Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mucchio Classic Rock #8 - Top 20 albums of Reggae 1968-1981

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan, boating on rivers of Babylon

Here it comes the eighth rock history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio and its old Classic Rock special features (originally published in the second half of the 90s). After Punk, New Wave, Dark/Gothic, Hard Rock, Psychedelia, Power Pop and Canterbury scene, it's time to forgive the winter and dance with some sunny tunes from the golden age of Reggae (1968-1981)

Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey comes along with the dub version of the same album Garvey's GhostThe Harder They Come was the soundtrack of a jamaican 1972 flick, with the same title and Jimmy Cliff as main character. Nice curiosity: one of its songs - The Melodians' Rivers of Babylon - is also featured in a new movie that I just saw a couple of days ago at the Torino Film FestivalJack Goes Boating, directorial debut by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's a strong New York drama, whose best and funniest scene involves The Melodians' tune.

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The Playlist
(13 albums out of 20, 65%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Various Artists - The Harder They Come (Island, 1972)

Black Uhuru - Sinsemilla (Island, 1981)
Ken Boothe - The Ken Boothe Collection (Trojan, 1987)
Dennis Brown - No Man Is an Island (Studio One, 1970)
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey (Island, 1975)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Bass Culture (Island, 1980)
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Natty Dread (Island, 1975)
The Maytals - Do the Reggae 1966-1970 (Attack, 1989)
Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves (Island, 1977)
Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution (Island, 1978)

10 Albums More
Big Youth - Natty Cultural Dread (Trojan, 1976)

Congos - Heart of the Congos (Black Ark, 1977)
Culture - Two Sevens Clash (Joe Gibbs, 1976)
Ethiopians - Original Reggae Hit Sound (Trojan, 1986)
Heptones - The Meaning of Life (Trojan, 1999)
Misty in Roots - Live at the Counter Eurovision 79 (People Unite, 1979)
Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon (Island, 1976)
Peter Tosh - Mystic Man (Rolling Stones, 1979)
U-Roy - Dread in Babylon (Virgin, 1975)
Bunny Wailer - Protest (Island, 1977)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums, 144 tracks, about 10 hours): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0303)
Lite (3 songs each "pivotal" album, 2 songs each "more" album, 33 tracks, about 2 hour): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0304)

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