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Ok, since this topic was last discussed on the board, I've really gotten hooked on reggae and other Jamaican music. Here's what I currently have. I'd be interested in any and all recommendations on what to get next:

Jimmy Cliff et al: The Harder They Come (soundtrack)

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire, Burnin', Live, Exodus

Toots and the Maytals: The Very Best of...

Peter Tosh: Legalize It

Various Artists: Deep Ska (box), "Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan"

Trojan British Reggae Box

Trojan Dub Box vol.1

Trojan Dub Box vol. 2

Trojan Rastafari Box

Trojan Rock Steady Box


I have ordered, but have not yet received the Trojan Ganja Box.

I'm interested in looking into the following:

Burning Spear

More Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Marley

Steel Pulse

I've really enjoyed all of the Trojan boxes I've gotten so far. Any recommendations as far as those are concerned? I've considered the X-Rated box and the Rude Boy box...

What about more contemporary reggae artists? "Is It Rolling Bob" has several artists I enjoyed such as The Mighty Diamonds, Michael Rose (of Black Uhuru), Luciano, J.C. Lodge, and Beres Hammond. Does anybody know what albums by these artists I might enjoy? What about Sizzla, Beenie Man, etc?

What should I avoid?

Finally, does anybody know of any good books on Jamaican music?

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Get the Trojan Nyahbinghi box. It is fantastic! My favorite box of their so far. Other next albums to get that I consider to be essential:

The Congos - Heart of the Congos

Augustus Pablo - Original Rockers

Augustus Pablo - East of the River Nile

Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey / Garvey's Ghost

Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man

Culture - Two Sevens Collide

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Seconds to all the above.

If you can stand listening to lower-fi stuff, there's a lot of sixties/early seventies recordings that are really nice.

Marley's Lee Perry Recordings: African Herbsman, etc. (careful, much duplication btw different releases)

Burning Spear's two Studio One recordings (out on Heartbeat, I think)

Early Maytals (these guys could rave in the best black church style)

Also, better recorded:

Justin Hinds' two Island recordings.


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Another great Tosh album is Equal Rights. "Downpresser Man" & "Stepping Razor" are terrific. I also liked Live & Dangerous Boston 1976 way more than AMG does, though I'd rank Equal Rights as more important.

As you've probably guessed the remaining Marley studio releases are all pretty darn good. Rastaman Vibration, Uprising, Survival and Kaya have been favorites at one time or another. The live for the radio Talking Blues set is very good and Peter & Bunny are on it. It often trades as a boot under the dates 10/31/73 or 12/1,2 or 3/73.

Black Uhuru's Red

I'll echo the earlier Burning Spear recs.

Now it's time for me to take down some names myself!

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No one's mentioned the Arkology Lee Perry box. Lots of versions of the same basic track given unique Perry treatment but all have something and I keep coming back again and again...

I see that Universal's Boutique label http://www.hip-oselect.com/cat_collectors.asp has reissued some classics like Super Ape and Max Romeo - War ina Babylon

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I've been listening to a lot of reggae this summer.

For some reason, I found myself on a real Dub kick.

He're some that I've been enjoying:

Dub Reggae:

I've also been enjoying the Lee Perry set that fent99 mentioned and these cds:

King Tubby - Roots of Dub/Dub from the Roots


King Tubby - King Tubby's in Fine Style


Scientist - Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires


Non-Dub reggage:

Burning Spear - Man in the Hills/Dry & Heavy


Johnny Clarke - Rockers Time Now


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  • 2 years later...

I'm looking for a really good Reggae box set, 4 discs maximum, without too much "modern" reggae (please, not much that's more recent than 1990.

Actually, I think what I'm looking for is a bunch of music like this CD sampler that I once had, but have since lost (or given away, or something). Wish I still had it, actually.

Mango- 96 Degrees In The Shade Reggae

The Harder They Come 3:07 Jimmy Cliff

Rivers Of Babylon 4:17 Melodians

Book Of Rules 3:31 The Heptones

Marcus Garvey 3:27 Burning Spear

King Tubby 2:31 Augustus Pablo

War In A Babylon 4:51 Max Romeo

Police And Thieves 3:54 Junior Murvin

Roast Fish & Cornbread 3:51 Lee "Scratch" Perry

Rastaman 3:52 Bunny Wailer

Reggae Got Soul 3:03 Toots & The Maytals

96 In The Shade 4:28 Third World

Tenement Yard 2:37 Jacob Miller

Klu Klux Klan 3:42 Steel Pulse

Sonny's Lettah 3:52 Linton Kwiez Johnson

Ja Funmi 3:56 King Sunny Ade

Night Nurse 4:05 Gregory Issacs

Solidarity 4:13 Black Uhuru

Don't Turn Around 3:40 Aswad

(I recently started a thread on the Steve Hoffman Forum to see if anybody remembered this promo, so I could at least get the track listing. Here's that thread, which is also where I got the image of the disc itself.)

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Some personal favorites:

Ethiopian & Gladiators: Dread Prophecy

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Dread Beat an' Blood

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Forces of Victory

Mad Professor: Experiments of the Aural Kind

Mad Professor: Who Knows the Secret of the Master Tape?

Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Upsetters: Battle of Armagideon

Prince Far I: Under Heavy Manners - Look for an LP. The CD was mastered from a VERY scratchy LP.

Prince Far I: Long Life

Prince Far I: Free from Sin

Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul - Any Toots through his Memphis LP is great. This one is just my favorite.

U-Roy: Dread in a Babylon

Mikey Dread: Beyond World War III

Augustus Pablo: Rockers Meets King Tubbys in a Fire House

Big Youth: Screaming Target

"keep on coming through the door..." - Jamaican Deejay Music 1969-1973

and a few great pre-reggae Jamaican recordings:

Ska Boogie - Jamaican R&B, the Dawn of Ska

Prince Buster: FABulous Greatest Hits

Rudies All Around - Rude Boy Records 1966/1967

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