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This article is from the Reggae FAQ, by Mike Pawka eznoh@niceup.com with numerous contributions by others.

4]. Can anyone recommend some roots reggae? p3

From: linden@fanout.et.tudelft.nl (Hans van der Linden)

Name for his style: IJahMan Levi's music.

Compare him? It's said that Chris Blackwell decided for him to be THE
successor of Bob Marley ("sign me your publishings and I make you a
wealthy man").... yet IJahman did go his own way.
But of similar musical and lyric-wise level and similar sort of music/lyrics
I'd say: A lot of Pablo Moses' (esp. older: Revolutionary Dream and such)
work (also still around and hot), also Sugar Minott's work on studio One,
Junior Byles (Jordan), Lee Scratch Perry's Heart of the Ark collection,
Yabby You's One Love, One Heart (also GREAT), side A of Singers and
Players' Leaps and Bounds, Israel Vibration, Wiss, and such.

Albums and tapes I have, so I can tell about (not in specific order):
`Are We A Warrior?' 1979 (still Island:-) [title song esp. great (7:33min)]
`Haile I Hymn (chapter 1)' (ALL 4 NUMBERS PERFECT) (yet still Island)
esp. numbers: `Jah Heavy Load' and `Jah Is No Secret' are PERFECT+
`Tell It To The Children' (again very great)
`Levi Inside Out' (very great again, incl. 2 love songs, and a new version of
`Jah Heavy Load') JMI 1100 (Tree Roots prod. 1989)
`Lilly Of My Valley' (lot of love songs, yet VERY good) JMI 500 (Tree R. '85)
`IJahman & Friends' (VERY VERY good, esp. most numbers:-) (some guests, like
Black Uhuru and His Majesterian appear) JMI 900, Tree Roots '88
`Africa' (to bore you all...again ALL BRILLIANT, great blazing, as usual)
JMI 400, Tree Roots '84
Very recently (dedicated to 100th Anniversary of Haile Sellasie) my gf
gave me the album:
`KingFari', I love side A, side B (love songs) I like.(JMI 1400 Tree Roots '92)
(Oh yes, I recorded [from radio!] `Live in Paradiso '87, guess that will
not be found worldwide though:-)

From: Richard W Anglin <anglin@acsu.buffalo.edu>

Well at the top of my list is BURNING SPEAR!!
Anything of Burning Spear up to the late 1980's. Especially the new compilation
CULTURE also primo... newly released BABYLON BRIDGE
THE ABBYSINIANS....check out their compilation on the HEARTBEAT
label..SATTA MASSAGNA it is now considered to be a colector's item.
JACOB MILLER... an unsung HERO!
INI KAMOSI.... "BEFORE he went to jail"
basically I recommend all roots reggae before the mid to late 1980's

In article <3dqelm$43o@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, papalee@aol.com (Papa Lee)
|> >I buy the CD's for a public library and I am trying to build up the
|> reggae
|> >collection. We have about 30 reggae CD's right now and I would like to
|> buy
|> >a lot more. Any suggestions for some great reggae CD's would be
|> appreciated.
|> >irie
|> This is a pretty interesting question, because the implications of buying
|> for a library are very different than buying for a private collection.
|> I'd have to start off with Island's Tougher than Tough Compilation, The
|> Trojan Story V1 and the Trojan Story V2, Duke Reid's Treasure Chest,
|> Mango's Pressure Drop, Coxsone's Ska Bonanza (on Heartbeat). Respect to
|> Studio One and Original Jamaican Classics, Hearbeat's Channel One:
|> Hitbound, Joe Gibbs/Mighty Two, Virgin's Natty Rebel Roots, Bob Marley's
|> Songs of Freedom and the Wailers One Love, Peter Tosh's Equal Rights,
|> Bunny Wailers Blackheart Man and Marcia Griffiths Naturally. Maybe
|> Heartbeat's Dee Jay Explosion. Niney's Observation Station. Clancy
|> Eccles' Fatty Fatty. Any two of VP's Strictly the Best and Jet Star's
|> Reggae Hits series for contemporary balance. Something by Dennis Brown
|> (Some Like It Hot or anything on the Joe Gibbs label would be a good
|> start), something by Gregory Isaacs (anything before 1982), something by
|> Big Youth (on Trojan) and something by U Roy (before 1978). A
|> collection like that would touch on most of the salient points of reggae's
|> history with a touch of contemporary material as well. This material is
|> fairly available in the US as well.
|> Hope this helps.
|> One Love,
|> Lee O'Neill

In article <APC&1'0'69c4b8aa'c77@igc.apc.org>, Lieschen Montaner
<lmontaner@igc.apc.org> writes:
|> mango records has a collection of records called reggae greats. sly and
|> robbie's reggae greats album is a great album indeed.it features dub
|> tracks from their work with black uhuru in the 80's. some of the best
|> reggae in history was created by the combination of sly and robbie and
|> black uhuru.
|> one love, beto.

|> Here are a few records that any reggae fan should own - I tried to keep it
|> it to stuff that's currently available in the USA on CD and is sort of
|> rootsy.
|> Upsetters "Super Ape" - most people on this newsgroup agree that Lee Scratch
|> Perry is the greatest reggae producer ever. He's been very prolific, and
|> this is one of his absolute classics.
|> Gregory Isaacs "The Best Of . . ." - 20 classics from the Cool Ruler. When
|> he's not getting hassled by the man, the Lonely Lover's charming all the
|> ladies. Gregory has real style, an impeccable voice and great tunes.
|> This is my favourite record of his - 20 classic hits.
|> Culture "Two Sevens Clash" - you just can't beat this for great vocals and
|> all around righteousness. It's kind of a roots concept album, as is:
|> Burning Spear "100th Anniversary" - this is the Spear's most famous album,
|> "Marcus Garvey", plus its dub "Garvey's Ghost" on one CD. Unbeatable.
|> I'd also recommend just about any compilation of old stuff on the Heartbeat
|> label. They usually have great sound, good liner notes, and a fantastic
|> selection of songs. Good way to hear a range of artists for little $$.
|> Best in my opinion are:
|> "Channel One / Hit Bound: The Revolutionary Sound"
|> "Soul Defenders At Studio One"
|> or any of the three "Best Of Studio One" single CDs.
|> The great thing about reggae (well, one of them) is that you can start
|> with a few titles and expand from there pretty easily - you'll find that
|> you can trust some labels pretty consistently, that you'll develop have a
|> fondness for the work of certain producers at certain times (give me mid-'70s
|> Lee Perry or Joe Gibbs, anytime!) and some artists almost never let you down.


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