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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Toots & the Maytals – “54-46 That’s My Number” (1968)

October 18, 2008 at 3:05 am (Jamaican Music, Rocksteady)

One of Toots Hibbert’s early great singles. This was during the time when rocksteady was mutating over into the new style called reggae. The lyrics describe Toots’ time in prison for an arrest for possession of ganja. 54-46 was Toots’ prisoner ID number during his servitude, and the original recording was made shortly after his release.
Toots, who had a great bluesy voice, would go on to have many classics in he years to come.

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