SIR LORD COMIC – JACK OF MY TRADE (THE WHIP)

SIR LORD COMIC – JACK OF MY TRADE (THE WHIP)

A: Slickers - Man beware B: Sir Lord Comic - Jack of my trade (The Whip)   Lee Perry and Keith Hudson are often cited as the pioneers when it comes to recording deejays on wax, and indeed they were onto the phenomenon early in the game and had the audacity to release these tunes as singles...

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DENNIS BROWN & PROFESSIONALS – NO BONES FOR THE DOGS

DENNIS BROWN & PROFESSIONALS – NO BONES FOR THE DOGS

A: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - No bones for the dogs B: Mighty Two - Throw it Joe   Jamaica is probably best known for their immense musical output. It never ceases to amaze me that an island so small, relatively speaking, produces so vast an amount of great music and, in the process,...

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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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TRINITY – EVENTIDE HOME

TRINITY – EVENTIDE HOME

A: Trinity - Eventide home B: Professionals - Massive fire   On may 20th 2011 residents of Torrington Park marched the streets of Kingston in order to raise awareness and call for an end to the political warfare that is still, occasionally, reaping havoc in the nation's capitol and beyond....

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DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

DENNIS ALCAPONE & NINEY – YOU MUST BELIEVE

A: Dennis Alcapone & Niney - You must believe me B: The Destroyers / The Observers - You must believe me version   Without the Impressions, I often wonder, would reggae have sounded the same as it does today? It's without doubt that the Chigaco soul outfit has had a huge influence...

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I ROY – KNOTTY KNOTS

I ROY – KNOTTY KNOTS

A: I Roy - Knotty Knots B: Mighty Two - Knots version   Three years after the impressive range of songs from the courtroom that Derrick Morgan laid down for various producers, I Roy revisits the format on the most superb recording he ever made for Joe Gibbs. Just like the Derrick Morgan...

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JULLIAN – THE GARDENER

JULLIAN  – THE GARDENER

A: Jullian / Unforgettables - The Gardener B: 3rd & 4th Generation - Version   The link between the Memphis based Stax label and the Kingston studio's has always been tight. Inhouse band Booker T and the MG's and the label's fine catalogue of southern soul singers were very influential...

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LADY ANN – INFORMER

LADY ANN – INFORMER

A: Lady Ann - Informer B: The Professionals - Most on the corner   After the very bloody 1980 elections, an affair that brought Jamaica on the brink of civil war once again, leaving 800 dead and countless others injured; the island was desperately in need of peace. Peace, quiet and entertainment....

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LEE VAN CLIFF – LOOK HOW SHE FAT

LEE VAN CLIFF – LOOK HOW SHE FAT

A: Lee van Cliff - Look how she fat B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - She Bouncing   The rise of a new form of reggae in the late seventies and early eighties presented itself with a string of changes in the way the game was played. Rub a dub, as it was often called back then,...

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ELPEDIO & THE SONICS – RIGHT TIME

ELPEDIO & THE SONICS – RIGHT TIME

A: Elpedio & The Sonics - Right Time B: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Now   "You're going around, and boasting yourself. You talk about this, you talk about that, every day..." This line from the mighty "Right Time" track is all the evidence you need to establish that Elpedio...

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