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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SIR LORD COMIC – DOCTOR FEELGOOD

SIR LORD COMIC – DOCTOR FEELGOOD

A: Sir Lord Comic - Doctor Feelgood B: Reggae Boys - Reggae Train   Sir Lord Comic jivetalks Nicky Thomas' 'Don't touch me' to great heights in his own distinguished style. I haven't a clue what he's on about in the spoken intro - "hey Georgie, take this advice of a closet full a clothes,...

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DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

DESTROYERS – NEVADA JOE / STRAIGHT TO THE HEAD

A: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Navado Joe B: Joe Gibbs & The Destroyers - Straight to the head   Two superb boss reggae sides from the Joe Gibbs camp, featuring Johnnie Lover on vocals. Both utilizing the 'Mad Rooster' riddim, Little Johnny Jones plays the western rude boy in fine...

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AUBREY ADAMS – CHERRY ISLAND / WINSTON WRIGHT – PEACE AND LOVE

AUBREY ADAMS – CHERRY ISLAND / WINSTON WRIGHT – PEACE AND LOVE

A: Aubrey Adams - Cherry Island B: Winston Wright - Peace and love   According to the great "Reggae going International" book (Noel Hawks & Jah Floyd, 2012) producer Bunny Lee was quick to record the soon to become festival song winner of 1971. A smart move, because Eric Donaldson's...

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THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

THE INSPIRATIONS – TAKE A MESSAGE TO MY GIRL

A: The Inspirations - Take a message to my girl B: Lizzy & Nicky Thomas - Musical Excursion   'Take a message' is a nice and interesting little song. Released on the Jogib label and sung by Billy Dyce & Jimmy London (aka The Inspirations & The Untouchables) this track is harbouring...

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NICKY THOMAS – DON’T TOUCH ME / COMMON PEOPLE REGGAE

NICKY THOMAS – DON’T TOUCH ME  / COMMON PEOPLE REGGAE

A: Nicky Thomas - Don't touch me B: Jogibs - Common people reggae   Although Joe Gibbs was more of a hitmaker than a careermaker, several singers surely did benefit from a lengthy relationship with the producer. Dennis Brown and Cecil 'Nicky' Thomas certainly did, as both artists managed...

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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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ANDY CAPP – MUSICAL RECIPE

ANDY CAPP – MUSICAL RECIPE

A: Andy Capp (& The Pepperlites) - Musical Recipe B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Musical version   Probably best known for his 1968 smash hit 'Pop a top', and the many versions released right thereafter, Andy Capp is an interesting character in the reggae scene. His name could refer to the popular...

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CARLTON GIBBS – GHOST WALK

CARLTON GIBBS – GHOST WALK

A: Carlton Gibbs - Ghost walk B: Joe Gibbs Allstars - Joystick   Now this one took me long enough to figure out! As you can see in the picture above, my copy of this song is a Pressure Beat pre-release with no information on it whatsoever. The fact that the previous owner marked it as being...

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