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jueves, 30 de diciembre de 2021
Posted by Monkey SKA

Judge Sympathy - The Birth Of Trojan 7'' Box Set (Trojan) (REPOST) HQ

 


box set of 11 singles that is being issued in celebration of Trojan Records' 40th anniversary. The label was launched in 1967 as a subsidiary of Island Records specifically to release Duke Reid's productions in the UK (by the way, Trojan's name comes from the Trojan brand truck that was used by Duke Reid in Jamaica, which had Duke Reid--The Trojan King of Sounds painted on the sides). Indeed, since the Duke was one of the premier producers of the time, it follows that this box set documents some of the best rocksteady recordings ever to come out of JA--which up until now have been nearly impossible to find.

Tracklist: 

1. Judge Sympathy – Duke Reid’s All Star
2. Never to Be Mine – Roland Alphonso & The Supersonic
3. Folk Song – Tony & Dennis
4. Starry Night – Tommy Mccook & The Supersonics
5. It’s Raining – The Three Tops
6. The Sound of Music – The Three Tops
7. Ain’t That Loving You – Alton Ellis
8. Tommy’s Rocksteady – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
9. I Want to Be Loved – Oliver St. Patrick
10. Tulips – Oliver St. Patrick & Phyllis Dillon
11. This is A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening – Phyllis Dillon
12. A Thing of The Past – Phyllis Dillon
13. Dedicate My Song to You – The Jamaicans
14. How Can I Unlove You – The Jamaicans
15. Why Birds Follow Spring – Alton Ellis
16. Soul Rock – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
17. Love Is a Treasure – Freddie Mckay
18. Zazuka – Tommy & The Supersonics
19. (I’m a) Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson
20. Sir Don – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
21. Make me Yours – Pyllis Dillon
22. Leave it in The Hands of Love – Pyllis Dillon


sábado, 16 de octubre de 2021
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Roland Alphonso - Something Special Ska Hot Shots (2000) (CD) HQ

 

Studio One Orchestra, Roland Alphonso & the Soul Brothers, just the Soul Brothers, Rolando & His Group, Soul Vendors, Clue J & His Blues Blasters, Rolando & the Sharks, and so on... you get the picture. The important thing is that these are exciting, seminal ska and reggae instrumentals, with styles traversing ska roots to rock steady and soul-influenced reggae. There's more variety to be heard here than with almost any other single-artist ska compilation -- from ska takes on spy movie themes and witty novelties like "Rollie Pollie" to the cooking "Do It Good" (which is as close to early American funk-soul as it is to reggae). Alphonso plays imaginative, jazzy sax throughout, and unlike many of the ska brassmen, was not prone to a wobbly or out-of-tune squeak. Among the dozens of other musicians heard on this collection are numerous major ska-reggae figures: Tommy McCook, Rico Rodriquez, Ernest Ranglin, Rita Marley, Clement Dodd, Jackie Mittoo, and even Lee Perry. The liner notes, recording and release dates, and session personnel are amazingly comprehensive for an early reggae reissue. Three of the songs were previously unreleased.

Tracklist: 

01 Four Corners (Aka Four Corners Of The World)
02 From Russia With Love
03 Dr. Ring Ding
04 Jack Ruby
05 El Pussy Cat Ska (Take 2)
06 Federal Special
07 Do It Good
08 Jah Shakey (AKA Jack Steady)
09 Pepe To
10 You Trouble Me
11 Rollie Pollie
12 Proof Rum
13 James Bond
14 Provocation
15 Grand National
16 Hully Gully Rock
17 Something Special
18 Rolando Special
19 Groovy Sax
20 Maria Elena


viernes, 15 de octubre de 2021
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The Techniques: Little Did You Know - Expanded Edición 2020 (CD)

 

After forming in the mid-Sixties, the Techniques repeatedly proved themselves to be one of the most popular and influential vocal groups in the history of Jamaican music, recording a formidable number of hit singles, many of which are now rightly regarded as classics. The height of their success occurred during the ska and rock steady years, when, led by such luminaries as of Slim Smith, Pat Kelly and Bruce Ruffin, they scored a succession of major hits for Duke Reid’s legendary Treasure Isle Records.

Around the close of 1968, the producer acknowledged the group’s significant achievements by releasing a now extremely rare long-player showcasing some of their best-known recordings to date, and it is this elusive collection that provides the basis for this collection.

With an incredible 21 tracks added to the seven featured on the Treasure Isle album, the set highlights the entirety of the Techniques’ recorded output for Reid’s famed label, showcasing both hits and rarities, which include a trio of tracks that have remained unavailable on any format for decades.

TRACK LIST
1. LITTLE DID YOU KNOW
2. WHEN YOU ARE WRONG
3. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN
4. MY WHOLE LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU
5. QUEEN MAJESTY
6. I AM IN LOVE
7. YOU DON’T KNOW
BONUS TRACKS
8. TRAVELLING MAN (ORIG. VERSION)
9. YOU DON’T CARE
10. IT’S YOU I LOVE (ORIG. VERSION) *
11. TELLING LIES
12. DAY-O
13. THERE COMES A TIME
14. WAT’CHA GONNA DO
15. MY GIRL
16. OUT OF MANY – ONE
17. DON’T LEAVE ME
18. I’M IN THE MOOD
19. OH BABE
20. YEA, YEA, YEA *
21. DRINK WINE
22. BAD MINDED PEOPLE
23. RUN COME CELEBRATE
24. LOVE IS NOT A GAMBLE
25. THE HEART OF A MAN *
26. TRAVELLING MAN (ALT. VERSION)
27. ‘TIL MY DYING DAY
28. IT’S YOU I LOVE (ALT. VERSION)


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Laurel Aitken with the Skatalites - The Long Hot Summer (CD Edition) HQ

 

Pioneer ska singer Laurel Aitken returned to Jamaica in 1963. He recorded a dozen tracks with the Skatalites (except for trombonist Don Drummond), premier instrumentalists who performed on many important early ska recordings. The musicians had little rehearsal time and the tracks were recorded in only two days, including mixdown, at Khoury Studio on Foreshore Road in West Kingston; consequently, the music has a loose feel that sometimes resembles a jam session. Since the original masters were not available, these tracks were remastered and produced from original vinyl (by Unicorn Records U.K., which licensed the music to ROIR). This collection holds considerable historical interest for fans of early ska music, but it is not recommended to those who want an introduction to early ska or only the best work of Aitken's and the Skatalites's respective careers.

Track List:

01. Bad Minded Woman

02. Mary

03. Adam and Eve

04. Hometown

05. Devil and Angel

06. Sunshine

07. Freedom Train

08. Life

09. Remember My Darling

10. Fire

11. The Saint

12. Peace Perfect Peace

13. One More River To Cross

14. In My Soul

15. Lion of Judah


DWNLD


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VA - The Trojan Story (2021)

One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the ‘The Trojan Story’ album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population.

Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit.

The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy, Webster Shrowder and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time.

Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection.

Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell relates the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.

Tracklist : 

1. Lord Tanamo;Charlie Binger's Six - Invitation to Jamaica (2:32)

2. Derrick Morgan;Smith's Sextet - Fat Man (2:22)

3. Wilfred 'Jackie' Edwards;The Caribs - Tell Me Darling (2:59)

4. Owen Gray;The Kenneth Richard Band - Running Around (2:13)

5. Jimmy Cliff;The Beverley's All Stars - Miss Jamaica (2:25)

6. Derrick & Patsy - Housewives Choice (feat. The Beverley's All Stars) (2:41)

7. The Continentals - Give Me All Your Love (2:28)

8. Owen Gray;The Beverley's All Stars - Darling Patricia (2:54)

9. Stranger Cole;Duke Reid's Band - Rough and Tough (Ruff and Tuff) (3:06)

10. Lord Creator;Randy's All Stars - Man to Man (2:31)

11. Stranger Cole;Ken Boothe - Eunodus (Uno-Dos-Tres) (feat. The Baba Brooks Band) (2:47)

12. Al T. Joe - Slow Boat (2:10)

13. Roland Alphonso;Duke Reid's Group - Rude Boy (2:49)

14. Joe Higgs;Roy Wilson - Gone Is Yesterday (with The Baba Brooks Band) (feat. The Baba Brooks Band) (2:20)

15. Lord Tanamo - I'm In the Mood for Love (2:32)

16. The Baba Brooks Band - Ska Virginia (Virginia Ska) (2:19)

17. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes;Baba Brooks & His Band - Satan (feat. Baba Brooks & His Band) (2:20)

18. The Baba Brooks Band - One Eyed Giant (3:07)

19. Joe White;Chuck Joseph;Baba Brooks and His Recording Band - Every Night (2:55)

20. Baba Brooks and His Recording Band - King Size (2:48)

21. The Astronauts - Syncopate (2:47)

22. Winston Weir;George Agard;The Beverley's All Stars - Keep the Pressure On (feat. The Beverley's All Stars) (3:08)

23. The Techniques - Oh Babe (Sick and Tired) (2:48)

24. The Ethiopians - Train to Skaville (with The Supersonics) (2:55)

25. Dandy - Rudy, a Message to You (2:38)

26. Honey Boy Martin;The Voices - Dreader Than Dread (feat. The Supersonics, Tommy McCook & Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:37)

27. The Three Tops - It's Raining (feat. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:46)

28. The Ethiopians - The Whip (feat. Lyn Taitt & The Jets) (3:00)

29. Desmond Dekker - Pretty Africa (feat. The Beverley's All Stars) (2:31)

30. Alton Ellis - Rock Steady (feat. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:49)

31. Ewan & Jerry - Rock Steady Train (with The Carib Beats) (feat. The Carib Beats) (3:05)

32. Sugar Simone - King Without a Throne (2:41)

33. Phyllis Dillon - Perfidia (feat. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics) (2:32)

34. Roy Shirley - Musical Train (2:59)

35. Derrick Morgan - Do the Beng Beng (2:11)

36. Lyn Taitt;The Jets - Way of Life (2:06)

37. Tommy McCook;The Supersonics - Second Fiddle (2:22)

38. Lee 'King' Perry - People Funny Boy (2:39)

39. The Tennors - I've Got to Get You Off My Mind (Cleopatra) (2:12)

40. Toots & The Maytals - Do the Reggay (3:09)

41. The Slickers - Nana (Na Na) (2:21)

42. Delano Stewart - Tell Me Baby (2:41)

43. The Reggae Boys;The Blenders - Mama Look Deh (feat. The Blenders) (3:08)

44. The Ethiopians - Hong Kong Flu (2:19)

45. Toots & The Maytals - Pressure Drop (2:57)

46. The Soulmates - Them a Laugh an a Kiki (Them a Laugh and a Kiki ) (2:39)

47. The Melodians - Walking in the Rain (2:18)

48. Carl Dawkins - Satisfaction (1:48)

49. The Maytones - Black and White (2:47)

50. The Charmers - Rasta Never Fails (2:32)

DDL

 

viernes, 24 de septiembre de 2021
Posted by Monkey SKA

The Original Reggae Hitsound of Desmond Dekker & The Aces

 


Initially released as a double-vinyl album, this is arguably the best Desmond Dekker compilation currently available.

 Nineteen seminal songs, all hits, but Dekker released so many exceptional singles, this album still only scratches the surface and omits a host of crucial cuts. 

The tracks could all use a good remastering as well, and in places the sound quality is not pristine (an unfortunate fact of life with many Jamaican recordings), still surely Trojan had a less crackly copy of "Pretty Africa."

 Finally, the sleeve notes are minimal and particularly unhelpful. But the music -- oh, the music! The expected monster hits are all here, but the record also includes a bundle of classic songs (all also Jamaican hits) that newer fans (and most Americans) may be unfamiliar with. 

The exquisite "It Pays," with its soaring falsetto harmonies; the gorgeous "Pretty Africa (one of the first repatriation themed songs); the infectious "Unity"; "Warlock," showcasing a seldom heard soul side to the artist; the funky "Reggae Recipe"; the simply sublime "Hippopotamus" -- so many unforgettable songs. 

All date from the period between 1965-1971, and were produced to perfection by the late, great Lesley Kong. Dekker, blessed with one of the most distinctive voices around, also is one of the most emotive. From vehemently demanding to achingly delicate, forceful to plaintive, the vocalist's performance was never less than scintillating. 

Sadly, however, history has neglected the Aces, but their own extraordinary talents and sublime harmonies provided the backbone for all of these songs, and many, many more. 

The equal (or betters) of any of Jamaica's more celebrated vocal groups, luxuriate in the beauty of their singing, then just try to imagine these cuts without them. Inevitably, this compilation will merely whet your appetite for more of the same. Which surely was the point.


Tracklist:

1 01. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - 007 (Shanty Town) (02:35)

1 02. Desmond Dekker;The Four Aces - Get Up Edina (Get Up Adina) (02:42)

1 03. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Beautiful and Dangerous (02:51)

1 04. Desmond Dekker - Shing a Ling (02:18)

1 05. Desmond Dekker;The Aces;The Beverley's All Stars - Pretty Africa (with The Beverley's All Stars) (02:33)

1 06. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Wise Man (02:07)

1 07. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Sabotage (02:45)

1 08. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Unity (02:16)

1 09. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - It Pays (02:59)

1 10. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Israelites (02:39)

1 11. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - It Mek (It Meik) (02:35)

1 12. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Warlock (03:58)

1 13. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Archie Wah Wah (02:32)

1 14. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Pickney Gal (02:55)

1 15. Lloyd Charmers;The Aces - Reggae Recipe (03:07)

1 16. Desmond Dekker - You Can Get It If You Really Want (02:39)

1 17. Desmond Dekker;The Aces - Hippopotamus (02:53)

1 18. Desmond Dekker - Licking Stick (02:15)

1 19. Desmond Dekker - The More You Live (Live and Learn) (03:21)


DDL

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Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel (Expanded Version) (2021)

 



The consummate DJ meets the piano man with pizzazz, and the music world would never be the same again. Dave and Ansel Collins' "Double Barrel" and its follow-up "Monkey Spanner" almost single-handedly fired the later Two Tone explosion, with their "heavy, heavy monster sound". 

Today that monstrous sound is normally dismissed as cheesy organ, but if cheese it is, it's the best brie around. Double Barrel was slapped together to cash in on the success of the pair's two singles, and occasionally the joins show, "Impossible Mission," for example, is a reorchestrated instrumental version of the title track.

 And understandably, the vast majority of the dozen songs within are instrumentals, heavy on the Hammond, although "Elfrego Bacca" is merely heavy going, "I The Third" is heavy lifting ("uh, uh, uh, ooh, ouch, aiya!"), while "Secret Weapon" is the heaviest hitter in this pack, all insistent reggae beat and Collins' organ bubbling, burbling, and finally flaring into pure lushness. For UK buyers, this is what they expected, moonstomping beats, bouncy keyboard melodies, and Dave Barker in best yipping style. But on two tracks, he opens his mouth, and instead of a howl, out come the sweetest vocals imaginable.

 "That Girl" is perfect pop frothy pop confection, while "My Best Girl" is even better. 

Collins conjures up moody atmospheres in the background, while Barker is the personification of love gone wrong melancholy. The dulcet backing vocals are provided by The Techniques, Barker, of course, was an occasional member of this great vocal group. Surprisingly, Double Barrel far exceeded expectations of even the most cynical purchaser, and cheesy organ never sounded so delicious.

 ~ Jo-Ann Greene

Tracklist:

01. Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrel (02:50)

02. Dave & Ansel Collins - Wild Bunch (02:38)

03. Dave Barker - Elfrego Bacca (02:42)

04. Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner (Version) (02:44)

05. Dave Barker - My Best Girl (02:20)

06. Ansel Collins - Secret Weapon (03:07)

07. Dave & Ansel Collins - I the Third (aka Karate) (02:55)

08. Dave Barker - That Girl (aka Groovy Situation) (03:17)

09. Dave & Ansel Collins - Impossible Mission (02:36)

10. Dave & Ansel Collins - Ten to One (02:49)

11. Ansel Collins - I Can Count the Days (02:18)

12. Dave & Ansel Collins - Two Four One (02:31)

13. Ansel Collins - Double Barrel (Version) (02:40)

14. Dave & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner (02:31)

15. Dave Barker - You Ain’t Got a Heart At All (02:14)

16. Ansel Collins - Iron Joe (Elfrego Bacca Version) (02:51)

17. Dave Barker - I Feel Alive (02:17)

18. Dave & Ansel Collins - Doing Your Own Thing (03:09)

19. Ansel Collins - Point Blank (02:18)

20. Dave Barker - Lonely Man (I Can Count the Days) (02:59)

21. Dave Barker - Lonely Lonely Man Am I (02:26)

22. Dave Barker - The Heart of a Man (02:04)

23. Dave Barker - Your Love Is a Game (02:08)

24. Dave Barker - It’s Summer (02:49)

25. Ansel Collins - Nuclear Weapon (02:42)

DDL


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A Little Love (Classic Reggae Sounds From Randy's Records 1971-73) (2021)

 

Tracklisting :

01. Jimmy London - A Little Love (02:40)

02. Lloyd Parks - Stars (03:12)

03. Dennis Brown - Cheater (02:57)

04. The Rocking Horse - Change Your Ways (03:11)

05. The Freedom Group - Sing a Song of Freedom (with Max Romeo) (03:22)

06. The Impact All Stars - Down By the Riverside (Riverside Reggae) (03:20)

07. Dennis Brown - Meet Me At the Corner (03:32)

08. The Impact All Stars - Meet Me At the Corner (Version) (03:17)

09. Tommy McCook - Harvest in the East (03:04)

10. The Rocking Horse - Hard Time (03:04)

11. Jimmy London - It's Now or Never (03:56)

12. Dennis Alcapone - Stars Version (03:11)

13. The Ethiopians - Free Man (True Man) (03:01)

14. Max Romeo - Chi Chi Bud (02:34)

15. carl murphy - Lick I Pipe (02:51)

16. Augustus Pablo - Java (02:52)

17. The Impact All Stars - Java (Version 2) (02:50)

18. Dennis Alcapone - Mava (02:57)

19. The Ethiopians - Sad News (03:23)

20. Errol Dunkley - Created by the Father (02:51)

21. The Vibrators - Go Back (03:06)

22. Winston Prince - Go Back (Version 4) (03:12)

23. The Ethiopians - Me Want Gal (02:24)

24. Hubert Lee - There Is Something On Your Mind (03:00)

25. The Impact All Stars - (There Is) Something On Your Mind Version (02:56)

26. Alton Ellis - Too Late to Turn Back Now (03:08)

27. The Ethiopians - Rim Bim Bam (02:15)

28. Donovan Carless - Sweet Caroline (02:49)

29. Scotty - Sweet Caroline Version (What a La La) (03:20)

30. Errol Dunkley - O Lord (03:10)

31. The Ethiopians - Mr Tom (02:25)

32. The Heptones - Soul Sister (03:02)

33. Winston Price - Dandy Shandy (Version 4) (02:18)

34. Gregory Isaacs - A Lonely Soldier (02:53)

35. The Impact All Stars - Lonely Soldier Version (02:55)


DDL

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The Clarendonians - A Day Will Come (Reggae Fever Picks 1963-72) (FLAC)


Ernest Wilson (born: Fitzroy Ernest Wilson) and Peter Austin were still teenagers when they formed the Clarendonians, in 1965.

 Expanded into a trio, with the addition of seven year old singing sensation, Freddie McGregor, the Clarendonians became one of the most successful ska and early reggae groups in Jamaica. 

Although they were together for less than four years, they scored with such hits as "You Can't Keep A Cool Man Down", "She Be Do Be" and their biggest smash, "You Can't Be Happy". They helped to usher in the "rude boy" era of ska with such tunes as "Rudie Gone A Jail" and "Rudie Bam Bam".

 Friends since childhood, Wilson and Austin began singing at local talent contests.

 Their first break came when they were heard by influential record producer Coxsone Dodd. Dodd was so impressed, he signed them to his Studio One label and suggested that they add McGregor, who was so young that he had to stand on a beer crate to reach the microphone.

 In addition to crediting many of the group's records to the Clarendonians, Dodd attributed several of their recordings to Freddie and Fitzie, Freddie and Peter or to any of the three singers as soloists. 

Following the Clarendonians's disbanding, Wilson continued to perform as a soloist. For a brief period, he worked with the Techniques, using the pseudonym King Shark.

 After releasing several singles produced by Dodd, McGregor achieved international success with the release of his debut album, Bobby Babylon, compiled of previously unreleased tracks. Austin was far less successful, disappearing into oblivion shortly after the demise of the Clarendonians. 

~ Craig Harris, Rovi


Tracklist:

01 - Clarendonians - A Day Will Come (1963) (2:46)

02 - Clarendonians - Deep Down in My Heart (2:29)

03 - Clarendonians - Take It or Leave It (Aka So Fine) (3:12)

04 - Clarendonians - Baby Baby (3:08)

05 - Clarendonians - Bye, Bye, Bye (2:48)

06 - Clarendonians - I'm Sorry (3:00)

07 - Clarendonians - I'll Never Try (2:42)

08 - Peter Austin - Lonely Heartaches (2:16)

09 - Clarendonians - Burning Fire (2:46)

10 - Clarendonians - Seven in One (3:25)

11 - Clarendonians - How Sweet It Is (2:59)

12 - Peter Austin - Lick It Back Festival (3:01)

13 - Clarendonians - Comes Along (2:55)

14 - Clarendonians - Try to Be Happy (2:53)

15 - Clarendonians - Early in the Morning (2:38)

16 - Clarendonians - Out of Sight (2:42)

17 - Clarendonians - Out of Sight (Dub Version) (2:39)

18 - Peter Austin - All My Love (2:40)

19 - Hippy Boys - All My Love (Dub Version) (2:31)

20 - Clarendonians - What a Bam Bam Medley (3:22)

21 - Clarendonians - A Day Will Come (1972) (2:32)

22 - Clarendonians - Bound in Chains (2:55)

23 - Clarendonians - Walking up a One Way Street (2:25)

24 - Dynamites - One Way Street (Instrumental) (2:25)

25 - Clarendonians - Lion Head (3:42)

26 - Clarendonians - Lion Head (Dub Version) (3:50)

27 - Peter Austin - All of My Life (2:03)

28 - Peter Austin - All of My Life (Dub Version) (2:01)

29 - Peter Austin - Juvenile Delinquent (2:54)

30 - Peter Austin - Juvenile Delinquent (Dub Version) (2:55)


DDL


 

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Tommy McCook & The Super Sonics ‎– Top Secret 1999 (Request)

 

Compilation from various late 60's and 70's tracks, main source is the Trojan 1974 release: Green Mango
In spite of the main artist credit this probably doesn't feature any actual tracks by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. Also most of the music compiled here is probably recorded elsewhere than Treasure Isle.
The saxophonists on the uncredited cover photo are Lester Sterling and Roland Alphonso.
Tracklisting : 
Green Mango
Top Secret
Wild Bunch
Green Apple
Beruit
Jungle Skank
West Street Special
Big, Bad & Bold
Midnight Time
Mistic Mood


I Love the Reggay! Early Reggae Sounds from Randy's Records

 



At the close of the Sixties, having been a significant presence on the Jamaican music since 1958, Randy’s Records owners, Vincent and Pat Chin, decided to expand their business by building a recording studio above the famed Randy’s Record Mart shop at 17 North Parade, Kingston.

Over the months that immediately ensued, numerous recordings were produced at the new facility, primarily under the auspices of Gaylads founder, Harris B.B Seaton. The best of these early reggae recordings are gathered on this celebration of rare boss sounds, which includes 17 tracks making their CD debut

Tracklist :

1. I’M THE ONE, YOU’RE THE ONE – Randy’s All Stars *
2. THE SAME THINGS – The Gaylads
3. LICK IT BACK – Winston Samuels
4. PEPPER POT – Count Matchuki & Randy’s All Stars
5. IF I NEEDED SOMEONE – Joe White *
6. I LOVE THE REGGAY – The Gaylads
7. RANDY’S REGGAE – Randy’s All Stars *
8. HIT ME BACK – Dave Barker *
9. I AM GETTING OLD – Winston Samuels *
10. DIXIE – Randy’s All Stars *
11. WHO CAUSE IT – The Lyrics *
12. SOCK IT TO ME – The Gaylads
13. WAR FARE – Count Matchuki & Randy’s All Stars
14. ME WANT MAN – Nora Dean
15. A LOVER’S QUESTION – Winston Samuels *
16. TIME OUT – Randy’s All Stars *
17. WAR – Randy’s All Stars *
18. WHAT DOES IT TAKE – Randy’s All Stars *
19. WEH SHE DO NOW – The Gaylads
20. GIVE THANKS – The Lyrics *
21. WATERFALL – Randy’s All Stars *
22. TOGETHER – Delroy Wilson *
23. BLUE DANUBE WALTZ – Randy’s All Stars *
24. SOMEONE TO LOVE – Joe White *
25. ROCKING CHARIOT – Tommy McCook
26. HOLD ON GIRL – The Lyrics *
27. ENDUST AKA END US – Randy’s All Stars

                                                        DWNLD

miércoles, 5 de mayo de 2021
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Rocksteady Got Soul - 2021 Soul Jazz Records


 Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleeve notes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!

Tracklist: 

1. Alton Ellis - It's True (2:45)

2. The Heptones - You Turned Away (2:30)

3. The Gladiators - Mr Sweet (2:20)

4. The Jail Breakers - Work It Up (2:23)

5. Lee "Scratch" Perry;The Gaylads - Run Rudie Run (2:50)

6. The Heptones - Young Generation (3:30)

7. Jackie Mittoo - Good Feeling (2:13)

8. C. Marshall - I Need Your Loving (2:37)

9. Alton Ellis - I'll Be Waiting (2:34)

10. The Clarendonians - The Tables Gonna Turn (3:17)

11. Ken Parker - When You're Gone (2:08)

12. Sound Dimension - Traveling Home (3:38)

13. Errol Dunkley - Get Up Now (2:29)

14. John Holt - My Heart Is Gone (2:49)

15. Freedom Singers;Larry Marshall - Monkey Man (2:12)

16. The Ethiopians - Let The Light Shine (2:55)

17. Im and David - Money Maker (2:39)

18. The Viceroys - Lose and Gain (2:35)

martes, 13 de abril de 2021
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The Maytals – Bla. Bla. Bla - CD 1993

 

1-Scare Him

2-Bla-Bla-Bla

3-One Eyes Enos

4-We Shall Overcome

5-Just Tell Me

6-Alidina

7-I Shall Be Free

8-Pressure Drop

9-Oh Yeah

10-Monkey Girl

11-Hold On

12-I Need Your Love

13-Monkey Man

14-Sweet & Dandy

15-Re-Born

16-54 46 That's My Number

17-Bam Bam

18-Bla Bla Bla (2nd Version)

19-Alidina (2nd Version)


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MAMA PECKINGS AND THE DUCHESS (VINYL RIPP )

 

A record celebrating the friendship of Mama Peckings and Duke Reid's wife.

Track list:

Side One:

1. Tony & Dennis - Folk Song 

2. Phyllis Dillon - A Thing Of The Past

3. Alton Ellis - Girl I've Got A Date

4. The Conquerors - I Fell In Love

5. Tommy McCook - Tommy's Rocksteady

6. The Paragons - Maybe Someday

7. Joya Landis - Angel Of The Morning

Side Two:

1. Mind, Body & Soul - Revelation

2. Melodians - Last Train To Ecstacy

​​​​​​​3. The Jamaicans - Dedicate My Song To You

4. Stranger Cole - These Eyes

5. Tommy McCook - Our Man Flint

6. Margareta - Woman A Come

7. Phyllis Dillon - We Belong Together

8. Tommy McCook - Black River

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Tappa Zukie - Horns Up! Dubbing With Horns 2021 FLAC

 



Ace dub LP from legendary selector, producer and arranger Tappa Zukie with a long lost relic from the archives. This one has been sitting on the shelves of Tappa's studio since the late 70's, a project he intigated himself in order to give some respect to horn players like Tommy McCook, Vin Gordon or Deadly "Headly" Bennett who were all too often dubbed out of existence by producers looking to use only the drum and bass sections of track for their dub versions. The rhythm section of these track are still as strong as ever, but the horns are largely pushed up in the mix, adding large splashes of colour to what would often be abstracted rhythm and sound based trcks, making for a very refreshing and unique take on dub from way back when. Players on this LP include Vin Gordon, Deadly "Headley" Bennett, Lennox Brown, Bobby Ellis, Zoot "Scully" Simms, Sticky, Sly & Robbie, Earl "Chinna" Smith and Ansell Collins.


Tracklist: 

01 - Horns Up 

02 - Take Nine 

03 - Going West 

04 - 04 Rock The Rock

05 - 38th Upper 1st Street

06 - Coursing Oil Inna Fire

07 - Natty Horns She Wants 

08 - 08 Water Version 

09 - Apartment C 

10 - Hit Maker 

11 - Malaria 

12 - Ragg 

13 - 6th And 3rd Street 

14 - Loving Jah 

15 - Patta Cat

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The Jamaican Beat Vol.1,2. BlueNote- Blue Beat Vol.1,2 Repost

Jamaican Beat Vol.1 
                                                             Tracklist 
01 Three Blind Mice
02 Cantaloupe Island
03 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
04 Recado Bossa Nova
05 Witch Hunt
06 Little Melonae
07 Watermelon Man
08 Moanin'
09 Take Five
10 A Night In Tunisia
11 The Sidewinder
12 Song For My Father
13 Christo Redentor
Jamaican Beat Vol.2 
Tracklist: 
01 Bemsha Swing
02 Mr PC
03 Misty
04 So What
05 Four on Six
06 Well You Needn't
07 Five Spot After Dark
08 It Don't Mean A Thing
09 Birdland
10 Take The 'A' Train
11 Moonlight In Vermont
12 Eastern Standard Time
Disc 1


Disc 2 
jueves, 8 de abril de 2021
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Merritone - Rock Steady Vol. 3 Bang Bang Rock Steady 1966-1968 (Repost)

 



Track List : 

01 Tomorrows Children - Bang Bang Rock Steady 02:13 

02 The Renegades - Mr. Hops 02:44 

03 Hopeton Lewis - Everybody Rocking 02:15 

04 Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Why Am I Treated So Bad? 03:23 

05 Hopeton Lewis - Cool Collie 03:00 

06 Henry Buckley - with A Girl Like You 02:48 

07 The Paragons - We Were Meant To Be 02:00 

08 Joe Higgs - You Hurt My Soul 01:57 

09 Henry Buckley - Thank You Girl 02:44 

10 The Ethiopians - We Gonna Be Free 02:52 

11 Eddie Perkins - I'm Coming Home 04:24 

12 Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Rocking Mood 03:10 

13 The Tartans - Rockin' Chair 02:38 

14 Henry Buckley - Take Me Back 02:54 

15 Merritone Singers - Rude Boy A Wail (Take 1) 02:57 

16 The Tartans - It's Not Right 02:14 

17 Lester Sterling, Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Check Point Charlie 03:29 

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domingo, 14 de febrero de 2021
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Merritone Rock Steady Vol.2 -This Music Got Soul 1966-1967 (Repost)

 

Tracklist: 

01. Hopeton Lewis - This Music Got Soul (2:55)
02. Hopeton Lewis - Let Me Come On Home (3:05)
03. Zodiacs - Walk On By (2:31)
04. Termites - We Gonna Make It (2:28)
05. Dynamites - Fountain Bliss (3:01)
06. Hopeton Lewis - Rock A Shacka (2:33)
07. Hopeton Lewis - Don't Cry (2:46)
08. Merritone Singers - House Upon The Hill (2:18)
09. Tartans - Real Gone Sweet (3:02)
10. Tartans - Rolling Rolling (2:56)
11. Hopeton Lewis - I Don't Want Trouble (2:43)
12. Lester Sterling - Lester Sterling Special (2:51)
13. Dynamites - If You Did Love Me (Take 1) (2:40)
14. Tartans - Don't Take That Train (2:29)
15. Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Batman (Early Take) (2:43)
16. Hopeton Lewis - Oh Tell Me Darling (Take 1) (3:07)
17. Tartans - I'm Ready (3:19)
18. Henry Buckley - Take Me Back (2:59)
19. Roland Alphonso - Sounds Of Silence (3:10)
20. Lynn Taitt & The Jets - Batman (Early Take) Rehasal (3:06)
21. Federal All Stars - Merritone False Starts 2 (1:45)

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Prince Of Peace Prince Buster with Determinations - Rock A Shacka Vol.1 DVD Rip

 

Prince Of Peace 

Prince Buster with Determinations 

Tracklist: 

01.Introduction

02.Mt gem

03.Mango rock

04.Crazy

05.introduction 2

06.Al capone

07.Orange street

08.They got to come

09.Burke´s law

10.Dance Cleopatra

11.Hard man fe dead

12.Big five

13.Blackhead chinaman

14.30 pieces of silver

15.Prince of peace

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Rock A Shacka #2 -Voice of The People (Request)

 





Tracklist : 



1.Busters All Stars*–Cast Your Faith To The Wind
2.Prince Buster–Hey Little Girl
3.Eric "Monty" Morris–Stitchin' Time
4.Busters All Stars*–On Broadway
5.Prince Buster–High Blood Pressure
6.Vernon Allen (2)–Babylon
7.Don Drummond– Ska Town
8.Prince Buster–City Riot
9.Sir Lord Packai*–Bado Man
10.Don Drummond–Sudden Attack
11.Prince Buster–Girl Answer Your Name
12.Busters All Stars*–Seven Duppy
13.Prince Buster–Rum & Coca Cola
14.Rico Rodrigues*–Soul Of Africa
15.Prince Buster–I Won't Let You Cry





Various – Club Rock Steady '68 (Request) Vinyl Rip

 

Various – Club Rock Steady '68

WIRL – WIRL ILP 965

A1.The Tennors– Ride De Donkey

A2.Derrick Morgan–Woman A Grumble

A3.Marcia Griffiths–Feel Like Jumping

A4.Ike Bennett & The Crystalites–Illya Kuryakin

A5.Lynn Taitt–El Casino Royale

A6.The Kingstonians–Winey - Winey

B1.The Pioneers–Long SHot

B2.The Silvertones–Midnight Hour

B3.Jackie Mittoo–Put It On

B4.The Gladiators–Train Is Coming Back

B5.Dermott Lynch–I've Got Your Number

B6.The Federals–Penny For Your Song

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2TONEROOM RADIO APP - READY TO DOWNLOAD FREE FOR ALL

 

We got great news for a long time we have been working on this idea and it's finaly ready 

the app for the 2toneroom radio , its workin great

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Tenemos excelentes noticias por fin tenemos la app lista y trabajando al cien 2toneroom radio donde puedes escuchar música  jamaicana ,2tone ,Tercera ola revival y mucho mas 24/7  la aplicacion es gratis descárgalo con toda confianza 

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viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2020
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Big 7 Collective Radio : Presenta Alskabeat Ep1

 

Después de una larga pausa reaparece Alskabeat presentando el primer episodio

y arrancando la primera temporada de Big Seven Collective Radio . 

En esta ocasión presenta una pequeña  recomendación y selección de

third wave ska & revival . 

Descargalo en una de estas opciones . 

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Big 7 Collective : 

Es un colectivo joven pero  selectores experimentados & emergentes proyectando

diferentes géneros musicales.


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All Aboard The C.N. Express - Rock Steady & Boss Reggae Sounds From 1967 & 1968 -2020

 


Recorded between mid-1967 and late 1968, the tracks range from major Jamaican hits to painfully rare obscurities, performed by an equally diverse assortment of performers that include virtual unknowns alongside such eminent artists as Alton Ellis, Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, Ernest Ranglin and Eccles’s long-standing friend and associate, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

With 17 tracks unavailable on any format for decades, this fascinating compilation is a must for fans of rock steady and boss reggae, with the set superbly demonstrating the ever-developing sound of Jamaican music over a period now widely regarded as the most compelling in its history.


TRACK LISTING

1. SAY WHAT YOU’RE SAYING –
Eric ‘Monty’ Morris
2. YOU THINK I’M A FOOL – Hemsley Morris *
3. HEY MAMA – Lee Perry *
4. EASY SNAPPIN’ – Theo Beckford
5. OLD MAN SAY – The Silverstars *
6. FEELING INSIDE – Alton Ellis & The Flames
7. TEARS IN YOUR EYES – Eric ‘Monty’ Morris *
8. WESTERN ORGAN – The Clancy Set *
9. STAY LOOSE – Hemsley Morris
10. TERRIBLE HEADACHE – The Coolers *
11. LOVE BROTHER LOVE – Hugh Malcolm *
12. YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME – Lee Perry *
13. I’LL HOLD YOU TIGHT – Velma Jones *
14. MOTHER’S REPLY – Lyn Taitt & The Jets *
15. MY LONELY DAYS – Eric ‘Monty’ Morris
16. PLEASE STAY – Larry & Alvin
17. MOTHER’S ADVICE – The Inspirations *
18. NO GOOD GIRL – The Mellotones *
19. BYE BYE LOVE – Alton Ellis
20. C. N. EXPRESS – Clancy’s All Stars
21. BAD MINDED PEOPLE – Errol Dunkley *
22. LET US BE LOVERS – Velma & Clancy
23. BIRDS OF THE AIR – The Coolers *
24. SIMPLE SIMON – Eric ‘Monty’ Morris *
25. PROMISES – The Silverstars *
26. HEART BEAT (AKA HEARTBEAT) –
Ernest Ranglin *

                                                                            DDL

domingo, 6 de septiembre de 2020
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Phyllis Dillon - One Life To Live ( Expanded Edition)HQ CD

 

One of the most influential reggae albums of the early 1970s

Features numerous rock steady and reggae classics

Most comprehensive collection of the popular singer’s work ever to see issue!

Widely regarded as one of the most gifted vocalists to emerge on the Jamaican music scene in the late Sixties, Phyllis Dillon enjoyed a series of hugely popular 45s for celebrated producer, Duke Reid, prior to her premature retirement in 1972.

Shortly before she withdrew from the spotlight, Reid issued her one and only long player, ‘One Life To Live’, which has since become one of the most sought-after collections from the golden age of reggae.

Now at long last, this seminal album is augmented by Dillon’s most popular rock steady and reggae recordings for Reid’s Treasure Isle Records, with the result being in the most comprehensive collection of her work yet to see issue.

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1. ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ONE LOVE TO GIVE

2. LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH

3. LONG TIME AKA NICE TIME

4. SOMETHING

5. I CAN’T FORGET ABOUT YOU BABY

6. PICTURE ON THE WALL

7. WOMAN OF THE GHETTO

8. CLOSE TO YOU

9. EDDIE OH BABY

10. WE BELONG TOGETHER

11. THE LOVE THAT A WOMAN SHOULD GIVE TO A MAN

12. YOU ARE LIKE HEAVEN TO ME


BONUS TRACKS

13. MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS

14. BOYS AND GIRLS REGGAE

15. PERFIDIA

16. LOVE IS ALL I HAD

17. DON’T STAY AWAY

18. REMEMBER THAT SUNDAY

19. DON’T TOUCH ME TOMATO

20. GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK

21. I WEAR HIS RING

22. TULIPS (AND HEATHER)

23. TAKE MY HEART

24. A THING OF THE PAST

25. WALK THROUGH THIS WORLD WITH ME

26. IT’S ROCKING TIME AKA ROCK STEADY

27. WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME

28. BOYS AND GIRLS REGGAE (TAKE 3)

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Nicky Thomas -Anthology 50 Golden Greats 4 LP Vinyl Ripp Repost (Link Update September 2020)

 

Nicky Thomas ( Cecil Nicholas Thomas) Nacio el  30 de Mayo 1949 y fallecio en 1990)

Cantante de reggae que disfrutó de un considerable éxito en Jamaica y Reino Unido a principios de la década de 1970.


Nicky Thomas nació FructuosoValle, Portland, Jamaica.

Comenzó a trabajar como obrero en Kingston, donde trabajó junto a los futuros miembros de The Gladiators. Sus primeras apariciones en algunas grabaciones fue al lado de junior Jiving y el productor Derrick Harriott escribió y produjo Run Sr. Nigel Run para Thomas. Gran éxito en Jamaica la canción le llevó a ser conocido como el Sr. Nigel durante un tiempo. Otro tema exitoso fue  Come Home una canción del mismo período de sesiones de Harriot.



Al lado de Joe Gibbs dio lugar a una serie de éxitos como No me toques  (Dont Touch Me) , y Dios bendice a tus  hijos (God Bless The Children). Thomas y Gibbs también abarcaron una serie de canciones  R&B exitosas, qué incluía Tyrone Davis.


 Él encabezó las listas de Jamaica en 1970, (con un poco de fe) Have a Little Faith, un disco que supuestamente vendió 50.000 copias en su lanzamiento en el Reino Unido.


En la interpretación de mediados de 1970 Nicky Thomas 'de la versión Winstons de "El amor de la gente común" (Love of The Common People)  En el Reino Unido golpeó duro con las ventas. El registro alcanzó el número nueve en la lista pop, lo que llevo  a una gira europea y una reubicación en el Reino Unido. La mezcla original de Jamaica (sin cuerdas adicionales) emitida en las primeras copias como por Cecil Thomas vendió la asombrosa cifra de 50.000 copias en Jamaica y 175.000 en el Reino Unido.


 El éxito de "El amor de la gente común" aseguró un álbum del mismo nombre lanzado en los registros de Trojan ofrecieron pistas previamente cortados con Joe Gibbs en Jamaica. Thomas siguió con una interpretación exitosa de Chris Andrews  (El hombre de ayer) "Yesterday Man"

De su propio álbum producido en Londres en 1971. La canción que da título a su álbum también fue lanzado como sencillo, este último con un ataque punzante en la BBC del lado B.


Thomas objetó el bajo perfil de la emisora ​​estatal  de lo que estaba dando al reggae y en una entrevista con Carl Gayle descargó su frustración comparando el juego del reggae en la radio como algo similar como el uso de una prostituta.


En 1973 Thomas estaba siendo producido por Dandy Livingstone liberaron   un tercer álbum llamado Imágenes de Usted  (Images of You ) Incluyeron  una versión de su anterior éxito en Jamaica "Have a Little Faith"  escrito por -Gibbs otro éxito fue "Doing the  Moonwalk".  


En 1973 apoyó a Desmond Dekker en una corta gira en la ciudad  de Londres y en 1974 respaldado por Misty In Roots realiza una gira por todo el Reino Unido con éxito.


En 1976 se lanzó el tema  conmovedor llamado  "Londres", una canción  sobre la desesperación de la vida de un inmigrante en Londres que también  aparece en un  documental de televisión ITV llamado (qué es el amor), en los estudios del norte de Londres.

Thomas y su  estilo de pop-reggae había perdido popularidad a finales de los años 70  y a principios de los años 80 estaba grabando en un estilo roots reggae.

 En 1980 grabó Trow Mi Corn-No Portion of Gal para Joe Gibbs EE.UU.

En 1983, el cantante Paul Young tomó "El amor de la gente común" de nuevo en las listas del Reino Unido  al revivir el interés de Thomas  Trojan  reedito  como un "único 12 que incluyó una versión remix extendido.

Según algunas fuentes Nicky Thomas se suicidó en 1990, pero las circunstancias de su muerte hasta la fecha no  han  sido confirmadas.


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Track List :

 1.    If i had a Hammer (U.K MIX)

2.    In The Midnight Hour ,Lady lady Lay (Medley )

3.    Love of the Common People

4.    Hammering Vercion

5.    Lonely For Your Love

6.    Red Eye

7.    Schoolgirl

8.    Throw Mi Corn

9.    Doing The Moonwalk

10.    Have a little Faith

11.    If I Had a Hammer (JA MIX )

12.    Turn Back The Hands Of time

13.    I Cant Stand it

14.    Long Gone

15.    Mama’s Sons (JA MIX )

16.    Watch Tht Little Girl

17.    Dont Touch Me

18.    Images of you

19.    Only A Child

20.    Yesterday Man

21.    God Bless The Children (JA MIX )

22.    Isn’t It A Pity

23.    Messege from Maria

24.    Tell It Like It Is

25.    Deep In the Morning

26.    Have A little Faith (Alternate Mix )

27.    I’ll be Waiting

28.    Legen In My Life

29.    Come Home

30.    Danzella

31.    London

32.    Soul Power

33.    Love of the Common People (JA MIX )

34.    Mama’s Song (U.K MIX )

35.    Rainy Night In Georgia

36.    Run Nigel Run

37.    God Bless The Children (U.K MIX )

38.    Gypsy

39.    I Cant See Nobody

40.    Just Because Your Love has Gone

41.    Let it be

42.    Love Peace & Happpiness

43.    Suzanne Beware Of The Devil

44.    Whats is Love

45.    (BABY) Can’t  I Change My Mind

46.    LOLA

47.    Lonely Feeling

48.    We People

49.    BBC

50.    Suzanne Beware Of the Devil (Horns Vercion)  


Nicky Thomas (born Cecil Nicholas Thomas, 30 May 1949 – 1990) was a reggae singer who enjoyed considerable chart success in Jamaica and in the United Kingdom at the start of the 1970s.


Nicky Thomas was born Fruitful Vale, Portland, Jamaica.[1] He began work as a labourer in Kingston where he worked alongside future members of the The Gladiators.[2] His opportunity to cuts some records came when former Jiving Junior and producer Derrick Harriott wrote and produced Run Mr Nigel Run for Thomas. A huge Jamaican hit the song led to him being known as Mr Nigel for a time.[2] He was also successful with Come Home a song from the same session[2]


This was followed by a successful association with producer Joel Gibson better known as Joe Gibbs for whom Thomas recorded the plaintive Running Alone and Lonesome Road issued as by Cecil Thomas, as well as a version of Let It Be credited to Nicky Thomas.[3] Thomas' collaboration with Gibbs resulted in a number of hits including Don't Touch Me, Mama's Song and God Bless The Children.[3] Thomas and Gibbs also covered a number of well regarded R&B hits that included Tyrone Davis' Turn Back The Hands of Time and (Baby) Can I Change Your Mind and Tony Joe White's Rainy Night in Georgia. He topped the Jamaican charts in 1970 with Have A Little Faith, a record that reputedly sold 50,000 copies on its release in the UK. It failed to chart in the UK because the sales were largely through specialist music shops and not statistically counted by the official chart compilers.

In mid-1970 Nicky Thomas' interpretation of the Winstons version of "Love of the Common People" resulted in a huge UK hit. The record reached number nine on the pop chart, leading in turn to a European tour and a relocation to the United Kingdom. The original Jamaican mix (without additional strings)issued on early copies as by Cecil Thomas sold a staggering 50,000 copies in Jamaica and 175,000 in the UK.[3][4][5] The success of "Love of the Common People" ensured an album of the same name released on Trojan records that featured tracks previously cut with Joe Gibbs in Jamaica. Thomas followed up with a successful interpretation of Chris Andrews "Yesterday Man" from his self produced album Tell It Like It Is recorded in London in 1971. The title track of his album was also released as a single, the latter with a stinging attack on the BBC on the flip-side. Thomas objected to the low profile the state broadcaster was giving to reggae and in an interview with Carl Gayle vented his frustration comparing the playing of reggae on radio as akin to the use of a whore[2]


By 1973 Thomas was being produced by Dandy Livingstone releasing a third album called Images of You that including a version of his former Jamaican hit "Have a Little Faith" and the Gibbs-written club hit "Doing The Moonwalk". In 1973 he supported Desmond Dekker on a short London tour and in 1974 backed by Misty in Roots he successfully toured the UK. In 1976 he released the poignant "London", a song about the desperation of an immigrant's life in London and featured in an ITV television documentary recording What Love Is at studios in North London.[3]


Thomas style of pop-reggae had become less popular by the late 70s and by the early 80s he was recording in a roots reggae style. In 1980 he recorded Trow Mi Corn-No Portion of Gal for Joe Gibbs US distributed JGM records.[citation needed]


In 1983 the singer Paul Young took "Love of the Common People" back into the UK charts reviving interest in Thomas's version of the song that in turn resulted in Trojan reissuing it as a 12" single that included an extended remix version.


According to some sources Nicky Thomas committed suicide in 1990,[4] but the circumstances of his death have not been confirme


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