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(Call it) Reggae (if you must) by Jimmy Dread (2018)  

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Ska, rocksteady, roots, dub, dancehall, ragga... Using the term 'reggae' to describe virtually all Jamaican music amounts to sacrilege, hence why I've decided to club together a stash of essential JA albums (with a couple of others from around the globe) to let anyone interested embark on their own journey deeper into the genre commonly referred to by the 'R' word. No 2-Tone revival here - just original nuggets, old and new (with compilations generally eschewed, unless it's essential (Scratch, Marcia) or there's no alternative as with Don Drummond - Jamaica was always more about the 45 than the LP). If you're new to it all, I've added some hints as to what to expect with each album, so pick a style and enjoy. And don't be surprised at how low down the order Bob Marley is - there's a lot more to 'reggae' than getting caned to a copy of Legend. Hopefully this chart will steer you in the right direction. Irie vibes and one love - Jimmy, October 2018

Chart updated: 22 hours ago (Created: 11/21/2013 11:09). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
ROOTS/VOCAL HARMONY. Nothing compares.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:2,695
Rank in 1970s215Overall Rank:893
Average Rating:  80/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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2. (=)

On TopJamaica The Heptones
SKA/ROCKSTEADY/VOCAL HARMONY. Studio One's finest half-hour, and an LP that even the great Sugar Minott said was his favourite, and rightly so. Peerless, effortless rocksteady. Also try their S/T debut on Studio One (aka Fattie Fattie)
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1968Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1968:92Rank Score:205
Rank in 1960s485Overall Rank:7,211
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3. (=)

Truths And RightsJamaica Johnny Osbourne
EARLY DANCEHALL/SOUL. Jamaica's King of early Dancehall, an absolute legend few non-JA aficionados have discovered. Also try 'Fally Lover'
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1979:99Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s1,079Overall Rank:6,302
Average Rating:  76/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4. (=)

Arkology
Compilation
Jamaica Lee "Scratch" Perry
COMPILATION: DUB, ROOTS, REGGAE. Tons of other Scratch available (DUB - Super Ape seems to the one most people head towards, although I'd go for Revolution Dub or Megaton Dub myself. ROOTS - Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread) - but this is an absolute gem of a compy and the best place to start.
(First added to chart: 04/28/2014)
Year of Release:1997Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1997:130Rank Score:245
Rank in 1990s1,253Overall Rank:6,308
Average Rating:  75/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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5. (=)

King Tubbys Meets Rockers UptownJamaica Augustus Pablo
DUB. Tubby's finest hour, a cornerstone of dub and justifiably hailed by all and sundry. Also try 'East of The River Nile', 'Original Rockers', "Ital Dub', "...Meets Rockers Inna Firehouse" and many more...
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1976:41Rank Score:892
Rank in 1970s463Overall Rank:2,284
Average Rating:  76/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6. (=)

Conquering LionJamaica Yabby You
ROOTS. Stellar set. If you like this you definitely need to seek out "Deliver Me From My Enemies". Also try 'Jesus Dread' compy on Blood and Fire, which includes virtually all the tracks from this LP. Also check out "King Tubby's Prophesy Of Dub", which is essentially the dubwise cuts of this album. One of the best Dub LPs ever.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1975:72Rank Score:452
Rank in 1970s718Overall Rank:3,855
Average Rating:  68/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7. (=)

The Keyboard King At Studio One
Compilation
Jamaica Jackie Mittoo
COMPILATION: INSTRUMENTAL - ORGAN. Essential compilation of his golden years with Coxsone. Start here, then try 'Macka Fat', 'Showcase' (on Studio One, rare as the hills) or 'The Keyboard King'.
(First added to chart: 04/28/2014)
Year of Release:2000Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 2000:None
Rank in 2000sNone
Average Rating:  74/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8. (=)

One, TwoJamaica Sister Nancy
DANCEHALL. Her one and only LP. It's a belter.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1982Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1982:117Rank Score:189
Rank in 1980s1,165Overall Rank:7,664
Average Rating:  76/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9. (=)

African Dub All-Mighty, Chapter 3Jamaica Joe Gibbs And The Professionals
DUB. Chapters 2, 4 and 1 would be the obvious ones to listen to next. In that order.
(First added to chart: 11/29/2013)
Year of Release:1978Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1978:296Rank Score:48
Rank in 1970s2,772Overall Rank:21,436
Average Rating:  78/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10. (=)

War Ina BabylonJamaica Max Romeo & The Upsetters
ROOTS. Always sounded his best here, or on Open The Iron Gate. Of course you could go for his 'Wet Dream' era stuff too.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1976:59Rank Score:549
Rank in 1970s634Overall Rank:3,320
Average Rating:  77/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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(Call it) Reggae (if you must) composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 7 7%
1970s 45 45%
1980s 34 34%
1990s 10 10%
2000s 3 3%
2010s 1 1%
Artist Albums %


Slim Smith 1 1%
Jackie Mittoo 1 1%
The Skatalites 1 1%
Ranking Ann 1 1%
The Upsetters 1 1%
Errol "Flabba" Holt 1 1%
Lady Ann 1 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


Jamaica 89 89%
United Kingdom 8 8%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
United States 1 1%

(Call it) Reggae (if you must) chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 1 from 35th to 34th
Im Flash Forward
by Cedric Im Brooks
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 21 from 33rd to 54th
Sings Rock And Soul
by Alton Ellis
fallers Down 2 from 66th to 68th
This Is Desmond Dekkar
by Desmond Dekker
fallers Down 2 from 67th to 69th
Rock-A-Dub
by Page One
New entries
newentries E-E Saw Dub
by King Tubby & Jacob Miller
newentries Super Eight
by George Faith
newentries Ini Kamoze
by Ini Kamoze
newentries Africa Shall Stretch Forth Her Hand
by Mighty Threes
newentries Ready Natty Dreadie
by Dillinger

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From Graeme2 06/06/2018 19:45
Sometimes Spotifying is frustrating when they don't have many of these gems to savour. Still nice.
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From Jimmy Dread 11/13/2017 19:37
Marcus Garvey's in there pal. As for Tosh, never been a huge fan of any of his albums in all honesty, although I used to own the Honorary Citizen box set many moons back. I'm The Toughest is a boss track, but the version on Bush Doctor is dire compared to the CS Dodd original, and Johnny Clarke's beats both into a porkpie hat.
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From Dankel 11/13/2017 19:33
A bit of a roll call of who's who in Reggae - impressed that Dr Alimantado is there! I may be wrong but I couldn't see Burning Spear or Peter Tosh? I used to play a lot of Reggae in my youth and am going to investigate some of the albums on here
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From LittleM1971 07/28/2017 20:59
So I gave myself a little project towards the end of 2016 which was to listen to the whole of this wonderful chart. I'm now about a quarter of the way through and all I can say it's an absolute treasure trove of joy. Can't wait to listen to the rest. Fantastic chart and education!!!
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From Stover75 02/27/2017 09:20
Great chart. I heard The Congo's album about 9/10 years ago after reading the Rolling Stone magazine list of top 500 albums. I have always liked Bob Marley's Exodus and Legend. They are really special. And I like a bit of Toots & the Maytals. I could easily get into Jamaican music more. Also we have a local ska band in Bournemouth called Rat Race. I saw them. They are excellent. Anyway thanks for the recommendations. I will be sure to check some out. Steven
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From Jimmy Dread 01/26/2017 18:19
Fixed for you Skinnyman. Although perhaps not in the way you might have imagined. One love an'ting.
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From Skinny 01/20/2017 20:49
The lack of "Greg'raaaay" is sacrilegious. Zero other complaints.
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From platus 09/02/2016 07:17
Great chart!
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From Rikuff 09/02/2016 05:20
Great!
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From notapawn88 05/24/2016 14:58
This is a really great chart. Some real gems on this one.
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