so as usual, i have spent xmas day playing all the great albums(or songs)that touch me, its something i do when ive had a few beers!
anyway,played some rock, some blues,some reggae (late 60s/70s/early 80s)and i got to thinking - i dont have any albums after bobby bobylon and truths and rights (late 70s/early 80s?) which I consider classics in the reggae(or music in general) field?- and i am not thinking reissues here- i am thinking jamaican music of the last 20 years - a hell of a long time period ! why is this? dont think its ignorance on my part cos i voraciously read all music publications i can get my hands on, so i dont think ive missed anything, OR HAVE I !!
over to you guys - tell me what im missing- i dont expect a deluge
Imo, some of the most exciting reggae stuff comes from the late 70s/early 80s period when roots eventually became dancehall and before machines "took over". Even in the post-SlengTeng era till nowadays there's much fine reggae music being made, but all this is a matter of taste of course.
For early 80s stuff, one could check:
Sly & Robbie Taxi productions
Henry 'Junjo' Lawes productions
Linval Thompson productions
and many great artists associated with this period:
Can't say that I have much of the most recent (late 80s/90s/00s) stuff, but I've heard many fantastic tunes from these years. Some recommendations would be to check the likes of:
King Jammy productions
Winston Riley productions
King Tubby's Firehouse productions
Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke productions
Digital B productions
There are still plenty of talented artists/musicians in the reggae field, imo. It could be said though that a larger percentage of reggae's output of today is 'average' compared to the past. And that an 'average' tune from the golden era (late 60s/70s/early 80s) is much better than a recent/contemporary 'average' tune due to the real-band (non-digital) musicianship. However, there's still much quality stuff that shines through.