Looking nice Tim! Let me know if you need help with WordPress stuff (not that I’m an expert or anything…)
What a great idea hope it all goes well,which it will!!
Lets get filling up the rocksteady category!
Thanks for the kind words; let me add that we also got soundsamples at our site, something like 1500 or so.
Two other significant databases i wanna point out (though there are even more than that): http://www.reggaeid.co.uk/
This one’s also based on Pupa Vlados body of work, but has many additions to it. Search function isn’t top-o-de-crop (in fact it’s nonexistent), but the data is fine, mostly. http://riddims.riddimkilla.com/
Not sure what data this based on; it’s quite barely designed (and french…) but it’s pretty good especially on releases from the nineties
Then there’s of course the great roots-archives.com, which doesn’t have any riddim info, but can provide lots of additional infos on tunes you may have stumbled upon on the other databases.
The magazine should be published in an English version also!
I’ve got one issue of ND and I had to write down the whole articles in wordpad just to paste them in Bable Fish (at altavista) so I could read it.
Cool Stuff and great to read your informative comments. But geez man if this is the tail-end of the list then can’t wait till ya hack it down to the last thirty…twenty….ten.
This looks like a great selection and I like the cover too.
PS Really like the blog Tim!
I’d like to buy some of these rock a shacka releases but have a hard time finding them. Can anyone recomend a good web site to find them??
Well, you`ve done yourself proud here.I pop back here every now and again,`cos your the mutt`s nuts on Rocksteady info.All power to your Dancecrasher 100 Best Rocksteady Tunes.Keep up the good work.Excellent.
Are you playing out over the new year?
Definitely not New Years eve unfortunately. We’re currently having some venue difficulties and will make an announcement about this hopefully later today.
very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
What don’t you agree with Idetroce?
Peace, love & blessings to all. Does anyone out there in internet land know if the rosie riddim will be released on vinyl?
This post has caused offence to a former moderator of the Chatty Mouth board. I’m sorry this has happened, no disrespect was intended as the comments are all reasonably lighthearted which I believe is clear.
Meanwhile the people at the Pama forum are a bunch of cheats 😉
Thank you for being interested in our CD.
You can buy this CD @
I’d be interested to see you list them in order of importance/usefulness Tim – (although I fully appreciate why you might not want to).
For all the drama on that board, the people on ‘Chatty Mouth’ have consistently been the most useful/knowledgeable/forthcoming for me when I’ve been seeking information about Alpha old boys. B&F a close second – but perhaps less useful now than it once was.
Christopher Porter who wrote that piece is a good writer and a good guy. He kindly let me use his great article about Dizzy Reece and the great pics that go with it on my ABS page.
I wouldn’t dare Baldy 😉
Seriously though I’d say I enjoy Blood And Fire and Pama the best. As for Chatty Mouth, after the latest outbursts, childish digs and abuse I doubt I’ll be posting there again. Life’s too short…
So I’ll know where to find you next time I want to pick your brains Tim.
Respect as ever
In case anyone missed it, the documentary is available again at:
Presumably its only available for a limited period once again.
That’s a pity in a way as it means a hiatus from a great reggae night, but I can’t say that I liked the Embassy at all compared to Catch from my brief experience of it.
Amazing… can’t wait to arrive home for listening the tunes! And this is the end of the list…? how will be the first 10 tunes? Good work!
Happy 1968 🙂
Baldy – just sublime. thanks for the peek.
Duh – it’s TIM right? Love that Headache tune.
Yes it is Tim Professor. Glad your enjoying this, the next part is coming soon.
i’m adding in RSS Reader
Prof – I only wish that my rocksteady collection was anywhere near as good quality as Tim’s.
great initiative and a nice read/listen. cant wait or the rest of the list. just wantde to point out two of the most famous ‘versions’ of gir iv’e got a dat: Harry J’s Liquidator and the non reggae version of the Staple singers ‘Ill Take you there’ , to my knowlegde te only time a reggae song gets a soul/funk version, usually it is the other way around.
but i’m sure you were aware of this
That’s interesting I’m aware of the similarities between the two but never thought of Liquidator as a version of Girl I’ve Got A Date. I’ll go away and have another listen.
Hey guess what? the hottest reggae singer Ava leigh whoâ€™s worked with the famous Sly n Robbie, Nick Manasseh, and future cut has free music you can download at http://www.avaleigh.co.uk ?check it out.
Love your work and can’t wait to see the future additions. I’ll be interested to see where Desmond Dekker’s Fu Manchu and Alton Ellis’ If I Could Rule this World appear on your list. Love the label shots too. Great reading. Thanks.
I really like the new layout Tim. I believe that Little Clive who toasted on ‘African Bread’ is Clive Chin but can’t confirm that 100%. Nice to hear ‘Stamma’ on the intro as well.
Just in case anyone is interested the inspiration for Dennis Alcapone’s fantastically titled ‘Erotic Touch of Hot Skin’ can be found here; http://tinyurl.com/2le6db
Hi Tim, I realized today that I have the original rock steady version of Always and The Erotic Touch Of Hot Skin. Its on Olympic pre. Artist: ED. Parkins – Soul Message
Thanks Daniel this is very interesting. There’s an email coming your way…
Wow! I’d really like to hear ‘Soul Message’. I remember Tim saying that he felt ‘Always’ was a version to an earlier rhythm whereas I felt it was on an original rhythm. Looks like you were right Tim!
Soon come Dave 😉
i’m really loving this list, keep ’em coming!
many thanks for this depp work!
I wait for the next ep !
Great to see these lists of music I have loved for 40 years. Do not agree with all of the comments but that is hardly the point. Maybe you are right and I am wrong. I have most of them and want the rest!
Hello at dancecrasher,just stumbled onto your site and its brilliant.had to sell all my ska n rocksteady records years ago,just starting collecting again.Hope my faves are gonna be in your 100 greatest rocksteady list.1.wailing wailers nice time. 2.Tommy MCcook soul for sale.3.Ewan and Jerry rocksteady train.4.The Jamaicans woman go home.5.Bob Andy I’ve got to go back home.keep up the good work i’m off to put on some tunes.
“Patsy – Love Is Divine , This only came out on a Jamaican blank originally.”
That’s Not true i have it on a gayfeet 7 inch ( No repress)
â€œPatsy – Love Is Divine , This only came out on a Jamaican blank originally.â€
Thatâ€™s Not true i have it on a gayfeet 7 inch ( No repress)
Thanks for the info. I’d love to see a lablel scan if that was possible.
â€œPatsy – Love Is Divine , This only came out on a Jamaican blank originally.â€
This came out at least twice on Jamaican issue (label or not) once with “Toast to James Bond” by Baba Brooks and once with another B Side (don’t know what it is but it wasn’t memorable) which unfortunately is the one I have!
Excellent stuff. I’ve always been very much into rocksteady so this top 100 is just what I need. If you need a scan of the labelled Treating me bad (or Miss Cushie with center, or Johnnie Cool on Olive Blossom with credits), let me know! I will be glad to help out. Respect!
Gissa a job!
Sorry to disappoint you, Tim, but the scan also comes from Clarendon’s website. 🙂 still I am pleased to hear that your hectic schedule still allows you to read my stuff…
LOL nevermind, there was me thinking you had a subscription to Womans World and Cosmo.
I’m going to do a quick rundown of blogs soon and yours will definitely be there. I’ll be interested to see if I can upset as many people as the messageboards one did…
there’s also a section now on soul-source.co.uk for JA stuff, plenty of clips, sorted by style
Honest John’s Records starts selling these 7inchies.
Hi Tim… have to say I think that the Drum Song ‘original’ is a bit of a red herring…. different chord changes, no trace of the horns melody (in either version) – and the bass line (though more obvious in the El Chicano) is close, but not close enough for me. Coincidental, imho, just like ‘Green Island’ and ‘Get Carter’……..
And while I’m on it – the original to Errol Dunkley’s You’re Gonna Need Me’ is by Barbara Lynn (on Jamie)…. Great project – keep up the good work, Cheers, Chris
Thank for this Chris, I’ve got to say I did think long and hard about the Viva Tirado link, any similaritiy is as you say pretty week. That said I thought the similarity with El Chicano was clear, but that came after Drum Song so who copied who? Still you much more of a musician than me so undoubtedly your right. I’ll amend the article when I get round to it.
Sorry about this bad news. This is Terrible.
The Killing must stop!
I agree with Mr Yank above – it is a superb tune. I would also like to add Don Henry, As Long As I Live and Larry Marshall’s Little Boy Blue…
Sad news, Michael ‘Mikey Dread’Campbell passed away
1954 – 2008
Mikey Dread At the Control, Trodding to Zion.
DREAD AT THE CONTROLS
Michael Campbell better known as Mikey Dread, is a Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster.
From an early age, Campbell showed a natural aptitude for engineering and electronics. After he finished college, Campbell started out as an engineer with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Campbell wasn’t impressed that the JBC’s playlists mainly consisted of bland, foreign pop music at a time when some of the most potent reggae was being recorded in Jamaica. He convinced his JBC bosses to give him his own radio program called Dread At The Controls, where he played nothing but reggae. Before long, Campbell (now using the DJ name Mikey Dread) had the most popular program on the JBC. Well-known for its fun and adventurous sonic style, Dread At The Controls became a hit all over Jamaica. Inevitably, JBC’s conservative management and Campbell clashed, and he quit in protest.
By that time, Campbell had earned a solid reputation as a singer and producer and began recording his own material. Distinctive albums such as Dread At The Controls, Evolutionary Rockers, and World War III all became favorites amongst reggae fans. His collaboration with producers King Tubby and Carlton Patterson stand out as some of the best work each party has done. Campbell’s music attracted the attention of British punk rockers The Clash, who invited him over to England to produce some of their music. Although initially suspicious of the strangers, Campbell soon became the best of friends with the band, producing their famous “Bankrobber” single and performing on several songs on their 1980 album Sandinista!. Campbell also toured with The Clash across Britain, Europe, and the US, gaining many new fans along the way.
After many years working as a producer and singer, Campbell withdrew from the business and moved to Miami where he furthered his college education with courses in electronics and business. Disgusted with several unfair contracts with record companies, Campbell shrewdly waited until all of the existing contracts expired and then regained control over his entire catalogue. Since then, he has been re-releasing much of it on his own Dread At The Controls record label.
In October 2007, it was announced that Campbell was being treated for a brain tumour.
wheres the new segment man? whats the deal with that?
thanks for your feedback. This is a trailer for a film I am in the process of finishing. At this i am looking for some funding to clear the amazing archive and music. I am hoping to get this film into UK (and European film festivals if I’m lucky) towards the end of 2008.
The working title is “Ska Beat”
Thanks for the update Gus. Please keep us informed of any developments and good luck with the project.
Nice feature. I always imagined a Delroy original to ‘Smoke without fire’ before discovering this! Is there the same guitar bits on the original (Lynne Tait?)? Anywhere I can hear the whole original?
Keep up the good work.
gwan ricky trooper ,but i miss you selecting for jaro
the ska instrumental is (confusingly) called Rocksteady riddim, released on Orange Hill a few years back with an AMAZING vocal by sizzla. I think it was produced by Alborosie actually?
Went to see this the other day. It is unmissable for any lover of reggae history but like most documentaries on the subject, does not give a clear indication of the music’s progression though its different eras, from boogie shuffle to reggae. Do see it though.
Wow. Thanks for sharing and rescuing Don Drummond from obscurity in our Technological Era.
Glad that you enjoyed the film and exhibition. I devised and directed the film and I wanted to give voices to the people that moved the scene onwards. So I only worked the story themes that Coventry people talked about.
Most older sounds talked about R&B from the Louis Jordan era, Bluebeat or ska the move to reggae and dancehall. Mento and Rock Steady weren’t mentioned in the interviews. I was happy that we got some detail about sound system equipment like the mighty GEC KT88 valves, Garrad decks and quad boxes which I hope make up for the gaps.
Many thanks for the feedback.
Really sorry to hear that Tighten Up is coming to an end. I’ve had some brilliant nights at TU over the years and always enjoyed the great music and nice vibes. Big Respect to Tim, Steve and Champion.
Nice one Matthew – thanks for the comment.
Have you plans to show the film more widely or maybe a DVD release? I’d love to see this myself and I’m sure others would be interested as well.
Thanks for the heads up. Enjoying listening to these selections.
Enjoying the site, the news pieces coming through thick and fast now.
would add From mi heart as another classic missing from this collection. looking forward to it though
Just caught with the depth of the site. Amazing job Tim. When you gonna complete the 100 greatest Rock Steady Tunes section?
This is technically produced by Don Williams of Rebel Music, but yes Stephen is credited next to the version on the promo.
Would love to know what role Stephen has played, it sounds partly band backed to my eyes (could be wrong of course). It’s certainly far removed from any of his other one drop efforts.
In any case, wicked wicked business.
Got my CD and the 7″ of ” Lorna Banana ” this week.An absolutely crucial set of tunes from the guys at Pressure Sounds.Excellent liner notes.
Thanks DanceCrasher for the initial heads-up and the follow up reminder.You were right – You Need To Buy It :Â¬).
spot on. couldn’t find any other good info on where it was exactly. WHAT A HERO
Great stuff…but where’s the part 4,5,…?!
nice! my studio one LP is NOISY
You`ve only gone and done it again ! ANOTHER brilliant set of scorchers.Totally agree about the Buster back catalogue,by the way.Looking forward to the next instalment already.THANKS.
It seems I got the answer on my question posted on 27 june…in the best possible way…thank you and keep on rolling.
Thanks for the comments. yes Alex you encouraged me to complete this section! Hopefully I’ll get the next one finished a little quicker…
another good one out of california is called reggae revive – available through itunes – it’s not all revival, there’s some dancehall in there too
this is a wonderful collection of rocksteady beats.. i m a deaf individual who is confined to the steady beats and bass of reggae. the faster these lists come the more i can fill my mp3 player with some of these songs.. currently thru napster.. any better reggae song sites i could download some of these songs?
Still arguably the best album released on Studio One since the archives were raided by Channel One/Joe Gibbs/Bunny Lee in the mid-Seventies. Only “Everything Crash” rivals it.
Mind you, I’m not personally tempted to share out a lot of my hard-earned for ONE previously unreleased track and a couple of dub mixes
I’ll be having some of that
essential blog, great video clip, Rico Rodriguez on trombone. bless
Tim, glad to see your hairline has caught up with the rest of us !!!
Less of that you cheeky sod!
Thanks for the link Tim. I think ‘Double Barrel’ was the first Reggae record I bought. I must have played it thousands of times over the years and still do. I really like the rhythm and play the version side a lot. It was really interesting to find out who played on the session. I knew about Sly and (obviously) Ansell but didn’t know about the others. Trust ace Engineer Lynford ‘Andy Capp’ Anderson to be involved too!
Someone asked for the tracklist for the mix:
Red Is Danger (Justin Yap)
Big Big Boss (Lloyd Daley)
Sound And Soul (Caltone)
Tribute To Sir Alex (Ellis/Moore)
Reflections Of Don D (Joe Gibbs)
This is such a great read. Amazing job! Thank You so much and can’t wait to see the top of the list!
has anyone come across Tighen Up Vol 9?
if u know where i can get a copy please let me know
Wow, very nice indeed! Thanks from Alaska.
many fond memories of the Skatalites Band. As a teenager my brother and myself use to go to Bournemouth Club on Wednesday nights to hear
them. We journeyed from Spanish town by Bus not knowing how we were getting home at 3:00 am when the session was over. Dizzy RIP, You’re gone to join Gabriel, Don, Roland, Jackie, Tommy and the rest.There’ll be some sweet sounds coming down on the night shift.
As for me I got a whole lot of your music to last a lifetime.
Farewell Brother Man, Farewell
funny that you mention us in this context, i love this riddim and was planning to blog it already 🙂
If anyone’s interested in #61, “Won’t you come home” by Delroy Wilson, the version that appears on Dancing Mood is apparently a later, non-rocksteady rerecording of the track. I’ve been searching in vain to find an available CD release of this track…
Thanks one more time for the joy and happy moments you gave us with those wonderful gigs with the Skatalites and then with Jamaica All Stars here in Italy.
Love and respect to another, beloved artist of our wonderful music!
It’s been a while now since the last update now! More rocksteady scorchers for the people!
Seconded! It’s gonna be a cold winter without 60-01!
Yes, what about the next?
Since you asked for suggestions in the first post, i’ll give one: “Carlton & The Shoes – Just Me”. A tune for the top 20 imho thogh 😉
Hi, can’t play this Tim, for some reason i can never play .rar files, do you have it on any other format
Thanks all… I’ve done a bit more work on this thanks to the encouragement hopefully I’ll be there in a week or so.
Nilo82 “Carlton & The Shoes – Just Me” a nice tune for sure but there is always better 😉
Cheers Tim, I googled rar files and downloaded a free extractor thing, thanks for getting back to me mate. the sellection is killer Asher G really is the man, do you have any other recordings of his apart from the one(s) on your podcast page. Really been enjoying the Proffsser and Archie ones again.
All the best
RIP Mr Soul of Jamaica, godfather of rocksteady, king of lover’s rock.
“If anyoneâ€™s interested in #61, â€œWonâ€™t you come homeâ€ by Delroy Wilson, the version that appears on Dancing Mood is apparently a later, non-rocksteady rerecording of the track. Iâ€™ve been searching in vain to find an available CD release of this trackâ€¦”
The rocksteady version is on the recent Soul Jazz “Studio One Kings” – I didn’t (but should’ve) realized this was the work on TimP, that rare Rulers cut “Let My People Go” is the best thing I ever got off a message board, cheers!
Still lot of personal faves missing but 60 to go! Ken Boothe “Thinking”, Mr Foundation “See Them a Come”, Sound Dimension “Rockfort Rock”, Techniques “Traveling Man”, The Bassies “Big Mistake”, The Mellotones “Fat Girl in Red”, The Wailers “Hurting Inside”, Roy Shirley “I’m the Winner”, The Sensations “Lonely Lover”, Alton Ellis “If I Could Rule the World” and anything by Keith & Tex – so many tunes in barely a two-year time span, amazing! Eagerly awaiting the next ten
hi to all i will in the new year have my uk dub sound system list ready to go with a lot of goodies the list will include all of my recordings ie sound system recordings going back to 1983 featuring myself Mc Clapper Priest
and will also feature many dub club sessions
and uk 1980s sound sessions so i will keep everone posted bless
I’m also waiting for 60-51 from far east!!
Hi Tim! Please, carry on with your great work! Still waiting for tunes like “So weary”, “The good you can”, “One Way Street” or “Red eye gal” – and hopefully more tunes like “The Greatest” which I’ve never heard before.
This CD will be the initial release of newly founded ROCK A SHACKA EUROPE section!
Manufactured and made available in Europe January 2009 – more releases will follow, soon.
Waiting way too long – thanks a lot for the work once more!
Another great top-ten. So nice with classics like Perfidia and Red Bum Ball, even thou they’re played to death it’s still classic top songs.
I’m so excited to see the new post for your 100 Greatest Rocksteady tunes. I check your website all the time hoping the new one will be up. I am slowly learning more about comtemporary jamaican music but my real love is anything from the 80’s back. . . especially rocksteady. Keep up the great work.
Worth the wait . Thanks for the effort put into this !
there are several other cuts on the riddim: blak ryno, jahvincy & demarco all 3 also come with clash lyrics against mavado/aliance,there is a slack gal tune by vybz kartel as well
about the lyrics of Red Bum Ball:
this is NOT off course a ‘homage to playground plays’ (i dont think it would have been so succesful in Jamaican dancehalls) but a has a double meaning: it’s about about a memory of teenage sex in school, he refers to her Red BUMBO and how she cried when he ‘took it away’.
Just got the book the other day, absolutely beautiful presentation and lots and lots of info on the rival sounds of the eighties. The best reggae bbok for years.
Another great top selection…but…Arrgh!! What is the rhythm track on ‘That Girl’? I just can’t remember and it’s really bugging me !!
More great stuff. In the middle of a cold snap, -43F right now, so it’s nice to hear some soothing warm weather inspired tuneage. Keep up the good work.
The rhythm to that girl is Biafra By the Crystalites not sure if its availiable anywhere at the moment though
Amazing interview with one of the early dancehall pioneers , respect
iam trying to get in contact with a dj by the name of little howie. he came over to england in the 80s with the sound youthman promotions from jamacia. i have heard that he has turned a muslim. i also heard he was in south london area. he means so much to me so i would appreciate it if you can try and contact him for me and even give him my contact ,email. many thanks karina
Not sure if I can help Karina. I’ll leave the message here, maybe someone will see it who has information.
Thanks Fitz! I had realised it’s sitting on my ‘Undertaker’ LP ! Doooh!
I’m working on a novel based on Don Drummond’s life and times (told from the perspective of a contemporary inmate at the Kingston asylum who’s lived assuming he was Drummond) Thanks for this resource
quality reviewing, that. 🙂
given that an england story wasn’t a soul jazz origination… does that make this more or less predictable?
Hi Gabriel. Fair point (I’ve amended the text)though your compilation was of course released on Soul Jazz.
Whilst they may well have done something like this anyway, after the England Story comp (and it’s popularity) it was a bit of a no brainer really. I should stress this is not meant as a criticism of Soul Jazz – there’s nothing wrong with the comp or the idea I’m just pointing out the connections.
On a related point did you ever check out the UK Dancehall mix i done? I believe this slightly pre-dated your one that lead to England Story (not that I’m claiming any kind of credit or anything). I may put it up on this site soon as the podomatic page hardly every works due to bandwidth restrictions.
Nice one John… I was of course far too rude to point out that the first I heard of the CD was via the review linked through the mighty Uncarved blog.
bad news indeed..
I downloaded loads of your mixes from podomatic a couple of years ago including the uk dancehall one, really liked them all especially the rocksteady ones (my favourite reggae era) and the jammy’s and black scorpio selections.
there’s so much uk dancehall (both vocals and productions) that is so good and still largely unknown beyond the uk reggae scene, it’d be great to have more compilations dedicated to that, all that brilliant fashion/montana stuff as well as mafia & fluxy, unity, uk bubblers etc. it’s a shame that there wasn’t space in an england story to include more tracks from that era, in a way I think we maybe ended up spreading things too thinly over 25 years on that.
re: the NYC comp, it’s definitely a good move on SJ’s part, I guess I was a little miffed cos I was thinking of pitching them a similar thing! but like you say, it’s a definite no brainer after the england story one and it’s not like I can lay claim to the concept once it’s out in the open – or indeed before, given that similar mixes like yours and john eden/paul meme’s Lyric Maker (or Fashion’s Great British MCs) had explored the theme already!
enjoying the top 100 as well as the rest of the site. can I add it to themusicologist?
p.s thanks for the comment regarding the JamaicanVocalGroupAction selection that I’m throwing down..’River Jordan’ is certainly a killer whatever a wo/mans musical preference.
Asher G is wicked, digging some ugly tunes outta his studio one box. tuff session, bless up !
just posted the wailers cry to me. the harmonising always knocks me out..something else attached to the post that you may like?
man who sounds like he knows his ‘onions’
i’ll be there. looking forward to it
Thanks Tim. Nice mix as always.
thanks, no good local music for a couple weeks and ain’t able to get out to any ska/rocksteady/roots stuff(ie California ect) for a couple months. This fit the bill and I appreciate it. Paul in Fairbanks
First I’ve heard of this good news! I’ll get it listed on the London Dossier website. All the best, Jean-Paul
Nice one JP!
Sharp like razor…
Excellent image and especially interesting seeing as it’s a sound from my ‘side of the river’in South London……
While I am happy to see that there is a NY compilation like this, it also seems like the tunes that were selected kind of scrape the bottom of the barrel. I feel like they should have selected at least one vaugely underground Artist like Super C rather than having a bunch of Super Cat who was not, in fact, from NY. For that matter, neither was Born Jamericans (washington D.C.) or Uglyman.
Any chance of this becoming available to listen again? Anyone evry here the BBC radio documentry from around 20 years ago on ska? Love to hear that again. Thanks for sharing and producing this great blog.
I’ll host this on my own webspace as soon as I can get it off podomatic. I’m looking to massively reduce the shows on podomatic so at least the ones that are there can be heard…
Nice one Tim for this again, are the others lost or are you reposting them in time,
I’d love to have copies of the Professor v Archie clash, let me know
tuf selection..anyone know the title of the val bennett tune on the first clip? 2nd tune in…. in need it!
I can’t get them back easily but it is possible so I’ll do this over time. I’ll have a look at the Keats Wine Bar clash. I never got all three parts to work on podomatic anyway so it’ll be worth a try. It’s a case of soon come at the moment…I’ll get there when I can.
Hi Tim, Look forward to that, dealy session that Keats do, been after of the vocal to Glen Browns “tell it like it is” and Gene Rondo’s “someday” since hearing them on your podcast.
many thanks for that mate
Must admire your dedication in compiling this list. Wouldn’t dream of sugesting any of my own faves as all music is personel. Look forward to the top 50.
Cheers Tim you’re a star, made my night hearing this again, great clash, very entertaining and proper tunes for proper people
I think the title you’re asking for is ‘Scabaduga’.
Great to hear a version of Baby I Love You. Will look out for Cabbage Leaf. Any other versions of this?
There are no other versions of Baby I Love you as far as I know. My version of Cabbage Leaf is on the label illustrated – I’ve always liked the “Hard Rocksteady” comment on this.
Beautiful tune,The Rulers – Let my people go……………………………………..
it is posible to send me to mp3, thank you in advance,best regards jacky aka Skaville from Belgium.
So it says that Laurel was infact King Horror after all?
Thanks for the feedback. I’ve got to admit I kind of accepted it was Laurel on the basis that it’s on the CD. I’ll ask the compiler to comment and will report back.
Joe: Yeah, I’ve also heard that King Horror was more than one person..
Tim: I would be very interesting to hear what the sources are.. Just because it’s in print doesn’t make it true! ;D
I asked Laurence who was involved in this release and this is what he said…
“In regard the inclusion of ‘Loch Ness Monster’ on ‘Fire’, Laurel himself
claimed he was the artist on this and a number of other self-productions
that accredited King Horror, even though the name was also used by Lord
Davey at the time. But regardless of whether it was Aitken or Davey, we felt
it’s inclusion was warranted by Laurel’s involvement as the record’s
So some people claim Laurel said he was King Horror, while other say he denied it.. Another reggae-mystery?
So it seems probabel that King Horror was a alias for more than one artist (and that Laurel at least was involved in the production). I have even heard people claiming that Lord Tanamo(!) was responsible for Loch Ness Monster…
Does any one know if Mighty Growler/Young Growler was a alias for Lord Davey?
No, Mighty Growler and Young Growler wasn’t the same person. Mighty Growlers real name was Errol Duke and was a trinidadian active under the 30s and 40s and presumably died in the 50s. Young Growler was his son, who recorded calypsos during the 60s notably on the Jump Up label.
wonderful! why did he leave?
Greetings Tim, that was fast! I’m still uploading them. I really enjoyed the selections from Tommy and Massa. Have to say a big thanks to Daddy Reds and Roots FM for the good vibes and to Ash for the tip on Pama.
Nice one Dave. I knew I’d have to move fast to beat you!
well done Tim
nice one for that!!
Ok, got some new info on Young Growler. Apperently he was not Errol Dukes son, but instead he was a chap by the name of Evril Davey who recorded some calypsos in 60s Young Growler.
Compare the Young Growler tune called “The Sausage” with the first King Horror tune “Cutting Blade”.. I’ll buy that.
Many thanks for posting Tim, always a tough selection from the Rocka Shacka camp!
Lonely Heartaches are on of my top top fabs of all time. One of the first 7inches I bought. Great stuff.
Watch This Sound is a total Killer
Glad you got round to another 10 great rocksteady tunes. Looking forward to the rest. Would have put “Can’t you see” by Ken Boothe much higher though but it’s all a matter of opinion. At which place will you put “Venus” by Winston Francis? 😉
I really like ‘Loney Heartaches’, that was a new one to me. Just ordered the ‘Rocksteady Rarities’ so promoting the music like this is defintely working!
Hip Hooray , Tim ! At long last . Keep up the good work for us mere mortals . Thanks .
What other tunes on this riddim. Have heard a couple but just cannot think of them. Think I may have one in my box. Maybe WIllie WIlliams
this Bootleg is on the WRONG label LOL, the don drummond song is a Coxsone prodcution on the CaribOO label, NOT the CaribOU. check out the labels scans on this site. So how come those japanese got it on a Dada Toari’s Caribou label?? hmmm i bet yuo the did not license it…. i am sure Carol Dodd is alread talking to her lawyers, so better buy this quick (or wait for the eminent official Coxsone re-release
All other Caribou singles are more in a mento/calypso style and produced by Dada Touari, and this sounds very much like the skatalites , which makes me think Coxsone so how come this is on Caribou?
see, that’s why i was thinking that some one jus put the wrong label on a bootleg. And if it is a Coxsone production, Carol Dodd would have been invloved i presume.
but then again, the CariBOO singels seem to bee more from the pre-ska era(owen gray, cleu J)so it would be odd for coxsoen to revive this labelin 1964-65 ( which sound more like the era for this chune)
And maybe it was a track that Douari licensed from coxsone to put out on his own label. or a one off ska recording he madewith the skatates.
but i am not sure, as yuo say. most of the time those Japanese deal with legal matters more properly than most Jamaican or UK re-issuers.
so please take off my copmment if you feel like it, because it seems i was too hasty in condemming this re-release.
Cheers for the response. I was thinking the same thing about the Coxsone Cariboo label which was also very early 60’s. To be honest I have no idea who produced Bellevue Special I’ve not seen any evidence that it’s Coxsone, except the claim in RKR (without a matrix) but maybe it is?
I’ll delete the comment if you wish but the discussion is good so I’ll leave it if your OK with that?
please leave the comment, you never know maybe someone with all the answers reads it.
i found this blank on popsike: BLANK[CARIBOO]/MATRIX # CR 23 – DON DRUMMOND [SKA INST]
i dont know if its the same, because the listening function expired.
as for the producer: to me it sounds very much like skatalites in studio one, more so than treasure isle or wirl; but then coxsone rented out the studio quite often.
Absolutely amazing – thank you!
i had the lp back in the 70s and sold it out of ignorance. so glad it came back around on cd. the lagoon label released Treasure Dub 1 & 2 and this completes the trilogy. a hard to find work has resurrected for the world to enjoy. i will. thx, Lord Chris (musical savior)
Joe White`s ! I`m So Proud ” and its instrumental version by Karl Bryan & Lyn Taitt & The Jets is also avaliable on the ” Jamaican Memories ” CD on Trojan TJACD 014 , which btw is a storming collection of the original LP plus 16 bonus tracks !
Many thanks for this lists of tunes. So nice with your comments and pics. Facts Of Life by Roy Shirley And The Uniques and Dedicated To You AKA Dedicate My Song To You by the Jamaicans are my alltime favourites on this list(81-90).
Alton Ellis was the true “Godfather of Rocksteady”. R.I.P
I’ve Got A Date is a real classic!
PS I’m really having a good time here at Dancecrasher 🙂
Can it be better than this! I longing for the next ten to come…
Very nice opportunity to sample the session for those of us who weren’t able to be there. Many thanks Tim!
Perfidia by Phyllis Dillon is a true gem – one of my favourites here along with Derrick Harriott’s The Loser.
Patsy – Love Is Divine
aka Find Someone, issued in the UK on High Note as the flip to The Gaytones’ Target (HS037, ’70), but I’m sure it was issued on an earlier UK High Note with a different title.
a superb Ska-to-Rock Steady, definitely Jamaican Soul!
Great site Tim, keep on the good work!
great !! any chance to know the title of that killing rocksteady track beginning at the 22th minute of the 4th part ?? I just love it ! Sounds like “the Ethiopians” but i’m not sure…
stay blessed chapter 1 will be released this month check out my space sir collins
and leave a comment
SIR COLLINS AND FAMILY
That tune is Buss You Mouth (AKA Contention) by the Ethiopians.
good job you recorded this session. sounds like a stormer. still gutted i didnt make it down. see you soon chaps
I really enjoyed listening to this. Great to hear Sir Collins and son reminiscing. I think it’s really important that this history is not lost.
‘Again’ sounds a lot like the studio one version (you said it again, any idea on the studio for this one?
Tim, thanks a lot dude !
I wish we had this kind of sound on the west coast of Canada. Is there any way that this latest tighten up session could be posted for download, cause the older sessions are such great listening material. Thanks very much.
i’ve been following this section religiously since conception,the tunes keep getting better& better,and is a constant source of inspiration,how about Earnest & freddie-‘deep down in my heart,got this on a blank Flames(anyone ever seen a labeled copy?)i hope this gets an inclusion,it deserves one!
keep up the great work
please go to myspace sir collins
and download the chapter 1 album remastered from the original reel to reels from the sir collins archive
stay blessed dancecrasher and keep up the good work
sir collins and family
Just had a listen to your dulcit tones pon the radio broadcast. Sounding good…
Have a good carnival.
The Junior Soul track ” Miss Cushie ” is now avaliable on the ROCK A SHACKA Vol. 16 CD ” Orange Street Special – Fabulous songs Of Miss Sonia E Pottinger Vol.2 ” along with a collection of other fine Rocksteady .
nice clips tim. i love the bit on the 2nd clip where i lose my proffesionalism am bend down to pick up my red stripe. quality! will let you have clips on my camera when i sort them out.plattsie
Nice interview, but what’s the deal with writing ‘mon’ when the word is ‘man’? It looks so touristy…
The “deal” is that transcribing patois is difficult. My personal opinion that if you transcribe everything into “closest standard English” you lose the feel of the language. So when deciding whether to transcribe “take” or “tek,” “can’t” or “cyaan,” “that” or “dat,” I went with what seemed closer to how it was originally said. So a couple of times in the interview, when Trinity said “man” in a way that sounded much more like “mon,” I transcribed it as such; elsewhere in the interview I transcribed using the standard spelling.
a side is called Lena Bella – coxson, b-side is unknow to me, but accoding to RKr it’s a ken khouri prod.
Sounds great Tim, and I was wondering if you were going to post a link to download the night.
Is there a play-list for the session?
Very nice selection by the way!
Sorry Pappadave – no playlist – it would take too long. Feel free to ask about individual songs though.
Can’t believe I missed that Fred as I have the High Note 7″. I’ll correct the above. Thanks for the info!
Thanks to all for the comments. Trev – Miss Cushie details are updated – cheers!
Thanks to Paul and Brian for the info about Won’t You Come Home, I’ve updated/corrected the details on this one.
Sorry Skaville this is not a download site.
You are wright these two tunes are really nice to listen. And I like Ena Bella the most.
Very nice video. Specially the smile of girl in the video. I liked it very much.
“Too late” in on JA Kentone. The flip is “In the garden”.
i dont understand the info update on Wont’you come home. To my ears the version as it appears on ‘Dancing Mood'(the LP, i dont do CD’s) is the original rock steady version, with a slight overdub on the drums. so it’s not a remake as suggested by paul.
But why include a SO1 cover instead of the original chune?
The Conquerors – Won’t You Come Home (Gayfeet)
(riddim by lyn tate & the jets, not sibbles/mittoo)
Good question Jumbo… let me look at this one…
phwoooooooooar! excellent stuff, tim!
I guess you could possibly call it a Bow-Tie design.. LOL
From the fairly “Latin” sound of it, “Voodoo Moon” is probably a cover of the 1942 Enric Madriguera tune also known as “Enlloro”. He was a Latin American bandleader popular from about 1932-1950, and the tune was also recorded by Percy Faith.
Headache â€“ The Ethiopians
Wow! What a scorcher! How you guys unearth some of these gems is mind blowing. Good work!
Memories By The Score â€“ The Paragons. I copped this from my parents collection way back when on a blank and had no idea who it was or the story behind it. Not dug it out for a while, but it’s double AA sider and a nice tune. Good work.
Big ups on the interview!
Big up the legendary Charlie (Sir)Collins. Glad to know he’s getting the recognition that he deserves! *thumbs up*
It was issued as AMG37B? Very strange, tapir’s list it to Glen
Great; didn’t ever see it on old site
AMG837B yes. The label (incorrectly) credits Ernest Wilson. Tapir’s listing is actually correct, but not what it says on the label!
I was so pleased to find you gone all blogged as I was missing the email newsletter.
This is so much better. And hearing The Maytones cut for the first time in (too many) years over my morning coffee was a great start to the day.
As the youth of today often say “Tune!”, sir.
— Steve Cox
cheers Dancecrasher crew for posting the Soul Shake show and promoting my page. big thanks.
yes, Voodoo Moon is in a class by itself, no doubt
Hi Tim, Regarding the Soul Tops comments, as far as I know the group is the same as the Four Tops, or at least the lead vocalist is the same, Dionne Cameron.
Jumbo you are correct in your comments. The Conquerors version was first. I actually prefer the Studio One version, which is credited to “Delroy & Ken” on an old Studio One LP I have.
Tim thanks for posting the Alva Lewis “Revelation” – I had this blank for years and never knew who it was.
Woah! That Al Brown just filled me with envy! Massive tune!
@ Al Kaatz:
you added one Top to many!!!
haha, i’m sure you meant to write Three Tops (Four Tops being the Motown group)
Great session, could you tell me the name of the song that starts around 02.12? Wonderful tune!
Blessings from Sweden!
Oops, forgot to mention that it’s the tune from 02.12 into the third part I’m asking about!
This has been long awaited. As always a great post, Tim!
As kalcidis says ” long awaited ” . Another great crop of tunes here , Tim . Spoil us and release the whole caboodle on a multi-CD compilation ? …. we can but wish . Thanks for your hard work and eclectic taste .
Great posting — a terrific balance between your deep knowledge of the tunes as a collector/scholar and your outright enthusiasm for the music. Also, it is refreshing to see a list like this that balances the obscure rarities with more well known masterpieces.
another great selection,tim.so many of my faves in this posting-quality 2nd to none!
I had no idea ‘Foo Manchu’ was British! You are right about British rock steady. I propose a debate on great British rock steady. ‘Foo Manchu’ is already taken so I suggest ‘Rudy’s Dead’ by Little Grants & Eddie on Pyramid and ‘Invaders At The Carnival’ by the Invaders on Columbia Blue Beat.
Yes, I thought you’d buried the project by now. Man I’ve waited long for this installment. “Travelling man”, yes indeed, though I’d definately put the instrumental, “Moon Shot” on my top ten of rocksteady instrumentals. Also good to see the Wail’nSoul’m starting to pop up, couldn’t be the last…Thanks!
Sorry! ‘Rudy’s Dead’ is on President.
Thanks everyone for the comments.
Trev – there is no chance of a compilation as I don’t have the rights to these tunes. I did think about a mix tape/podcast type thing though, I may get round to it one day!
Donald – other good UK rocksteady? Hmmmm that would be hard, there are some half decent tunes for sure but nothing else comes close IMO…
Martin – Trust me this won’t be buried but it still may take along time to complete! I don’t know Moon Shot I don’t think. Your comment about Wail’nSoul’m may well be accurate – wait and see 😉
This can be downloaded … right? I think CVP has these as podcast thingies in mp3. Do you perhaps have the link if so?
Thanks for posting this up Mr. P.
I really enjoyed doing this show, and the next one is even better, with many more tunes on it compared to chatty chatty levels.
Hopefully going to do one with Mr. Penny Reel too, also will likely be co-hosting a seperate show with Steve in the future showcasing a wider width of our musical loves..
Nice one bmd – I look forward to the next installment.
On face value this like any other PS release looks very exciting but if like me you have the original 1995 release and the later release Down Santic Way another PS compilation of Leonard Chin’s output from 2005 you will note tracks 6. Columbo â€“ Augustus Pablo, 7. Special Branch â€“ Leonard Santic All Stars and 19. I Donâ€™t Want To Lose You â€“ Paul Whiteman all appear on the later release.
So what do you actually gain from the increased release? 9. Hell Boat â€“ Santic All Stars (Augustus Pablo), 18. Mexican Rocking â€“ Santic All Stars a straight version of I Roy’s Yamaha Ride, 20. Shouldn’t Say No â€“ Jah Woosh the DJ cut to Paul Whiteman’s I Donâ€™t Want To Lose You also available on the Chalice Blaze LP / CD and track 21. Santic Meet King Tubby â€“ King Tubby & The Santic All Stars the dub / version to Paul Whiteman’s I Donâ€™t Want To Lose You.
Two tracks are deleted from the 1995 release 15. Free Jah Jah Children – Jah Woosh and 16. Blackman In Dub – Augustus Pablo & Paul Blackman, which to my listening ear is the same as track 21 from the new release Santic Meet King Tubby â€“ King Tubby & The Santic All Stars.
You can do the maths for yourself, the only advice I would give is…….if you don’t have either of the releases mentioned then you do need to buy it.
The lead vocal on Travelling Man is actually by Johnny Johnson of the Techniques and not Pat Kelly. Watch the Rock Steady Reunion video and you’ll see him sing it. Johnny dropped out of the business although he is rumoured to be the voice behind Johnny and the Attractions. May well be true?
Yeah I wish I wrote more about reggae as well! 🙂
Any rich benefactors who want to support my immense talent should get in touch 😉
Mikey, I really enjoyed listening to the show and looking forward to Part 2. Thanks to Steve for the name check!
Dave, I’ve thought for ages that I’d really like to get a show organised where I interview your goodself, if you want to let me know yay or nay please contact on email@example.com
tah for listening, …
“yaabby yaabby youuuuu!! ”
Truly a sound to knock down Babylon walls
We lose the man at a time of such iniquity
When righteousness is at a premium
We need music such as his to remind us that there is a proper way to live our lives
Bad news Dance Crasher
“Seventy two different nations”
Saludos muy buena la musica y todo
Really really sad news.. What a genius that man was..
Lesha, hi I’m Mike the guy who did these interviews, I thought about transcribing them, but have put that idea aside, just not enough time in my life to do it. However anyone is of course welcome to do exactly that and I’d be all the help I could.
I think it would be a good idea bmd – I could help and host it if your interested?
Hi Tim, I’d be very interested in seeing them transcribed, just not in doing the work myself. It’s only that I am so busy with stuff, I’ve got shows coming up to do with Steve gain, the possibility in the offing of doing something similar with Penny Reel and I hope Dave Home, plus the shows I already do, the websites I’m designing and the blog I’ve just started regarding wider musical interests. It’s all mad, plus the 2 year old, the wifey and the lack of a job at the moment. . . (as you know, ’cause you’re doing similar)
If I can help then I can send a DVD of the shows, but I just can’t spend the time doing the transcribing. Anyone else who wants to put in the time is very free to do so thought. There is nearly 4 hours of chat, so the transcription I can’t imagine how long that would take, it would certainly be a big job. I’d be happy for you to havem hosted at D’Crasher, as you know you were my original inspiration!
Nice one bmd I’ll be in touch…
Tim, have sent PM back to you a C Mouth, call me or e-mail whatever, and let’s chatty chatty mouth nicodemus…
>>In our father’s house<>My baby is gone<>Old broom<<.
Really sad news. RIP Lyn Taitt.
RS Digital and Jude presented a really nice tribute to Lyn Taitt on Supreme FM. I hope they don’t mind me putting links to the show here;
Simple Simon cut Christopher Columbus twice both times on full up! First one was for Hit Bound and then for the LP he did for Striker. If you notice, the riddim is a bit more digital than the Hit Bound edition.
Nice, nice!! The maytones in their glory!! Managed to get this on JA Blank backed with Cold up!!
Sorry to high-jack this thread but do you know if there’s any recordings of the Dancecrasher Tiny T & Professor Mark night a couple of weeks back, sounded a good night!!!
My favorite all tho not listed is Slim Smith (out of love)
you cant beat the smooth harmony in that song. It sounds like the man
really crying. I just love this song to death as if it just came out.
Hi, sorry to comment here, but, please please please, more posts of 100 greatest rocksteady tunes!!! 🙂 thanx! cheers from brasil! this site is extremelly good! 🙂
I enjoyed the mix and the site as a whole hope to get down to another one of your nights, me and my girl enjoyed the Texas Ranger one. Check out my blog and our runnings up in brum http://www.friendlyfiremusic.com/.
Love and abide
Oh don’t if you’ve got it or heard it but it a witty gem. Shelly Thunder – Shock me A shock – Sleng teng. you can hear that on my special http://olbiiyah.co.uk/mixes/
Many thanks for the correction Top Bore – I’ve changed the credit.
Hi Tim, Nice Nice session!!!!, do you have recording of the Tiny T Dancecrasher nite a few weeks back.
What kind of device do you use to record your sessios? I’ve used a lot of different gadgets but the sound quality is always a dissapointment..
Hi Robert – Thanks for asking. Yeah I’ve got a recording of the Tiny T dance. The mic didn’t come out but the rest is there, I’ll put it up for a download tomorrow.
Prince Horror – The recordings are done to an old mini disc and then recorded to the computer in real time. They are recorded directly from the desk (not by mic) which means the quality is usually very good.
The ad with Long and Short of it features Kew and Ossie DaCosta. Kew is the Long one.
what happened with the movie, could you finish? would like to see more…
greetings from germany,
Never mind the free postcard or poster – I want one of them tee-shirts Jammy’s wearing! SUPER POWER!
the story is well known and told manuy time before, but sleng teng was released at least 1 week earlier than feb 23,’85 in the UK: new entry at number 5 in the Echoes disco 45 charts of februari 16, 1985. (see: http://www.xs4all.nl/~tapirs/1985.htm)
so whats the deal with that?
February 16, 1985
1. Gregory Isaacs – GP – Full House
2. Dennis Brown – Historical Places – Joe Gibbs
3. Frankie Paul – Tidal Wave – Powerhouse
4. Sugar Minott – Loving You – ET
5. Paul Blake And The Bloodfire Posse – Pink Panther – Studio Works
6. Tristan Palmer And Jennifer Lara – Love Has Come At Last – Fantastique
7. Junior Reid – Babylon Release The Chain – ET
8. Sly And Robbie – Maxi Taxi – Taxi
9. Al Campbell – One Beer Bad Boy – Rocky 1
10. Paul Blake And The Bloodfire Posse – Every Posse Get Flat – Studio Works
1. Barrington Levy – Here I Come – Time
2. Paula – Jazzy Baby Lady – Rock And Groove
3. Trevor Hartley – Call On Me – Sir George
4. Sugar Minott – Herb Man Hustling – Black Roots
5. Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng – Greensleeves
6. Al Campbell – Really Got To Get You – Fashion
7. Charisma – Something About You – NK
8. Maxi Priest – Should I? – Level Vibes
9. Junior Reid – Original Foreign Mind – Black Roots
10. Johnny Osbourne – In The Area – Greensleeves
1. Cocoa Tea – Wha Them A Go Do – Can’t Stop – Volcano
2. Dennis Brown – Revolution – Yvonne Special
3. Sugar Minott – Herb Man Hustling – Black Roots
4. Leroy Smart – She Just Draw A Card – Worldwide Success
5. Asher Senator And Johnny Ringo – JA To UK MC Clash – Fashion
6. Sugar Minott – Riddim – Powerhouse
7. Barrington Levy And Frankie Paul – Barrington Levy Meets Frankie Paul – Arrival
8. Roland Alphonso – Roll On – Wackies
9. Alton Ellis – Showcase – Studio One
10. Saxon Studio Live – Coughing Up Fire – Greensleeves
Compiled by Dub Vendor, 274 Lavender Hill, London SW11
or a ‘lifebuoy’ design
yeah was thinking about that one too… any chances to get one??
Fair point it would be interesting to see if there are sound tapes of it being played before the Black Scorpio clash. It’s hard to believe that it wouldn’t have been played on a sound somewhere if the Greensleeves release was out there.
I’ve always assumed that the Jammy’s 7″ came out before the Greensleeves 12″ but maybe not??
i dont know. I do know that a lot of music was only (or first) released in the UK ( from the pama-trojan days up to Jet Star & Greensleeves decline)
because there was a huge market. so it is possible that Jammy first wanted to test the highly experimental sound of sleng teng on the UK market before release in in Jamaica.
And greensleeve was right on the case releasing material of producers like junjo, jammys and george phang.
Also i cannot beleive that if the JA 45 was releasedd before it wouldn’t turn up in the Echoes import 45 top 10..
This one is for the people that were there..I was just a teenager in Holland.
but now the deepen the mystery:
First time i heard Sleng Teng was on Mikey Dread’s radioshow ‘Rockers In The Morning'(still have it on tape)
I tried to find out the transmisson date for a reference. and this is what i read on Mikey Dreads homepage:
Later in 1983-1984 Mikey Dread was employed at VPRO Radio in the Netherlands as a host and producer of a very successful weekly reggae program called “Rockers in the Morning.”He also presented a reggae show for Radio West in Bristol and produced reggae special reports for BBC Radio 1 for a national broadcast across the UK.
In 1984 Mikey Dread hosted live events including “Miss Black UK pageant” in Birmingham.
In 1985 Mikey Dread produced and presented a Reggae Radio special for Australian Broadcasting Corporation 105.7 FM JJJ Radio Sydney, Australia.
So if he hasn’t mixed up any dates it has to have been 1984!!
I will go in a Holmes mode and aks the radiostation, maybe they can look up any old transmission dates and solve this riddle
very nice, thanks. hope to come check you in London one day this year. One question, what is the 3rd tune in part 1(….Hip Hip Hooray… that sounds like Lovejoys)?
Easy Marni – that tune is Penetrate by The Almighty Stones. Great record. Picked it up a few years back off DJ Stein (The System) but haven’t played it out that much. Can’t remember the label right now tho…
Just had a bit more of a listen and I’m actually only playin for the first 20 mins after which Plattsie takes over with that killer horns ting so his set’s right on there for sure. Will have a proper listen later.
Thanks Mistah Brown – so Plattsie is on the recording after all! Excellent – I’ll let him know.
Thanks M.B., found out I heard it on eBay before (and lost the bid). Did a little research: on the original issue (Welders 7″) they were named Mighty Artons. Only 50 copies were issued apparently. Then as The Almighty Stones on Hot Stuff. But what a bass.
That ‘Be At The Jamaican Success Club’ sleeve from Al Kaatz is the kind of thing I wake up from seeing in lovely happy dreams.
Que buen y maravilloso trabajo ..mil gracias a quienes se tomaron la tarea de hacerlo
Excelent and wonderful work..many thanks to all of those who made this list
as far as I know, Sleng Teng was played the very first time ina dance by Blacka Dread on 11th of January 1985 (Sir Coxsone vs Saxon). Coxsone got the Under Me Sleng Teng pre-release from Jammy (different mix as the JA 45) and they also had a dubplate on Sleng Teng by Junior Reid called Under Sir Coxsone. my friend who was an active part of the Sir Coxsone crew in those days told me that they had the dubplate a couple of months before the pre-release. anyway, this claim opens a new topic – what was the first tune on Sleng Teng? 🙂
Jumbo: I’m not sure if Mikey Dread played it in 1984. But let me know if you find out the transmission date.
You can get them at our store but your link appears to not be working — a question of a deadlydragonsound.co instead of a deadlydragonsound.com!
Thanks for that – the link is fixed.
@ Don cosmic,very interresting. You’ve been able to push forward the release with at least a month.
I’ve written to the national media archive here in the Netherlands, hopefully they can provide me with exact transmission dates of the Rockers In The Morning Show.
Yes this is great so thanks for that Don Cosmic. I haven’t seen that tape before, I don’t suppose you could put the entire tape up to download?
I intend to ask a few people about this but suspect that the answer is going to be that no one really remembers!
i did get a reply from the Media Archive, they have 2 undated Rockers In The Morning shows in their possession. so unfortunately i cannot find out the transmission dates. THe arent allowed to copy them for me, but i could go there and listen at a 45 euros an hour rate.. which is a bit much.
hpoefullw someone else will add with some new information.
45 euros an hour! hmmm. Oh well thanks for trying! I’ll report back if I can get further info.
Thanks Tim, nice article as you say, I like the way this guys peices stuff together,…
45 Euros is a bit steep if they search you on the way in
Jumbo: I didn’t push the release date forward. Sir Coxsone played a pre-release (with an intro) and not an already released tune. I know you didn’t mean it like that, I just want to be precise. I’m sure you know that any detail matters.. 🙂
Tim P: throw a mail to doncosmic(at)peppa(dot)biz, I’ll give you a link for the whole tape.
true, but in the UK the term pre-release is usually used for a Jamaican import 45 (blank or printed)and a release a UK printed 7 or 12″.
So if he spinned a JA pressed 45 pre, it would have been pressed and thus available at least a few days before( manufacturing and transport time minimized)in Jamaica.A nd if a UK sound would have it i am sure Jamaican sounds would be able to play it as well eventhough it wasn’t available to the general public, thus not pushing the official release date further, but in the same time shedding doubt on the february soundclash sleng teng debute myth.
If on the other hand Coxsone played an UK pre-release/testpress they obtained from Greensleeves, Coxsone could well be the sole sound worldwide to play that chune on that moment(except for Jammy’s Superpower offcourse)
The version on the tape is off dub plate surely and not a vinyl issue, as well as the spoken intro it sounds like the mix is different though I could be wrong about this as its hard to tell if the sound is being manipulated by Blacka on the sound. So it’s a pre but not in the sense of a Jamaican vinyl issue.
As such this proves nothing concerning what date the UK or Jamaica issue was released but it certainly corrects when it was first played out in a dance.
Pama Bullet – BU 419 – 1970 ” Bunny Lee AllStars – Hot Lead ” is the second cut, but with piano and less strong organ, to Trojan ATTACK – ATT 8001 – 1969 ” BIG L – MUSIC BOX ”
all the best
Caribbean Music Festival 1969
I went to this concert in 1969 and I still have the ticket.
Would it be possible to get a PDF download of the programme as mine has got lost over the years.
This was a brilliant concert and I feel proud that I travelled with a few of my mates on the train down from the Wirral, Cheshire at the time of this feast of reggae music. Superb.
Alan Hughes, Bromborough, wirral
I went to the concert,have a program ( Priced 2/6 ) do you wish to buy it ?
niceness indeed , question is ; when is that actualy going too be released , it’s been nearly 2 year’s any reason for hold up ?
Ive listened to the rest of that tape thanks to Don Cosmic. It’s certainly very early 85 but unfortunately there is nothing on the tape to indicate a definite date (no announcements of future dances etc). That said I don’t doubt the information given by DC so 11th of January 1985 is the probable date. It’s credible to think that Jammy’s may have let a dubplate of Under my Sleng Teng go to Coxsone in the UK (but not to any Jamaican sound) knowing that would have little impact on what he done when re-lauching Jammy’s Supa Power at the dance with Black Scorpio.
I spoke to Champian from Jamdown Rockers about Sleng Teng the other day, he thinks the Greensleeves 12″ did come out first and also that it wasn’t the first tune released on the rhythm with Pumpkin Belly, for one, coming first. This again probably causes more questions than it does answers as Under My Sleng Teng is in the UK reggae charts on 16 February 1985 yet Beth Lesser puts Tenor Saw voicing Pumpkin Belly on exactly the same day!
Great detective work
I suppose this is a good time to post up the track listing:
1. Midnight Riders – Cork Dancehall
2. Rev. Danny Dread – Ruff Neck Business
3. Don Angelo – Bicycle Move
4. Steve Knight – Tell Them Already
5. Andy Williams – Play Them Selector
6. Errol Bellot – Weh Do She
7. Rupie Culture – Ruff & Tuff
8. Chuck Turner – Run Around Girl
9. Screwdriver – She Boom Style
10. Conroy Smith – Love Affair
11. Sammy Levi – Wrap Up
12. Cutty Gritty – Heat
13. Horace Martin – Hackle Me
14. Anthony Malvo – Can’t Stay Yah Girl
15. Super Black – Just Like Magic
16. Pad Anthony – Born Lover Man
17. Professor Nuts – No Gun
18. Admiral Tibet – Dis Girl Hot
19. Derrick Parker – Joyride
20. Carl Meeks – Tuff Scout
21. Captain Leafie – Cant Hold We Down
22. Pinchers – Young, Fresh & Green
23. Malibu – Ragga Muffin Selector
24. Desmond Scarlett – Poppy Show Lover
25. Hopeton Junior – Hard Fe Get
26. Tippa Irie – Bad Boy
27. Screwdriver – We Rule
28. King Everald – A Nuh Me Officer
29. Dignitary Stylish – Jah Send Mi Come
30. Everton Blender – Blend Them
31. O’Neil Famous – Hackle De Brain
32. Prince Jazzbo – 333
33. Super Black – Rambo We Rambo
34. John Wayne – Me No Response
35. Bimbo (Garnett Silk) – Problem Everywhere
36. Tony Rebel – Starvation
37. Flinty Ranks – Gunman Style
38. Pad Anthony – Turn Me Loose
39. Pad Anthony – Gotta Be Strong
40. Barry Back – Lose Me Work
41. Gregory Peck – Stamma Mi Stamma
42. Banana Man & Derrick Irie – Tight Clothes
43. Papa San – Respect Due
44. Michael Bitas – Champion Bubbler
45. Carl Meeks – Who A Tell The Tale
46. Anthony Selassie – Busy Body
47. Nitty Gritty – Original Banga Rang
Damn, track 7* by Rupie Culture is not ‘Dancehall Bubbler’ it’s called ‘Ruff & Tuff’ my mistake, I wrote the list from memory.
Thanks Luke – I’ve updated the original list.
I don’t think I know Music Box – if you can supply a sound sample and label scan please let me know.
Stagalag seems to be almost as good as Zion Gate and Rebellion 2010. Another nice relick is the new version of Boops riddim by Jukeboxx productions. Nice cuts by Romain Virgo, Tarrus Riley and Chino.
It’s nice to see a song I wrote, a record I produced on the Sue Label with Bobby Lee back in 1966, is still being heard regardless of who the artist is. The back side of the original version had a change of mood for me when I wrote it. I was being more optimistic when My Luck Is Bound To Change was recorded. Im still waiting for the royalties from 1966….lol
big up dancecrasher
nice page and wicked infos
i appreciate it…so keep going 😉
Thanks very much for the comment – it’s an honour to hear from you. Unfortunately I can’t say I’m surprised about the royalties – had you ever heard the Sensations version before now?
It’s a shame the Sensations couldn’t have backed their version with “My Luck Is Bound To Change” it might have given a better context to “I Was Born A Loser”.
Thanks again for dropping by and leaving the comment.
Thanks Erik – I hadn’t heard the Boops version (I slept on a recent version of Duck rhythm too even though Busy Signal’s cut was really good). Maybe a round up of all recent re-licks would be in order.
Are there any others I should look at? Please leave comments…
sounds like i missed a good night
Can’t recall any brand new relicks apart from those mentioned and those you’ve written about lately.
French crew Irie Ites has done a version of Su Su Pon Rasta though. This was released in March. Vocals by Naggo Morris and Trinity. The riddim is very close to the original. Same crew has also done redone Strange Things and done a very good job IMO. This was last year though.
Nas & Damian Marley have a version of Land of Promise by Dennis Brown/Love Fire by Aswad on the new album Distant Relatives. Tough version.
I’ll see if I can dig out anything else.
Junior Bapp rules big time. Best tune on the mix by miles!
unforgettable night! big up tightenupCREW
Keep `em coming , Tim .
# 73 – Live like a king is currently available on Lynn Tait & the Jets Anthology
This “greatest Rocksteady list” is well nice ! -good work
i’ve been trying to get hold of this film for over 10yrs, i know many people will be pleased to see this released.
lovely mix my friend, if any one no about a music den listen up .if ur young den listen up and no were it a com from..SEEN!!!!!RESPEK TIGHTUN UP CREW….. comin from an old brixton soldier.. easy!!!!!!
Tim, I think that there is a problem with the first two links. The third one is from the may night but the first two are from prior shows I think. Could be just me. Thanks.
Thanks for pointing this out Laurie – I’ve corrected these now.
I am just preparing a Collins Down Beat special for Radio Jamaica. Thanks for introducing the new Collins Downbeat 45s! Just a note:
CR013A C.C. Collins & Owen Gray â€“ Still Of The Night
uses the backing track of Glen AdamsÂ´ “King Sized” (CR0010)
CR15A Owen Gray & Dudu â€“ I Will Be Waiting
is another “Grab A Girl” cut I think.
1. Dread Dub Plate – Lee Perry
2. Lama Lava Mix One – Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters
3. Groove Dubber – The Upsetters
4. Groove Rider – The Upsetters
5. Jucky Skank – The Upsetters
6. Chim Cherie – The Upsetters
7. The Rightful Organiser – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
8. Stagger – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
9. Big Neck Cut – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
10. Zeal Of The Lord – The Upsetters
11. Dub Of The Lord – The Upsetters
12. Returning Wax – The Upsetters
13. Bush Dub Corntrash – Winston Wright & The Upsetters
14. From Dub Four – Clive Hylton & The Upsetters
15. Roots Train Number Two – Junior Murvin & The Upsetters
16. Locks In The Dublight – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
17. Moonlight Version – The Upsetters
18. Dub History – Carlton Jackson & The Upsetters
19. Living Dub – Keith Rowe & The Upsetters
Apparently this is made up of mixes made for sound systems, Pressure Sounds don’t explicitly say that these are old mixes so it will be interestig to see when these were done.
The DOlly – Trigger Happy is the BURNER!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah it’s a great tune. It’s a shame they didn’t include the Studio One version of the Tonight rhythm – I need that Eddie Constantine cut!
‘Let Them Talk’ by Ranny Williams and George Regent was issued on the British Junior label in ’69 as by Anthony King. Do you know which, if either, is the correct credit? I am just curious to know.
All the best
have been wanting to know who sung ‘reggae a go go’ for years ! another tune from this period is Earnest Wilsons private number which allways sounds as if the tapes been run slightly too fast , great tune none the less.
Ahhh Yes….The K Vibes – Frenenemies on the same Coxsone Tonight riddim should not be sneezed at as well!
Thanks for spotting that, I’ve got that Junior single but never made the connection. I’d always wondered about the Anthony King credit as 1)never heard of him 2)there is more than one voice on the tune. My guess is that the Ranny Williams & George Regent credit is more likely to be correct but I don’t know how Trojan had the tune (master tape or pre?) and how they got the credits. I’ll try and find out and will report back.
thanx classsic tunes
Dear Tim! Your feed isn’t working properly, I’m afraid. E.g., this news doesn’t turn up in my reader. Best, MoW
Thanks for letting me know – this seems to date back to an upgrade I done mid June – I’ll get on it.
Neither sample link seems to work for me…
Greetings Tim, Trojan included quite a few nice extra tracks on their CD reissue of ‘Tighten Up Vol 1’, a lot of which sounded like they came from tape. One of those tracks was ‘Rent Too High’ by Ranny Williams and George Regent so maybe ‘Let them Talk’ was from the same tape? In any case, it’s great to see tracks like these see the light of day!
Sorry to hear that – the sound files are on a flash player, do you have flash on your computer?
quite agree there, fantastic tune. when I first heard it I thought it was straight from the 80s!!!
Riddim by RAGGATTACK !!!!!!
Also available from Dub Vendor, Dub Store, and Ernie B.
Very good idea to have someone in the know add some perspective and common sense into what sometimes seems as hysterical as the stock exchange. Mr Barrow can hardly complain about the prices Mr Brooks fetches for him..The Clifton Gibbs ‘Brimstone & Fire* he sold 2 weeks ago went for around 400 $. I bought a copy some months back for 60$, both EX+. Ease up people. The scent of Steve can’t be worth THAT much.
About the added intro, is this just a alternative cut or something that was added many years later? I really prefer the intro on the Moodisc reissue.
I’m really glad you brought this up – I’ve just listened to both versions (on youtube – I don’t have the repress). Most interestingly even without the intro the repress is quite a bit longer than the Fugitive issue (over 20 seconds), therefore assuming the Doctor Bird issue isn’t also longer which I doubt but can’t check at the moment, then the Moodisc reissue definitely comes from the mastertape and i’d have to say it’s fairly likely that the intro is also on there too.
This is all conjecture of course but I’m really glad to have spotted that the repress is longer – I’ll have to go out and buy it now.
And I’m glad somebody else wonder about these things.. The only thing that speaks for owning the orginal press is that the Fugitive label is so much better looking than the Moodisc repress. And of course that the orginal lick of the Lecturer-riddim is on the other side. Swap my repress for the original? ;D
I have only just discovered the Dancecrasher website and am hugely impressed at the labour of love it represents. The Rocksteady countdown is a great feature which has kept your correspondents on the edge of their seats for a couple of years. I like the way you play it out gradually. It’s not until you are finished that anyone can complain about their favourites being left out. I am looking forward to seeing “Inez”(in the top ten),”Soul and Inspiration”(Hamlins), as well as “Sad Movies” all featuring.
Keep up the good work. It’s an informed and thoughtful site for those of us who love the music
Yes, I wouldn’t begrudge Steve or Bob as they’ve both paid their dues and deserve a return – exactly why people would wish to bid significantly more for these tunes is still a mystery to me though. That said I’m not sure if Bob and Steve are the only sellers on ebay that attract consistently high prices in comparrison to everyone else but this is perhaps te most extreme example.
It can be a mystery sometimes but there are certain records that I want that could be considered ‘gap fillers’ that are not neccessarily great records but I might be willing to pay a high price for that reason. Perhaps that is what happens here. All the best.
An interesting look at some recent activity on Ebay. The good news is that there are still plenty of good value records to be found on Ebay.
For example, I saw a very clean copy of Uhuru’s ‘Folk Song’ on Top Cat go for about Â£25 very recently. Not only is it a great record but it’s also really hard to find on the original Jamaican pressing. Someone got a bargain!
I have a caltone pre with the matrix number wirl bc 4553 does anyone know who it might be . I would appreciate any information that might be available . The other side has no matrix number as far as I can See.
sorry but in seeing The Caltone CAT pt 2 I discovered that it is the Tartans save a bread and (making love on the caltone pre wirl bc 4553).
Thank you for warning us about this person. It’s a pity some people abuse the system. I don’t use Ebay myself but obviously a lot of collectors do.
“Itâ€™s hard to understand why Carlos does this all this” – what’s really hard to understand is why eBay, after repeated complaints from UK dealers, hasn’t shut this cretinous asshole down.
Bim and Bam, the Jamaican comedians do not seem to appear on this programme – were they there as a supporting act? If not, does anyone know when they did appear? They were on a Jamaican music programme at the Empire Pool Wembley in the second half of the 1970s.
Firstly I wonder if it’s that difficult to understand, eBay only benefits from this eventually if they are as they have been for some time trying to push everyone into selling and therefore buying using Buy It Now and not auction.
Secondly, it’s not just Late 60s early 70s tunes getting ‘overed by the Mexican treatment, it’s happened on a number of recent autions on Jamaican 78s that I’ve been part of, and he’s screwed up royally.
dub records = diapers.
oh the joy of being a parent.
Likkleting. So the diapers aren’t trophies as well then 😉
One word ‘excellent!’ Thank you for the hard word you put in to making this happen.
Can’t wait for the top 20!
Tewari’s Downbeat label started in 1953. He also had the Jamaican R C A label that put out a Tanamo EP in 1960.
Good to see that some pre-ska songs get rereleased on this cd!
IÂ´m absolutely loving “Omara Special”. Rico at his best!
Is that a Pinchers tune at 21:45 in part 1 of the recording? I’m sure I’ve heard it before… What’s it called? Boom tune! Loving these Trash & Ready audios, thanks for putting them up
Hi Bionic D – it’s definitely Pinchers, I’ll try and find the title..
I stupidly missed an opportunity to meet with eBay “executives” in San Jose not long ago, so I emailed about this problem, referencing this (very good) article (thank you).
As there was no reply initially I emailed again and got this useless response from “Kristine.” Her email address is included if you want to email her/him/it.
My name is Kristine with eBayâ€™s Office of the President. I received your message here at firstname.lastname@example.org and I wanted to see if I could help out with this issue.
We have taken action against the accounts that we were able to locate that have been placing fraudulent bids. I will also request that this individual be added to our filters, which are tools that allows us to screen individuals based on past patterns and behaviors. However, as you can imagine, extremely determined individuals can sometimes circumvent these filters. We will do our best to keep this member from continually disturbing our sellers, but I canâ€™t guarantee that they wonâ€™t return. If this does happen, please contact me right away at this address so that I can add any new information to our filters to help tighten them up.
As much as I would love to go after this individual in their own country, that isnâ€™t always an option. I will continue to monitor the situation and pass along any concerns if this continues.
Please let me know if I can assist with anything else.
Office of the President
Well done by Cooke. Although he credits Don Drummond for a rhythm created after his incarceration, if not after he died. Credit for “Heavenless” belongs to trombonist Vin ‘Don Drummond Jr.’ Gordon.
Good call Brian – I missed that.
Amazing web site! Glad to read a bit of ebay report 🙂
Web site added in favourite! Compliment for the super interesting content
Im looking for a records for my dad, He really like studio one. Has done for many years!
I am looking to buy him a record bu i am unsure of what the best/rarest records there is. Any ideas?
Ahhh…there is a KILLER Tullo T pon that riddim called RAGGAMUFFIN!
OK – I want it!
i still remember when few years back i felt crazy to pay 40/50Â£ for Walyn Rickets â€“ Jah Is My Light & Glen Richards as Jah Glenn â€“ Dread In A Babylon
them can be rare but i couldn’t belive to see that price…expecially in VG conditions!
That one always gets to me. Really average and boring tune that pops up frequently.
Still listen to those mix very often, I love them ! Have a question about 1 track. The last one from the part 2, I understand it’s announced as “the Renegade” from “the Zodiacs” but after a search it appears that this track is in fact some ska… Can u please, please (please !) tell me the good band and title of that sweet old reggae melody. Thx you !
It is the Zodiacs, this rocksteady cut is a Merritone production and as far as I know only came on a blank. It’s usually called Renegade but Roots Knotty Roots calls it Walk On By. It’s on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GIzlnjYqnE
Just bought a repress of the Zodiacs tune, on wirl, from enthucol on ebay.
Hope therei s plenty of boxes they will go faster than a rocket
I would appreciate any help I could get . I have a scmw005A AND smcw 005b
might anyone know the title . One side is with gene rondo if I am not mistaken . Thanks Again Lucien Sulloway
Recently got a CD called ” Cool, Cool Rocksteady ” which features loads of the tracks listed above . All in superb quality , btw. Not very often that you get ” multiple version ” Rocksteady tracks . Recommended , imho , for the non vinylites !
Yes family, pls tell more about tune called Nothing Come Easy from Cornel Campbell. I have the same tune but on tempo riddim from Dub Chemis(JA). What is the name of the label who release this tune on other riddim.
PLS add play list.
Ok, i found this tune – 12″ Live & Love Label. Big tune !
Not the first time Pepper Pot has been re-issued, at least not here in the UK – I have a facsimile Randy’s issue of this from about 10 yrs ago (?) with a great Jackie Mittoo version – ‘Walking Trouble’ – on the B-side. Like you though, I’m puzzled at such a short pressing run, especially given the popularity of this ‘Skinhead’ genre. I wonder if Carlos will be getting himself a copy?
Easy, any idea who’s distributing this? Thanx.
The idea that raggae histories all come to a sudden halt with the ragga explosion of the late 1980s and beyond is not all together accurate. The Rough Guide To Reggae by Steve Barrow and myself included a chapter on this very subject (as well as sections within the UK and US chapters). Included in the last updating of the book (2004) are such figures as Admiral Bailey,Chaka Demus, Lieutenant Stitchie, Major Worries, Courtney Melody, Cobra, Cutty Ranks,Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Tiger, General Degree, Wayne Marshall, Red Dragon, Super Cat. Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Ward 21 – in fact everyone of importance in the field up to the date of publication that we had space for!
Further to my last message, here’s my own pick of the ragga tunes (for today, anyway):
Murder Dem, Ninja Man, Steely & Clevie
Fade Away, Little John, Taurus
Champion, Buju Banton, Suite 56
You Nuh Kotch, Terror Fabulous, Mad House
Ragamuffin Selector, Chicken Chest, Oneness
Dangerous, Conroy Smith, Redman
Tour, Capleton, African Star
Miss Ivy Last Son, Bounty Killer, Uncle T
Screechie Across the Border, Courtney Melody, Stereo One
Trouble Again, King Kong, Jammyâ€™s
Zim Bam Zim, Sanchez, Vena
Run Down The World, Nitty Gritty, Jammyâ€™s
Boops, Super Cat, Techniques
Poco Man Jam, Gregory Peck,Steely & Clevie
Retreat, Cutty Ranks, Steely & Clevie
Young Gal Business, Chaka Demus,Skeng Don
Respect, Shabba Ranks,Shang Muzik
Natty Dread, Lieutenant Stitchie,Stereo One
When,Tiger,Steelie & Clevie
Nuh Tek It Up Back, Cobra, Sinbad Productions
Bandlero, Pinchers, Jammyâ€™s
Think Alcapone’s cut to How did you know Rub up a daughter is on Mr. Gray’s original riddim as you can hear Mr. Gray sing in the background. The High School JA-pre-release’ matrix bears the intials GR…
I tried to see the full article/chart, but without any luck. After clicking “check the full article here” above I found myself on a site devoted to various forms of dance music but with nothing (I could find) on Ragga. I’d still like to see it, so would appreciate any advice as to the next move after getting on to the site…or has the article been removed?
Very nice review. I enjoy this set a lot. Thanks / Erik
Thanks for the comments, your compeltely right about you and Steve’s Rough Guide of course, unfortunately most other publications haven’t been so inclusive.
Thanks for this wonderful ranking but i might say alva reggie lewis Revelation disserves the first place. I’m looking forward to see the top ten.
Can’t wait for the top 20 !!
“Life Line” is one of my all time favourite tunes. I’m glad that it’s available again. (Have it on “Wiser Dread” already though.)
I’d like to see all these Solomonic tunes collected on a CD, but that is too much to ask for, I guess.
just had a listen to the “Max Romeo – A Dream” – PMLP 11 and noticed that the tune “The Horn” is a different cut to UN532A “Max Romeo â€“ Mini Skirt Vision”
Just wanted to add, that “Love & Devotion” and “Build my world aroung you” are destinctively differnet cuts than the original 7″ release.
Thanks DG I didn’t notice that at all.
Does anyone know if these five tunes have ever appeared on .45 before? I’m only aware of the two by Anthony Red Rose & King Kong appearing on their “Two Big Bull In A One Pen” album, and the other three on “King Tubby Presents Soundclash Dub Plate Style”.
“Reincarnated souls” hasnt been released since ” Blackheart man”, do you have any idea if that version is re-masterized, I’m not familiar with this Label. Hopefully the quality will be better than original!
A lot of the digifans will be pleased by this set of releases, if not alone for both Dave Bailey tunes which sell for GBP 50 the least on eBay. Nice one Dubstore!
reccomendations for your top twenty include love me forever carlton and his shoes. my girl techniques, bob andy my time . let him try alton ellis .same song paragons . pretty looks heptones .tonight keith and tex .mark my word marcia griffiths .you have caught me melodians .gypsy woman uniques . real cool tommy mc cook . queen majesty techniques .swing and dine melodians .frozen soul soul vendors .once upon a time delroy wilson .hold me baby basil daley .court dismiss derrick morgan .walk the streets derrick harriott .soul food soul dimension or im and david . the last one i will leave to you . kennykool .
would like very much to get a copy. Please reply.
This sounds amazing!
Thanks for the message. I”ve sent a couuple of messages and will let you know if I get a response.
Thanks for the audio Tim! I was lucky to be in town that weekend and passed through, the vibes were nice! Carl Meeks did a nice show and Deadly Dragon played a nice set, Champion killed it with a few nice tunes on the mic. Trueschool vibes as I would say!
nice film, worth it just to listen to the congos music which is a different cut to the Image of Africa album audio which was supposed to be the soundtrack, the audio in the film is just like another Heart of the Congos LP,same standards, AMAZING!! why didn’t they release this version as the LP i will never know. Congos are legendary……
Truly one of the top 25, one of the best rocksteady-anthems and the Gaylads definitive greatest tune..
Thanks Tim for posting the sounds. Ridiculous that you guys do this on a monthly basis. Thanks.
“Tide Is High â€“ The Paragons (Duke Reid Production)
Perhaps one of the best know tunes of the rocksteady era, mainly thanks to the cover version by Blondie.”
Tosh – for those of us that were around in the 6Ts THE PARAGONS is THE VERSION – the drab old blonde was an irritant!!
1. Troy Lobban – Let Loose (Skyline 7″)
2. Mac Warner – Do Officer (Hi-Jack 7″)
3. Ashanti Waugh – Feelings (Fantastique 7″)
4. Patrick Andy – Self Control (dubplate)
5. Johnny Clarke – Be a Better Nation (Mixing Lab LP)
6. Boom Box – Gunshot (Tesfa 7″)
7. Ossie D & Stevie G – Just Be Nice (Tiro 7″)
8. Dogwood – Them Can’t Blow Breath (Rising Star 7″)
9. Aisha – War on Crack (Strickly Roots 7″)
10. Donovan – Own Soldier (Mango LP)
11. Frankie Jones – Mr. Bad Boy (Trojan LP)
12. George Henry – Jamaica Nice (Ho-Ma-Ka 12″)
13. Quench Aid – I Wish I Had a Mom (Super Blast 7″)
14. Horace Andy – Days Ain’t Brite (Atomic Bum 7″)
15. Patrick Andy – Can’t Take the Vibes (Thunderbolt LP)
16. Milton Curtis – No Evil (Spanna 7″)
17. Rod Taylor – Don’t Play With Me (Plexi LP)
18. Krystal – You Mean the World To Me (Super Power LP)
19. Conroy Smith – Ram Dance Master (Top Ranking 12″)
20. Shortie Ranks – Dance Inna Skateland (Kangol 12″)
21. Dutchman – Bally (Romantic 7″)
22. Frederick Lewis – Natty Dancehall (Jack Rabbit 7″)
23. Mackie – Thing For Love (Crat 12″)
24. Johnny Lee – There You Go (Fat Bwoy 7″)
25. Vichous Irie – Late Night Attack (10 Roosevelt Ave. 7″)
26. Yoruba – Jollification (Stage 7″)
27. Montgomery – Sensimillia (Life Time 12″)
28. Sammy Dread – Addicted To My Love (Vibrations 12″)
29. Richie Roots – Hi Hello (Bee Cat 12″)
30. C. Lestin – Mob Him Kill Him (Humble Lion 12″)
31. Sugar Ray – Jamaica Nice (10 Roosevelt Ave. 7″)
32. Super Majah – Lazy Man (Fat Man 7″)
33. Hard Rock – Them a Hustler (Hard Rock 7″)
34. Anthony Brown – Black & White History (Reggae’s Master Blaster 12″)
35. Jimmy Riley – Come Back Baby (Live & Love LP)
36. Nuthead – Bumbing Ball (Wild Apache 7″)
37. Wayne Smith – Strange How the World Is Going (dubplate)
38. Stanford Shirley – The System (Ujama 7″)
39. Flourgon – Come Mek We Go Dweet (Kickers 12″)
40. Robocop – Slave Driver (EVA 7″)
41. Bionic – Youths in the Ghetto (Don Juan 7″)
42. Michael Prophet – Liberty (Jam Rock LP)
43. Frankie Paul – I Want Her (Abraham 12″)
44. Clarence Parks – Militant Youth (Papa Roots 12″)
45. Mikey Carroll – Militant (Creative Sounds LP)
46. Flick Wilson – Two Youths Have a Quarrell (Kulumi 7″)
I’ve looked for the “7 inch auction” for a while. Does anyone know where to still find it?
There are only 4 or 5 genuine wailers/Marley dubplates. The rest of them are all frauds .There is a high chance this one is as well.
Most of that stuff is either unreleased/unfinished studio material that was somehow leaked or ended up in the public domain. Or done by the offspring of mr Marley / by Albert Griffiths from the Gladiators who is said to be a very good Bob Marley impersonator.
Hello. I just wanted to mention here that I have a list of 350 of the best reggae/rocksteady/ska songs that I have trimmed down from my collection of about 3,600 songs. If you’d like to see it I’d be willing to share. I need some help identifying the artist on two or three of the songs. Thanks for this list, and I hope you decide to correspond with me.
Thanks for the heads up on Love and Livity. his is one of them I’ve had on tape for years but couldn’t justify (to the Mrs) paying Â£30 plus for. Order now placed with Dub Vendor 🙂
Thanks for putting these up, I was really looking forward to it. I think though that there is a problem with the files, because when you are directed to megaupload it says the files are unavailable. Just thought I would let you know. Cheers.
Thanks Laurie. It seems that Megaupload is a bit hit and miss at the moment, if the lind doesnt work return to this page and try again. I got all the links working OK after a couple of attempts.
There was a very entertaining Keith Lawrence interview with Blacker Dread on Colourful Radio recently where ‘Sleng Teng’ was discussed. Tim P asked Blacker who played it first…..
You can listen to it here; http://www.colourfulradio.com/presenter/keithlawrence/
..show number 75 from 24/11/2010
….Show number 74 is really entertaining too. Blacker Dread talks about joining Coxsone Sound and plays a great Bunny Wailer special. A really great show.
Wonderful, thanks. This music can NEVER die. Thanks for all the efforts….
Susi (the one and only)
This compilation CD was a perfect introduction to Lover’s Rock for a young listener like myself. Thanks for that Greensleeves!
fantasic interview, just came across this interview from clicking a few links on anther site, great job love the samples, great history, welton was never one of my fav djs, i was a big echo fan, fav tape back in the day was echo, brigg, nancy and the singers, which i still play, but i really enjoy the history, and never knew how much work he put in, it kind of links up with the small interview lone ranger did in the studio one dvd, when he talks about the he and some dj,s from east mash up a dance and he got dj for the year, was it ranger welton ringo and echo
not available in germany.. content of UMG..
does copyright count for a duplate?
i dont know..
i don’t hear any tubbys in this mix
sadly this great mix is censored for german users. But you can outsmart Youtube: Insert the Youtube URL into any proxy service like hidemyass.com and enjoy this video in your country 🙂
god so many reggae artists left us this year. Yabby You, Sugar Minott, Sonia Pottinger, Gregory Isaacs and Glen Adams. Am i forgetting anybody?
respect to all of them
Totally dig the vibes, open decks at my sessions in NC if you cats ever get out this way. ~ bless
There’s also a false start version of ‘Can’t you see’ in a very similar vein to “royal cord” (FND 8003A). Starting “if you want to know about version you’ve got to stop at this station, right about now I give to you man called Ken boothe…..dig it”, the song runs for a minute and then pauses “don’t get me wrong, i only stopped the song to tell you this….it’s a hit, just can’t miss” then restarts.
Almost certainly done at the same time as Royal Cord and a very cheap way to re-use the Links material i suppose. I’d rather have the unadulterated version…..
God Bless Glen Adams (RIP)
Another great foundation artist left us. A big man zeen his career! Nuff chunes!!
Remember & play: Echo, Funky Skank, Looking Dread (all ClockTower) and moreâ€¦
Iâ€™m glad I met him once(show with The Slackers??)
Cyaanâ€™t be forgotten
Salute Glen !
did you know the first ever rocksteady tune was byan english group in 1964 check it out on youtube its called blue blue blue beat by the tornados scary ay .
Also check out/google Dutch artist Rita Hovink (1944-1979) De Blue Blue Beat (CNR-45/1964) on YouTube please 🙂
When are the Top 20 coming?
Cant wait for the Top 20!
yeah i’ll second that…bring it on Tim can’t wait…
Yes I 😉
Thanks For The Bad Selection
A rocksteady record very recently sold on ebay for $620.00 with the matrix wirl ry 4105 and wirl ry 4106 but the seller could not provide a name title or label, can anyone help on this?
Double great news !
One for the crucial music and one for the people still supporting vinyl in these times.
Thanks tim for the tip and respect to the Dug Out crew.
thanks for the news, tim!! 😀
(love your site big time)
Thanks Tim. I ordered one a couple of days ago. Keep up the good work with the site.
Hello, hope i’m not boring asking for another of those great tunes, but what is the one at 25:40 on the part. 2 ? looks like Toots & the Maytals but can’t find something related on the web… Thanks a lot !!
greeting,i am danny coxson the singer,also producer and song writer of the songs you are playing,president botha and hustling…please contact me………bless..
The great Dennis Alcapone, next to legendary Ken Boothe and Mr Dave Barker at Reggae Brittania at Barbican. Documented by UK Pogus Caesar.! What a line up!
thank you for that wonderful ranking. Bus dem shut 20 th position, I can’t wait for the first ones. But i think you should reconsider alva reggie lewis revelation and consider zoot simms see them a come. anyway appreciate the work.
not to mention, peter austin- your love
Great sets from both selectors. Thanks for sharing
Keep `em coming , Tim ! Any more minor key menace ? Keep away from the obvious ones !!
Boom mix !!!!!!!
check ebay, if you want repress then lots about
you can’t go wrong with the heptones
… at the end of march (28th of march) the new Jammy’s come out if I’m correct. Really great releases indeed.
Great stuff, for the most part at least! A few that deserve their place alongside these, in my opinion at least, include the following (all compilations/one riddim albums unless otherwise stated):
Dance-Hall Fever! Volume One, Y&D
Die Hard Pt. 1: Cutty Tanks & Tony Rebel, Penthouse
Digital B Presents Kette Drum, Digital B
Electrocutioner Phase 1, Jammy’s
Ini Kamoze, Island
Live & Love: Frankie Paul, Jammy’s
Further East Volume 1, Jammy’s
Mambo Taxi, Taxi
Mercyles Bad Boy: Cobra, Sinbad Production
Miss Ivy Last Son, Champion
Momay Man Skank: Half Pint, Jammy’s
Musical Confontation: Nitty Gritty & King King, Jammy’s
Penthouse Cultural Center, Penthouse
Propecy: Capleton, African Star
Riding West, Jah Life
Rough & Rugged: Shabba Ranks Vs Chaka Demus, Jammy’s
Sara: Frankie Paul, Jammy’s
Sin-Bada Then Them, Sinbad Production
Top Temn Sound Clash, Uncle T
Turbo Charged: Nitty Gritty, Jammy’s
please release the whole thing,, night was to bad!!
Thats all that was recorded – sorry!
Ah thanks any way! Great night!!
Excellent, Excellent interview of my favourite Reggae artist. For years, many of my friends and other associates were giving plaudits to so many reggae artists and seldom if at all, the name Cornel Campbell barely got a look in. I have seen my favourite artist on a few occassions and each time he gives a polished, refined and sublime performance. His falsetto voice is music to a joy to the ears and he has been recording for 6 decades!!! What a feat. I have at least 15 Cornel LPs and over 75 singles 7″ singles from the great man.
We view the same outlook on life and hearing that we share the same astrological sign (Saggitarius), is very compelling.
My favourite Cornel song is “My Confession”, with “Make Hay”, “Pity The Children”/Power Pressure” (same rythym!!), “Stars”, “Blessed are They”, “I Am The General” all the “Gorgon” songs,”Girl of my dreams”, “Queen of the Minstrel” and “You are so Real”, hot on its heels.
Will Cornel ever get the worldwide recognition away from die-hard fans? Somehow I doubt it. One thing is crystal clear, The man is Master of his craft, and I will endeavour to keep the Cornel Campbell bandwagon rolling. Just like his 1973 smash; “Let The Music Keep On Playing”, Cornel is and will ALWAYS be one of The greatest singers Jamaica has ever produced.
The RUNAWAY SLAVE, LONDON, ENGLAND
Big ups to the Tighten Up crew !
Been following the site for a while, really great stuff. Next time I find myself on your side of the pond I will be sure to check out your night ! Many days rocksteady is my favorite genre of Jamaican music and this site has been a very important resource for me.
Keep up the serious works.
Thanks for sharing these!
soon come say chin at personal facebook!!!
There is also a double CD set coming out, Columbia/Legacy is putting out , it’s a re-release of his first 2 albums, Legalize It & Equal Rights, that includes demos and dub plate mixes. It comes out on June 21st if I am correct…
This single is currently available in the Trojan shop – very few copies are left though so move fast if you want one! http://bit.ly/f1JakB
Freedom Ska is an entirely different tune from Freedom Sounds and a Randy’s production of McCook & The Skatalites.
Freedom Sounds is a Tommy McCook composition, credited to him on original release, on first Ska Authentic V/A LP. So whence Roland?
May be replica C & N label but not replicating or re-issuing an original release. Everybody was paired with “Heartaches”, also by Norma.
Thanks Brian. I wrote that in a rush and didn’t check it properly – the error is corrected.
Since Ken Khouri was born in Jamaica, doesn’t that make him a Jamaican businessman of Lebanese heritage?
It will be a crime when material such as “So Weary” is reissued and the writers, Lennox Robinson and Mikey or the late Geoffrey Chung, are not paid a publishing advance, or anything.
Thanks for the input Brian, sorry if the comment about nationalities was a little misleading.
I’m afraid I’ve removed the download link – unless you can confirm that the rights holders have authorised the downloads in which case I’ll happily reinstate it. I’ve consistently argued against unauthorised downloads and whilst I appreciate the ground may be shifting under me on this point but I feel that they harm the reggae music business and I don’t want to be associated with them.
I agree with your comment about the publishing – as long as those involved do the minimum they are required to as far as the law requires then I guess thats all we can really hope for.
Respect as always
The Kentone 7″ are great â€“ Sharks is my favorite of those 5. Do you know more about the Merritone singles â€“ will there be a reissue of The Minstrels “So weary”?
It should be noted that Rock A Shacka have previously released two CD’s of Studio 1 material which they later withdrew from market. Those titles, Rock A Shacka 6 and 7, were acknowledged to not have been properly licensed.
Now they appear to have altered the title of their latest 45, Freedom Sound for “Freedom Sounds” and the credit, Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites for “Tommy McCook”, likely in order to avoid paying the song’s publisher, trombonist Calvin Cameron’s Cameron Music.
So I don’t know that we need more releases like Freedom Sound, but a return to high quality, properly done Clement Dodd reissues is certainly overdue.
Sad to read about the fussing and fighting. I just love Studio One music and would like to see more releases. I have a few releases from Rock A Shacka. Like them as much as the excellent Pirate’s(!) Choice. Didn’t know that vol 6 and 7 were suspicious. Dubstore is a fine label too. I hope Dodds and the japanese companies find some solution to this.
Check the links, the first one says Tommy meets Ras Digby and the third one is not available..
The credit was a mistake – thanks for pointing it out. The last part should be fine – megaupload does that sometimes, try it again in a while.
It works now, thanks a lot for uploading these!
I saw this video on you-tube and at 3:21,I would like to know if anyone knows the label, the song and the artist. Cant hunt it down anywhere. here is the link.
At 4:36 you get a quick glimpse of the label(it looks very old) but that’s all.
Appreciate your help.
Soul Bros. â€“ One Stop
Sound Dimension â€“ Love Land
Sound DImension â€“ Jamaica Bag
Tommy McCook â€“ Caltone Special
Tommy McCook â€“ Sweet Lorna
Ansil Collins Meets The Observer â€“ In Bound Train
Desmond Dekker â€“ Foo Man Chu
Noel & The Fire Bells â€“ Reggae Rub
Karl Bryan â€“ Red Ash
Roland Alphonso â€“ Charade
Bumps Jackson â€“ Funky In Jamaica
Tommy & The Upsetters â€“ Lock Jaw
Jackie Mittoo â€“ Melody Maker
Otis Gayle â€“ Iâ€™ll Be Around
Blooblo â€“ Loose Baby Love
Hopeton Lewis â€“ Sounds & Pressure
Freedom Singers â€“ Give Peace A Chance
Nairobi Sisters â€“ Promised Land
Derrick & The Chariot Riders â€“ Float On
That’s really a great record, hadn’t heard it before.
Since the Jamaican “writers” have already ripped off whoever wrote “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, isn’t it kind of a moot point? Who is stealing from who, exactly?
Re the Paragons tune and label… Supertone was a very large sound out of May Pen, Clarendon. I wonder if there was any affiliation with these Paragons releases? Perhaps he helped finance the recordings, etc.
Message Of Old came out in Jamaica on the Muzik City label as well as a blank. A very rare tune on JA press, especially with a label.
I love the Higgs/Boothe duets, on my personal top ten would be “You Hurt My Soul”, the only flaw it has is being too short.
That’s a good point that Al makes. Not that 2 wrongs make a right of course, but Jamaican music is full of instances like this. I’ll be interested to see other points of view on this matter.
It’s difficult to tell from an MP3 but to me this sounds like it was mastered from a clean copy of the vinyl, not from master tape. If it appeared on a Coxsone LP the tape should be around, so I’m not so sure about your comment on the quality? Yes the label looks nice but that is the easy part. Is Coxsone Jr a full or half-brother to the other siblings? If he was Downbeat’s “jacket” as they say in Jamaica, that might explain some of the animosity. At any rate I’m on Junior’s side as he seems like the one most interested in actually getting the music out there, the rest of the Dodd family hasn’t done much since Coxsone Snr’s death.
I’m still looking for a sound sample and label scan for this but thanks very much for the info anyway Stefan.
please send me a mail and i will reply with soundfile and scan of the ‘BIG L â€“ MUSIC BOX’
I am Roy Wilson.I am not dead.I live in Florida West Palm Beach.Everyone thinks I am dead,or they don’t know where I am.I am still alive and kicking.
I have been reading about the “Bootlegging” of Studio One music with great interest. The Artists/Singers compensations or lack of are not even mentioned. Carol Dodd, who is now managing “Studio One’s” massive catalogues and re-issues have never paid the Artists for their work. She is a thief who steals our music, re-issues them, claims publishing rights unlawfully…she is now calling others “Bootleggers?.”
Regarding Tommy of Rockashaka, he needs to cultivate some professional integrity and stop stealing our music and start paying us for our work that he releases.
He just released “Skatalites Freedom Sound” backed by my tune, “Everybody Loves a Lover” (Norma Fraser)..I have not been paid for that Tune and I want to be paid.
Tommy of Rockashaka Label let me hear from you real soon or I will take legal action against you.
Many thanks for the comment Norma, it’s great to hear from you.
If you don’t mind me asking what was your arrangement back in the 60’s with Studio One? We’re you paid a flat fee per tune or did you have a contract that promised royalties?
Thanks for the offer Steffan but I’ve got them now. Thanks again for the info about this.
Anyone know the name of the last track in this mix and who does it? Thanks in advance and thanks for bringing this mix to our attention Dancecrasher crew.
Prince Buster must have a very hefty catalogue of recordings that many of us would lap up if they were to be released. I gather there is a reluctance on his part to licence release for financial reasons but surely he must realise that in a few years they come out of copyright so he makes no money at all if others have access to the catalogue. Is there any news of progress?
There is a relatively paltry amount of Prince Buster material on CD at present. Which are the must haves?
Roy Wilson – if you read this please contact me at dancecrasher.co.ukATgooglemail.com
Bernard – exactly, there is a decent CD’s worth of Busters earliest productions that goes into the public domain next year. And year by year it will only get better. I fear if he doesn’t act very very soon there will be little left to licence – still he is supposed to be ill – maybe he can’t do it at the moment even if he’d want to.
Thanks Oliver – you’re right of course.
Big selections Perilous! I will ask him about the name of that last track Andrew…
While I’d hope that these are “fully licenced and legitimate”, Phil Enthucol concedes that they’re sourced from vinyl.
So, what’s best of knowledge?
I have to wonder when label credits producer J. Johnson and Sir JJ was named Carl!
those colored vinylbrings back memories.Roy
on the recordsleeves on the Dubstore-homepage you can see the program of twenty Merritone-singles.
Anybody with secure information if there will be another twenty?
Well the Batman release is a bit confusing as I thought it was a Randy’s tune. Been out of a 10 inch back in the mid 90’s on a Randy’s label. I first hear Bob Brooks play this tune at a selecter’s clash almost 19 years ago and it flattened the dance big time before Asher G ripped it off the turn table for some reason.
I was led to believe there were only three copies in existence or that might be some myth to add mystery to the tune.
Bless, thanks Sam
Gonna be bad!!!
There is definetly more than 3 copies and it’s 100% certain (confirmed by Keith Scott and Sam Mitchell plus I’ve seen the original label) that it’s a Merritone tune.
Thanks for that MoW, perhaps Randy’s Group were that band that recorded it for the Merritone label. Great side.
I don’t think there was a connection Prince Andrew, the 10″ Randy’s issue was unauthorised.
Thanks Tim P, that’s interesting. You learn a bit more all the time.
What does interest me is that for an up town sound and label Merritone could put out some pretty tough sides.
From what I know there was no direct connection between the sound system and the label. The label took the name from the sound because it sounded good and it was probably a mutually beneficial arrangement. Val Blake started the sound, which was then taken over by his sons. Ken Khouri who owned Federal started the label and was the money man production wise the real work was done by Keith Scott and Sam Mitchell.
What happened to compilation CDs? I’d rather get a CD (or two) for Â£10 (each) rather than paying Â£10 for each single.
I wrote an article about Merritone for Big Shot #6 and I think I found some loose connection between the sound and the label, but embarassingly, I neither remember nor do I have a magazine with me at the moment. Will have to check!
According to Paul Khouri, the name was rented from the Blake family.
BTW, On test pressings, How Soon is paired with an add’l take titled part 2, Born to Rule is paired with Sai Pan and We Were Meant To Be has acapella version on flip.
Big Shot 6 Merritone piece appears well done, although still awaiting translation of last 2 pages by a Dutch friend! Would you have it in English?
I’m sorry, I don’t have it in English. Of course I would’ve translated it as well, but I don’t have access to the piece at the moment. Sorry!
How’d the 45 shoot out go? Will there be some audio put up? Like the attitude in the piece written about the contest.
Hey Tim, thought I’d let your blog viewers know that there is an interview on Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio with Phil all about this release.
Hey and Roy if you are reading this again, PLEASE CONTACT TIM, We are all big Higgs and Wilson fans!
Born To Rule & Sai Pan were originally flip sides so that one is correct.
and who was part of the Merritone players, besides Lyn Taitt?
Many thanks Tim, have been waiting in anticipation for this and sounds don’t disappoint. Listening to part 1 and those studio 1 instrumentals are great + the flute version to Door Peeper, top class
Great stuff Tim, what a night of tunes that was. Thanks for putting the recording up.
Thanks for uploading Tim. It sounded like a really great session.
Not sure when this was stated, but I’d love to see the top 20. Really nice series.
Now updated with streaming versions of the files in case you don’t want to download – enjoy!
I am a fan of this period, unlike yourself, and am fortunate to have most of the records, but it is the sort of organized compilation that the music needs. Not the same old tracks over and over. By the way, if I ever meet you, I’ll slip you some money for the website. Am just relucant to use my credit card for such a purpose. Cheers
superb that you had to forsight to record this tim. still cant get enough of it. does anyone know what the tune is at 39.05 on part 2 (where were you…..). i think i should know…but i dont. anyone???
Many thanks for this one tim,i was away when the session happened and been waiting for this with baited breath!!
Can’t see anyone playing the first disc ever, why bother doing it
Turn it on its head if you were newly discovering reggae, that disc might be enough to get you to buy the box and broaden your horizons via the other four discs, not all purchasers are seasoned collectors like most if not all on DC
Trojan combines some obscurities with the well-trod path in an attempt to get both collectors and newbies to buy the product. I’m definitely going to pass.
Lord Koos – Trojan have done this many many times but this compilation is hardly like that and does dig alot deeper. If you don’t buy that’s up to you but it may be your loss.
MUZIK KINDA SWEET BY POGUS CAESAR 1st – 30th October 2011
The British Music Experience at O2 presented by the Co-operative, in association with OOM Gallery will be showcasing an exclusive exhibition of 38 rare photographs celebrating legendary black musicians working in the UK.
Using a simple camera photographer Pogus Caesar followed the musicians and singers around the famous venues producing a collection that celebrates a style of black music that brings together the UK, the US and the Caribbean.
From Stevie Wonder in 1989, Grace Jones in 2009 and Big Youth in 2011, this unique exhibition documents how black music, in its Reggae, Soul, Jazz and R&B tributaries of sound, has changed and renewed itself over the decades.
Journeying from Jimmy Cliff to Jay-Z via Mica Paris and Mary Wilson of The Supremes to David Bowie’s bass player Gail Ann Dorsey, these images conjure up an alphabet of the music of the Black Atlantic.
The photographs selected from OOM Gallery Archive are also as much about the clubs and venues, as it is about the singers, producers and musicians. The Wailers at The Tower Ballroom, Sly Dunbar at The Hummingbird Club, Courtney Pine at Ronnie Scott’s, Cameo at the Odeon Cinema, Ben E. King at the Hippodrome and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B at BBC Pebble Mill, many venues now lost to regeneration or renewal, and only recalled through memory and imagery.
Interestingly, Johnny Osbourne claimed that the Al Campbell who sang “Take A Ride” was none other than Freddy McKay.
Afraid my allocation (Over half of the entire press) of the Rulers ‘Let My People Go’ sold out within a day of arriving, Kingstonians ‘Put Down Your Fire’ is still available as its a less limited press. More JJs thriller due in due course!
Brian, The Kingstonians ‘Put Down Your Fire’ is properly licensed, but I can not vouch for the Rulers 45 which surfaced from an undisclosed (to me at least) source in Central Europe
I’d like to see that list, and share notes.
Had to share this. Thanks Tim P.
wicked! The drop does seem heavier. Even on youtube.
Does anyone know if Wax Poetics is available to buy in the uk?
Nice one Tim, im in soho tuesday ill pick it up! Many thanks!
You are spot on about this Tim. I’ve known this was coming for some time. The obnoxious Cl**f Ri****d has pushed this through for his own ends and his music establishment pals.
RIP leonard dillon,
big up for Leonard! Great artist
Holland The hague
I agree – why would you want to play dubplates made for another sound? Interesting stuff for hardcore reggae fans because of their historical importance – and I’m happy they’re released (in pristine quality to beat) – but should have been put out as a collection on CD/LP.
A bit disappointed with the selection too actually. Pretty boring set of riddims with standard boasting lyrics. Hope they will continue to put out some of the real killer Jammy dubs, but sorry not going to be buying any of these.
I have the Heptones – “I am your man” on a yellow/black Coxsone as “Give Me the Right”. Can anyone tell me if all pressings of this tune sound so horrible as the 2 I´ve had? Both looked quite good but the sound was awful!
I think the I Am Your Man title came n the LP’s Freedom Time and Sounds Of Young Jamaica (the latter is a compilation). Where as it’s always called Give Me The Right on seven inch. The US Studio One press with the yellow red label is a clean press and I think the black/white Coxsone one is too. I’m not sue about the yellow/black though (i guess that’s the first press?).
Hmm may have to look for the black/white press then.
I also figured that the yellow/black was the first press but early 70s Studio is a bit of a hit & miss for me.
Thanks for your quick answer Tim!
You probably know but FYI ‘Summer Place’ is on the Sparkers ‘Dig It Up’ rhythm, 4th cut (AFAIK) after ‘Dig It Up’, ‘Rent Too High’ and ‘Code It’. Probably makes more sense adding this to the text than publishing the comment
Nice one Phil. I’ll sort this when I next do some updates on this
Great piece and very insightful too boot.
Thanks for these latest additions . Keep `em coming .
Nice re issue. I remember first hearing Boris Gardners version of Groovy Kind of Love at a selecters clash in London about 20 years ago and it got a huge forward. Everytime I’ve seen that record for sale it goes for between $200 and $300 US. My only wish with the reissue is they should have kept the soul tune on the B side of Groovy kind of love as it’s well nice. Rocka Shacka do it again, nice work.
I don’t know where moon dust comes out of, but there was a third wave ska label out of new york in the nineties called moonska records. I believe it was run or funded by some of the Toasters. So I wonder if this is related, as the moonska label put out a fair bit of modern skinhead stuff at the time.
Cheers and thanks for all the downloads from tighten up/trash and ready. Here in Canada we are seriously lacking.
THANKS for posting about the new Laurel stuff! Moon Ska Records was Bucket of The Toasters label. No relation at all except that one of my first releases of traditional Ska was the Laurel Aitken release on the label. and now I get to release something special with one of my heroes!
I’ve been waiting to see were Hip Hug would be place in the top 100 rocksteady charts.
Can’t wait for the no1. Better be a Lynn Taitt special!
Wow Swing and Dine #18 a little low for me, but Rocksteady has never been given its due as a genre. The first music I know of to really emphasize the bassline. Add Lynn Taitt’s guitar = magical sounds that will never die.
Tim, that’s a very accurate description of ‘Garvey’s Ghost’. When this album was first released (’76 I think) it was much maligned, probably for two reasons. Firstly, it was mixed in the UK and secondly, it was mixed by white engineers at Island. If I’m honest I avoided it for many years for those reasons. I did pick up the Jamaican pressing sometime later but after one or two plays, it just sat unplayed and forgotten. It was only much later when I bought ‘Marcus Garvey’ on CD, that also included ‘Garveys Ghost’, that I listened to it again.
Finally, some 30 years later I really enjoyed listening to it. It’s true that the mixing is quite laid back but in a way that’s the album’s strength. The engineers really allow the quality of the rhythms to shine through and there are no intrusive distractions. You can just concentrate and enjoy the rhythms showcased by the sensitive mixing.
As an aside, Lloyd Coxsone was involved as an ‘adviser’ on the mixing sessions so I imagine his input would have been positive.
My advice would be that if, like me, you’ve avoided this album, pleaee give it another chance. It’ll get you in the end..it’s only a matter of time. Eventually the penny will drop!
hey , that sign the cheque is on a matador rhythm track isnt it !?
Little Things is my all time favourite, Rock Steady tune. Best of all it only 10p in 1972!
Is there anything about the companies and individuals that designed the sleeves, and the briefs they were given?
For example, Horace Ove did the Bamboo/Banana sleeves, was he interviewed? – I love those designs
Bottom line is that they cost about the same as they would as part of the limited edition singles series, but you get 7 at once intsead of wairing 7 months and you dont get to pay postage at £2 a 45 (In the UK at least) and as abonus get the box etc all thrown into the deal, how bad can it be and all on original, if you could find them all for sale mint ever it would be a mirace and even the sevn on decent copies wiould be over 20 times the price of the box set these days IMHO!
.. and Little Things is just re-issue on a top quality UK pressing (One of four 45s worth of Phil Pratt produced Caltone rocksteady just issued) complete with previously unissued instrumental next cut on the flip!
really would have loved to have the 7″ label designs illustrated as well. this actually really makes me reconsider if i am going to buy it or not…
Maybe they´re saving it for a future project? But then would there be enough label desings to make a whole book?
Sam -no there are no interviews but printers etc do get a mention. I reckon this is fair enough as it’s supposed to be a coffee table book, a bit of eye candy, not a book of interviews.
Timekeeper – I doubt they are saving it for another project but now that you mention it – a coffee table book of reggae 7″ label illustrations would be very nice!!
CLING TO ME – what a tune, puuuuure beauty.
now this is the place to do some deep research into reggae music.
top website !!
Was ‘Skinhead A Bash Dem’ anti or pro ‘Paki-Bashing’..?
Hi Art. Personally I wouldn’t have said the lyrics are that clear, to my mind they are just commenting on it rather that supporting or condemning but I’m sure others would disagree! Either way it’s a pretty rubbish tune.
Great pictures, can you put up any sound for those of us who missed it? Cheers.
My name is Ras Charles Jones. I performed with Keith is 1980 in a band called Earthworm. We performed at My Fathers Place, Tramps, Tier 3, Eighties. I now do radio at Binghamton University-WHRW. I can re reached at 607 7295526 for further info on Keith. Ras Charles Jones
The violence in Jamaica is out of control. It was no random killing, from what I hear people had been urging Riley to leave the country for some time. If you get too successful in Jamaica and you don’t have powerful friends (or if you anger the wrong people, don’t grease some palms etc) it’s easy to dead.
Regarding the Norma Fraser tune “Heartaches”, the pairing on the original JA Studio One label was with the flip side being the Righteous Flames “You Don’t Know”. The ska “Everybody” was recorded earlier…
hi tim p,
Drunken Night is a completely different tune to (Endlessly)that was released on Crab (CRAB 59)
rkr has this mistake.
thanks very much for the info Sta Press – I’ll correct this soon.
I’ve just bought it last friday and it’s an excellent one. I confirm that there are two UK productions here :
– “Boss” by Count Sticky & The Upsetters is in fact “The Rhythm” by the Mohawks on Gas (flip side and instrumental version of “Someday We’ll Be Together” by The Marvels)
– On “Rockfort Psychedelion”, you can hear the British band The Rudies mentionned in the lyrics…
These two titles are good anyway, even if not produced by L. Perry and played by the Upsetters…
Can anyone point me in the direction of where I could find stored copies of Black Music somewhere in the UK? Or if there is anywhere online that has scanned copies?
I have a fairly full set of BMJRs but am not looking to sell them. I live in Reading and would be happy to make them available to you. What sort of project are you working on?
I was wondering if you would be able to make these available for myself also, I am at the University of Manchester and in the process of writing my dissertation on the influence of Reggae on British society. I cannot stress how helpful these magazines would be to my work.
Please get back to me when you have the opportunity,
for an investigation I am urgently looking for the issue with Carl Gayle interviewing King Tubby, think it was February 1976. If you don’t want to leave the issue, a scan of that article would also be helpful.
I am aware this comment was posted 3 years ago, But I local to Reading and I am currently writing a dissertation very similar to the commenter here. If you receive this message, I would be forever in your debt if I could have access to your collection for just a few hours one afternoon soon?
Very much hoping to here from you soon
We need the final 13!
there is a version of ‘my best girl’which includes the horns and the vocals-check out heartbeats ‘duke reids treasure chest’sounds so much fuller than the original issue!
absolute classic. must be some damn fine tunes to come. cant wait 🙂
Nice one Cliff (NOT!) So all I’ve got to do is survive to beyond 70+ and hope that someone out there has the finance and ability to bring out these classic ska, rock steady and reggae tracks that the majors tend to shun (Trojan/Island via Universal are excused from that) The ironic thing is that Cliff Richard actually LOVES reggae music. He’s said so himself many times! 60’s – 70’s anyway. I can’t picture him having much in common with Bounty Killer, Assassin, Buju Banton etc lol!
So glad to see you continue this project and now I’m really curious about the top 10!
Also glad to see you continuing the project Tim. Good work! You like this side best then? It’s very nice but I do prefer the other side myself.
If Eric Donaldson, Lyn Taitt and BUNNY LEE got together to record a “Tune”! My kind of Rocksteady.
Keep them comming.
Im delighted to see you continue with this series, youre really making us wait 🙂 but come on, as nice as this song is, it doesn’t compare with whats on the other side of this single. My Conversation is a stone cold classic, evergreen and beautiful. nearly perfect in every way.
Do you honestly think Beatitude is a stronger song, or are you trying to go for the less obvious and obscure? keep up the works anyway, looking forward to the top 10 🙂
Thanks Carl, yes I do think Beatitude is better though I’d agree Conversation is the bigger tune. I’m not deliberately going for the obscure (I’m not sure if Beatitude would count as that anyway?) though in some ways less familiar tunes are more exiting than ones you’ve heard a thousand times.
And now Jah will make him beautiful !
I have both of these and I have to say that the sound is slightly better on the Trojan issue although the Baron’s is also pretty good. As an aside, the dub version used on the Trojan flip can also be found in its full length on a 1975-ish Jamaican issue of Ali Baba that appeared on Dutchess
Thanks Matt that’s good to know. I checked the dub against the one on the mid 70’s Treasure Isle (Pottinger issue) but that one is slightly different.
Honeyboy Martin emigrated to Britain,he had a record shop in Luton and had a radio show on BBC Bedfordshire.I used to listen to it in the eighties.He also carried on his singing career,mainly making big people records.You Tube has a 70’s tune “Jamaica” that sounds alot like the GB records Trojan were putting out.
Pressure Sounds have put out a great release,it fills in an important gap in the history of the music
If BUNNY LEE produced Lyn Taitt arranged and Eric Donaldson sings that would be great Rocksteady. Beatitude and Conversation is just one of BUNNY LEE’s greats latter end of Rocksteady.
OMG!! I remember this.A great way of avoiding “Nationwide” on BBC1 on a week night.It was on BBC2 at the same time.I’d just got into drumming,listening to Style,Carlie and Sly.This was an absolute god-send for me and my brother(who was learning bass).
We talked endlessly about it at school.I found the book later on and still use the material when I teach basic Reggae styles to my drum students.
The 3 presenters are still involved in music education.Dierdre writes pieces for the”Rock SChool” exam syllabus,Geoff writes for drum magazine “Rhythm” and Henry wrote a book on slap bass,that my brother studied from.
well, i’m not sure whether I’ve let a comment before but just want to thank to the author for the superb work. though this tracks i’ve learnt a lot about rocksteady, not to mention the pleasure to discover new tracks, artists, producers… i’m really looking forward to the top ten. big up!
I’ve been following this countdown for ages, and I’m really grateful. I have discovered so many tunes I now love and cherish (I was delighted to see The Clarendonians Im Sorry and Lonely Heartaches show up on the latest Pressure Sounds release after discovering them here). I was very happy to see ‘Bus Dem Shut’ in the top ten, cos its one of my all time favourites. I love the mixture of information, label pictures and soundclips. Its been a very informative journey.
But if its truly a list of ‘greatest’ Rocksteady tunes, I do however think that there are some massive omissions, particularly of the Studio One variety, some really obvious and immortal tunes like (off the top of my head):
Dawn Penn – No no no
Soul Vendors – Rockfort rock
Alton Ellis – Im still in love with you
The Heptones – Pretty looks isnt all
Carlton and the Shoes – Love me forever
Ken Boothe – ‘Moving away’,
The Techniques – ‘Queen Majesty’ and ‘You dont care’
Hopeton Lewis – Take it easy
Keith and Tex – Stop that Train
and as i mentioned before The Uniques – My Conversation.
I know these songs are extremely well-known, but they are all beautiful and era-defining, and the basslines and riddims have been versioned endlessly all the way through to the dancehall era. It seems a shame not to acknowledge these masterpieces.
Having said that, its been more educational to read about some of these lesser celebrated jewels. And im dying to see what the top ten will be!! please dont make us wait too long 🙂 🙂
Ive just noticed that 3 of the last 4 songs i listed are in fact featured in your countdown….I should have double checked before i posted the last comment, i was writing off the top of my head. The main point i was making was that your Top 100 has been a pleasure to follow (despite what i would consider as omissions or misplacements, and a penchant for favouring the less obvious), and i have learned loads!
Glad to see the final countdown, there should be at least one Wailers tune in the Top 10 and a few Coxsone chunes, Hurting Inside, Rougher Yet something from Bob Andy’s Song Book would be my choice, but as you said before, it’s all a matter of personal taste. Did I mention the Call OF The Drums. Anyway, thanks for the hard work
I have been following the top 100 since I came upon the website by accident – everyone’s a scorcher, by the way. But the selection is, as stated, obviously the compilers opinion. It totally amazes me that the vast majority of the chart I’ve never heard. What were the ones like that failed to make the grade?
I’d love to see the finished article. But I’m sure that at least one of the contributing artist in this clip has passed on.
Yes, Justin Hinds has definately left us. I’m not so sure onStranger Cole though.
In 1989 when this show was broadcasted I was at my home town which is outside of the shows broadcast area i.e London mainly. Back then with no internet, hearing the show was a lost cause to me. It is with much grattitude that it has been posted up and I’ve at last been able to listen to it. Thank you. I’m just so gutted about the many other tribute shows that I’ve missed over the years.
You can read a sample chapter of the book on reggaevibes.com.
Click on the “rub-a-dub style” icon at the top of the home page.
Well worth a look.
i met a guy this week who has approximately 19,000 reggae vinyls!!!!! i went round to his place and picked up this tune (among others) after hearing it here. cheers 🙂
i can only pray that they will also do a cd compilation of this stuff.
i need “The Jerk” or “Tang tang festival song” on officially cd with good sound quality.
Wow, what’s the name of that first tune?
Raise a glass to your top ten ! Keep `em coming ….
Nice one Tim bless to the Tighten up crew Big respect to listening massive for the support and comments
looking fwd to the next one Bless PS We had Champian working his ***** off HISTORY
I always loved the sound of Harriott’s productions. His voice is so angelic. The “Dance Romeo” track with Paulette is a lost gem!
Do you know who owns the copyright to PAMA labels.
Most of the music seems to have reverted to the individual producers – Pama turned into JetStar but with a few limited exceptions they were never a big reissue company like Trojan.
hi tim the rhythm on bitty’s brother man is “free soul” jackie mittoo
I’ve not been able to get hold of this.Is there anywhere I can download it from?I’ve tried the websites listed and her facebook page to no avail.
Was it only available for one day or have I misread it?
Why Is there a pic of dennis brown on the front cover and the name marcia griffiths onthe sleeve when neither appears to feature on the album? Is this some sort of tribute to coxsone’s talent for misinformation on his album covers? LOL.
Thanks Perilous – I’ve updated this
They must have been on ebay a lot to come up with this selection. No complaints here about the selection, looks good.
Agreed, very good selection.Rodigan told a story on Sunday on Kiss about going down into a basement of “Brad’s” in New York with a torch hunting for the Prince Lincoln tune, such was its rarity.
Hi Tim, don’t know much about Byfield or Matthews.Were all the tunes mixed by Scientist? And who were the backing band? Nice organ.
very happy that Tell me that You Love me is being reissued, killer tune and goes for big money!
Walk The Streets was originally recorded by Tommy Roe as You Might As Well Forget Him on US ABC (UK HMV) in 1964. He also composed the song. Enjoyed the top 100 by the way.
The Marcia Griffiths mistake is more easily understood as in the liner notes it states that the Rita Marley tune included was mis-credited to Marcia Griffiths on some of the original 7″ labels but the D Brown has me wondering. Maybe some ‘hurry come up’ layout person thought it was Johnny Osbourne.
the lord gave the word great are people who publish it rastafari love.big up yuself beth.
Nice one Ossie – we met a couple of times when you used to come to the Tighten Up club with Paul Penge Killer Coote over 10 years ago now.
Any infos about SC-1895-1 and SC-1896-1 (Blank on DYNAMIC) 1969/ 1970 approx.
No I don’t know this sorry – have you got any sound samples?
i’ll be upgrading my scratchy versions for this box though still..thanks for the nod.
Hi I am trying to get a contact for Jeff palmer to get permission to use images of Pama labels in my forthcoming book, any help would be appreciated with some free copies.
I heard he is in Jamaica , and now a Pastor , thats all i know…did you finish your book yet? sounds interesting
if you havent reached him yet i think i can help
@admin: Rubbish tune??? Are you serious? In my opinion, it’s one of the brilliant ska songs at the time.
I’d just like to say that Trinity is one of the nicest and most professional people I’ve worked with. Not the only one, but still….
My respect – to him and Mrs Brammer – is total !
Steve / july 2012
Ha ha – I agree with both of you above. For us Anglos, ‘mon’ rhymes with ‘on’, so that’s how we read it. Perhaps the best approximation would be ‘mun’, atho’ that’s not quite right either.
I think Jimmy Hughes recorded the original version of “You Might As Well Forget Him”: Fame 1002/1963.
Cool Tim, when “Fair Deal” is #8, “Are You Ready” has to be in the top 3 then 😉
That would depend on if i like Are You Ready more or not Marc – have to wait and see 😉
Wondering if any relation. Family is from Kingston but moved to Canada in late 60’s. Sam Calnek, nena Calnek, Janet Calnek.
I was wondering if the Progressions would be in this list. I thought the other side of that record ‘Are you ready’ was the better tune but that’s just me. I also have a feeling what might be No. 1 and if right I think it’s a suitable choice but definitely not a rare tune. Look forward to the final seven. Great work and giving thanks.
Great job tim — looking over the last 40 entries I would have chosen most of them myself, can’t argue with that!
My name is Errol Hobson, Derrick K. Hobson (The ‘K’ means Kenyute and not Keith as was previously mentioned) is my late brother who died the summer of ’78. I know for a fact that he did a few recordings with artiste such as Johnny Clarke and Roman Stewart. The tunes that readily came to mind: “Ride On Young Girl” by Johnny Clarke, and Roman Stewart’s “Love Jah and Live”. “Ride On Young Girl” was remixed and release on a 12″ Disco Mix. This particular track was released on his own label [THE BETSY original Stamma].
Great Job !!!!
For thirty four years I’d busted sweat on trying to find out who did the tune give Thanks and Praise (version) because I only heard it once, I had it on tape and the tape snapped just where the track info was inserted. Thank you Only Roots Reggae. I can now rest easy. Roll on pay day!