meek,' on Rock For Light. Try Bad Brains' Greatest Riffs, only a fiver off Amazon.
Last but not least, a brilliant compilation to pick up - And This Is A Ska Explosion only £3.97 for some stonkin' choons.

Posted on 17 Mar 2010 00:49:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2010 00:49:32 GMT
Ignore all the above suggestions and start with compilations, especially those from the golden age 1970 - 1980.

For starters, try the 2 CD set, Scorchers From The Mighty Two, which is a fabulous compilation of the best from producer Joe Gibbs' studio. And ignore the Amazon reviews about poor sound, I have it and it sounds fine. It's a good entry to reggae and if you don't like what's on it then you probably aren't going to get into reggae, full stop.

Then choose carefully. There are a lot of really bad and exploitative reggae re-issues which are of inconsistant quality and do have poor sound. The Trojan box sets are OK but they do have a lot of very average tunes as filler.

A couple more suggestions, if you can find them at reasonable prices, are Love Of The Common People - yet another compilation of Joe Gibbs productions, which has very little overlap with the first suggestion. Also look at Reggae Anthology, The Channel One Story, which covers the later part of the 1970's.

Also worth getting, if you can find them, are the compilations released by the now defunct Blood and Fire label, which were an excellent mix of songs, dubs, and DJ versions.

Posted on 14 May 2010 17:28:13 BDT
pureunited says:
Black Uhuru :Simsemilia, Guess who.., Chill out , Red , Anthem
Gregory Isaacs : Once Ago, Night Nurse, Soon Forward, Out Deh
Wailing Souls : Firehouse Rock; Most Wanted; Inchpinchers, On the Rocks

All Genius Lps from the late 70s to mid 80's

Posted on 15 May 2010 14:19:16 BDT
L. Kelly says:
The Abyssinians "Satta Massagana"
Yabby You "Conquering Lion"
Gregory Isaacs "Mr. Isaacs"
Prince Alla "Only Love Can Conquer"
Max Romeo & The Upsetters "War Inna Babylon"
Dennis Brown "Westbound Train"
The Mighty Diamonds "Right Time"
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus "Kibir Am Lak"

Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks, peace out.

Posted on 4 Jun 2010 14:14:02 BDT
All the suggestions above are pretty good. I would also add the more 'conscious' sounds of Macka B, the production genius of Lee Scratch Perry (try 'Time Boom d Devil Dead' and 'Millionaire Liquidator') and maybe some more heavy dub - Mad Professor, Scientist, and anything by Bim Sherman or any of the reggae artists on the 'On U' record label.

Not forgetting King Tubby. Of course.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2010 16:17:40 BDT
try aswad. dennis brown, beres hammond, burning spear, peter spence, a few off the top of my head!
it all depends on what sort of reggae you want to get into.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2010 09:01:17 BDT
Me learned colleagues have pretty much covered the 'intro to reggae' spectrum and noted most of my personal favourites, but i must add:
Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse (a lovers rock classic)
UB40 - signing off (how can any one have missed this, or was it me!)
Peter Tosh - Legalize it
Bunny Wailer - Rock n Groove (the LP is the best version but hard to find, as the CD I have doesn't have all the original tracks and adds a few duff ones)
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey (with the dub version Garveys Ghost) Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost
Someone mentioned the Trojan Ska box set; I have the Rockers box set in the same series which is also great .
Rockers the film and soundtrack was also mentioned and I second that. FYI the term 'rockers' refers to reggae from the 70s and 80s typified by Bob Marley/Peter Tosh)
Lee 'Scratch' Perry is also essential, he has literally 100s of albums some better than others, go for the earlier ones recorded at Black Ark studios, I love Super Ape Super Ape and the Island greatest hits collection Reggae Greats. In fact any of the Reggae Greats CDs in that series are a good introduction to the artist and they're only about GBP3.5.
And now, combining the above... Bob Marley - Rasta Revolution, produced by (yes you guessed it) Lee 'Scratch' Perry, check out Mr Brown and early versions of well known BMW tracks Soul Rebel/No sympathy/Try me.
Also get collections by Toots and the Maytals (I have 20 Massive Hits: 20 Massive Hits), Augustus Pablo, Horace Andy (later singing on Massive Attack albums), Dr Alimantado, Culture (or album The International Herb), A Studio One collection (or ten), Sly and Robbie, Cedrick Myton and the Congos (or album Heart of the Congo's produced by Scratch).
And finally...
Sinead O'Connor has done a reggae album with Sly and Robbie called Throw Down Your arms Throw Down Your Arms, not a reggae great in itself but Sinead is a great singer, Sly and Robbie are a great, if not the greatest, reggae rhythm section and she covers s good selection of reggae classic songs on the album.

Jah Guide

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2010 23:52:22 BDT
would you know who did a version of missing you for a mile other than beres hammond?
its from the 80's a reggae song that i love but just cant think of the artist.
hope you can help :)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2010 10:45:34 BDT
Linton Kwesi Jhonsons album Bass Culture is a must for any Reggae fans Collection, However Please do not overlook UB40,s first 3 albums Signing off, Present Arms and Present Arms in Dub are also Essential

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2010 13:10:26 BDT
Hey Finch,

Try Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites [early stuff with Don Drummond], Pluto Shervington, Susan Cadogan, Burning Spear, Early Desmond Decker & Prince Buster, Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, Lord Tanamo, Marcia Griffiths, Sophia George and, of course, Bob Marley - not so commercial, listen to the words. Also try Jacob Miller, Third World, Inner Circle, Kiddus I **** [most excellent].

Check out the film, Rockers from 1978 also. Great music.

"Enjoy Yourself" as Prince Buster says! x x

Posted on 9 Jan 2013 09:09:15 GMT
Burning Spear and Culture with dub versions.

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 14:50:21 GMT
c jarvis says:
studio one .wackies .upsetters
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