Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I'm Back To Help You Beat The Mid-Winter Blues

In the midst of some crappy, cold-ass winter weather last night I got to thinking... what I could use right now is a vacation! I want to leave this snow, freezing rain and treacherous driving shit and go somewhere nice and warm. I want to sit somewhere beneath a palm tree and look at clear blue skies speckled with happy flying birds. I want to feel the temporary sting of hot sand on my feet and quick relief in the form of a dip in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. I want to go to Jamaica damnit! I don't care if my trip would involve sitting in a sweltering airport in Montego Bay for 2 days, at least it would be better than being snowed in in Chicago. I just want this winter to hurry up and get the hell out of here! I sometimes wonder if man was meant to live in this sub-zero climate and frankly I'd have to say no. Give me 85 and sunny everyday and I wouldn't complain.

Well, where am I going with this rambling you ask? Well I'll tell you. I've decided to get the blog rolling again by giving all of those in the same bad weather boat I'm in, a taste of the tropics. Those who are living in warmer climates are not invited along for this little trip so don't even think about trying to buy a ticket!! (Okay I'm kidding there - everyone is welcome to come along!!) We're gonna take a little cruise to my favorite island in the Caribbean and I'm sure everyone knows which one I'm talking about! Here it is, in my first post for 2007, a mix of songs following the Jamaica theme... perfect for lightening your shitty winter burden.

Now this mix is all over the place - there are some Mento tunes at the top, some ska, a couple reggae tracks and of course a nice sampling of some rub-a-dub/early dancehall. Now toss aside the snow shovel, take off a few layers of clothing, pour yourself a nice Jamaican rum or beverage of choice and get ready to take a cruise to warm weather bliss...

Welcome aboard!

The Jolly Boys – Take Me Back To Jamaica
Charlie Binger & His Quartet – Jamaica Is The Place To Go
Jamaican Calypsonians – Jamaica Gal
Keith Lyn & Ken Lazarus – Jamaica Ska
Basil Gabbidon – Jamaica Is Mine
Lord Tanamo – A Dash Of Sunshine
The Itals – Jamaican Style
The Techniques – Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
The Maytones – Jamaica
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Smile Jamaica
Louie Lepkie – Jamaica A Fi Wi Country
Yellowman – Jamaica Nice
Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica



Anonymous said...

a pefect selection. much thanks!

jacob z. said...

nice mix of songs! i'm going to go home, put this on, open a red stripe, and crank the heat way up. that should do the trick... thanks.

Albert said...

It's raining ice where I live and this selection made the drive to work much more pleasant. Thanks much.

Anonymous said...

Suonds good.. I'll be listening to this one out and about. Good to see you posting again

Anonymous said...

welcome back mate, here in the uk due to global warming the sun finally came out, we got crocuses in the garden and daffodil buds are sprouting, but it is still winter for just a few more weeks.
get your mix tmrw
glad you are back

got a jb thing going on again
maybe the last time oh i oh i i dont know dooooo weeeeeee ooohhhh

baikinange said...

Thanks for taking the time to make all this great music available. If you or any of your readers enjoy calypso music, please come and visit me at my blog. There are some Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Melody, and Duke of Iron songs available to download.

OuttaSweden said...

Yeah nice comeback reggaeaxx! I'll download it soon and give it a listen. Big up!

Tan So Back said...

It's oh so damn cold in Chicago. So blessed to take a peek, hoping.... that YES! An update. DL'ed them and... winter does not seem nearly as cold tonight, my ears and the rest of me thank you.

Trustar said...

Irie mi Jonnyboy!

You knows how to make an apperance. Good to see you back with us boyo. Chicago is it now? Man, that kind of weather is the only reason God put hair on humans. While it's not very warm here in Huntington Beach, I'll sit my dead ass here thank you very much.

Warmest Blessing my friend

Trustar Vibrations

Reggaexx said...

Thanks for all the comments - glad I can be of service to those in need! It feels good to be back spreading some good warm vibes!

Anonymous said...

please please please re up the 2 yellowman 45's zip's oh my god please

carl said...

Outstanding mix! Can you source the Maytones track "Jamaica" for me. I can't find that particular song on any of their releases. Thanks again!

Reggaexx said...

Carl, thanks for the kind words. The song "Jamaica" appears on two different Maytones albums - The first is called "Keep The Fire Burning" which was released on the Third World label circa 1980. The other album where the song appears is called "Only Your Picture" and was released on the Vista Sounds label in the early 80's.

Both are pretty hard albums to find and unfortunately I've only got that one track on a compilation CDR that my old college roommate burned for me about 5-6 years ago - I'd love to get a complete rip of the album but... he's now living in Cologne Germany and he took all his records with him!

carl said...

Reggaexx, thanks for the info. Just came across your blog recently and am enjoying it a great deal. Good stuff.

drizabone said...

I'm trying to get a digital copy of Michael Smith Mi cyaan believe it.
Can you help?
Keep it real


Anonymous said...

Great Ranking Trevor mix - Have you got a contact address ? - I've got a great Culture / Ranking revor 12" you could post!!!!

Reggaexx said...

You can contact me through my e-mail address - reggaexx@yahoo.com! I'd love to hear the Culture & Ranking Trevor track!

Anonymous said...

ok...I've not got a blog site or anything - its a 11Mb file - can I email it ?

Reggaexx said...

The easiest way to send the file would be to upload it to Rapidshare or any of the other multitude of other hosting companies - all you need to do is go to their website, locate the file using their browse function and then hit upload - after it uploads it will provide you with a download link that you could post here or even e-mail to me and then I will post it on the blog. I'd say you could e-mail it to me but most e-mail providers get wacky when you try to e-mail a file that big.