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Old 06-23-2017, 08:02 PM
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Favorite Reggae Song


I've never been a big fan of the genre (tropical vibes notwithstanding) but I just stumbled onto a reggae song that has become my favorite (you will be amazed):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnxBDuJhOzY

What's yours?

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Old 06-23-2017, 08:49 PM
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Some obvious choices follow, and I'll admit that reggae, ska,, rocksteady, dancehall etc all work in my head the same, so if your definition is strict then I'm sorry. (Billy Joel, tho)

Toots and the Maytals Pressure Drop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rb13ksYO0s

Dawn Penn No No No - this is probably my fave, tbh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IcJPsNjn0

The Skatelites Guns of Navarone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtESlTKBa4s

Barrington Levy Murderer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9mvTNh-plY

Sister Nancy Bam Bam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXnT3LFTc-s

Alton Ellis Rocksteady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YQKIyiSgFA
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I've never been a big fan of the genre (tropical vibes notwithstanding) but I just stumbled onto a reggae song that has become my favorite (you will be amazed):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnxBDuJhOzY

What's yours?
Well, that was certainly ... different.

My first thought, too (not being an expert in the genre), was Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytalls (and I like pretty much every cover of it, too.)

Also, The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGE4dnrPPZQ

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Old 06-23-2017, 09:41 PM
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The reggae, ska etc stuff that originated in the Caribbean cross-fertilised with the UK skinhead and later punk scene really quite splendidly.

The Specials A Message to You Rudy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cntvEDbagAw

The Selecter On My Radio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpF3LGgDoUE

The Beat Mirror in the Bathroom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_-7fqUMuyg

Madness The Prince

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_srIE-YAb8

UB40 One in Ten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYgf8cVfvU
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Long Shot Kick The Bucket - Pioneers.

https://youtu.be/ssA2no1WAY4

(It's about a horse race, if you were wondering)

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:03 AM
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Too many to choose from!

Love the old Trojan stuff like Dandy Livingstone Suzanne Beware of the Devil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JVixZXRfrc

or Dave & Ansel Collins Double Barrel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hy-_voUuDQ

Also Bunny Wailer

Dance Rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJE6jM1BZ-Q

Dreamland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2gMoTluckw
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Right, way too many to mention (especially now that it's summer).

Here's a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUaWWFDEyvk. The real stuff.

PS. HUGE Dawn Penn fan here!
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The reggae, ska etc stuff that originated in the Caribbean cross-fertilised with the UK skinhead and later punk scene really quite splendidly.

The Specials A Message to You Rudy...
It always cracks me up when I hear that used in a financial commercial, just because it has the line "Better think of your future". I always sing the next line: "Before you go to jail."

For anyone who likes reggae and hasn't heard the more recent Toots album full of guests (True Love?) ... go find it. Clapton playing on Pressure Drop, duets with Willie and Shaggy, it's wonderful.
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This is fun too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjh0JuyovP4
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I'm going to go with a another Toots & The Maytals song, Funky Kingston. That said I also don't mind listening to some of the great Bob Marley tunes either.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:59 AM
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There's a holy trinity for me from Bob Marley.

Stir it up

Redemption Song

and the live version of "no woman no cry" , alongside "purple rain" that must be in the running for best live single release ever.

and an honorable mention to the Clash and "white man in Hammersmith palais"

and many many others. I do love a bit of reggae and ska.
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Another Desmond Decker... 007

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Another Toots and the Maytals... 54-46 Was My Number. Fantastic start to this one.

https://youtu.be/UhH1Lxv-8sA
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:29 PM
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Another Toots and the Maytals--their fantastic cover of John Denver's Take Me Home Country Roads
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:35 PM
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... . I do love a bit of reggae and ska.
Here's one for you then. Train to Skaville - The Ethiopians.

https://youtu.be/_uSm9CRnyQo
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Hard to pick a fave. Lots of good songs already mentioned.

I'll throw in tho the mix the entire 1982 Third World album You've Got the Power

it's pretty much an easy listening listen reggae album. Some songs or arrangements by Stevie Wonder


Also, lots of early Police stuff had a very reggae feel to them, especially when you heard them do it live. Yeah, I know, but still...

Late 70s, early 80s Steel Pulse songs still get into my music mix, too.
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Here's a more recent hit (probably more dancehall than reggae per se):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqWCOp8F7iY

This is really good too, mostly instrumental:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abej_z_Fp2o

And this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jIe7d2pizc
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Of course when it comes to Reggae, Toots and the Maytals are the best, but The Aggrolites are a real fun group that I've only recently discovered. Here's Pop the Trunk.
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Awful lot of "not Reggae" in this thread.
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Awful lot of "not Reggae" in this thread.
The OP started out with Billy Joel, so yeah.

Let's hear your tunes, eh?
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I'm not sure what the title is, but it's the one with the heavy bass and steady rhythm guitar on the offbeat.
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The OP started out with Billy Joel, so yeah.
More on that (starting at 3:30):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASF4...15447D&index=7

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Old 06-24-2017, 05:40 PM
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I dunno, me and others have gone out their way to help you out, and you post another Billy Joel thing. What is the fucking point, really.
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Okay, you called me out!


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Let's hear your tunes, eh?
Some of my favorite Reggae:

Gone Already- Albert Griffiths and the Gladiators
Rastafari Liveth- Peter Broggs
Queen of the Mountain- Burning Spear
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner- Black Uhuru
Sugar Daddy- Michigan & Smiley

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner- Black Uhuru
I once saw Black Uhuru, for what seemed like several days, because

Sinsemilla

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My first thought was Dred Zeppelin's "Black Dog," but the whole album is a scream.

I like the reggae part of this NatLamp tune.
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My first thought was Dred Zeppelin's "Black Dog," but the whole album is a scream.
The Easy Star All-Stars have done a few whole-album covers. The only one that works for me is their Dub Side of the Moon, but they've done a couple of others: OK Computer and Sergeant Pepper's Hearts Club band. It's a revolving door project, Toots and the Maytals did some of Radiodread, for example.
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Like I said before. That was ... different.
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My favorite from Toots and the Maytals is Sweet and Dandy.
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I once saw Black Uhuru, for what seemed like several days, because

Sinsemilla
I hear ya. I went to a one-night Reggae Festival that seems to go on for a couple of weeks.
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To be honest you could just put any Toots & Maytals song here really for me. But some others I like -

Max Romeo - Chase the devil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcMNfX5yh28

The Ethiopians - Engine 54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwFRf2NcdiA

Jackie Edwards - Johnny Gunman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOOZ6ReZGig

King Cannon - Soul Scorcher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F69_ys51eNw
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