There is not a single weak note in "Smoke". It is perhaps the best fusion of reggae and jazz of the more recent era. To be more precise, it is actually ska and "samba rock", a very jazzy form of Brazilian pop music from the 1960s. This dictates the structure: Ska-Offbeats lay the steady basis for jazz groves that float freely over it, for swearing-in wind melodies and funky organ playing. The contrast between the stiff beat on the one hand and the free play of the melody instruments on the other hand makes the incomparable appeal. Everything is of course crystal clear produced and virtuosically mixed. (Source: review dubblog.de).
An international sampler with current bands, but they play exclusively Jamaican dance music of the sixties and early seventies. Say: Ska, Rocksteady, Early Reggae.
Compilation of Lee 'Scratch' Perry productions, all from original 7 "singles from 1973-79. All selections were recorded at The Black Ark Studio, Kingston Jamaica. Due to the destruction of the original tapes, all clips were removed Vinyl rips won and extensively restored by See Why Audio from London.
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.
Grandiose album by the Ska/ Early Reggae Band from France
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".
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 Upsessions album for the 10th anniversary of the band And again the guys around Mastermind Boss" Van Trigt present a delicious potpourri of Boss Reggae, vintage Ska, Calypso and Rocksteady. I icing on the cake like the spaghetti-western instrumental "The last return of Rawhide" reminiscent of the Upsetters. It is precisely the many lovingly scattered details that make the whole thing so authentic, such as the understated melodic ame in "Samoan Revenge". And wonderful how the Dutch keep picking up on the old themes of the 60s and early 70s and continuing them, for example in "Ride on donkey", which is the continuation of Dobby Dobson's "Ride me donkey". And this applies to both the text and the sounds. Cool. (Source: Review Excerpt from moloko-plus.de)
Re-release of Trojan Records, originally released in 1970. This is NOT the version released by Lee Perry in 1971 because he did not hold any shares in the Trojan release.
With the fourth album of the Dutch Early Reggae Sensation, the band is breaking new ground! In addition to the typical upsession reggae and ska sound, there are also some Calypso numbers to be heard here. And if that weren't enough they have invited the reggae and dub old master Lee Scratch Perry as support, who enriches the album with brisk sayings and toastings. Unlimited purchase recommendation for every reggae fan!
Here comes THE NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION on vinyl – and you can take that quite literally. This album was able to keep up with the productions from the USA in 2007, from the point of view of many, the first ever. Early reggae, incredibly tightly played, produced in a vintage sound that had never existed before from Europe. "Rudie Cool It Down", "Early Getoff" or "Reggae Fever" triggered a real wave in the European scene in 2007. Recorded in Amsterdam – by a young band that was to make a massive mark on the whole genre – to this day. THE UPSESSIONS! What caused a sensation on the CD at that time, IS now finally being launched by GROVER on V.O.R. as vinyl. "Brian The Big Black Butcher" would go through
The Netherlands has long been a spearhead in Europe with bands such as Mr. Review and Rude Rich & The High Notes. Since 2005 you have to add to this list the upsessions around singer/guitarist Boss van Trigt, who now present their third album with "Below The Belt". They have learned their lesson between Toots and the Maytals and The Meters really thoroughly. After personnel changes at the beginning of 2009, it becomes clear already in the opener "Mocca Cowboy Rides Again" why the recorded sextet now acts far ahead: The melange of grooving rhythm section, rousing organ sound and rich voice works true miracles. The Upsessions, who dance live in tracksuits across the stage, have energy for 12 rounds!
The Dutch UPSESSIONS present on "Beat You Reggae", apart from small soul and rocksteady excursions, (almost) exclusively well-kept early (skinhead) reggae. Everything fits here! The 13 pieces all sound very authentic, and those who like to ride the 69 retro train will be well served here.
The Cult Boss Reggae album is reissued here by Grover.In addition to the Tennors also with Tommy McCook, Harmonians, Monty Morris and Charlie Organaire.
The second decoupling of Tennor's anthology. Boss Reggae at its best combined with the best on one album!
Here comes authentic traditional material, vintage Ska, Rocksteady, somewhere in between, incredibly warm and charming interpreted by singer and band leader Joseph Quinones. The 7-person troupe with multi-ethnic roots really conveys a wonderful old-school feeling and, if we didn't know better, we would consider the recordings to be a find from a good 50 years ago. The wind section brings back pleasant memories of Don Drummond and his special sound at the Skatalites. They, in turn, are the silent godparents in the background for the album, this spirit is omnipresent on "Trouble in Paradise". Together with the Frightnrs, the Soul Radicts and Jr. Thomas & the Volcanos, the Steady 45s are currently the best that the trad- Ska range. (Source: moloko-plus.de)
Skinhead Reggae from California. Very convincing and authentically recorded album - Absolute purchase recommendation
Second studio album by the Münster band from 2006 - a high-quality mix of jazz, reggae, ska
Like its predecessors, "Elated" relies on the clear sound of four-stars of the Senior Allstars. Compositional and playful, »Elated" is also deeply rooted in the reggae of the 70s. The Senior Allstars can sound amazingly authentic. You can hear what they like and who inspires them. The band goes a step further in composition, interplay and sound and creates their personal continental-European dub reggae style. The basic mood of the songs does not serve the annoying Sunshine reggae cliché, but is also far from depressive world pain music. "Elated" is an album full of groove, atmosphere and joy of playing – enthusiastic and inspiring. (Source: jpc.de)
A nightly mood is above the sixth album of the Catalan Jamaica Jazz Institution from Barcelona. Rocksteady is the carpet on which the band unrolls their songs, in which, thanks to the blue notes played by the wind and guitar, such a light-eyed jazz touch always resonates. The offbeat guitar acts to the faster ska and slower reggae rhythm of the drum and bass section, along with coolest organ and great blower and quite sweet comes the vocals of Saphie Wells, whose voice also sets charms. (Source: flight13.com)
The debut album of the band from Hungary, which presents 13 songs between Early Reggae, Rocksteady and Lovers Rock in a skilful way.
The second work in a short time. It seems that the MAGIC TOUCH wants to set a record in terms of output. Anyone who thinks that the whole thing is somehow at the expense of quality is definitely on the wrong track. The band around singer and mastermind Alex Buck has retreated to Jochen Ströh in Berlin's LoveliteStudio for this production and has brought another vintage pop to the world. The recordings, in contrast to the predecessor in Stereo, convince musically as well as in terms of sound again without compromise. In addition, the playing style of THE MAGIC TOUCH clearly notices the many joint concerts, among others with various greats of the Jamaican Early Reggae & Rocksteady .