Funky Kingston by Toots & The Maytals is a brilliant reggae album and is suitable for both beginners and experienced listeners. The album was released twice and with so much success that it entered the US Billboard 200 and was finally included in the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time by the music magazine Rolling Stone. It's a great, groovy album with sparkling reggae, soulful moments and the unmistakable reggae rhythm & blues.
The Jamaican band Toots & the Maytals can be considered one of the most famous and important ska and rocksteady groups of all time. Reggae comes in many forms and the music of the Maytals is a seamless blend of reggae and soul. Their second international album "In The Dark" is a ska / reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their heyday. The classic status of "In the Dark" is confirmed by their signature song "54-46 Was My Number".
The TRANSILVANIANS from Vigo in Galicia have been successfully mixing Jamaican R&B, Ska, Rocksteady and Early Reggae with motifs often borrowed from the horror or sci-fi genre for over ten years and have been highly respected in their musical field for over ten years. “Soulful Space” appears as usual with the artwork by illustrator ROBERTO ARGÜELLES and contains eight new original compositions and three cover versions by artists as diverse as LAUREL AITKEN, COCK SPARRER and the Cuban bolero singer BENNY MORÉ! "Soulful Space" is a wonderfully varied vintage offbeat work with a strong individual touch.
When he recorded Better Must Come in 1971, Delroy Wilson was at the height of his fame in his native Jamaica. The following year, Trojan Records issued the album in the UK, and his reputation as one of reggae's most soulful singers was secured. Listening back to this timely reissue, it's clear that the set was one of the late artist's finest collection of cuts. It was the first of his albums to be produced by Bunny Lee (he'd previously worked with Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd at Studio One) and delivered a particularly warming, soul-fired take on rocksteady that sounds every bit as impressive now as it did it 50 years ago.
Songs of Our Forefathers is a compilation of original Jamaican and UK single releases by The Ethiopians originally recorded between 1967 and 1973. The Ska, rocksteady and reggae group included Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris and worked with the legendary Coxsone Dodd in the sixties before later moving on. This collection includes their biggest hit, "Everything Crash", which criticised the political situation in Jamaica at the time, which included power cuts and rationing and plenty of clashes with the authorities. It is one of many highlights in this fine overview.
Repress by Pirates Press on Red vinyl. The 2007 album by the skinhead reggae shooting stars from California, recorded right after an 8-month tour - in three days. The funky instrumentals come out of the speakers accordingly rough and unadorned, and there are more vocal tracks than ever before: Apart from various DJ interludes, the whole thing sounds like a cross between 1969s Upsetters and Hepcat from the "right on time" era. What more can you say, they are simply the band of the hour.
Debut LP of the only - and unique Thurgauer Reggaeband.Musically, Jar modern reggae meets classic rocksteady, experimental influences from the career of the individual members on proven traditional ska. Like the Hammond organ with Leslie amplifier, whose output is distorted, repeated and sensitively enhanced by modern technology; The band's music also enters into the symbiosis between tradition and modernity. And this sound is created that simply does not leave you cold. In summer it fits perfectly and in winter it keeps warm.
Music without frills and (almost only) instrumental recorded can be found on this album by Rico. This is fabulous, straightforward, jazzy, groovy old school reggae, from ska to mento to rocksteady! A great instrumental mix of old classics and own compositions!
Radiation Roots presents a remake of Dennis Alcapone's "Guns Don't Argue", originally released in 1971. Dennis Alcapone was one of the first to cement his reputation as a star toaster with the small but popular El Paso sound system at Waltham Park After U Roy's breakthrough in the late 1960s, DJs became increasingly well-known. Born in rural Culloden, Dennis Smith immersed himself in the sound system culture after settling in the west of Kingston. When El Paso came out big in the sound system scene, Keith Hudson brought him to the studio for his debut recordings, which led to a debut album for Studio One and hit material for Duke Reid. Alcapone's long-standing ties to Bunny Lee led to the excellent album Guns Don't Argue.
Seventh album by the dream team of singer Neil Martin aka Alpheus, who with his warm and unmistakable voice is one of the greatest genre representatives alongside the still active veterans of the golden era, and producer Roberto Sanchez. Together with their gifted "Lone Ark Riddim Force" they give us again their outstanding, traditional reggae/rocksteady sound, which could well have originated from the Kingston of the 60s. Published on Liquidator
Reissue! Sufferer" was one of the classics from the skinhead reggae era of the late sixties. The LP contains a dozen of the group's best-known works Shortly after the album release - the trio collaborated with other well-known Jamaican producers, but could not maintain their popularity and disappeared from the local music scene in the late 1970s. In the meantime, this unique longplayer continued to attract interest and is now considered one of the best records of boss reggae sounds. Original copies are now highly valued, not to mention extremely valuable collector's items.
As the only album ever released by a lead singer of the entire Rocksteady era, One Life to Live is a crucial document of the genre.Dillon spent her entire career recording for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label. Although One Life to Live was released in 1972, it is a kind of compilation, including material recorded from 1968 to 1972. As such, it includes a number of her solo hits, including Long Time No Nice Time, We Together Belong and the theme tune. For this very first reissue of Stateside-Vinyl, Real Gone Music has remastered this groundbreaking album to make it sound better than ever.
LP repressed in small edition! The singles from his time at the then English reggae imperium Pama/Nu-Beat. Super compilation from the golden era of skinhead reggae '68/ '69, at the same time the highlight of Laurel's work - clearly superior to his ska output * Grover.
The architects of "Dirty Reggae" are in full lane with their 6th album. After the Californians licked blood after recording the 3 songs "Aggro Reggae Party," "Help Man" and "Western Taipan" in 2015, they convince at full length with their irresistible early reggae sound signature.
Reissue! Their self-titled Hellcat album was THE discovery in 2006, because for years no band has brought together what has actually belonged together since 1969: skinheads and the hard, fast reggae of the first generation! The Californians are clearly in the tradition of the original Boss Sounds, especially the organ instrumentals with Dave Barker-like vocal intermezzi refer to the guitar-heavy, super-funky groove of early Lee Perry/Upsetter. And the singing is, as I said, pure soul! It is therefore hardly surprising that the American reggae pope Chris Wilson praises the band on the backcover over the green clover - rightly so! * Pirates Press
Max Romeo was not only a fabulous entertainer, but also proved that he is truly a top representative of the reggae genre. His resounding hit Wet Dream climbed to number ten, and remained in the charts for more than twenty weeks, but was never played by the BBC due to the explicit lyrics. This long-awaited album is full of Romeo's versatility. Whether he sings or writes, Max is always flawless. This album is a must for all reggae lovers.