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IanB
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UK Reggae Greats
Dec 16, 2009, 22:07
Here's a starter list "inspired" by the Steel Pulse thread. Most of this is possibly a wee bit obvious and in no particular order.

Any more recommendations? Especially pre '76 and post '81 releases.

Aswad - Showcase
Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution
Misty In Roots - Live At Counter Eurovision
Creation Rebel - Starship Africa
Cimarons - On The Rock
Black Slate - Amigo
Black Roots - The Frontline
Janey Kay - Silly Games
LKJ In Dub
Dennis Bovell - Dub Dem Silly
Matumbi - Empire Road
Reggae Regular - Black Star LIner / Where Is Jah
Dennis Bovell - I Wah Dub
"Babylon" - OST
Aswad - Hulet
Black Harmony - Don't Let It Go To Your Head
Poet and the Roots - Dread Beat & Blood
mingtp
mingtp
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 16, 2009, 22:47
Only a few years old but Benjamin Zephaniah's Naked is a great album.
dodge one
dodge one
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 00:20
I've never heard of {or Heard} any of those artists. I probably know less than anyone on this site about reggae. But one British artist that has allways appealed to me, made a few sucessfull stabs at the reggae genre.
In my opinion that is.....
Not exactly your time frame either. {I never seem to play by the rules, do i?}
I think that he may even like Clapton, thus making him immediately suspect.....but here go's:
Eric Burden.
Here's the examples of why i thought so at the time, and still do.

The old Jimmy Cliff nugget 'Many Rivers to Cross'. I think eric's version kills,
From the 'Before we were so rudely interrupted' LP 1977

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUc7WHHbyeM

And this one. 'Power Company' From the 'Last Drive' LP 1980

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6jMuJ90k_4

Dey Won't from the 'Comeback' LP 1982

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruZljNsGTTs

Love is for all time, from the 'ARK' LP 1983

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YooGoyLILuk


I bet i was only one here who bought these albums back then...but there you have it. Another ERIC !!!
keith a
keith a
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 00:47
I saw Eric Burdon's cod-reggae version of Don't Let Me Be
Misunderstood on Later circa 2004.

It was undoubtedly one of the worst things I've ever seen, D1.

As I wrote at the time, Bob Marley apologised fom the grave for giving reggae to the world, whilst a generation of aging pop fans were seen to mirror 1960's Beatles fans and burn their Animals records due to Burdon's Bigger than Cod performance.
dodge one
dodge one
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 01:06
Well i saw Eric live in 98 with the EyE band....he was still doing alright then.
I have no idea what you saw in 2004. What the hell is a cod-piece?
Isn't that something you wear over your crank?
I'm sure Eric in his mid 60's was not a patch on himself of the 60's.
But go ahead and burn your Animals records.

Did you think that all 4 of the links i posted suck too?

Sorry if i dared to think diffrently or have totally shit musical tastes.
I didn't know till recently.
Another ERIC that sucks......phooey.
fitzcoraldo
fitzcoraldo
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 01:29
Where would you start
For the UK
I would include a massive chunk of the back catalogue of On U Sound, Ariwa & Pressure Sounds.
For earlier reggae, Magnet and Trojan are chocka-block full of UK classics.

In my house, Misty in Roots Live at the Counter Eurovision is the 'Its Alive' of British roots Reggae.

For current UK greats I'd put Ricky Ranking up there.

cheers
fitz
keith a
keith a
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 02:36
dodge one wrote:
Well i saw Eric live in 98 with the EyE band....he was still doing alright then.
I have no idea what you saw in 2004. What the hell is a cod-piece?
Isn't that something you wear over your crank?
I'm sure Eric in his mid 60's was not a patch on himself of the 60's.
But go ahead and burn your Animals records.

Did you think that all 4 of the links i posted suck too?

Sorry if i dared to think diffrently or have totally shit musical tastes.
I didn't know till recently.
Another ERIC that sucks......phooey.


Who said anything about cod-pieces?

I hadn't played the links TBH, as the performance on Later* (BBC 2, UK) was so awful I had no interest.

* I can't find that performance on youtube, but this is pretty poor, too. IMO obviously!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27i6pnYBbtw

But seeing as you asked, I've just played them and think three of the 4 link posts 'suck'.

The backing on Many Rivers was quite sympathetic, but the voice is horrible. It sounds more like your pissed neigbour coming home from the pub than the man on who sang on those old Animal records.

The next two were pap IMO, sorry. And I might be being over-sensitive here, but I find a white man singing a song called 'Dey Won't' kind of offensive.

Love Is For All Time was better. It sounded slightly more authentic, but even then I found his voice a bit hit and miss.

I'm not sure why you're being so offended by this. Putting Eric Burdon forward as a reggae artist is surely like mentioning the Bay City Rollers in a heavy rock thread! ; )

And I'm not disputing The Animals place in history, though I've got little by them myself this is more an oversight on my behalf as I love 60's pop. Incidentally, EB's not the only aging singer to put in a disappointing performance on Later. Ray Davies wasn't great a couple of years back, and I like The Kinks a lot. More recently Jimmy Ruffin's voice sounded quite shot when he sang the classic What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.

Gladys Knight, on the other hand, sounded fabulous when she was on a couple of months back.
dodge one
dodge one
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 03:22
Whats "Offensive" is your complete lack of contribution to the thread.
Instead of offering the least bit of contribution, you instead took the opertunity to shit all over mine. How quintessentially British of you.
I'm just fucking horrified too, that your delicate sensibilities have been so assaulted by Eric Burden's utter AUDACITY to sing a song with the word 'DEY' in it. Christ....now i'll have to chuck my Belafonte records in the skip too!
You need to grow a pair. See ya at the next 'Sensitivity' rally.
NOT.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 03:30
Even Nazareth did a reggae tune, Carry Out Feelings, from the Close Enough To Rock 'n' Roll, album. Once again I'm with you D1 we're all entitled to an opinion but we all should argue constructively, then we all can learn something. Post on.
keith a
keith a
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Re: UK Reggae Greats
Dec 17, 2009, 03:32
dodge one wrote:
Instead of offering the least bit of contribution, you instead took the opertunity to shit all over mine. How quintessentially British of you.


D'ya know,I used to like you, but from recent posts it seems like you have a problem with British people - unless they're called Eric and make shit records that is.
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