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Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby mirio » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:49 am

I know that could be really hard to say, but which reggae complete LP you think is the best one ever?? including lyrics, melodies, musicians, production, mastering and everything
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby ephteeay » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:13 am

Earth & Stone - Kool Roots is my idea of a perfect LP (and the inclusion of the dub counterpart completes the Reggae experience!)
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby johnnyB » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:34 am

Heart of the Congos without any doubt.
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby Apostle » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:56 am

Answering that question means you always injure so many other records.
There are a few classics though that never fail to amaze me, it seems impossible to grow tired of them.
Like Black Uhuru's self-titled album from 1979 (riddims made from steel!), or Haile I Hymn by Ijahman Levi.
Noel Ellis' untitled record from 1983 is a strong runner -up. Very good lyrics on that one and a very personal touch.
Also Cultural Roots- Revolutionary Sounds from 1981.

And +1 for Earth and Stone and the Congos up here.
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby Apostle » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:05 am

Damned, how could I forget Cedric Im Brooks and The Light of Saba.

Seems like all the self-titled LP's are the best ones.
But I could keep going for a while, it's a bit of an impossible question. It's like the question which is that one maxi you will rescue when your house is on fire.
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby Ringo » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:14 am



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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby lankou » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:23 am

Probably Macka Fat by Jackie Mittoo. Could be another one some time some day.
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby kalcidis » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:34 am

It all depends on the mood I'm in. But I would probably say Countrymen with Twinkle Brothers if I was hard pressed to only choose one. That's probably the album I've listened to the most (together with Ice-T - Power, Curtis Mayfield - Superfly and Miles Davis - Kind of Blue).
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby mirio » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:01 pm

i always loved Black Uhuru - Black sounds of freedom and Steel Pulse - Handsworth revolution but i dont really know if they are the best or not
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby underated » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:18 pm


Side one

1. So Much Trouble in the World
2. Zimbabwe
3. Top Rankin
4. Babylon System
5. Survival

Side two

6. Africa Unite
7. One Drop
8. Ride Natty Ride
9. Ambush in the Night
10. Wake Up and Live

Bob Marley – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
Aston "Family Man" Barrett – bass, rhythm guitar, percussion
Carlton Barrett – drums, percussion
Tyrone "Organ D" Downie – keyboards, percussion, backing vocal
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson – percussion
Junior Marvin – lead guitar, backing vocal
Earl "Wire" Lindo – keyboards
Al Anderson – lead guitar
Rita Marley – backing vocals
Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals
Judy Mowatt – backing vocals

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[There are a few remastered versions throughout the years ]

played the tape till it popped,
played the record till it scratched,
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby mark b » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:59 pm

Light Of Saba--Sabeba
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby RB » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:37 pm

despite owning a horrifying amount of LPs, there's not many which i love listening to all the way thru, front to back, with no skipping.

here's all the ones like that for me, that i can name off the head -

steve knight - orphan child (my all time favorite reggae LP)
earth & stone - kool roots & dub (my 2nd fave)
heptones - good life (one of the most underrated reggae LPs of all time)
mighty diamonds - all the LP's for channel 1 (i need a roof, stand up to your judgement, deeper roots, tell me what's wrong)
cultural roots - drift away from evil
revolutionaries - s/t (che cover)
nitty gritty - general penitentiary
wayne jarrett - what's wrong with the youths
flick wilson - school days
revolutionaries - full charge revival dub
revolutionaries - satta dub strictly roots
barrington levy - all the jah life/junjo LPs (bounty hunter, shaolin temple, shine eye gal, hunting man, englishman, robin hood, 21 girls salute)
little kirk - ghetto people broke
skatalites - ska-boo-da-ba (top deck)
wailing souls - best of wailing souls (channel 1)
black uhuru - love crisis/black sounds of freedom
augustus pablo - king tubby meets rockers uptown
burning spear - s/t (studio 1/first LP)
dennis brown - deep down
dennis brown - just dennis (trojan) or westbound train (third world) or dennis (vista)...depends which one i pull out...all the niney stuff
dennis brown - joseph's coat of many colors
horace andy - dancehall showcase (wackie's)
horace andy - get wise
keith hudson - pick a dub

prob more i'm forgetting...
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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby minidub » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:19 pm

RB, next time you check an LP you should NOT skip any tracks and instead re-check some cuts you think you don't care for. i'm always shocked at how much my tastes can change in this i never really cared for suddenly really hit me, and i fall for them for the first time! it's like getting new music without the added expenditure. :)

in this regard, i always think of errol dunkley's "darling ooh" album. when i first got it i liked just two or three (at the most) tracks, but now this is an LP i listen to straight through and love every tune on it.

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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby Donovan » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:20 pm

Compilations count? If so, than it's Wiser Dread on Nighthawk.

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Re: Your favourite Reggae LP

Postby Natty Matti » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:28 pm

Very hard to single out one favourite but these have a special place in my heart:

Bob Andy - Song Book
Abyssinians - Satta Massagana
Burning Spear - S/t
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Big Youth - Screaming Target
The Congos - Heart Of The Congos
Gregory Isaacs - Extra Classic
Gregory Isaacs - The Lonely Lover
Israel Vibration - The Same Song
Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown lp
Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man
Count Ossie - Groundation
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