Maybe I'll keep this title for Cliff's submissions, or maybe I won't, ya never know......anyway, I haven't even LOOKED, much less listened to Cliff's latest masterpiece, I just know you reggae fans GOTTA love it.......with the new job etc, I MIGHT rely on guest posters even more than in the past, BUT I hope to continue to post my own stuff as well.........ya never know. I will prolly but up something of my own tomorrow (Thursday), Anyway, I shall continue to submit guest posts from anyone who sends them, LONG STANDING RULE: ANYTHING GOES HERE.......I might slow down for a LITTLE BIT as I acclimate to new job, etc, but I assure you the blog will live........might be as good a time as ANY to thank (again) Cliff, Apantabapanta, Dave Sez (MIA?), Brian, Sean, Mr Dave, Jonder, AndieJames, and EVERYONE ELSE who helps to at least TRY to keep this blog SOMEWHAT unique/different.........couldn't POSSIBLY do this without you guys, you are the greatest.....PLEASE just give me a week or to to get acclimated to my new job and I will start putting up stuff on a "semi"-regular basis..........if you need a fix of "offbeat" stuff,please check Brian's blog Rustbeltoutpost, he has a bizarre collection and posts BOMB shit on an almost daily basis!
TAPPER ZUKIE - M.P.L.A.
As a deejay Tapper Zukie’s reputation was perhaps somewhat over inflated; in no small part due to Patti Smith’s patronage of him in the late 70’s. However he did have have his moments at the mic as displayed on this 1976 album. This is the classic Tapper Zukie album bringing together hard rockers rhythmns with soulful toasting. The album is all concscious, all political and full of emotion. The title track pushed this album to prominence whilst the rest of album maintains a low-slung vibe, driven by Zukie's energetic toasting and impeccable rhythm. As expected for the time period, there's a good amount of dub and repurposed roots riddims here. Zukie’s style is similar to that of Dr Alimantado and Dillinger; so if you are into them then you should be okay with this.
Track List: 1. Pick Up The Rockers 2. M.P.L.A. 3. Don’t Get Crazy 4. Go De Natty 5. Stop The Gun Shooting 6. Ital Pot 7. Marcus 8. Chalice To Chalice 9. Don’t Deal With Babylon 10. Freedom
HUGH MUNDELL – AFRICA MUST BE FREE BY 1983
You must listen to this, if you don’t feel the cuts then you have no feeling. Produced by the wonderful Augustus Pablo it is a record that is built on simplicity but it is this stripped down approach that adds so much to this album. This was the debut of Hugh Mundell and when it was released in 1978 Mundell was only 16 years of age; his youthfullness can be detected in his voice and at times it can sound as though it is a female singer. The powerful political lyrics were all written by Mundell and backed by good straight forward typical reggae riddims. It is an album that stands the test of time and all delivered by a 16 year old. What the fuck was I doing when I was 16? Worrying about my acne and acting like a twat in front of girls. Mundell may have wanted Africa to be free by 1983 but in a sad twist of irony that same year saw him lose his life when he was shot dead whilst sitting in his car.
Track List: 1. Let’s All Unite 2. My Mind 3. Africa Must Be free By 1983 4. Why Do Black Men Fuss and Fight 5. Book Of |Life 6. Run Revolution A Come 7. Day Of Judgement 8. Jah Will Provide 9. Ital Sip
VARIOUS ARTISTS – STUDIO ONE ROCKERSStudio One was one of, if not the, most important record label in Jamaican music history; leading the way through the evolution of reggae music. The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall. Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks, The Skatalites "Phoenix City", Marcia Griffiths delivering some sublime Rocksteady in the form of "Feel Like Jumping", Johnny Osbourne offers some brilliant roots with "Truth and Rights", whilst Dancehall comes delivered by such wonderful artists as Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley and more. From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" you can’t go wrong with this and you would be a fool to miss out on these 15 masterful tracks.
Track Listing: 1. Real Rock – Sound Dimension 2. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths 3. Bobby Bobylon – Freddie McGregor 4. Skylarking – Horace Andy 5. Village Soul – Lennie Hibbert
6. Greedy G – Brentford All Stars 7. Truth & Rights – Johnny Osbourne 8. Surfin – Ernest Ranglin
9. Eye Of Danger – Michigan & Smiley 10. No No No – Dawn Penn 11. Phoenix City – The Skatalites 12. Crabwalking – Prince Jazzbo 13. Hot Milk – Jackie Mittoo 14. Badder Dan Dem – Lone Ranger 15. Ethiopia – Cedric Brooks