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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Welcome back Cliff!

(Scott)-I'll take a break in the Brian Jonestown Massacre thing, because our good friend Cliff submitted some more reggae stuff for our consumption.... I am unfamiliar with them which thrills me to no end, so I guess tomorrow's commute will be filled with some fresh reggae tunes.

Of course, before I turn it over to Cliff, you knew I was going to point out that the Royal s are champions of the baseball universe... I'm along, longtime  Royals fan and this year's team was gritty and unique, a very different kind of team than I have ever seen.... they have no truly "great" players, but MAN do they have a BUNCH of "really good" ones... a team in the truest sense of the word, and I congratulate them and thank them for a great season and an incredible, refuse-to-lose post season.... now, if the Vikings would just get it going a bit more....

Wayne Smith will forever be known as the artist who introduced the world to Ragga (computerized riddims).  Smith’s 1985 hit “Under Mi Sleng Teng” was the first fully digital rhythm ever released however Smith’s accomplishments as a roots artist should not be overlooked.  The album Youthman Skanking was produced by Prince Jammy in 1982 and was released on the Black Joy label.  This album is comprised of ten of the toughest roots tracks you will find.  Smith's style on this album is similar to other great artists of the time, such as Barry Brown and Johnny Clarke.  The tracks "Eden Out Deh" and "Live Honestly" are the standout tracks for me  but they are only a small taste of this highly conscious and beautifully carved album.

Track List: 1. Solve The Situation 2. Eden Out Deh 3. Losing You 4. No More Will I Roam 5. It Soon Be Done 6. Youthman Skanking  7. Take A Trip 8. Live Honestly 9. Isim Skisim 10. Ain’t No Me Without You


Any list of greatest reggae albums you look at this will always be somewhere near the top. It should be near the top of any list of greatest albums ever.  This record  sets a perfect groove all the way through and is one of the most authentic and unique roots albums to be produced. The harmonising from Cedric Myton and Roy Johnson throughout the whole album is sublime; it's like the Beach Boys turned up and made an authentic reggae album. The production by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is out of this world and although he produced some great albums this has to be close to be his greatest piece of production. There's a lot of variety on this album, the influences run from deep African rhythms to soulful Jamaican ballads, to root-heavy dubbing by Perry. It would be wrong to single out any standout track as each is worth a listen,no fillers here. Originally released in 1977 the version that I offer you is the 1996 reissue with bonus tracks, enjoy.
Track List: 1. Fisherman 2. Congoman 3. Open Up The Gate 4. Children Crying 5. La la Bam-Bam 6. Can’t Come In 7. Sodom and Gomorrow 8. The Wrong Thing 9. Ark Of The Covenant 10. Solid Foundation 11. At The Feast 12. Nicodemus 13. Congoman (12” mix) 14. Congoman Chant 15. Bring The Mackaback 16. Noah Sugar Pan 17. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)



  1. The Royals had a non-typical team that played every game to the hilt. It was nice for a change seeing a small market team win it all this year. (How did Aoki sneak in that picture?)

  2. Thrilled to hear the Congos record with the extra tracks! Thank you for sharing! Big Ern xxx Melbourne, Australia