Archive for the ‘Reggae Music’ Category

(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay by Dennis Brown

January 2, 2010

(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay was Otis Reddings’ biggest hit, but he never knew it. He died before it was released. Here’s a reggae cover by Dennis Brown (not Bob Marley as indicated by


Slogans (the original takes) by Bob Marley

December 14, 2009

Too long in the vault, these original takes of Bob Marley’s Slogans are hypnotic. Listen to this song with its timeless message, and you’ll understand why so many call him a prophet.

I don’t think they’re available on CD or iTunes yet. Hear it on youtube:

‘Wish you were here’ by Alpha Blondy

May 3, 2009

Alpha Blondy, a native of the Ivory Coast, grooves Pink Floyd’s classic tune, ‘Wish you were here’. I love the addition of the bag pipes, which surprisingly fit in very well with reggae. I’m also pleased with the female background vocalists, who blend a gospel music texture to the song.

First the studio version, which I prefer (as usual):

And then the live version:

Reggae meets the Beatles

April 6, 2009

In the past, I’ve heard only one Beatles’ song played in the reggae format, the Israelites’ take on Come Together. For me, it’s an annoying and feeble song and should only be used for the purpose of torture. For those with a touch of masochistic tendencies, click on the link to listen but don’t feel bad if you can’t listen to the entire song.

Now here’s the good news: on April 14, 2009, Easy Star All-Stars release Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, a reggae version of the Beatles’ LP masterpiece, St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

You may remember Easy Star All-Stars from their 2003 release of the much acclaimed Dub Side of the Moon, a reggae version of Pink Floyd’s eternally classic Dark Side of the Moon. I consider it one of the best reggae albums ever.

The Lonely Hearts Dub Band LP sounds promising. Pre-released is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. You not only will be able to listen to this entire track, but you’ll want to hear it again right away…maybe more than a few times.

‘Hallelujah, Give Thanks and Praise’ by ?

April 3, 2009

Nice roots reggae tune by an unknown artist. Someone posted it sounds like Pablo Moses. Not to me.

Incidentally, I am not a fan of Pablo Moses, but I really like his ‘I Love I Bring from his Revolutionary Dream LP released in 1975.

‘Like a Rolling Stone’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers (circa 1966)

April 2, 2009

A mellow mood reggae cover for Bob Dylan’s classic ‘Like a Rolling Stone’. Lead singers are Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley.

This is Ska!

February 25, 2009

Too funny to pass up on…

Ska is the happiest music on the planet. The next video gives us an idea of what the ska scene was like in the early 1960’s.

‘War Ina Babylon’ by Max Romeo

February 24, 2009

Listen to the old studio recording.

Here’s a recent live version. Skip to 32 seconds to hear the song.

For those of you who can’t enough of this great tune, here’s another recent live version.

Read more about Max Romeo on his profile on

Nationalize the banks temporarily?

February 23, 2009

Nouriel Roubini is the economist whose opinions I follow most closely. Read this Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article for some details about his plan to temporarily nationalize the giant, U.S. banks. If you don’t subscribe to the WSJ, then go to Roubini’s RG Monitor blog, which you can find in my blogroll.

See the links posted under comments for an enriched discussion on this issue.

And for entertainment to go with the theme of nationalization,  listen to Max Romeo’s ‘Socialism is Love’.

Run Dem Down by the Wailing Souls

February 13, 2009

Such a nice soothin riddim…from 1991’s Fire House Rock LP.