PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

PEPPERLITES – HIJACKED / LIFE IS DOWN IN DENVER

  A: Pepperlites - Hijacked B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Life is down in Denver   'Mayday, mayday, Cuba do you read me, this is flight 727, we have been hijacked..' Thus goes the introduction of one of the foundation tunes that got me hooked on Joe Gibbs' productions. It took me more...

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REGGAE BOYS – DOLLY HOUSE ON FIRE / REGGAE TRAIN

REGGAE BOYS – DOLLY HOUSE ON FIRE / REGGAE TRAIN

  A: Reggae Boys - Dolly House on fire B: Reggae Boys - Reggae Train   The Reggae Boys must be the most overlooked band in the history of early reggae. 99 out of a 100 times they are simply credited as 'a.k.a. the Pioneers' but most of the time this is not the case. Because The Reggae...

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SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

SLIM SMITH & NINEY – HONEY, NO MONEY

A: Niney & The Destroyers - Honey, no money B: The Inspirations - Message to my girl   The funky Destroyer in a combination with the soulful rocksteady superstar. Riding Lloyd 'Gitsy" Willis' 'Mad Rooster' riddim, 'Honey, no money' is probably Slim Smith's least known tune. That's probably...

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LYNN TAITT & THE JETS – EL CASINO ROYALE

LYNN TAITT & THE JETS – EL CASINO ROYALE

A: Lynn Taitt & The Jets & Cool Sticky - El Casino Royale B: Lynn Taitt & The Jets & Cool Sticky - Dee's Special   Lynn Taitt. Hailing from Trinidad and bringing with him a bag of fresh ideas and infusing the Jamaican music scene with new influences, this multi instrumentalist...

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PIONEERS – LONG SHOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE ROBINSON

PIONEERS – LONG SHOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE ROBINSON

A: Pioneers - Long Shot (Buss me bet) B: Pioneers - Dip and fall back   The Pioneers, hitmakers and chartbreakers from Kingston, started their career in 1965, recording for various producers and releasing records on labels like Island, Rio and Caltone. The early line up consisted of Sidney...

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SOULMATES – THEM A LAUGH AN A KI KI

SOULMATES – THEM A LAUGH AN A KI KI

A: Soulmates - Dem a laugh an-a-ki-ki   Apart from being a real top notch stomper, 'Dem a laugh" is also another chapter in the Soulmates/Hippy Boys/Pioneers series. Credited to the Soulmates on the UK release (Amalgamated/Trojan) and to the Pioneers on its Jamaican counterpart (Amalgamated...

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STRANGER COLE & GLADDY – JUST LIKE A RIVER

STRANGER COLE & GLADDY – JUST LIKE A RIVER

A: Stranger Cole & Gladdy - Just like a river Pioneers - Dem a laugh   Treasure Isle's hitmaker Stranger Cole was one the first artists to record for the newly emerged producer called Joe Gibbs back in 1968. I reckon hauling in the prolific singer was quite a big and important add to the recording...

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