Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The Music Forums > Reggae & Ska
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-12-2009, 07:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
16, so?
 
zeppy111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South Africa
Posts: 630
Default

Great thread and it is only just beginning I hope.

After reading through it a bit and listening to a couple of the videos I went out and bought Peter Tosh's album that you two recommend and played it in the car on the way home and now again back on the sound system, very interesting and a new experience of music. GREAT ALBUM! Going to have to pick up a few more of those albums.
__________________


My Blog (album of the day): http://musicfromthesouth.blogspot.com

Last edited by zeppy111; 06-12-2009 at 02:19 PM.
zeppy111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 08:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
Ba and Be.
 
jackhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: This Is England
Posts: 17,299
Default

The first review is bulldogs and the second is mine.

Black Uhuru-Sensimilla (1980)


Fashioned by the legendary production duo, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Sinsemilla was the first Black Uhuru album to be distributed to international markets, getting them well and truly on the road to the mainstream success they'd find in later years. Despite operating as a trio, this was essentially a Michael Rose solo album, seeing as he sang all the lead vocals using his own lyrics. The Dunbar and Shakespeare duo provide this album with its pumping, lively rhythms. In spite of peddling these kinds of infectious dancehall rhythms, Rose's lyrics are as revolutionary and radical as any of his roots reggae contemporaries, extolling the virtues of some kind of plant or other (apparently it gets you 'stoned' or something if you smoke it), opposing apartheid and so forth.

At its heart then, this is another textbook roots album, but it also has that kind of danceable quality from the Dunbar/Shakespeare-implimented rhythm section, which gives things an interesting edge. Another real essential of roots reggae then.



Jacob Miller & Inner Circle- Forward Jah Jah Children (Compilation)


The first few tracks on here feature the original Inner Circle vocalist but once jacob Miller joined, the band galvanised themselves and became one of Jamacia's favourite roots/rockers band featuring the bionic man himself Miller.

Once again we are treated to some hard skanking roots Reggae with Millers soulful voice topping the mixture off. he sadly died at the age of 27 in a road crash but he left behind a fantastic voice, some stirring socio-political lyrics and with his band; some fantastic music.

__________________

A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.
jackhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 05:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
Muzak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,050
Default

damn this thread is awesome. I'm gonna have to give this list a thorough run through to build up my library!
Muzak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,810
Default

Thanks for reading everyone. There's tons of wonderful reggae out there, and we hope this thread does it all justice.

Moving on...

Dancehall Reggae & Lover's Rock



It's about time we started the second list, a joint effort between dancehall and lover's rock. First off, let's define the two. Dancehall reggae gets its name simply from where reggae was played live by DJs in so-called sound systems in the late 70s and early 80s. Social and political changes in Jamaica saw the rise of a much more localised market for the new generation of reggae stars, as opposed to the internationally-oriented roots reggae of yesteryear, as well as lyrics changing their focus to violence, dancing and sexuality. Noticeably, the rhythms tended to give off a more lively, pumping sort of vibe, as opposed to the mostly groove-oriented rhythms of roots, giving the reggae of DJs like Yellowman, General Echo and Eek a Mouse a new edge to it.

Lover's rock started off a few years earlier, boasting roots in the earliest reggae of the 60s. It basically serves as a counter-genre to the politically-aware and socially conscious roots and (to an extent) dancehall reggae with its own much more romantic lyrics, as peddled most successfully by artists like Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor.

What links it with dancehall is that, like dancehall, its rhythms evolved from the bare backbone of the groove-based roots reggae vibe. In lover's rock's case this comes mainly from the combination of the smooth sounds of Chicago and Philadelphia soul with roots rhythms. Both are the forms of reggae which boomed after roots went bust. Plus it's a lot less complicated to do things this way too.

So, I'll just talk about a couple of albums in a moment or two...

Last edited by Bulldog; 06-15-2009 at 04:56 PM.
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:39 AM   #15 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,810
Default

Barrington Levy - Here I Come (1985)



As one of the big names of the dancehall movement Barrington Levy, unlike a lot of his contemporaries, didn't start work in music in the sound systems of Jamaica, but instead as a bona fide solo artist who'd released some four albums before this one and established himself firmly within the Jamaican music industry. His big comeback after a few years' hiatus from recording through the early 80s, and the scorer of his first international hit, remains the pinnacle of his career and an absolute essential of dancehall. Like the best of the scene, the punchy bass rhythms are absolutely wonderful, pushed right up in the mix along with the dub-esque reverb on the drums, which brings out the key difference between roots and dancehall for the listener - that of the focus coming away from the lyrics and towards the rhythms. Basically, this is one of the essential dancehall albums. For anyone who needs such a point of reference, personally I can hear a lot of Matisyahu's sound in the livelier cuts here (seeing as it does slow down in places with a few lover's rock songs). Stellar stuff!



Eek a Mouse - Wa-Do-Dem (1981)



Eek a Mouse, born Ripton Joseph Hylton (oddly enough), was one of the superstar DJs of the Jamaican dancehall scene, had released a few roots singles and worked on several sound systems before recording any albums, which stand up as a prime example of dancehall reggae by the numbers. Wa-Do-Dem though, which announced his arrival among the hitmakers with singles like its title track, remains his finest achievement. The song in the video below is the perfect example of how dancehall differs from roots - the backbone which holds up countless roots songs is definitely still there, but swamped with danceable bass rhythms and, in that song's case at least, uses dub-style reverb to spice things up a bit. This is definitely one of the first dancehall albums you should look for.


Last edited by Bulldog; 06-15-2009 at 11:12 AM.
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 10:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
Groupie
 
jamstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Default

There are some great roots albums reflected on this thread. Great Stuff! The '70s was the period where roots really dominated the reggae market and it was a great time for quality of music coming out of Ja. I happen to love all the albums already mentioned here. I would add music by the Mighty Diamonds ("Right Time") and Israel Vibration ("Same Song").

Bless...
jamstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 02:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,810
Default

Israel Vibration and Mighty Diamonds are indeed the shizz. I've got a handful of songs by both but unfortunately no albums, a position I intend to do something about in the near future.
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 03:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
16, so?
 
zeppy111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South Africa
Posts: 630
Default

I went to the store today and spent about an hour going through the reggae stuff, which is so cheap compared to the rest of the store and picked out about 7 albums which I got them to keep behind the counter for me, to pick up in the next week. Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, U-roy, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff - An album each from them.

Keep the great reviews coming!
__________________


My Blog (album of the day): http://musicfromthesouth.blogspot.com
zeppy111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 03:11 PM   #19 (permalink)
VICTORY SCREEEEEEECH
 
Antonio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Are you a cop?
Posts: 3,341
Send a message via AIM to Antonio
Default

i'll look a bit more into Steel Pulse and Aswad. i haven't gotten to the rest of it yet, but i will when i get back from school


thanks for the thread
__________________
Been making some new music lately, check it out

My MB Journal-I talk about music and stuff!

add me on Steam!
http://steamcommunity.com/id/commandercool

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr dave
isn't this one of the main reasons for this entire site?

what's next? a thread made specifically to banter about music?
Antonio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 05:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
Ba and Be.
 
jackhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: This Is England
Posts: 17,299
Default

Dancehall & Lover's Rock are both my least prefered genres of Reggae so don't expect too much from my picks. Dub is ma thang! Nice picks though Bulldog. I will add my next two tomorrow.
__________________

A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.
jackhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes



2003-2016 Advameg, Inc.

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.