July 21, 2006


One of our first blogs ever, dealt with the issue of the revival of Joe Gibbs as an imprint in business. At the time we were very pleased that some hard to find gems were made available again, but the new Crazy Joe Europe imprint apparently decided to take it to the next level. Sure, they said, it's nice that the "African Dub" series are, deservedly so, in print again, but there is more! More?? Yep, and the chance that you've heard these tunes before are pretty slim (the Royals recorded for Joe Gibbs??)...My oh my, this is good material..All music on "Reggae Jeggae" was recorded inbetween 1968 and 1969 and at the time released as "Amalgamated" 7"s. Nowadays, they are worth a fortune if, and I mean IF, you are lucky enough to find only one of them in good condition, let alone the whole bunch. Info on their releases is not the strongest point of the Crazy Joe Europe imprint, so couldn't tell you if there are some unreleased songs on this comp, but that really doesn't matter since this is so good a record with so much great songs, both classics as obscurities, that it leaves me with just one possible recommendation: ESSENTIAL.

01_Drumbago & The Blunders_Reggae Jeggae
02_The Versatiles_Lulu Bell
03_Hugh Malcolm_Mortgage
04_The Slickers_Mother Matty
05_Errol Dunkley_Love Brother
06_The Reggae Boys_The Wicked They Must Survive
07_The Destroyers_Rock The Clock
08_The Immortals_Bongo Jah
09_Ken Parker_It's Allright
10_Jackie Robinson_Let the Little Girl Dance
11_Tyrone Taylor_Delilah
12_The Soul Sisters_Wreck A buddy
13_The Pioneers_Who The Cap Fits
14_The Creations_Get On Up
15_The Immortals_Jane Anne
16_The Royals_Never See Come See

Listen to some snippets here

July 08, 2006


Hot times like these call for hot tunes to accompany the beer/cocktail/bbq laden days we are about to spend lying on a sunbed in the garden. Luckily for us there is lots of great music coming at us in the near future. Check these fine gems:

A friend of mine just got himself a nice beamer so he is able to watch some nice vids projected on a big white wall out in the yard without getting all sweaty (sunburned, but not sweaty). He's lucky: A great dvd about the life of majestic producer Lloyd 'Jammy' James, "King at the controls" just hit the streets. Here is a small preview of this VP produced gem:

For those of us that don't wanna watch videos in a hot steaming room: this dvd comes with a nice "best of King Jammy" cd that works perfectly well sipping a Caiparinha under your inflatable palm tree. Here is the tracklist:

Mr. Landlord – Half Pint
Carpenter – John Holt
Agony – Pinchers
Punany – Admiral Bailey
Music Lover – Shabba Ranks
I Love King Selassie – Black Uhuru
Father Jungle Rock – Nicodemus
Water Pumping – Johnny Osbourne
Boom Shack – Junior Reid
Deh Wid You – Super Black
Children of the Ghetto – Cocoa Tea
The Exit – Dennis Brown
Run Down The World – Nitty Gritty
Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
She's My Baby – Leroy Gibbons
Rock Them One By One – Eccleton Jarrett
Let Off Sup'm – Leroy Smart
One Scotch – Admiral Bailey & Chaka Demus
Serious Time – Admiral Tibett
I Know The Score – Frankie Paul

Our good friens over at SoulJazz also keep 'em coming like an ever flowing stream. This time it's "studio One Scorchers part 2" that sets the room on fire. A fine blend of instrumentals coming from the mother of all reggae studios, this is. As ever, the quality is high, there are some familiar and some unknown tracks and the sound is, as always, superdeluxe. Thanks to Pete Reilly for providing this gem and the tracklist. Also thanks to Dancecrasher for the sleevepicture.

Here is the tracklist:
Dick Tracy - The Skatalites
Frozen Soul - Soul Vendors
Joe Grazer - Vin Gordon
Black Wax - Pablove Black
Father Forgive Him - Cederic Brooks
High Locks - Pablove Black
Nimble Foot - Roland Alphnso
Sidewalk Doctor - Vin Gordon
Cousin Joe Pt. 1 - Sugar Belly
A Big Car - Jackie Mittoo
Sound Almighty - Soul Defenders
After Christmas (12" mix) - Jackie Mittoo & Pablove Black
Race Track - Brentford All Stars
Jamaica Bolero - Tommy McCook
Black Is Black - Im & David
Gumbay Jump - Dub Specialist