Prince Buster – “Judge Dread (Judge Four Hundred Years)” (1967)

September 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Rocksteady)

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Max Romeo & the Upsetters – “War ina Babylon” (1976)

August 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

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Junior Murvin – “Police & Thieves” (1976)

August 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

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Pato Banton – “Never Give Up” (1987)

October 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

The title track from Pato Banton’s 1987 album which featured his pro-ganja hit “Don’t Sniff Coke.”

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Shinehead – “Hello Y’All” (1988)

April 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

Bronx toaster Shinehead’s 1988 rap-reggae hit “Hello Y’All,” which came out on the Unity album…

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Pato Banton – “Don’t Sniff Coke” (1987)

April 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Reggae)

Pato Banton, who first came to national recognition, by appearing on The English Beat’s 1982 album Special Beat Service, came out with this humorous anti-coke and pro-gangja classic in 1987 on his Never Give In album. I spun this record quite a bit when I was 17.

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The Rulers – “Wrong Emboyo” (1967)

March 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm (Jamaican Music, Music, Rocksteady)

The original rocksteady song by the all-white Rulers, that The Clash covered (in a much quicker arrangement, and written as “Wrong ‘Em Boyo”) on their 1979 classic London Calling album, and which is based on the classic murder tale “Stagger Lee”…

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Noel Ellis – “To Hail Selassie” (1983)

January 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm (Dub, Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Another great track from Ellis’ self-titled 1983 dub-heavy reggae classic…

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Noel Ellis – “Memories” (1983)

November 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm (Dub, Jamaican Music, Reggae)

Great dub-inflected track from the little-known and unjustly ignored self-titled album by Noel Ellis from 1983.

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Alton Ellis – “Joy in the Morning” (1970)

November 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm (Jamaican Music, Rocksteady)

“The Godfather of Rocksteady” – another great rocksteady hit from Alton Ellis.

This song is dedicated to his memory. He recently passed away on Oct. 10th. May he rest in peace…

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