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(Call it) Reggae (if you must) by Jimmy Dread (2019)

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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, March 2019

Chart updated: 03/22/2019 19:15 (Created: 11/21/2013 11:09). Chart size: 100 albums.

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Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
ROOTS/VOCAL HARMONY. Nothing compares.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:2,756
Rank in 1970s216Overall Rank:902
Average Rating:  79/100 (190 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:25 charts
Rank in 1968:95Rank Score:209
Rank in 1960s493Overall Rank:7,364
Average Rating:  76/100 (23 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 1979:105Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s1,111Overall Rank:6,650
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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:17 charts
Rank in 1997:103Rank Score:326
Rank in 1990s1,015Overall Rank:5,186
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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:79 charts
Rank in 1976:43Rank Score:855
Rank in 1970s477Overall Rank:2,423
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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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 1975:75Rank Score:450
Rank in 1970s734Overall Rank:3,993
Average Rating:  68/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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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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:190
Rank in 1980s1,187Overall Rank:7,871
Average Rating:  76/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9. (10) Up1

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:53 charts
Rank in 1976:57Rank Score:579
Rank in 1970s612Overall Rank:3,260
Average Rating:  77/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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10. (11) Up1

Scientist Meets The Space InvadersJamaica Scientist
DUB. So many alternatives to pick from with the man Hopeton Brown. 'Vampires' and Heavyweight Dub Champion (also from the same Greensleeves series) are also well worth a listen, as is his Dub Landing set on Starlight.
(First added to chart: 11/21/2013)
Year of Release:1981Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1981:122Rank Score:236
Rank in 1980s1,023Overall Rank:6,694
Average Rating:  75/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 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 47 47%
1980s 31 31%
1990s 9 9%
2000s 3 3%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


Keith Hudson 1 1%
Burning Spear 1 1%
Augustus Pablo 1 1%
Ranking Dread 1 1%
The Abyssinians 1 1%
Phyllis Dillon 1 1%
Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby 1 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


Jamaica 87 87%
United Kingdom 10 10%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
United States 1 1%

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