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The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2017 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“We recently spoke with Mike Alleyne, author of The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae, an indispensable book for reggae, dub and world music fans. Alleyne is currently at work on a book about Jimi Hendrix, which he describes as ‘a reference book for interested fans who aren’t necessarily total fanatics’ and will have an encyclopedic structure covering key records, musicians, labels and other associated people and places in Hendrix’s career, also including posthumous releases. He hopes to have it out in 2017 which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Jimi Hendrix Experience album. Here’s what Mike had to say about the golden age of reggae. …”
Mike Alleyne, author of “The Encyclopedia of Reggae…”

Rupie Dan – My Black Race (& Dub) (1982)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“”Top 80s jah shaka selection. Heavy heavy tune. For those that overstand. Riddim similar or same as Al Campbell – Down The Drain. B side is a killer dub version. Produced by Rupie Dan and Tony Addis at Addis Ababa studios, Shakas regular studio at them times for years. Shaka used to tear down the dance with this tune!! Original press blank label pre-release Flag 12″. This one is seriously rare and sought after by all serious collectors and soundman. …”
YouTube: My Black Race (& Dub)

John Holt – Police in Helicopter (1983)

Posted in John Holt, Rastafarians, Uncategorized with tags , on December 11, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“John Holt, both as a member of the Paragons and as a solo artist, had established himself as the master of pop with a multitude of love, love lost, and other typically pop-themed hit singles. However, with Police in Helicopter, the singer reinvented himself as a more contemporary, cultural artist. The title track, a Jamaican smash, set the defiant tone, threatening, ‘If you continue to burn up the herbs, we’re going to burn down the cane fields.’ ‘Last Train From the Ghetto’ and ‘Reality’ are cultural/Rastafarian statements of intent, while ‘I Got Caught’ is a warning about the consequences of misdeeds. The Roots Radics provide the rootsy accompaniment, with producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes adding his signature deep roots/dubby production, with that sublime tinge of dancehall which gave the record a totally contemporary sound. Of course, Holt didn’t totally break with his past, and the rest of the record contains lighter-themed material. … The album is a masterpiece of aural illusion, as the band slide out the fat rhythms and reggae riffs, and Lawes transforms them before our eyes. Deep roots with a twist, wave a wand and, abracadabra, Holt’s songs are no longer considered MOR pop, but now appeal to a more serious audience. Police is a true classic album on which a great vocalist and songwriter comes of age.”

YouTube: Police in Helicopter, Fat She Fat, Last Train From The Ghetto

Pearnel Charles – Turn Dem Back (1973)

Posted in Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dancehall, Uncategorized with tags , on August 28, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“This is the seventh in a series recounting close encounters with death by Jamaicans, some of them in prominent positions of society. Many Jamaicans over a certain age will remember Pearnel Charles spending 283 days in detention during the infamous State of Emergency of 1976. However, the affable veteran politician and trade unionist’s experience in a Jamaican jail pales in comparison to his close shaves with death during the 75 years and seven months he has spent on Earth.  …”
When Pearnel Charles shot a man to save himself

“Cultural theorist Donna Hope has asserted that dancehall and dancehall culture are squarely apolitical and anti-establishment in their focus and essence. Scholars such as Carolyn Cooper have also argued that the violence in dancehall falls in the realm of metaphor and role-play and that the literal interpretations of these lyrics are inclinations to ‘criminalise the idiom and demonise the culture’. …”
Dancehall Political Patronage and Gun Violence Political Affiliations and Glorification of Gun Culture

“In the last election Prime Minister X went to Ethiopia and met with the King of Kings and had a conversation with him. He came back to Jamaica and showed the people a Rod, which he said was given to him by the King, Haile Selassie the First, to bring freedom to the Black People of Jamaica. He carried that Rod all around during the campaign. The Rastafarians heard this; the Dreadlocks heard this; and this rod caused him to win a landslide victory for the Party. …”
Jamaican Politics, Reggae and Rastafarianism in the 1970’s

Reggae Collector – Turn Dem Back

Mikey Dread – African Anthem (1979)

Posted in Dub, Mikey Dread, Uncategorized with tags , on June 30, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Mikey Dread (born: Michael Campbell) came to the attention of Jamaican music fans with his roots reggae radio program from the late ’70s. Moving beyond his popular island broadcast, Campbell also produced his own rockers-style releases like 1979’s Dread at the Controls (also the name of his radio show). And while this album and a handful more did provide some exposure beyond his radio audience, it was the release of Campbell’s excellent dub titles like African Anthem that would garner a heap of attention, particularly resonating with English punks and groups like the Clash (Campbell would make a sizable contribution to the band’s 1980 album Sandinista). The appeal is not hard to understand since African Anthem features a sophisticated and entertaining program of rock-solid tracks and stunning dub effects (bird and goat noises, police sirens, cuckoo clocks, and all manner of studio-generated sounds); it’s the kind of dizzying mix also heard on Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson’s similarly disposed African Dub All-Mighty titles and on the best work by the Scientist. In fact, Campbell enlists the Scientist for this recording, along with dub giants like King Tubby and Prince Jammy. The disc additionally benefits from plenty of Campbell’s own engaging radio banter and the stellar contributions of reggae studio luminaries like drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, and keyboard player Augustus Pablo, among others. A great dub album, ranking up there with milestones such as Lee Perry’s Blackboard Jungle Dub and King Tubby & Prince Jammy’s Dub Gone 2 Crazy.”

YouTube: Resignation Dub, African map + Bond street corner, Saturday Night Style, Industrial Spy