Friday, February 4, 2011

Vintage Reggae

If its vintage Jamaican  Reggae, Ska and Dub  you are looking for, look no further than Soul Jazz Records and their series of 100% Dynamite to 600% Dynamite compilations. On each of these records you will find the most amazing tunes from the likes of Toots And The Maytals, The Skatalites, The Upsetters, Hopeton Lewis and literally dozens more. I've been listening all week to the first one (100%) and there isnt a bad track in there.
British groups Bad Manners, The Specials, Madness and even The Clash all sourced their influences through these 60's and 70's Jamaican sounds but there are nothing like the originals.
Here is one of the  songs you will find on the 200% Dynamite album, called 'No, no, no'. I first heard  Jah Wobble play a version of this live in concert with his band in 2008 but this is the definitive version by K. C. White

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