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Discussion in 'Music' started by Stephen Dodds, May 21, 2003.
Anyone have any recommendations for well recorded reggae?
well I'll probably win the obvious award for this one but ....
Bob Marley "Legend"
Third World is the only reggae band I've ever really gotten into. Their latest album "Ain't Givin' Up" is excellent and well recorded.
There's a nice compilation out called "O Reggae Where Art Thou". It is a good cross section of reggae tracks, most from the early 70s. It is actually a repackaging of a 1990 DCC compilation called "Reggae Classics". Most of the songs are very well recorded, and the mastering is by Steve Hoffman and sounds great. Here's the line-up:
I Man Bitter - Pluto
School - Prince Jazzbo
No Portion a Gal - Sang Hugh
Rasta Stop No One - Stingers
Boogie Bump - Pluto
Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
Ram Goat Liver - Pluto
Hold My Hand - Jackie & the Starlites
Fire, Fire - Lloyd Robinson
Country Living - Eagles
A So - Willows
Johnny Reggae - Big Youth
Aily I - Cynthia Richards
Second Chance - Ken Boothe
Until It's Done - Delroy Wilson
As Long as You Love Me - Maytones
Rasta No Born Yah - Sang Hugh
Westbound Train - Dennis Brown
Silver Words - Ken Boothe
Have a Little Faith - Nicky Thomas
To be honest, I don't think reggae is supposed to be well recorded.
Actually, there is quite a bit like later Bob Marley, and alot of the new "commercial" reggae that sounds very good sonically.
But for me, a diehard reggae fan that has over 500 LPS, and hundreds of CDs of classic and even obscure reggae, the raw and "poor" sound quality of much of the classic 1970's to early '80s adds to it's charm.
For some reason, when reggae is too well recorded it loses some of it's impact and charm. Maybe because I really like the classic period, and have many Jamaican import vinyl pressings I got so used to that kind of sound.
Yes, I've also got a lot of old reggae and ska from the Trojan years. I also have a great CD from a band called Midnite called 'Ras Mek Peace' which is brilliantly recorded, and I'm hoping for more of the same quality.
Thanks for the suggestions.