Tuesday, November 04, 2014

It's Politricks Time Again...

I am not about to get on my anti-political soapbox but it's that time of year again... so instead of stating my case for my personal apolitical leanings I'll just let the music do the talking.  

What you're gonna hear...

1.  Half Pint - Political Fiction
2.  Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Politician
3.  Barry Brown - Politician
4.  Papa Tullo - Straight To The Government
5.  Lucky Dube - Political Games
6.  Cornell Campbell - Politricks
7.  Eastwood & Saint - Vote For Me
8.  Big Youth - Political Confusion
9.  Everton Blender - World Corruption
10.  Admiral Bailey - Politician
11.  Mighty Diamonds - Heads Of Government
12.  King Jammy - Government Dub

Hopeton Lewis Tribute (1947-2014)

I was remiss in not taking action on this tribute sooner but as I mentioned in the midst of last month's festivities that I was going to make this right and I have kept my word.

Hopeton Lewis played a huge part in the history of Jamaican music... at 19 he recorded one of the earliest rocksteady hits, "Take It Easy" with Lynn Taitt & The Jets, as well as the distinction of being the first artist to ever record a ganja tune, "Cool Cool Collie" is considered the first tune of its type ever recorded in Jamaica.  He went on to work for the legendary Duke Reid as a backing vocalist and arranger - winning the 1970 Festival Song title with his tune "Boom Shaka Lacka."  Not long after, he became the singer for Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and had a big hit with "Grooving Out On Life" in 1971.  Hopeton continued recording into the reggae era but soon his attention turned to religious music in the 1980's when he began producing an assortment of gospel albums.  Hopeton Lewis lived in Brooklyn New York and for the last 5 years he hosted a Christian music program on a community radio station, three times a week before his passing on September 4th. 

I really enjoyed putting this tribute mix together and it was a real eye-opening experience for a guy who has had a nearly 30 year passion for Jamaican music but never really took the time to appreciate Hopeton Lewis' talent!  I have been missing out on some great music and for those of you who are also not very familiar with Hopeton Lewis, I really think you're going to love what you hear!

Here's what I've got lined up...

1.  Sound & Pressure
2.  At The Corner Of The Street
3.  On The Right Track w/Phyllis Dillon
4.  Grooving Out On Life
5.  This Music Got Soul
6.  Deh Pon Dem
7.  Tom Drunk w/U-Roy
8.  Skinny Leg Girl w/Glen Brown
9.  Rocksteady
10.  Let Me Come On Home
11.  Cool Cool Collie
12.  Take It Easy
13.  Rock A Shacka
14.  Judgement Day
15.  Boom Shaka Lacka
16.  This Poor Boy
17.  Don't Cry
18.  Let The Little Girl Dance
19.  Hard Ship Of Life
20.  Story Book Children

THE HOPETON LEWIS TRIBUTE MIX

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween From Distinctly Jamaican Sounds - The Complete 2014 Spooktacular!

Happy Halloween!!  Here it is, in all its gory glory!  The 2014 Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular!  Enjoy!!
 
The Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2014


1.     Sly & Robbie – None Shall Escape The House of Dub
2.     Ioby Joseph – Sgt. Vampire
3.     Dennis Brown – Blood Son
4.     Dennis Bovell – Zombie Zones
5.     Skin, Flesh & Bones – Bones Dub
6.     Hopeton Lewis – Run If You Are Afraid
7.     Prince Buster – Bull Buck (And Duppy Conqueror)
8.     Baba Brooks – Twilight Zone
9.     JJ All Stars – The Addams Family Theme
10.  Aston & Yen – Skillamy
11.  Jah Marcus – Terror
12.  Junior Dan – Look Out For The Devil
13.  Michael Prophet – Evil Doers
14.  Peter Tosh – Mark Of The Beast
15.  The Upsetters – Black Bat
16.  Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing
17.  Trevor Brown – Mr. Brown
18.  Advocates Aggregation – Satan Pickney
19.  Jah Skerta – Darkness
20.  Hot Rod All Stars – Return Of The Bad Man
21.  Viceroys – Take Your Hand From My Neck
22.  Sharpknife – Diana The Farmer
23.  Gyptian & Barrington Levy – Day Vampire
 

The Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular Archive - 2006-2013

 
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1.     Scientist – Blood on his Lips

2.     Lord Kitchener – Love in the Cemetery

3.     The Crystalites – Blacula

4.     The Wailers – Mr. Brown

5.     King Horror – Loch Ness Monster

6.     Early B – Ghostbuster

7.     Soul Brothers – Voodoo Moon

8.     Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer

9.     The Revolutionaries – Escape From Hell

10.    The Flames – Scare Him

11.    Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins

12.    Yellowman – Mi Kill Barnie

13.    Scientist – Night of the Living Dead

14.    The Vulcans – Dracula

15.    Peter Tosh – Dracula

16.    Bobby Aitken – Vampire

17.    Upsetters – 10 til 12

18.    Lone Ranger – Frankinstine

19.    The Aggrolites – Grave Digger

20.    Leo Graham – Voodooism

21.    The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror





1.     The Crystalites – Ghost Rider

2.     Dillinger – Duppy Boasty

3.     Joe Gibbs Allstars – Midnight Movie

4.     Lord Jellicoe – Zombie Jamboree

5.     Harry J Allstars – Jack the Ripper

6.     Johnny Organ – Bewitched

7.     Eastwood & Saint – Talk About Run

8.     Pablo Gad – Bloodsucker

9.     The Upsetters – Vampire

10.   Derrick Morgan – Father Killam

11.    Lone Ranger – Grave Yard Skank

12.    Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins

13.    Skatalites – Reburial

14.    Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown’s Coffin

15.    Nitty Gritty – Duppy Come Again

16.    Black Art – Vampire (horns)

17.    Dave Barker – Dr. Jekyll

18.    Elroy Bailey – Moving Creatures

19.    Prince Buster – Ghost Dance

20.    Chin – Woman Ghost Fool Man

21.    Peter Tosh – Vampire

22.    The Chuckles – Darkest Night





1.     King Horror – Dracula Prince of Darkness

2.     Herman’s All Stars – Nightmare

3.     Flip Kay – Duppy Bawl

4.     The Graduates – Dark Shadows

5.     Dillinger – I Thirst

6.     GG Allstars – Vampire Rock

7.     Joe White – The Monster

8.     Jackie Paris – Run For Your Life

9.     The Crystalites – Alfred Hitchcock

10.    Count Lasher – Font Hill Duppy

11.    Eastwood & Saint – Two Bad DJ

12.    Johnny Ringo – Frankenstein

13.    Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins

14.    Lone Ranger – U.F.O.

15.    Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman

16.    Errol Brown – Black Cat Version

17.    Blue Rivers – Witchcraft Man

18.    Dynamites – Phantom

19.    Count Owen – Back to Back

20.    Sir Lord Comic – Lon Chaney

21.    Sound Dimension – The Thing

22.    Denzel Laing – Beware of the Vampire

23.    Scientist – Vampire Initiative





1.     Mikey Dread – Pre Dawn Dub

2.     Jackie Mittoo – Hot Blood

3.     Murphy Romeo – Ghost Affair

4.     Lloyd Charmers – Bone Yard Skank

5.     Windew Hayes – Haunted House

6.     The Upsetters – Touch of Fire

7.     Dennis Alcapone – Duppy Serenade

8.     Bag-O-Wire – Creeper

9.     Busters All Stars – Seven Duppy

10.    Carlton Livingston – Are You Afraid

11.    Pampidoo – Ghost Buster

12.    Aston Barrett – Duppy Conqueror

13.    Ernie Smith – Duppy Gunman

14.    Boris Gardiner – Darkness

15.    The Revolutionaries – Rigor Mortis

16.    King Horror – Frankenstein

17.    Levi Williams – Duppy Jamboree

18.    Dub Connection – Jamaican Hammer Horror

19.    Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner

20.    Roland Alphonso – Devil’s Disciple

21.    Sancho – Chase Vampire

22.    Captain Barkey – Vampire





1.     James Eastwood – Darkest Night

2.     Santic All Stars – Hell Boat

3.     Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft

4.     Byron Lee – Duppy Jamboree

5.     Vin Gordon – Red Blood

6.     Caly Gibbs – Ghost Walk

7.     Tommy McCook – Dracula

8.     Tender Tones – Devil Woman

9.     Hippy Boys – Death Rides A Horse

10.    Derrick Morgan – A No Duppy

11.    James Bond – Duppyman Skank

12.    Jackie Mittoo – The Executioner

13.    Danny Hill – Annie Palmer

14.    Karl Bryan – Run For Your Life

15.    Skin Flesh & Bones – Bad Beast

16.    Positive – Vampire

17.    Keith Hudson – Satan Side

18.    Del Owen & Newts – Barnabas Collins

19.    Daddy Meeky – Duppy Story

20.    Lovindeer – Duppy Bye Bye

21.    Delroy Wilson – Things In the Dark






1.     The Upsetters – Night Doctor

2.     Max Romeo – Copie Duppy

3.     Bob Skeng – Jack the Ripper

4.     Moses – When The Vampire…

5.     Boy Wonder – Cold Blood

6.     Three Tops – Bone Yard

7.     Joy Makers – Zombie Jamboree

8.     Ken Quatty – To Hell & Back

9.     Jackie Taylor – Midnight Organ

10.    King Horror – Ghost Hour

11.    Steve Stanley – Sudden Death

12.    Hot Rod All-Stars – 10 Commandments of the Devil

13.    Geoffery Chang – UFO

14.    Fish Clarke – Black Magic Woman

15.  The Dynamites – House of Darkness

16.  Trinity – Vampire

17.  Cannonball King – Thunderstorm

18.  Dr. Alimantado – I Shall Fear No Evil

19.  Barrington Levy – Deep in the Dark

20.  Delroy Wilson – Voodoo Man

21.  Larry Marshall – Duppyman Skank





1.     Tommy McCook – Midnight Time

2.     Lloyd Robinson – Death A Come

3.     Byron Lee – Frankenstein

4.     Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle

5.     Laurel Aitken – Jamboree

6.     Bunny Lee’s All Stars – Annie Pama

7.     The Ethiopians – Obeah Book

8.     The Upsetters – Haunted House

9.     Peter Metro – Obeah In America

10.    Trinity – Scare Crow Style

11.    Augustus Pablo – Crucial Burial

12.    Pat Kelly – Barnabas

13.    Dandy Livingstone – Suzanne Beware Of The Devil

14.    Val Bennett – Midnight Spin

15.    Eric “Monty” Morris – Sammy Dead

16.    Lloyd Clarke – Living Among The Dead

17.    The Music Doctors – Ghost Rider

18.    George McLean – Ballad Of Annie Palmer

19.    Oliver Samuels – Duppy

20.    Admiral Bailey – Holy Water

21.    Scientist – Your Teeth In My Neck





1.     Prince Jammy – Slaughterhouse Five

2.     Lee & The Clarendonians – Night Owl

3.     Lloyd & Devon – Wolf Out Deh

4.     Basque Dub Foundation – Midnight Organ

5.     Inner Circle – Duppy Gunman

6.     Raheem DeVaughn – Mr. Brown

7.     The Upsetters – Creeping Version

8.     Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead

9.     Prince Buster All Stars – The Haunted Room

10.   Scientist & The Roots Radics – Grave Yard Shift

11.   Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy

12.   Militant Barry – Nightmares

13.    Errol Dunkley – Black Magic Spell

14.    Carl Bryan – Walking the Dead

15.   King Horror – Loch Ness Monsters (Take 2)

16.    Allan Swymmer – Hear Duppy Laugh

17.    Skin, Flesh & Bones – Dub in Blood

18.    Vivian Jackson & The Prophets – Anti-Christ

19.     Barry Brown – Dark Shadows

20.     Frankie Jones – Ghostbuster

21.     Uglyman – See Duppy Deh

22.     Little General – Zombie

23.     Horace Ferguson – Midnight Hour

24.     Clint Eastwood – Mask in the Dark