Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of 2011's Reissues: Playlist for Dec. 30, 2011


Creation Rebel feat. Ranking Superstar: Creation Rock -- Starship Africa (On-U Sound 2011)
Impact All Stars: Java (Part 1) -- Java Java Java Java (VP Records 2011)
Impact All Stars: Java (Part 2) -- Java Java Java Java (VP Records 2011)
Augustus Pablo: A Java Instrumental -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Original Scientist -- This Is Augustus Pablo (17 North Parade 2011)
Ernie Freeman: Dumplin's -- Looking Back: The Jamaican Chart Hits of 1958&1959 (Sunrise 2011)
Lloyd Clark with Duke Reid & His Group: Parapinto Boogie -- The Story Of Bluebeat (Not Now Music 2011)
Keith Hudson: Man From Shooter's Hill -- Entering the Dragon (Sunspot 2011)
I Roy: Tourism Is My Business -- Gussie Presenting I Roy (Sunspot 2011)
Alborosie: Dubbing Kingston -- David Rodigan's Dubwize Shower (Republic of Music 2011)
Shella Record aka Sheila Rickards: Roots Jamaica -- War Zone (Monica's 1970s)
Shella Record aka Sheila Rickards: Roots Jamaica Part II -- War Zone (Monica's 1970s)
Bunny Lee: The Dub Station -- The Version Master Presents Creation Of Dub (Jamaican Recordings 2011)
Dubmatix feat. Ammoye: Lock Down (Vibronics Boom Time Remix) -- Clash Of The Titans: The System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Untitled Rhythm -- The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon  (Honest Jon's 2011)
The Upsetters: Deep & Deadly -- The Return Of Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Barrington Levy: Eventide Fire A Disaster (Edit) -- Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves (Greensleeves 2011)
African head Charge: Some Bizarre -- Off The Beaten Track (On-U Sound 2011)
Steely & Clevie: Streetsweeper -- Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds (Soul Jazz 2011)
Lexxus: Cook -- Steely & Clevie: Digital Revolution (Greensleeves 2011)
Prince Jammy: Eden Dub -- Evolution Of Dub 6: Was Prince Jammy An Astronaut? (Greensleeves 2011)
Talisman: Dole Age -- Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-1983 (Bristol Archive 2011)
Sunshot Band: Danger UBX -- Dial M For Murder In Dub (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Sugar Minott: The Devil Is At Large -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
The Black Roots Players: Slow Tempo -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
Peter Tosh: Hammer (Extended Version) -- Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia 2011)
Dr. Alimantado: Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks -- Best Dressed Chicken In Town (Greensleeves 2011)
Dennis Brown: A Little Bit More -- At Joe Gibbs (Greensleeves 2011)
New Age Steppers feat. Jah Woosh: Singing Love -- New Age Steppers (On-U Sound 2011)

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Best of the New Music 2011 -- Playslist for Dec. 23, 2011


Zion Train's State of Mind (Universal Egg) is one of the best albums of 2011,  selected for you by the Wake the Town Crew:

Lee "Scratch" Perry feat. Roots Manuva & LSK vs. Moody Boyz: International Broadcaster -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
Dubmatix feat. Kulcha Ites: Wobble Weeble (Eccodek's Mali to Mumbai Remix -- Clash of the Titans: System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: This Is England – The CLASHification Of Dub (Echo Beach 2011)
King Midas Sound: Earth a Kill Ya (Gang Gang Dance Remix) -- Without You (Hyperdub 2011)
Grace Jones: Hurricane Dub –Hurricane (PIAS 2011)
Soom T & Disrupt: I Need Weed -- Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari 2011)
10ft Ganja Plant: Ringers Rock -- Shake Up the Place (ROIR 2011)
African Head Charge: The Best Way -- Voodoo of the Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Zion Train: Great Leap Forward -- State of Mind (Universal Egg 2011)
Tack>>Head: Exodus (Dubvisionist Dub) (Echo Beach/Irie Ites 2011)
Senior Allstars: Wha'ppen Dub (Dubvisionist Remix) -- In Dub (Skycap 2011)
Pinch & Shackleton: Cracks in The Pleasuredome -- Pinch & Shackleton (Honest Jon’s 2011)
Big Sugar: If I Were Heaven Tonight -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Hollie Cook: That Very Night -- Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Prince Fatty & mutant Hi-Fi: Black Powder -- Return Of the Gringo (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Kode9 & the Spaceape feat Cha Cha: Black Smoke -- Black Sun (Hyperdub 2011)
Jamaram: What Do You Mean Dub -- In Dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Little Axe: Song To Sing -- If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Aldubb meets Citizen Sound feat. Ammoye: Wa Doo Dubb -- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
See-I: Disturbancy (Face to Face) -- See-I (Fort Knox 2011)
Ghetto Priest: Ghetto Life -- The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed (2011)
Martin Basic: Deck the Version ii (Unreleased)


Merry Christmas to all! We'll be back next week with some of the best of the dub and roots reggae albums re-issued in the last year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Recombine: Playlist for Dec. 16, 2011

Dubmatix: Gun Down (Mungo's Hi-Fi Refix) -- Clash of The Titans: System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)
Kein Hass Da: The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth () -- King Size Dub Chapter 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Ammoye & Rise Ashen: Swing Me -- Haffi Win (Balanced Records 2010)
Jah Wobble: Pineapple -- The Legend Lives On: Jah Wobble in Betrayal (Virgin 1980)
10 Ft. Ganja Plant: Strongback -- Shake Up The Place (ROIR 2011)
Solo Banton: Music Addict (Jahtari 2011)
Vernon Maytone/Tapes: Old Pan Sound (Selah Waddadah 2011)
Carl Meeks: Tuff Scout (Tuff Scout 2011)
Mungo's Hi-Fi: Session Pon Top (feat. Biga Ranx) -- Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnet 2011)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Bed Jamming -- The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon (Black Star Liner 1980) Rereleased on CD & vinyl on Honest Jon's in 2011!
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Spongy Rubber Dub (Dialect & Kosine Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
The Revolutionaries: Don't Watch My Size -- Dial M For Murder in Dub Style (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Peter Tosh: Stepping Razor -- Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia 2011)
Peter Tosh: Heavy Razor (Shajahshoka)-- Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia 2011)
The Revolutionaries: Walking Razor-- Dial M For Murder in Dub Style (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Well Pleased & Satisfied: Black On Black (King Town 2011)
Edric Connor & The Caribbeans: Rookoombine -- Songs From Jamaica (Saland 2008)
The Jolly Boys: Requimbine Song -- Sunshine 'N' Water (Rykodisc 1991)
Shenley Duffus: Rukumbine -- Deep Ska (Proper Records 1999)
Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars Meet Victor Rice: Ruckumbine MK II -- Pick Up The Pieces (Grover 2001)
Dubmatix: Gun Down (Zion Train Remix) -- Clash of The Titans: System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)


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Friday, December 9, 2011

"I wonder what them call this night food": Playlist for Dec. 9, 2011

Philip "Fatis" Burrell (left) & Half Pint (Photo by David Corio)

Philip "Fatis" Burrell, producer of dancehall megahits, head honcho of X-terminator Sound Records, who "broke" Luciano, Capleton & Sizzla (among others), and helped reintroduce roots & Jah Rastafari into Jamaican popular music in the 1990s, has passed away. A fine obituary by reggae-ologist David Katz is here.

Luciano: Gunzalis -- Rough Inna Town: The X-terminator Sound (Maximum Pressure 2002)
X-terminator Crew: Gunzalis Dub -- Rough Inna Town: The X-terminator Sound (Maximum Pressure 2002)
Luciano: It's Me Again Jah -- Where There Is Life (Island 1995)
Roots Manuva: Beyond This World -- 4everevolution (Big Dada 2011)
Soom T & Disrupt: Roll It -- Ode To A Carrot (Jahtari 2011)
Sister Nancy: Bam Bam -- Winston Riley Quintessential Techniques (VP Records 2009)
Public Image Ltd.: Another -- Plastic Box (Virgin 1999)
Jah Wobble: Not Another -- The Legend Lives On: Jah Wobble In Betrayal (Virgin 1980)
Dubmatix: Deep Dark Dub (TVS Remix) -- Clash Of The Titans: The System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)
King Kong: He Was A Friend 12" (Dug Out 2010)
Deadbeat: Fourth Quarter (Cala's House) -- Drawn & Quartered (BLKRTZ 2011)
Deadbeat: Cala's House (Efdemin Remix) -- Drawn & Quartered Remixes (BLKRTZ 2011)
Dub Syndicate feat. Dr. Pablo: No Alternative (But To Fight) -- Pay It All Back Vol. 2 (On-U Sound 1988)
Little Axe: I Got Da Blues -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Pale Rider: Silver Eyes -- Concentric Dub (Cassava Outernational 2011)
Dub Vulture: Dead Bastards -- Snarl! (Ind 2011)
Prince Fatty & The Mutant HiFi: The Good, The Vlad & The Ugly -- Return Of The Gringo (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Chin's Calypso Quintet: Night Food -- Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento (Heritage Music 2002)
Des Allstars: Night Food Reggae -- Trojan Skinhead Reggae Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Nora Dean: Night Food Reggae -- Tighten Up Vol. 7 (Trojan 1973)
Duke Reid: Night Food -- Deep Ska (Proper Records 1999)
Augustus Pablo: Credential Instrumental -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Production 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
The Nomad: Give Some Dub -- Dub Zealand (Green Queen 2011)
Luciano: Where There Is Life -- Where There Is Life (Island 1995)

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Big Sugar is Coming: Playlist for Dec. 2, 2011

Big Sugar are playing on Sunday night, Dec. 6, at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI, backed up by Wide Mouth Mason. Doors open at 8 PM.


Dry & Heavy: Rumble -- Full Contact (BSI Records 2000)
Dry & Heavy: Rumble (Dub) -- King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy In The Jaws Of The Tiger (Beatink JP 2000)
Primal Scream: Trainspotting -- Vanishing Point (Creation 1997)
Primal Scream: Last Train -- Echo Dek (Creation 1997)
Little Tempo: Brazilian Summer -- Sun Bride (Sunshine JP 2011)
Dubmatix feat. Ammoye: Lock Down (Vibronics Boom Time Remix) -- Clash Of The Titans: The System Shakedown Remixes (Collision 2011)
Public Image Ltd.: The Suit -- Metal Box (Virgin 1979)
Jah Wobble: Blueberry Hill -- The Legend Lives On: Jah Wobble In Betrayal (Virgin 1980)
Jah Wobble & Julie Campbell: Feel -- Psychic Life EP (Cherry Red 2011)
Jah Wobble & Julie Campbell: Feel (Remix) -- Psychic Life EP (Cherry Red 2011)
Acidkit & Chronos: Cup Of Dub -- Dub Dimensions (Ajnavision 2011)
Manasseh & Praise: Dub For Dennis -- One Dub (Interchill 2009)
Graciella Rodriguez: Stop That Train -- On-U Sound 30th Anniversary: King Size Dub Special (Echo Beach 2011)
Dr. Ring-Ding & the Senior Allstars Meet VIctor Rice: A Dub Supreme -- Pick Up The Pieces (Grover 2001)
Jefferson Bell: The Creeping Tings Of The Earth -- Jstar & Dr. Cat Present Dub Zealand (Green Queen 2011)
King Midas Sound: Meltdown (Kode9 & The Spaceape Rework) -- Without You (Hyperdub 2011)
Big Sugar: I'm A Ram -- Ride Like Hell EP (Silvertone 1995)
Big Sugar: Burning Bush (Ram Dub) -- Ride Like Hell EP (Silvertone 1995)
Big Sugar: Cass Corridor (Ram Chroma Dub) -- Ride Like Hell EP (Silvertone 1995)
Big Sugar: Revolution Per Minute -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Lee "Scratch" Perry vs. Mala (Digital Mystikz) -- Obeah Room (On-U Sound 2011)


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Give Thanks To Be Part: Playlist for Nov. 25, 2011

(Trojan 1981)
Welcome to our Thanksgiving "Give Thanks & Praises" special.
You don't need no ticket, just thank the Lord!

Donovan Carlos: Be Thankful -- Randy's 17 North Parade: Clive Chin Productions (Pressure Sounds 1997)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Give Thanx -- The Return Of Pipecock Jackson (Black Star Liner 1980)
The African Brothers: Give Thanks & Praises -- Mysterious Nature (Discograph 2004)
Bim Sherman: Thanks & Praises -- Haunting Ground (RDL Records 1986)
Devon Russell: Thanks & Praise (Studio 1) Found in the online treasure trove mistakenly labeled "Complete Studio 1 Recordings!!!" It's vast, but not complete!!!
Bob Marley & the Wailers: Thank You Lord -- Songs Of Freedom (Tuff Gong 1999)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: Thank You Lord (Alternate) (Trojan 1981)
Dubblestandart feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry: Give Thanks & Praises (Megaton 3) -- Return From Planet Dub (Collision 2009)
Phillip Fullwood: Thanks & Praises -- Spear Burning: Burning Spear Productions 1975-1979 (Pressure Sounds 2001)
Dubmatix Meets Howie Smart: Give Thanks & Praise -- Hard Road (7Arts Entertainment 2008)
Dubmatix feat. Ranking Joe: Give Thanks & Praise -- Renegade Rocker (7Arts Entertainment 2008)
Dubmatix feat. Ranking Joe: Give Thanks & Praise (Citizen Sound Remix) -- Citizen Sound (Renegade Media 2010)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: Give Thanks & Praise -- Confrontation (Island 1983)
The Impressions: People Get Ready -- People Get Ready (Kent 1984)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: One Love/People Get Ready -- Birth Of A Legend (Calla 1977)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: One Love/People Get Ready (12" version) (Island 1997)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: One Love/People Get Ready Dub -- The Secret Blackwell Dubs (online bootleg) Thanks to Life In Monochrome for this mysterious item.
Horace Andy: Thank You Lord -- Feel Good All Over: Anthology 1970-1976 (Trojan 2002)
Bunny Clarke: Be Thankful (For What You've Got) -- Sipple Out Deh: The Black Ark Years Jamaican 7"s (Trojan 2010)
Jackie Mittoo: Be Thankful -- Now (Bamboo 1970) Thanks to Funkytown Soul!
Kodama (Echo) From Dub Station: Give Thanks (Radio Edit) -- 1982/2002 (Victor JP 2002)
Normaa: Give Thanks To Be Part (Jahtari 2006)
Junior Byles: The Thanks We Get -- Beat Down Babylon: The Upsetter Years (Trojan 1998)
Bass Clef: Thank You For Starting Fires -- A Smile Is A Curve That Straightens Most Things (Blank Tapes 2006)
Junior Ainsworth: Thanks & Praise -- The Upsetters with Lee Perry & Friends: Build The Ark (Trojan 1990)
Bad Brains: Give Thanks & Praises -- Build A Nation (Megaforce 2007)
One Blood: Be Thankful For What You Got -- Hustle! Reggae Disco (Soul Jazz 2002)

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All 7:55 of One Blood's beautiful version of Be Thankful:




Friday, November 18, 2011

"Got fe bruck rockstone": Playlist for Nov. 18, 2011

Rhygin Records really delivers the "revival sounds of now" by producing roots reggae of startling originality in 21st century California.

Karyl Walker of the Jamaica Observer tells, with 'expert timing," the story of Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, the bandit/folk hero whose gunslinging career inspired the story of "Ivan" from the movie The Harder They Come.
Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra: Ghost Planet (Live on Later With Jools Holland)
Big Sugar: Counterfeit Wings (Are Some Jive) -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Bonjay: Frawdulent -- Broughtupsy (Mysteries of Trade 2010)
Noiseshaper: Dunk (Adrian Sherwood Remix) -- King Size Dub Chapter 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Tack>>Head: Funky President -- Sharehead (Not yet released! -- due out 2012 on Echo Beach)
Black Roots: Pin In The Ocean (Bristol Archive Download 2011)
Pad Anthony: Bargain For -- King Jammy: A Man & His Music, Vol. 2: Computer Style (RAS Records 1992)
Pablove Black: Mr. Music -- The Legendary Studio One Records (Soul Jazz 2011)
Grace Jones: Sunset Dub -- Hurricane Dub (PIAS 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Please Sunrise -- This Is Augustus Pablo (17 North Parade 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Guiding Red -- This Is Augustus Pablo (17 North Parade 2011)
Sandollar Sound: The Way -- Rhygin Showcase (Rhygin 2011)
Generation Rockers: Coast To Coast -- Rhygin Showcase (Rhygin 2011)
Peter Tosh: Jah Man Inna Jamdung -- Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia 2011)
King Midas Sound: Tears (Kiki Hitomi revoice) -- Without You (Hyperdub 2011)
Prince Fatty & the Mutant Hi-Fi: Black Powder -- Return Of The Gringo (Original Soundtrack) (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Dubmatix: Wobble Weeble (G Corp Remix) -- Clash of the Titans: System Shakedown Remixes (Collision Cause of Chapter 13 2011)
Dub Vulture Meets The Scientist: Rocket Snarl -- Snarl! (Ind. 2011)
Lord Fly with Dan Williams & His Orchestra: Medley: Linstead Market/Hold 'im Joe/Dog War A Matches Lane/Mandeville Rd. -- Take Me To Jamaica (Pressure Sounds 2006)
Harry Belafonte: Go Down Emmanuel Road -- Jump Up Calypso (RCA Victor 1961) Thanks to Thanx God for the digital download. Thanks to my Mum and Dad for growing me up on the music of Harry Belafonte!
Count Owen: Emmanuel Road -- Come Let's Skalipso (Kentone 1960s) Thanks to Ska & Ska-JaZz!
T.O.K.: Galang Gal -- Diwali Riddim (Greensleeves 2002)
Roots Manuva: Bust It -- 4everevolution (Big Dada 2011)
Pinch & Shackleton: Monks On The Rum -- Pinch & Shackleton (Honest Jon's 2011)

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Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra on Jools Holland's show:


Saturday, November 12, 2011

"This is the story of the drum" -- Playlist for Nov. 11, 2011

The Mighty Two: War -- No Bones For The Dogs: Dubs From The Mighty Two 1974-79 (Pressure Sounds 2002)
Tack>>Head: Exodus (Dubvisionist Dub Mix) (Echo Beach/Irie Ites 2011)
King Tubby: 100% of Dub -- 100% of Dub (Select Cuts 2005)
Lyn Taitt & Baba Brooks Band: Dog War Jump Up -- Independence Jump Up Calypso (Charly 2006)
Dub Trinity: Alexandria (Dubmatix Remix) -- Alexandria (And Other Cautionary Tales) (Ind. 2011)
Big Sugar: Little Bit A All Right -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)

Jackie Mittoo: Drum Song -- The Keyboard King At Studio One (Universal Sound 2000)
Devon Russell: Drum Song -- Studio One Roots (Soul Jazz 2001)
Wayne Jarrett: Holy Mount Zion -- Wackies Sampler Vol. 2 (Wackies 2005)
Krystoff: Holy Mount -- Drum Song Source Codes EP (Jahtari 2005) Free downloads here, and see below for more information on this project.
Willie Lindo & The Charmers Band: Drum Song -- Trojan 35th Anniversary Box (Trojan 2003)
Prince Jammy & Jackie Mittoo: Drum Song Dub -- Trojan Foundation Dub (Trojan 2002)
Augustus Pablo: Ammagideon Dub -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Disrupt: Jah Red Gold And Green -- Drum Song Source Codes EP (Jahtari 2005) Free downloads here, and see below for more information on this project.
Jackie Mittoo: Drum Song -- Let's Put It All Together (United Artists 1975)

Ghetto Priest: Ghetto Life -- The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed (2011)
Little Axe: Early In The Morning -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
New Age Steppers: Conquer -- Rare & Unreleased: 17 Exclusive Tracks (On-U Sound Download 2009)
African Head Charge: Good Things -- Off The Beaten Track (On-U Sound 2011)
Creation Rebel feat. Jah Woosh: Give Me Power -- Starship Africa (On-U Sound 2011)
Creation Rebel: Original Power -- Starship Africa (On-U Sound 2011)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Like The Way You Should (Digital Mystikz Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
Deadbeat: First Quarter (Scuba Remix) (BLKRTZ 2011)
Bally Sagoo feat. Asha Boslie: Chura Liya -- Bollywood Flashback (Columbia 1994)
The Mighty Two: War Is Over -- No Bones For The Dogs: Dubs From The Mighty Two 1974-79 (Pressure Sounds 2002)

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From jahtari.org, more info on DRUM SONG SOURCE CODES EP:

Our second Jahtari-EP comes as an experimental kind of ‘One-Riddim-Sampler’.
Riddims present the core of the musical sytem of Reggae and are in most cases
not much more than a particular bassline-loop that forms the basis for 
countless versions. See it as something like an Open Source Code for music - 
while in many cases the true origin of a riddim is lost in history the 
versions, mutations and transformations of it highly contributed to the 
continual evolution of Reggae. The goal is always to add something new to the
riddim. That started off with ‘Dub versions’ (no voice, structuring by sound 
and effects) or ‘DJ versions’ (somebody toasting over a riddim) decades ago.
The idea of our EP was then to extend this spirit way over the closed system
of Reggae and Dub. I chose the ‘DRUM SONG’-riddim, an old piece by the STUDIO 
ONE backing band ‘Sound Dimension’ and one of the most versioned riddims 
ever, sent the MIDI-data of it to several musician friends from VERY 
different fields and asked them for a version. Since everybody started out 
with exactly the same fistful of MIDI-notes it’s highly interesting to hear 
to what spheres the riddim finally took off. From Digital Roots Reggae 
(disrupt, krystoff) over the variations of Electronica (lingam cutter, 
noisebeyondsilence, parmon) up to the bitcrushed 8bit-aesthetic of 
ovr thrustr the principle is truly transcending. So be prepared for 
something entirely different!
Also for download HERE is, of course, the Source Code of the riddim. Exactly
the same thing every artist got as a start for their track. Feel free to 
experiment around with that! If you’re interested in working with us on a 
riddim for a Jahtari release - or you’d like us to work on one of your 
riddims - please write! There’s a huge difference between riddim-versioning 
and remixing, so keep that in mind. But suggestions, ideas and any kind of 
feedback are always highly welcome!
For more infos on the riddim sytsem in general check our THEORY and REGGAE 
HISTORY sections or the highly recommended articles on that topic on 
JAHSONIC.COM

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pledge Now! -- Playlist for Nov. 4, 2011

Adrian Sherwood: Monkey See Monkey Dub -- Becoming A Cliché (Real World 2006)
Dub Syndicate: No Dog Barks -- Stoned Immaculate (On-U Sound 1991)
Sir Coxsone Sound: Capitol Radio -- Evolution Of Dub Vol. 5: The Missing Link (Greensleeves 2010)
Clandestine feat. Ned Sublette: Radio Rhythm Dub -- New York Noise 2 (Soul Jazz 2006)
The Clash feat. Mikey Dread: Radio One -- Lost Treasures This online-only compilation is available for download from the excellent punk blog Mondo De Muebles.
Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread: Autobiography -- Disco Plates Collection Vol. 2 (On-U Sound 1998)
Joe Higgs: Mother Radio -- Family (Shanachie 1988) Thanks to Roots Station!
The Selector: On My Radio -- 2Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (Chrysalis 1993)
Tackhead: Stealing -- Friendly As A Hand Grenade (TVT Records 1989)
The Slits: FM -- Cut (Deluxe Edition) (Island 2009)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: International Broadcaster (Moody Boyz Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Skip McDonald Special: Playlist for Oct. 28, 2011

Martin and Tuner interviewing Skip McDonald in CJAM's production studio. Not pictured is Mary from The Snark, who snapped the photo.
Don't forget that CJAM's Pledge Drive starts next Friday. You can pledge now at cjam.ca!

Doug Wimbish: Will & Skip -- Trippy Notes For Bass (On-U Sound 1999)
The Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight (excerpt) -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (Rhino 1999)
Tack>>Head: Ticking Time Bomb -- Friendly As A Hand Grenade (TVT Records 1989)
Dub Syndicate: Well Tuned Now -- Stoned Immaculate (On-U Sound 1991)
Strange Parcels: Outsider -- Disconnection (On-U Sound 1994)
Little Axe: Wolf's Story -- The Wolf That House Built (Okeh 1994)
Little Axe: Black Diamond Train -- Slow Fuse (M&G/Wired 1996)
Little Axe: Tight Like That -- Hard Grind (Fat Possum 2002)
Little Axe feat. Chris Difford: All In The Same Boat -- Champagne & Grits (Real World 2004)
Little Axe: Let Me Ride -- Stone Cold Ohio (Real World 2006)
Skip McDonald & Daby Touré: Sinners -- Call My Name (Real World 2009)
Little Axe feat. Ken Boothe: Can't Sleep -- Bought For A Dollar Sold For A Dime (Real World 2010)

Interview with Skip McDonald, recorded Oct. 24, 2011

Dub Syndicate: Forward Not Back -- Stoned Immaculate (On-U Sound 1991)
Little Axe: Moaning & Groaning -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Little Axe: Garfield Elementary -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Tack>>Head: Fire -- Sharehead (Not Yet Released!)
Bim Sherman: Missing You -- Miracle (Mantra 1996)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: The Message -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (Rhino 1999)

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Here's Tack>>Head performing "Black Cinderella" in Germany earlier this year. It looks like Skip is having a great time:

Tack>>Head are:
Bernard Fowler -- vocals
SkipMcDonald -- guitar
Doug Wimbish -- bass
Keith LeBlanc -- drums
Adrian Sherwood -- mixing

"Black Cinderella" was originally sung by Errol Dunkley for the great producer Jimmy Radway. Tack>>Head's forthcoming Sharehead album consists of 10 covers of classic funk, rock and reggae tunes. Everything we've heard so far is outstanding!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Nu Sound & Version: Playlist for Oct. 21, 2011

Flying Down Thunder (left) & Rise Ashen (right) have just released a new album of urbanized Pow-wow music, One Nation on Balanced Records. "Kijigog Nimiwan" aka "Galactic Dancehall", the song we played tonight, features words from the Haile Selassie speech immortalized by Bob Marley as "War." 
Ras Tafari!

Lee "Scratch" Perry: Straight Jacketed (Bullion Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
The Upsetters: Live Injection -- 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz 2004)
The Black Seeds: Slingshot (Truth Remix) -- Specials: Remixes & Versions From Solid Ground (Ind. 2010)
Dub Colossus: Dub Will Tear Us Apart -- Addis Through The Looking Glass (Real World 2011)
Flying Down Thunder & Rise Ashen: Kijigog Nimiwan - Galactic Dancehall -- One Nation (Balanced Records 2011)
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Duppy Conqueror -- Burnin' Deluxe Edition (Island 2004)
Culture: Selection Train -- World Peace (Heartbeat 2003)
Jammys "Jam 2" James: Peenie Peenie -- Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds (Soul Jazz 2011)
Black Chow & Pupajim: Signs -- Wonderland EP (Jahtari 2011)
Grace Jones: Sunset Dub -- Hurricane Dub (PIAS 2011)
Dubsalon: Awka -- Durban Chamber (iD.EOLOGY 2011) Free download available here!
Katchafire: Love Letter (Umberto Echo Remix) -- Dub The World (Echo Beach 2010)
Suns Of Arqa: Prayer For Messiah -- Stranger Music (Arka Sound 2011)
Little Axe: Crossfire -- The Wolf That House Built  (Okeh 1994)
Little Axe: No Bottom -- Stone Cold Ohio (Real World 2006)
Little Axe: Seeing Red -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Little Axe: Moaning & Groaning -- If You Want Loyalty, Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
Dub Syndicate: Can't Take It Easy (Dave Ruffy & Segs Ruts DC Remix) -- Research & Development (On-U Sound 1996)
The Ruts: Love In Vain -- Something That I Said (Virgin 1995)
The Skatalites Meet King Tubby: Herb Man Dub -- 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz 2004)
Digitaldubs feat. Jeru Banto: Liga Legalize -- #1 (ROIR 2011)
Pete Murder Tone: Paper Tiger -- Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 1 (Jahtari 2007)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Exercises (Horse Power Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
Dstruct.0: Wrecking Bull -- Dstruct.0 Drumstep Ep 02 (Ind. 2011)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Go Tigers! Playlist for Oct. 14, 2011

Fans of Mute Beat's In Dub (ROIR 1986) owe it to themselves to get their hands on this fantastic Japanese record from Respect Records. Here at Wake the Town, we're great fans of Reach Out International Records (for evidence, click here) BUT: the ROIR version of this music is simply too quiet, and the Japanese record may not be "much cheaper" but it is definitely "much better"!

Tonight's Dub News features some tracks from records reviewed in the latest Wire Magazine for October 2011. Steve Barker's column is missing this month, so we play records recommended (& or dissed) by Joe Muggs, Adam Harper & Nick Cain.

Mute Beat: Shonen Tiger -- No.0 Virgin Dub (Respect JP 1996)
Little Axe: Keep On Drinking -- If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog (On-U Sound 2011)
SuperHeavy: Unbelievable -- SuperHeavy (Universal 2011)
Big Sugar: Un-Employed Expert -- Revolutions Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Dub Trio: Ends Justify The Means -- IV (ROIR 2011)
Jeb Loy Nichols: Mr. Nobody -- Long Time Traveller (On-U Sound JP 2010)
Pole: Wipfel Dub -- Waldgeschichten (Pole 2011)
Matisyahu: WP Dub -- Youth Dub (Epic 2006)

DUB NEWS:
King Midas Sound: Goodbye Girl (Kuedo Remix) (Hyperdub 2011)
King Midas Sound: Earth A Kill Ya (Mala Remix) (Hyperdub 2011)
Ulrich Troyer: Eurocity To Munich -- Songs For William (Deep Medi Musik 2011)
Rodger Stella: Kosmische Dub (excerpt) -- Kosmische Dub + Reich/Riley (Second Layer 2011)

The Boom Booms: Rock Slow --¡Hot Rum! (Lit Fuse 2011)
Max Romeo: War Inna Babylon -- Arkology (Island 1997)
Congos: Don't Blame On I -- Arkology (Island 1997)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Jungle -- Time Boom X De Devil Dead (On-U Sound 1987)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Jungle Youth (Congo Natty Remix) -- Nu Sound & Version (On-U Sound 2011)
Edric Connor & The Caribbeans: Hill An' Gully -- Songs From Jamaica (Saland 2008)
Lord Composer & The Silver Seas Orchestra: Hill & Gully/Mandeville Road -- Mento Madness (V2 Records 2004)
Tiger: Hill & Gully -- Tiger A Tiger (New Name Music 1989) Thanks to Roots In Control!
Deadbeat: Texas Tea -- New World Observer (~scape 2005)

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Correction Train: Playlist for Oct. 7, 2011

Train of corrections follows the playlist...

Little Axe: Wake The Town -- The Wolf That House Built (Okeh 1994)
Big Sugar feat. Tim Chaisson: If I Were Heaven (Tonight) -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Dubsalon: Twisted Dub -- Durban Chamber (iD.EOLOGY 2011) Free download available here!
Citizen Sound feat. Prince Blanco & Ammoye: Rebel Dub -- Citizen Sound (Renegade Media 2010)
Monty Alexander: Running Away -- Harlem-Kingston Express (Motema 2011)
Grace Jones: Hurricane Dub -- Hurricane Dub (PIAS 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Ammagiddeon Dub -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Sly & Robbie: Demolition City Dub -- David Rodigan's Dubwize Shower (Republic Of Music 2011)
King Midas Sound: Earth A Kill Ya -- Waiting For You (Hyperdub 2009)
Disrupt: True Creators -- Foundation Bit (Jahtari 2007)
Soom T & Disrupt: I Need Weed -- Ode To A Carrot (Jahtari 2011)
King Tubby: Mount Zion Dub -- Father Of Dub (Delta 2000)
Suns Of Arqa: On Hearing A Name Long Unspoken -- Stranger Music (Arka Sound 2011)

Jackie Mittoo: Peanie Wallie -- Now (Bamboo 1970) Thanks to Funkytown Soul!
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Mr. Brown -- The Complete Upsetter Singles 1970-1972 Plus Dubs (Cleopatra 2002)
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Dracula (Mr. Brown Version) -- The Complete Upsetter Singles 1970-1972 Plus Dubs (Cleopatra 2002)
Carey Johnson: Correction Train (Money Disc 1972) Thanks to Sidewalk Doctor!
Selected Few: Selection Train (Money Disc 1972) Thanks to Roots from the Yard!

New Age Steppers: Fade Away -- New Age Steppers (On-U Sound 2011)
Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell: Dub Position -- Ghosts Outside (Domino 2011)
Paris Year feat Ghetto Priest: Land Of Kush -- Dubvisions (Hammerbass 2002)
See-I: Disturbancy (Face To Face) -- See-I (Fort Knox 2011)
Al Jawala: Another Dance Dub (Umberto Echo Remix) -- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Dry & Heavy: Tiger Claw Dub -- King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy In The Jaws Of The Tiger (BSI Records 2001)
Kode9: Stung -- Box Of Dub 2: Dubstep & Future Dub (Soul Jazz 2008)

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OK Here's the real (?) deal with the Peanie Wallie (aka Peenie Wally) riddim:

The opening bars of the Wailers' "Mr. Brown" do indeed refer to "Peanie Wallie" but it's the Wailers' "Duppy Conqueror" that's actually ON the "Peanie Wallie" riddim. Check it out.
Here's Jackie Mittoo:

Here's the Wailers:

To make matters a little more complicated, the Wailers never acknowledged that they were borrowing Jackie's riddim, so confusion reigns to this day over who came first.
And then, to compound it all, there's a story floating around out there that "originally" this riddim was to be the basis of "Mr. Brown" but it ended up being used for "Duppy Conqueror" instead, which meant that it fell to the Wailers' keyboard player, the great Glen Adams, to come up with new music for "Mr. Brown."
Both songs deal with the supernatural: "Mr. Brown" tells of a coffin, "chauffeur-driven around" by crows; in "Duppy Conqueror," Marley claims that he can get the better of any ghost. The two songs seem to be inextricably linked, hence the confusion (?)
One further correction: the Selected Few's "Selection Train"was released before Carey Johnson's "Correction Train" and should have been played first in tonight's version excursion.
And, last but not least, on a personal note, the spoken word introduction to "Correction Train" is most familiar to me as it was sampled on Dub Syndicate's "No Dog Barks" from the killer album "Stoned Immaculate":

"This is your popular station, where the music comes first. And it's comin' on strong. Strong strong strong!"




Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weak Heart Drops: Playlist for Sept. 30, 2011


Dub Inc.: Metissage Dub (Umberto Echo Remix) -- Dub The World (Echo Beach 2010)
Twilight Circus feat. Brother Culture: Foundation Rockers -- Foundation Rockers (M Records 2003)
Twilight Circus feat. Brother Culture: Foundation Rockers (Disciples Dub Remix -- Remixed: Dubwise (M Records 2004)
Twilight Circus feat. Mykal Rose: No Burial -- Foundation Rockers (M Records 2003)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Secret Laboratory (Scientific Dancehall) -- From My Secret Laboratory (Island Jamaica 1990)
Jeb Loy Nichols: Moving Time -- Long Time Traveller (On-U Sound JP 2010)
Citizen Sound feat. Ranking Joe: Thanks -- Citizen Sound (Renegade Media 2010)
Dub Colossus: Tringo Dub -- Addis Through The Looking Glass (Real World 2011)
Jamaram: Roots Dubwise -- Jamaram In Dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Grace Jones: Devil Dub -- Hurricane Dub (PIAS 2011)
Ruts DC & the Mad Professor: Weak Heart -- Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR 1992)
Ruts DC vs. Zion Train: Weak Heart -- Rhythm Collision Remix (Echo Beach 1999)
Ruts DC: Weak Heart (RSD aka Rob Smith Remix)-- Rhythm Collision Re>Loaded (Echo Beach 2009)
Big Youth: Lightning Flash (Weak Heart Drop) -- Dread Locks Dread (Virgin 1978)
Smoke: Hily Place -- Routes (Echo Beach 2009)
Subatomic Sound System feat. Treasure Don: The Chronicles -- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Rhythm & Sound feat. Paul St. Hilaire: Free For All -- See Mi Yah (Burial Mix 2005)
Senior All Stars: Five To Nine (aka Funky Reggae) -- Come Around (Skycap 2008)
Senior All Stars: 5-2-9 Dub -- In Dub (Skycap 2011)
Senior All Stars: Tomorrow Now -- Hazard (Skycap 2009)
Senior All Stars: Tomorrow Now Dub -- In Dub (Skycap 2011)
See-I: Dangerous -- See-I (Fort Knox 2011)
10ft Ganja Plant: Pharaoh's Army -- Shake Up The Place (ROIR 2011)

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Bredda Dog Know Your Name": Playlist for Sept. 23, 2011


A rare and wonderful gem from Herman Chin-Loy's Aquarius Records in 1977. Like yesterday, man!

Little Roy: Come As You Are -- Battle For Seattle (Ark Recordings 2011)

Carl Malcolm: No Jestering -- Randy's 50th Anniversary Reggae Anthology (VP Records 2008)
Pablove Black: Black Wax -- Studio One Scorcher Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz 2006)
Big Youth: Knotty No Jester -- Randy's 50th Anniversary Reggae Anthology (VP Records 2008)
Impact All Stars: Last of The Jestering -- Forward The Bass: Dub From Randy's 1972-1975 (Blood & Fire 1998)

See-I: Soul Hit Man -- See-I (Fort Knox 2011)
Musicism: Floating Zepplin -- Riding In Rhythm (Aquarius 1977) Thanks to Rastaman Music For Free-doom for this rare and wonderful album!
Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell: Understand My Dub -- Ghosts Outside (Domino 2011)
Dr. Israel: Saidisyabruklinmon Nobwoycyantes -- Wordsound I Powa Live From The Planet Crooklyn (ROIR 1996)
Subatomic Sound System with Ari Up: Bed Athletes -- Hello Hello Hell Is Very Low (Subatomic Sound 2010)
Paris Yard: If You Love Me -- Dubvisions (Hammerbass 2002)
The Uniques: Have Pity On Me -- Absolutely Rock Steady (Pressure Sounds 2010)
Augustus Pablo: Missing Link -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Missing Link Dub -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994  (Pressure Sounds 2011)
The Aggrovators: I Bust It In The Name Of Jah Version -- Bunny Lee Meets King Tubby & The Aggrovators (Culture Press 1970s?) Thanks to P.A. to Da Reggae!
I Roy: Melinda -- Presenting I Roy (Trojan 1973) Thanks to You & Me On A Jamboree!
Citizen Sound feat. Ammoye: Trouble -- Citizen Sound (Renegade Media 2010)
Big Sugar: Work It Now! -- Revolution Per Minute (Bread & Water 2011)
Digitaldubs: Transe Amazonico (Abrindo Os Caminhos) -- #1 (ROIR 2011)
Skin, Flesh & Bones: Butter Fe Fish -- Blow Mr. Hornsman: Instrumental Reggae 1968-1975 (Trojan 1999)
Zoot Simms: See Them A Come (Studio One 1968)
Desmond Dekker: It Mek -- History Of Trojan Records 1968-1971 Vol. 1 (Trojan 1995)
King Midas Sound: Cool Out -- Waiting For You (Hyperdub 2009)
Future Pigeon: Beelzadub -- Golden State Of Dub (Shipwrecords 2000)
Burning Spear: Groovy -- Man In The Hills/Dry & Heavy (Island 2003)
Lenky: XM24 -- Diwali Riddim (Greensleeves 2002)
Crazy Caribs: Diwali Dub -- Dancehall Dub (RAS 2004)
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Cry To Me -- Rastaman Vibration (Island 1976)
Twilight Circus Dub Sound System: Dub Blast -- Volcanic Dub (M Records 2001)
Sam Manning: Sly Mongoose -- Calypso Pioneers 1912-1937 (Rounder 1989) Thanks to Record Fiend!
Jeb Loy Nichols: Miss Moon -- Long Time Traveller (On-U Sound 2010)

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Your Planet Has Been Invaded: Playlist for Sept. 16, 2011

The Dub Invasion of North America via New York City has 
already transpired. Behind our backs, as it were. 
But don't despair, because Mad Professor & Twilight Circus
 Dub Sound System are playing The Great 
Hall in Toronto on Saturday September 24!

Dubmatix feat. Brother Culture: Rough Likkle Sound -- System Shakedown (Renegade Rocker 2010)
Dr. Israel: Survivor -- Inna City Pressure (ROIR 2005)
Lee Scratch Perry: Smile (Moody Boyz Remix) -- Rare & Unreleased: 17 Exclusive Tracks (On-U Sound Download 2009)
U-Roy & Francois K: Rootsman Dub -- Deep Space NYC Vol. 1 (Deep Space 2005)
Badawi: Enter The False Prophets -- Clones & False Prophets (ROIR 2003)
Badawi: False Dub -- Clones & False Prophets (ROIR 2003)

DUB NEWS via The Wire magazine September 2011:

Biodub: This One 17 -- Reisegefaehrte (Ki Records 2011)
Dubsalon: Shifting Mood -- Durban Chamber (iD.EOLOGY 2011) Free download available here!
Impact Allstars: Marabi -- Java Java Java Java (VP Records 2011)
Little Roy: Sliver -- Battle For Seattle (Ark Recordings 2011)
Little Roy: Dive -- Battle For Seattle (Ark Recordings 2011)
Praguedren: Head Cleaner -- Head Cleaner EP (Dank Disc 2011)
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest: Ghetto Life -- The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed (Temple Gong 2011)
Errol T. & The Matador: Spider Man Dub -- Rodigan's Dubwize Shower (Republic Of Music 2011)
Sly & Robbie: Joy Ride Dub -- Rodigan's Dubwize Shower (Republic Of Music 2011)
Higgs & Wilson with Ken Richards & His Comets: Manny Oh -- Story of Blue Beat 1960: The Best In Ska (Sunrise 2011)
Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats: Railroad Track -- Story of Blue Beat 1960: The Best In Ska (Sunrise 2011)
Suru Board: Serious Thing & Version (Jam Rock/Digikiller 2011)
The Observers: One Trainload Of Dub -- Trojan Presents Dub (Trojan 2011)

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System: Session (Mad Professor Remix) -- Remixed: Dubwise (M Records 2004)
Twilight Circus Dub Sound System: Session Dub (Mad Professor Dub Remix) -- Remixed: Dubwise (M Records 2004)
Citizen Sound feat. Len Bowen & Grand Analog: Runaway -- Citizen Sound (Renegade Media 2010)


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Saturday, September 3, 2011

"So we came to jazz it up": Playlist for Sept. 2, 2011

An evening of jazz-reggae and reggae-jazz in honour of the Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place this Labour Day Weekend in downtown Dee-Troit.

Marjorie Whylie: Drum Song -- Tribute To Reggae's Keyboard King Jackie Mittoo: Interpretations & Improvisations (VP Records 2004)
Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder -- The Sidewinder (Blue Note 1999)
The Skatalites: Malcolm X -- The Rough Guide to Ska (Rough Guides 2003)
Monty Alexander: Sidewinder -- Monty Meets Sly & Robbie (Telarc 2000)
The Prophets: Babylon A Fall (12" Mix) -- Deliver Me From My Enemies (Blood & Fire 2006)
Clifton Joseph: A Chant For Monk -- Oral/Trans/Missions (Verse To Vinyl 1989)
Triodes: Black Disciples -- Chunked (Modica Music 2009)
Cedric "Im" Brooks: Silent Force -- Jamaica Funk: Original Jamaican Funk & Soul 45's (Soul Jazz 2007)
JJ All Stars: Memphis Underground -- Trojan Instrumentals Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Harry Beckett feat. Junior Delgado: Ultimate Tribute -- The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett (On-U Sound 2008)
Cecil Lloyd Group: Sometimes I'm Happy -- I Cover The Waterfront (Port-O-Jam 1962) I found this out in the wild and free and now it's gone!
The Senior Allstars: Hazard -- Hazard (Skycap 2009)
Franco Proietti Morph-Tet: Freedub -- Live! A Weekend at Centre St. Ambroise (Bongo Beat 2010)
Jo-Jo Bennett & Mudies All Stars: Hot Pop -- Quad Star Revolution 1 & 2 (Moodisc 1972) Thanks to It's Coming Out Of Your Speaker!
Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Junior Braithwaite: Don't Ever Leave Me (Take 2) -- Destiny: Rare Ska Sides From Studio One (Heartbeat 1999)
Ernest Ranglin: These Eyes -- Sounds & Power (Musicrama 1997) Thanks to Fusionero's Blog!
Charlie Hunter, Chinna Smith & Ernest Ranglin: Island In The Sun -- Earth Tones (Green Streets Entertainment 2005)
Monty Alexander: Eleuthera -- Harlem-Kingston Express Live! (Motema 2011)

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Butter Pon Dem Mouth: Playlist for August 19, 2011


Celebrate 30 years of On-U Sound & 15 years of Dub Mission in San Francisco on Sept. 4th with Adrian Sherwood & Brother Culture.

Adrian Sherwood: Monkey See, Monkey Dub -- Becoming A Cliché Disc 2: Dub Cliché (Real World 2006)
Sly & Robbie: Ballistic Squeeze -- Drum & Bass Strip To The Bone by Howie B (Palm Pictures 1999)
Paris Yard feat. Brother Culture: I Tal Weed -- Dubvisions (Hammerbass 2002)
Frente Cumbiero & Mad Professor: Bestiales 77 Dub -- Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor (SalgaelSol 2010)
Hey-O-Hansen: Sonn -- We So Horny: Serious Pleasure Riddims (Pingipung 2010)
Ruts DC: Weakheart (RSD AKA Rob Smith Remix) -- Rhythm Collision Re>Loaded (Echo Beach 2009)
B.F.A.: Up Your Mind -- Poor Boy EP (? 1980?)
Gentleman: Dem Gone (Umberto Echo Remix) -- Dub The World (Echo Beach 2010)
Pupajim: Trouble Again (Maffi 2011)
Keith Hudson: Too Possessive & You Know It Baby -- Entering The Dragon (Sunspot 2011)
Ricky Melody: What A Act (Alpine 2011)
Ernest Ranglin Selected Group: Free Form/Skalvouvia (Kentone/Dub Store 2011)
Brother Culture: Foundation Rockers -- Foundation Rockers (M Records 2003)
Augustus Pablo: Java -- Randy's 50th Anniversary 1960-1971 (VP Records 2008)
Augustus Pablo: A Java Instrumental -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Augustus Pablo: Butter Pon Dem Mouth Version -- Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994 (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Baba Brooks: Seven Guns Alive -- Trojan Instrumentals Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Steely & Clevie: Streetsweeper -- Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-D (Soul Jazz 2011)
Mark Stewart: Rise Again -- Edit (Crippled Dick Hot Wax 2008)
See-I: Haterz 24/7 -- See-I (Fort Knox 2011)
The Senior Allstars: Herbs -- Nemo (Grover 2000)
The Senior Allstars: Herbs Dub -- Nemo (Grover 2000)
Keith LeBlanc: You Drummers Listen Good -- Major Malfunction (Select Cuts 2003)


Friday, August 12, 2011

Best of the Trojan Box Sets: Playlist for Aug. 12, 2011

Tonight we celebrate the reggae classics reissued in Trojan Records' epic series of box sets. So far, Trojan has released 70 collections of 50 songs apiece (that's 3,500 songs, folks!) in the last 13 years. The box sets have appeared under a variety of classification schemes -- some by genre, some by sub-label, some by audience (Skinhead reggae, for the love of Jah!), some by decade.

Except for the Trojan Seventies Box Set, which should be recalled and pulped, each of the 30 or so Trojan boxes with which I'm familiar is an interesting compilation that includes a number of excellent and unique tracks.

For me the bestest of all the boxes are the original Trojan box sets, Trojan Story (1980) and Trojan Story Vol. 2 (1982). I bought these records back then, and have listened to them more or less continuously (turntable & stereo technology allowing) ever since. They have taught me much of what I know about Jamaican music.
The Trojan Story "Triple Album Boxed Set" is actually a re-issue of a 1972 compilation. Trojan has been in the habit of re-issuing its re-issues for a long time now.

King Stitt: Fire Corner -- Trojan D.J. Box Set (Trojan 1998)
Alton Ellis: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) -- Trojan Motor City Reggae Box Set (Trojan 2006)
Joe Higgs: The World Is Upside Down -- Trojan Bob Marley & Friends Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Lloyd & Carey: Down Side Up -- Trojan Producer Series Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Brother Dan All Stars: Eastern Organ -- Trojan Singles Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Derrick Morgan: Fat Man -- Trojan Singles Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Desmond Dekker: Fu Man Chu -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box Set (Trojan 2003)
Cornell Campbell: Music Keep On Playing -- Trojan Carnival Box Set (Trojan 2003)
The Upsetters: Cloak & Dagger -- Trojan Creole Reggae Box Set (Trojan 2004)
The Aggrovators: Do You Dub -- Trojan Dub Box Set (Trojan 1998)
Toots & The Maytals: Bam Bam -- Trojan Calypso Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Count Lasher & Williams with Lyn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band: Bam Bam -- Trojan Calypso Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Winston & George: Keep The Pressure On (Alternate Version) -- Trojan Rocksteady Rarities Box Set (Trojan 2005)
Keith Hudson: Melody Maker -- Trojan Rare Groove Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Bongo Herman, Bingy Bunny & Bongo Les: Salaam (Peace) -- Trojan Nyahbinghi Box Set (Trojan 2003)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Soul Food -- Trojan Bob Marley & Friends Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Freddie McGregor: Jah Can Count On I -- Trojan Rockers Box Set (Trojan 2006)
The Pioneers: Mama Look -- The Trojan Story Vol. 1 (Trojan 1980)
Niney & The Soul Syndicate: Here I Come Dub -- Trojan Dub Box Set Vol. 2 (Trojan 2000)
The Kingstonians: Singer Man -- Trojan Originals Box Set (Trojan 2003)
Lloyd Parks: Everybody Needs Love -- Trojan Carnival Box Set (Trojan 2003)
The Spanishtonians: Suffer Me Not -- Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set (Trojan 2004)
New Town Sound Ltd.: I & I Are The Chosen One -- Trojan Roots Box Set (Trojan 2003)
Owen Gray: Mash It (Parts 1 & 2) -- Trojan Jamaican R&B Box Set (Trojan 2002)
Derrick Morgan & Hortense Ellis: I Am Gone -- Trojan Club Reggae Box Set (Trojan 2000)
The Melodians: I Will Get Along Without You -- Trojan Rocksteady Box Set (Trojan 1998)
Derrick Harriott: Eighteen With A Bullet -- Trojan Seventies Box Set (Trojan 2004)
The Classics: Civilization -- Trojan Producer Series Box Set (Trojan 1999)
Dennis Brown: No More Will I Roam -- Trojan Producer Series Box Set (Trojan 1999)
The Viceroys: My Mission Is Impossible -- The Trojan Story Vol. 2 (Trojan 1982)


The Viceroys perform My Mission Is Impossible "inna de yard". Enjoy!
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upwards through the night.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Ladder of St Augustine."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Double Dub News: Playlist for Aug. 5, 2011


OK, here's the deal: Creation Rebel's Starship Africa was recorded in 1978, mixed and released initially in 1980 on 4D Rhythms/Hit Run. It was reissued on On-U Sound Records in 1982. On vinyl, there are only two "song titles" involved. Side A is "Starship Africa (Soundtrack from forthcoming motion picture)"; side B is "Space Movement." Side A has 5 tracks; side B has 4 tracks, so I guess you'd think of the first track on side B as "Space Movement 1", wouldn't you?

This music was first released on CD as part of Historic Moments Volume 2, which looks like this in North America:
But on this CD, the tracks are listed as "Space Movement 1" through "Space Movement 9"; thus, "Starship Africa 1" became "Space Movement 1" and "Space Movement 1" became "Space Movement 6." When the album Starship Africa was re-issued in 2000 as part of the Master Recordings series, the original titles were re-introduced. But then, lest you think confusion could or should cease, the 2003 Japan-only reissue of "Starship Africa" in 2003 reverted again to the "Space Movement 1 through 9" nonsense.
And now that the album has been reissued yet again in 2011 to celebrate On-U Sound's 30th anniversary, we're back to the correct titling/numbering system. This is the long way of saying that the track we played tonight, "Space Movement 2" is also known as "Space Movement 7" depending on what CD you're playing and, of course, what continent you're on. Whatever, it's a great track, and so is the whole album. Buy it, and play it all the way through (just like we used to in the olden days!) and I betcha you won't even care what titles or numbers go with which tracks. It is still the best of all Creation Rebel albums, and one of the best records On-U Sound ever released.
P.S.: If my explanation has been too confusing, please see the discussion on the Creation Rebel discography page of the website "On-U Sound in the Area" (a.k.a Skysaw), the source of all accurate On-U Sound discographical information.

Tonight we feature music reviewed by Steve Barker in the last two issues of Wire Magazine (July and August 2011). In some cases, we were unable to play anything from the new releases, so we played something older that is, we hope, related to the new albums under discussion:

Hollie Cook feat. Horseman: Cry (Disco Mix) -- Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Creation Rebel: Space Movement Section 2 -- Starship Africa (On-U Sound 2011)
I Roy: Black Man Time -- Gussie Presenting I Roy (Sunspot 2011)
Jackie Edwards: This Is Another Festival -- Real Authentic Reggae Vol. 2 (BBE Records 2009)
Anthony Madden: Mad Experience (Sunflower 2011)
Jeb Loy Nichols: To Be Rich -- Longtime Traveller (Beat/On-U Sound JP 2011)
Nitty Gritty: General Penitentiary -- General Penitentiary (Black Victory 2011)
Impact All Stars: Java (Part 1) -- Java Java Java Java (Impact 1970s)
Frankie Paul: Worries In The Dance -- Most Wanted (Greensleeves 2011)
The Sharks & The Federal Studio Orchestra: You Made Me Warm (Kentone/Dub Store 2011)
Travellers: Keep On Trying -- Black Black Minds (Pressure Sounds 2005)
Dubmatix feat. Sugar Minott: In The Ghetto -- Renegade Rockers (7Arts Entertainment 2008)
Dr. Alimantado: Best Dressed Chicken -- Best Dressed Chicken (Keyman 2011)
Deadbeat: Plateau Quarter -- Drawn & Quartered (BLKRTZ 2011)
Keith Hudson: Man From Shooter's Hill -- Entering The Dragon (Sunspot 2011)
Chuck Turner: We Rule -- King Jammy's The Rhythm King (Pressure Sounds 2003)
Pampidoo: Synthesizer Voice (Goth-Trad Remix) (Greensleeves 2011)
Pupajim: Double Lock (Maffi 2011)
Disrupt: Double Lock Riddim (Maffi 2011)
Suns Of Arqa: On Hearing A Name Long Unspoken -- Stranger Music (Arka Sound 2011)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Freedom Day: Playlist for July 29, 2011


"We're gonna walk we're gonna walk
Walk walk walk
Down Freedom Street"

Emancipation Day, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834, is being celebrated in Windsor this weekend. The celebration of Emancipation Day, a long-standing local tradition that lapsed in the wake of the Detroit riots, was revived in 2008, as you can read in the Windsor Star article from which the above photo was borrowed.

Joe Higgs & Karl Masters: Journey to Freedom -- Sounds & Pressure, Vol. 6 (Pressure Sounds 2008)
Burning Spear: Slavery Days -- Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost (Island 1976)
Ghetto Priest: The Slave's Lament (live) -- I Murder Hate (Recorded live in Stirling UK March 14, 2009) Thanks to Exile On Moan Street!
Gregory Isaacs: Slave Market -- Soon Forward (Virgin 1979) Thanks to Rootstyle Reggae Roots!
Junior Delgado: Sons of Slaves -- Lee "Scratch" Perry & Friends: Open The Gate (Trojan 1989)
Earth, Roots, & Water: Liberation -- Innocent Youths (Light In The Attic 2008 1977)
Earth & Stone: Free Black Man -- Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds 1996)
Roy Richards: Freedom Blues -- Roy Richards (Studio One 1960s?)
Gregory Isaacs: Slavemaster -- Mr. Isaacs (Blood & Fire 2001)
Gregory Isaacs, feat. Dillinger: Take A Dip -- Mr. Isaacs (Blood & Fire 2001)
Augustus Pablo: Slave Master's Execution -- Jah Inspiration (Recall 2001)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: Slave Driver (live, 1973) -- Talkin' Blues (Tuff Gong 1991)
Culture: Too Long In Slavery -- The Front Line Box Set (Virgin 2001)
Skin, Flesh, & Bones Meets The Revolutionaries: Slavery Dub -- Fighting Dub 1975-79 (Hot Pot Records 2006)
Derrick Harriott: Slave (12" version) -- Riding The Roots Chariot: Derrick Harriot (Pressure Sounds 1998)
Toots & The Maytals: Redemption Song -- Pressure Drop: The Best Of Toots & The Maytals (Trojan 1997)
Mossman & Bunny: Freedom Version -- Message In The Dub (Dispensation Records 1999)
Willi Williams: Slave -- Messenger Man (Blood & Fire 2005)
Willi Williams: Slave Dub -- Messenger Man (Blood & Fire 2005)
Ken Boothe: Freedom Day -- Blood Brothers (Trojan 1978) Thanks to Filé Reggae Downloads!
Gregory Isaacs: Set The Captives Free -- Mr. Isaacs (Blood & Fire 2001)
Glen Brown: No More Slavery -- Check The Winner 1970-74 (Greensleeves 1989) Thanks to P.A. To Da Reggae!
Ishan People: I Shall Be Released -- Roots (GRT 1976)
Ken Boothe: Freedom Street -- Rock Steady: The Roots Of Reggae (Moll-Seleckta 2009)
Ghetto Priest: Strange Cargo -- Vulture Culture (On-U Sound 2003)
Youssou N'Dour: Redemption Song -- Dakar/Kingston (Emarcy 2011)
Playing For Change: Redemption Song -- Songs Around The World, Vol. 2 (Hear Music 2011)



Friday, July 22, 2011

There Is No King Size Dub Chapter 14: Playlist for July 22, 2011

Ian "Pho" Swain & Alanna Stuart are Bonjay. Originally from Ottawa, now located in Toronto, they make great music together. Check them out on MySpace.

U Roy: Wake The Town -- Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music (Island 1994)
Future Pigeon: Fall Of The House Of Dub -- Golden State Of Dub (Shipwrecords 2000)
Dubmatix feat. Ammoye: Lock Down -- System Shakedown (7Arts Entertainment 2010)
Bonjay: Want A Gang -- Broughtupsy (Mysteries of Trade 2010)
3D Production: Riot -- Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-83 (Bristol Archive 2011)
Soul Sugar feat. Carlton Livingston: Bar Tender (Dub) -- King Size Dub Vol. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
The Senior Allstars: Bemsha Swing -- Come Around (Skycap 2008)
The Senior Allstars: Bemsha Dub -- In Dub (Skycap 2011)
Bim Sherman & the Dub Syndicate: Can't Stop Jumping --Discoplate Collection Part 2 (On-U Sound 1998)
Ruts DC: Accusation (Dreadzone Remix) -- Rhythm Collision Re>Loaded (Echo Beach 2009)
Beam Up feat. Cassawarrior: Rocker -- Terra Sonica (Beaming Productions 2010)
Jamaram: Carried Away (Dub) -- Jamaram In Dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Black Dub: Nomad -- Black Dub (Sony 2010)
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Roast Fish & Cornbread -- Arkology (Island 1997)
King Tubby: Crime Wave -- 100% Of Dub (Select Cuts 2003)
Chaka Demus & Pliers: When King Tubby Used To Play -- Real Authentic Reggae Vol. 2 (BBE Records 2009)
Up Bustle & Out: Silverfish (An Ocean's Dub Tale) -- King Size Dub Vol. 13 (Echo Beach 2010)
LV & Okmalumkoolkat: Boomslang (Hyperdub 2010)
Smoke: To Them -- Routes (Echo Beach 2009)
Augustus Pablo: No Entry -- Real Authentic Reggae Vol. 2 (BBE Records 2009)
New Age Steppers: Avante Gardening -- The New Age Steppers (On-U Sound 2011)
The Pioneers: Bus Them Shut -- Pusher Man (Squad Disco 1978) Thanks to You & Me On A Jamboree!
Hollie Cook: It's So Different Here -- Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Brian Eno: Dow -- Drums Between The Bells (Warp 2011)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics: Rema Skank -- Pleasure Dub (Pressure Sounds 2009)
Dub Colossus: Satta Massagana -- Addis Through The Looking Glass (Real World 2011)


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Drawn & Quartered: Playlist for July 15, 2011

The CD cover is actually shiny black letters
on a matte black background.
I couldn't see it in the record store.
Neither, at first, could the clerk.
None more black!

Monty Alexander: King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown (Live) -- Harlem-Kingston Express Live (Motema 2011)
Hollie Cook feat. Horseman: Cry (Disco Mix) -- Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo 2011)
Count Alert w/ Lyn Taitt & The Baba Brooks Band: In The Park -- Trojan Calypso Box (Trojan 2002)
New Age Steppers: Izalize -- The New Age Steppers (On-U Sound 2011)
African Head Charge: Undulating -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)

Deadbeat: Drawn & Quartered (BLKRTZ 2011)
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter (The Vampire of Mumbai)
Fourth Quarter (Cala's House)
Plateau Quarter (Hope in Numbers)

The Silvertones: Rejoice Jah Jah Children -- Trojan Roots Box (Trojan 2002)
The Upsetters: Rejoicing Skank -- Dub Echoes (Soul Jazz 2009)
Jah Lion: Colombia Colly -- Colombia Colly (Island 1976) Thanks to Roots In Control!
Chief Checker: Ire Africa -- Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump (Strut 2008)
Toots & The Maytals feat. Bonnie Raitt: Premature -- Light Your Light (Concord Music 2007)
Dubxanne: Spirits In A Material World -- The Police In Dub (Echo Beach 2008)
Derek Allen: Spirits In The Material World -- DJA EP (Mad Decent 2011) Free download available here.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Day-O: Playlist for July 8, 2011


The New Age Steppers 1st LP, cover designed by Bill Bell.
On-U Sounds LP #1, released in 1981; re-released with four bonus tracks on CD in 2011.
30 years of beautiful post-punk reggae.

Ruts DC: Rhythm Collision (RSD aka Rob Smith Remix)-- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Edric Connor: Day Dah Light -- Songs From Jamaica (Saland 2008)
Deadbeat: First Quarter -- Drawn & Quartered (BLKRTZ 2011)
The Aggrolites: Complicated Girl -- Rugged Road (Stomp 2011)
Johnny Clarke: Do You Love Me? -- Real Authentic Reggae Vol. 2 (BBE Records 2009)
African Head Charge: Mysterious Happenings -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
The Senior Allstars: Stage Rocker -- Red Leaf (Grover 2006)
The Senior Allstars: Stage Rockers Dub (Avatar Remix) -- In Dub (Skycap 2011)
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed (Congo Natty Well Toasted Mix) (Temple Gong 2011)
Louise Bennett: Day Dah Light -- Jamaican Folk Songs (Folkways 1954)
The Techniques: Day-O -- Run Come Celebrate: Their Greatest Reggae Hits (Rounder 1995)
Alkaline: Skull Dubbery -- ExtraLongLife (Universal 2000)
Jamaram: End Of the World Dub -- Jamaram In Dub (Echo Beach 2011)
New Age Steppers: Singing Love -- New Age Steppers (On-U Sound 2011)
Errol Dunkley: Black Cinderella -- Keep The Pressure Down (Prestige Elite 2004)
Augustus Pablo: Cinderella In Black -- Keep The Pressure Down (Prestige Elite 2004)
I Roy: Sound Education -- Don't Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff 1972-75 (Blood & Fire 1997)
Jimmy Radway & The Fe Me Time Allstars: The Best Big Youth Version -- Dub I (Pressure Sounds 2008)
Tack>>Head: Black Cinderella Version -- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Tappa Zukie: Black Cinderella -- Man Ah Warrior (Trojan 2003)
Smoke: Ken Saro Wiwa -- Routes (Echo Beach 2009)
Federico Aubele feat. Natalia Clavier: Ojala -- Berlin 13 (ESL 2011)
Slim Smith: Turning Point -- Real Authentic Reggae Vol. 1 (BBE Records 2008)
Dubmatix: Deep Dark Dub (TVS Remix) -- King Size Dub Chap. 15 (Echo Beach 2011)
Jolly Boys: Nightclubbing -- Great Expectation (Geejam 2010)
Harry Belafonte: Banana Boat Song (Day O) -- Calypso (RCA Victor 1956)


"Day-O," aka the "Banana Boat Song," aka "Day Dah Light" ruled tonight's show in honour of the chart successes of two songs, Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home" and Lil Wayne's "Six Foot Seven Foot," both of which quote Harry Belafonte's own massive hit. Belafonte's LP Calypso was the first album to sell a million copies. So, basically, Jamaican music is the most popular music in the world. Or something like that.



SOUND EDUCATION: Lyrics by I-Roy (deciphered to the best of my ability -- please feel free to correct me in the comments!)
Hey!
From the college
Where you get your musical knowledge
As I would say, knowledge is power
As I shower down the shower on the hour
Each and every hour

Education ’appen to be the topic
And when I tell you this brothers & sisters it’s terrific
As I would say I don’t mean to play you no funny trick
But if you’re young or old
You gotta come on out and bring your walking stick

Hold there Bro’ B
Le’ we hear what Bro’ T have to say

Bro’ B: You want gun, I
Bro’ T: No, I! Gun too hot for I!
Bro’ B: Then what the man want then, I?
Bro’ T: Education for I and I!
Together: I!!

That’s what the brothers say
And you can hear them tell you each and every day

Literacy means a lot
So when you grow up you’ll be cream of the crop
Cos I-man will tell you this
Literacy is something no one in the world can resist

For the heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upwards through the night*

And when I tell you this is gonna be all right
For when I tell you baby I will say that’s out of sight
Hey!

Musical song’s called literacy
Learn as you earn
And I will tell it to you
And you will never regret
And when I tell you brothers and sisters
You can never fret

For literacy is the theme
And that’s exactly how it seems as I will tell it you
Baby you gotta make my scene
And baby You cannot be no jellybean
For literacy is the topic
And when I tell you this is really really really terrific

Hey!

As I would tell you ‘bout the sound’s called literacy
Shout it in the neighbourhood
So all the people can live good

MUSICAL INTERLUDE

So if you’re young or old
And I would say brothers and sisters
You got to have some soul
For in this land of nationhood
You gotta love one another and be very good

Literacy is the theme
And as I would tell you that’s exactly how it seem
And brothers and sisters
You can let your little light shine
Help one another writin’ down the line
As I would tell you musical sound that you can find

Literacy is the thing we need today
Brothers and sisters
Each and every day
As I would tell it to you ‘bout this
I will lead the way
Hey!

As I tell you literacy is what we need today
In this land of nationhood that’s what I say
So we can go on hand in hand
To help Jamaicans to build a better land
Hey!

Musical sound’s called Literacy, y’know
You gotta keep on coming through the door
As I will give you just a little little bit o’ more
* a quote from "The Ladder of Saint Augustine" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These lines must have been drilled into every Jamaican schoolchild, because they appear in a large number of songs, from "The Great Wuga Wuga" by Sir Lord Comic to "The Heights of Great Men" by Beenie Man. Also: "My Mission is Impossible" by the Viceroys (aka "Nothing Is Impossible" by the Interns).