Chocolate Soldier wrote:The degeneration already began to set in that decade though with the advent of 'bag-o-nails' keyboards like the DX-7, dancehall inspired 'rewinds', tinny lead guitar solos on transistor amps with guitars meant for 80's metal, trimming down band lineups for economic reasons, and the band becoming a secondary backdrop or carpet over which singers did their 'thing'....
There is something in those words.
I have some hates about reggae, mc introduces the Legend, the backing band plays a short medley of tunes, then artist takes the stage to constant rewinds & asks the crowd how they are feeling, i would really like to shout out ,I'm really bored.
The music does not sound like the record,
cause few people care about details anymore, just make it passable & that's okay.
I did read something about fams a few years back when he was saying that the wailers band still used the same gear & recording methods from bob's time, that's makes sense.
There does exist deep & heavy sounding roots reggae tones as well as watered down pop reggae, nowadays some people don't know the difference, everything has it's place, musicians / soundmen / producers should know all the elements that make the sound.
In this time it's almost like some people can't hear the various elements so they make excuses to cover their own shortcomings.
I guess that's why sound systems are popular, the selecter plays many tunes that are not watered down, they know the sound.
When i first heard this music, it was straight up Word Sound & Power, I don't hear too much of that nowadays.