August 31, 2010, at 8:58 am

Another seven days on ebay (and no one wins)

The last seven days watching the goings on in the reggae vinyl sales sections on ebay.

One of the most bizarre things about the reggae auctions on ebay are the activities of fake bidders. There have been time wasters on ebay since the site first opened but the activities of one individual, a Mexican by the name of Carlos, have become almost legendary for all the wrong reasons.

It’s almost hard to believe as there … continue reading…

August 16, 2010, at 1:53 pm

I am wiser than Solomon

A while ago I made Derrick Harriot’s Solomon number 42 in the greatest 100 rocksteady tunes feature. Mel Cooke in the Gleaner does the song more justice than I ever could in a double feature based on conversations with Derrick Harriott. These tell us who wrote the tune (Junior Murvin) what tune kept it off the number one spot in jamaica (54-46) what else was recorded at the same session (Keith & Tex – Stop … continue reading…

July 22, 2010, at 11:48 pm

Speaking Of Reggae

A couple of nice interviews that you should check out:

First off; on the Creative Review site Tony McDermott who designed many of the classic sleeves for Greensleeves from the late 70’s onwards talks to Al Fingers in the wake of the Greensleeves/Stussy collaboration that has resulted in a (stupidly expensive) book illustrating the first 100 Greensleeves LP sleeves.

Mc Dermott talks about how he started working for Greensleeves, how he came up with many … continue reading…

June 28, 2010, at 9:44 pm

Bob No 1

The Gleaners Mel Cooke has written nice features about a couple of Bob Andy’s biggest tunes recently. I’ve Got To Go Back Home and Fire Burning, the article about the former is particularly interesting with a nice account of the back ground of the song plus plenty of info of who was involved in the session etc.

June 10, 2010, at 10:35 pm

2 more to check

A couple of decent online articles to check out:

First of all the mighty Dave Katz with a more than fine article about Winston Riley on the Waxpoetics website. This feature/interview spans his entire career from the ska days to dancehall but is particularly strong on his career in the 60’s. Thanks to djlawless for the heads up on this.

Next up the Gleaner carries a nice little bio of Junior Reid by the equally … continue reading…

June 7, 2010, at 3:05 pm

Sound System Pioneer

There was a superb article in yesterdays Jamaica Observer about Horace Galbraith, an electrical engineer, and the birth of sound systems in Jamaica.

“This first, ground-breaking model was sold to Tom Wong and was used to start his sound system called Tom the Great Sebastian. Within a few months there were sound system dances all over Kingston at various lodge halls, open air lawns and anywhere that could hold a crowd of 100 people and … continue reading…

May 23, 2010, at 11:33 am

A Merritone debut

It’s not particularly well known that before recording 70’s hits like Pitta Patta and Key Card, Ernie Smith had made his recording debut for the Merritone label in 1967. Mel Cooke has written all about it in the Gleaner today.

May 17, 2010, at 9:19 pm

Da Gorgon

United Reggae website has an interesting interview with Cornell Campbell.

Starting with his entry into the business in the 50’s and going through to the present day, this interview gives a great overview of what it was like working for Coxsone etc (in case you didn’t know already!) but you can’t help wishing for a little more depth in some subjects, all the same it’s a good read and definitely worth checking.

May 9, 2010, at 8:52 am

In the Gleaner

There are a couple of intersting pieces in the Gleaner today:

First off Mel Cooke talks to U Roy about his early recordings for Duke Reid, how they came about and his dealings with the producer. Check it.

Next the Gleaner reports on a court case between Clement Dodd Jnr on one side and his stepmother, Norma, sister Carol, on the other. The case related to his removal from Dodds 1987 will, Clement Jnr claimed … continue reading…

May 6, 2010, at 2:01 pm

Greensleeves Stussy link up

Sports clothing brand Stussy have linked up with Greensleeves for a mix CD, a book, a hat, some badges and a whole pile of T-shirts all based on the early issues on the label.

The T-shirts look pretty good and not a tie dyed joint smoking Bob Marley design in sight!

The web site is nice with illustrations of what they want you to buy and a few nice old graphics so check it.

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