Monday, 30 November 2009

20 Reggae Classics - The Music That Inspired A Generation

After seeing The Specials blow the roof of Hammersmith last Friday night thought I would post this Trojan compilation released in 1984 which acknowledges ,via the cover art ,Two Tones role in releasing covers of tracks first released in the UK on Trojan Records in the late 60s' and early 70s' .It was through listening to The Specials,The Selecter, Madness etc as a kid that led me ,and probably many out there, to Reggae,Ska,Dub,Rocksteady. It contains tracks covered and made hits or featuring on best selling albums by artists including The Specials,The Selecter,Bad Manners,UB40 and err Boney M amongst others .All tracks absolute classics and all have been available on numerous compilations ,you know the ones ,out during the summer cos Reggae to the masses seems to be all about sun kissed beaches,palm trees,Shaggy and Big Mountain. But this one is quality , if you don't have all of these tracks get them now . Vinyl rip here.Then buy Trojans "Tighten Up!" series .

1. Red Red Wine - Tribe, Tony
2. Sweet Sensation - Melodians
3. Love Of The Common People - Nicky Thomas
4. Johnny Too Bad - Slickers
5. Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
6. Liquidator - Harry J & The All Stars
7. Skinhead Moonstomp - Simaryp
8. Long Shot Kick De Bucket - Pioneers
9. Please Don't Make Me Cry - Winston Groovy
10. Many Rivers To Cross - Cliff, Jimmy
11. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
12. Rudie A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
13. Version Girl - Boy Friday
14. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
15. Fattie Fattie - Clancy Eccles
16. Keep On Movin' - Bob Marley
17. Time Hard - The Pioneers
18. Monkey Man - The Maytals
19. Rivers Of Babylon - Melodians
20. Train To Skaville - Ethiopians

Oh yeah , The Specials. Saw them at Brixton in May and at Hammersmith on Friday , bruised all over and got an accidental smack in the mouth but loved every minute . Must admit after watching them on Jools Holland earlier in the year I was a bit apprehensive but was completely blown away both times . It must be a world tour next , after that who knows ? New material ? With or without Jerry ? Even if they just left it that ,well, its been an absolute blast and far beyond what I could have imagined.

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