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

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

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ROOTS/VOCAL HARMONY. Nothing compares. [First added to this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1977
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1968
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191
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1979
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224
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4. (=)
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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 this chart: 04/28/2014]
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1997
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170
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1976
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893
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1975
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171
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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 this chart: 04/28/2014]
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2000
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DANCEHALL. Her one and only LP. It's a belter. [First added to this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1982
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335
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1976
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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 this chart: 11/21/2013]
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1981
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343
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

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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%
Country Albums %


Jamaica 87 87%
United Kingdom 9 9%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
United States 1 1%

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

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 22 from 67th to 45th
Ini Kamoze
by Ini Kamoze
climbers Up 12 from 77th to 65th
Dance A Dub
by Junior Delgado
climbers Up 5 from 98th to 93rd
Ready Natty Dreadie
by Dillinger
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 26 from 47th to 73rd
Two Big Bull In A One Pen
by Anthony Red Rose & King Kong
fallers Down 21 from 45th to 66th
Tenement Yard
by Jacob Miller
fallers Down 14 from 41st to 55th
Ninja Showcase
by Courtney Melody

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From ForegroundNoise 04/19/2019 12:56
Adore your genre charts like these, so much love and care put into them. I'm an absolute novice when it comes to Jamaican music, but at least when I take the plunge I'll have the perfect diving board ...
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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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