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Millie: A Blue Beat Bombshell!

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964

A DARK-SKINNED very feminine ball of fire named simply, Millie. A Jamaican-born bombshell who is an old trouper at the age of 16... and could ...

Millie: Little Topper — Little Chart Topper Millie

Report by uncredited writer, Top Boys, May 1964

A WEEK OF MILLIE ...

The Bee Gees, Booker T & The MGs, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, P.P. Arnold, Prince Buster, Sam & Dave, The Tremeloes, The Who: Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

The Byrds, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & The Pacemakers, John Lee Hooker, Mantovani, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Olympics, Roy Orbison, Prince Buster, Jimmy Ruffin, The Supremes, Jackie Trent: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

Desmond Dekker: On The Trail Of Desmond Dekker

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

A FEW years ago Bluebeat, that simple jogging West Indian pop, was all the rage among the mods of Britain. ...

The Bees, Laurel Aitken: Bluebeat!! A New EMI Label For Blue Beat Devotees

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1967

BLUE BEAT, Ska, West Indian sounds generally — if the pundits of pop are right, we'll be getting more and more of it in the ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker & the Allstars, Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

IT WAS A 'soul show' at the Saville last Sunday, in the very widest sense of the term. Jimmy Cliff started off, and when he ...

Reggae: A Night at Count Suckle's and Reggae

Film/DVD Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1969

JUST WHEN all hope had been abandoned, the ITV Network surprised us. ...

Desmond Dekker, Errol Dixon: Reggay: Son of R & B

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, May 1969

THERE WERE two kinds of reaction when Desmond Dekker's 'Israelites' started up the hit parades in March: blimey, I heard that before Christmas; and, the ...

Max Romeo: This Is The Record That Will Give The BBC Troubles — If It Reaches The Top...

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1969

HOVERING AROUND the lower end of the charts is a record that has had no plugs, and certainly no air plays – nor is it ...

Desmond Dekker: Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker, Jackie Edwards, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Johnny Nash, Max Romeo, Root & Jenny Jackson, The Skatalites, Tony Tribe: Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash et al: Reggae Festival, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1969

Jamaica triumph ...

The Pioneers: 'Longshot' Never Let Them Down. Will 'Ramases' Do The Same?

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Record Mirror, January 1970

'Long Shot, Kick The Bucket' brought pop fame and a trip to Britain for the Pioneers; 'Poor Ramases' is their latest disc and to give ...

Bob and Marcia: 'Why Marry? Our Way's Okay' says Bob Smiling While Marcia Frowns

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1970

Reggae stars in London ...

Reggae: The Real Underground Music

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Strange Days, October 1970

FORGET YOUR Edgar Broughtons and your Pink Floyds and your three million other 'underground' groups, ('underground' that is, until they start selling lottsa albums, when ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: 'Double Barrel' — An Attempt To Create a Different Sound Say Dave and Ansell

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

NME's Alan Smith endeavours to interview this week's chart toppers ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: Ansell Plays It Cool While Dave Searches For His Mum...!

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

DAVE BARKER is a well-built Jamaican who talks fast and enthusiastically and punctuates his sentences with finger-clicking and hearty slaps of his right thigh. Ansell ...

Alton Ellis, Dave and Ansell Collins, Desmond Dekker: Reggae

Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, May 1971

"Send a reggae band for my wedding reception" said Mick Jagger. The unpredictable move by a Stone symbolised the final acceptance of the music as ...

Reggae Music

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, West Indian World, July 1971

"REGGAE" – JAMAICA'S own form of pop music – has made a dynamic impact on the pop scene around the world and yet an amazing ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & The Maytals: Reggae: Black Gold of Jamaica

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1972

Reggae – in its more commercial form – has won the battle for mass acceptance, and has gone on to influence rock and soul musicians ...

Jimmy Cliff: Various Artists: The Harder They Come

Review by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, October 1972

HOW TO GET into reggae in two easy stages. First you go to see the film The Harder They Come, which will engross you with ...

Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, October 1972

AT LAST, REGGAE as all-around entertainment, whose rhythms will still generate movement in a crowded basement discotheque but whose arrangements and moods shift often enough ...

Prince Buster: Reggae Part 1: Jamaica

Report by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, January 1973

WHENEVER I've gone home to America in the past couple of years, the question I'm always asked is "What's happening in England?" And okay, I ...

Greyhound: Reggae Part 2: Reggae in Britain

Report by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, January 1973

WHEN LABOUR IN England was becoming hard to come by during the 1950s, enticing proclamations were urgently sent to the West Indies. "Your Mother Country ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: The First Genius of Reggae?

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1973

BOB MARLEY, slightly-built and quiet to the point of diffidence, is a leader. He's the master of Reggae, the man who's about to give it ...

Johnny Nash

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1973

"REALLY WEIRD" is how Johnny Nash describes the acceptance and success he's recently received in the States via his major CBS hit 'I Can See ...

Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists: The Harder They Come

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1973

IT'S REGGAE, MON, sweet as cola wine and m'bopo supremo. No lectures, no history lessons, if ya don't know about that sound from Jamaica by ...

Jimmy Cliff et al: The Harder They Come

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, April 1973

THE REGGAE GROUNDSWELL that cups Jamaica's potential as a pop force has been heralded for many moons now, yet despite several breech-opening successes from a ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Island)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Creem, May 1973

WELL I SUPPOSE it serves you — America — right. For five years some of the best music has been coming out of little studios ...

Judge Dread: Working Class Hero And The Robin Hood Of Reggae

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1973

NICK KENT SPECIAL interview (snigger, snigger) with the man who's rude (snigger) but heaven forbid – not crude ...

Reggae: The Rape of Smaug

Overview by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1973

WHITE MAKES his move. Black makes his move. White moves and Black reciprocates. Black moves and White reciprocates. The players perpetuate the game for the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Island)

Review by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1973

WITH THE Wailers presently heralded as the reggae band by music acclaimants, I expect to see Catch a Fire amongst those record collections where Eddie ...

Will Reggae Make It? Jamaica Says It Will!

Overview by Greg Shaw, Crawdaddy!, June 1973

THE STONES, Aretha, Traffic, Paul Simon and Roberta Flack have all made celebrated pilgrimages to the island and bandwagon trend-watches are beginning to mutter about ...

Johnny Nash: My Merry Go Round (CBS)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, June 1973

LISTENING TO this record the first time through is as frustrating as trying to see a beautiful woman through a steamed-up window. But the third ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: In The Studio With The Wailers

Report by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE ROLLING STONES are upstairs in Studio 1, where they've been for the past five weeks. ...

Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston (Dragon)

Review by Penny Reel, International Times, June 1973

Jamaican Rock'n'roll ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dandy Livingstone, Desmond Dekker, John Holt: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1973

Waiters Serve Up Genuine Reggay ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, August 1973

Wailers fail to catch afire ...

I Roy, Toots & The Maytals: The Maytals: From The Roots (Trojan)/I ROY: Presenting... (Trojan)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, November 1973

THIS STUFF IS even harder to understand than Jethro Tull's Passion Play, but nobody's going to stop singing because some dumb reviewer can't work it ...

Jimmy Cliff: From Reggae To Riches

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, November 1973

IT MUST BE almost three years since the last hit record. God, that's an artistic lifespan for many people, but somehow he manages to suggest ...

Jimmy Cliff: Struggling Man (Island)/ Music Maker (Reprise)

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, August 1974

LAST YEAR, 'the word' was that reggae was all set to become the next big thing. Once radio program directors and listeners heard that irresistibly ...

Jimmy Cliff: Skanking In Exile

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1974

I'VE BEEN living in Stoke Newington for about six months. The area's one of the most cosmopolitan in North-East London, with an immigrant population that ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots and the Maytals: In The Dark

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, September 1974

This, Toots, was made for dork-ing ...

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Nyahbinghi (Trojan Trls 113)

Review by Idris Walters, Sounds, May 1975

THERE IS a story on the sleeve — which makes a change. It tells how Haile Selassie was the last in a line of 323 ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, May 1975

SEVEN YEARS ago, Desmond Dekker was a raw, gangling boy from St Thomas, Jamaica. ...

Eric Clapton, G.T. Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Judge Dread, Keith Richards: They All Tried To Play Reggae

Overview by Idris Walters, Sounds, May 1975

...but can white rock and rollers sing the palm tree? wonders IDRIS WALTERS ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Wollman Skating Rink, New York NY

Live Review by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, July 1975

IT WAS THE first one of those muggy nights this season, when the air is so close it cuts down your breathing, that Bob Marley ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, July 1975

BOB MARLEY and the Wailers reached the Lyceum two nights ago, in some style. By early evening, long before they were due to appear, the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley (1975)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1975

The day after his legendary Lyceum show, Marley expounds on Babylon, Rastafari, Jamaica, his universal message, and the meaning of 'I Shot The Sheriff'.

File format: mp3; file size: 11.5mb, interview length: 25' 01" sound quality: ****

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1975

"HEY, MON... WHAT are all these whites doin' here? They not here last time the Wailers play..." ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Wailin'

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, July 1975

After two amazing gigs last week in London, Bob Marley is being universally hailed as reggae's first superstar. Karl Dallas watches the Wailers in action ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Marley On The Mount

Interview by Idris Walters, Sounds, August 1975

Last week you got the low-down on Bob Marley, King of the Rastafarians. But it goes a little deeper than that. For a start the ...

Dennis Brown: Various Artists: Live At The Turntable Club/Reggae Hit The Town/20 Tighten-Ups/20 Reggae Disco Hits

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, September 1975

"DENNIS BROWN," announces Trojan manager Webster Shrowder From the sleeve of the man's album, "is one of my favourite artists, who I put in the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: An Herbal Meditation with Bob Marley

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1975

LOS ANGELES – This Bible is not the arcane, apocryphal version you might expect to find in the possession of these mysterious Rastas, but a ...

Reggae

Overview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, September 1975

You either love it or hate it. It's either boring, and all the same, or the most exciting thing you've ever heard. No other current ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley et al: Jamaica

Overview by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, October 1975

FIRST DAY, RAIN. Thick clouds and then more rain. It is, I'm told, the wetter of Jamaica's two wet seasons. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, November 1975

THIS ONE'LL SORT out the liggers. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at the Lyceum (Island) 35 mins.*****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

IN THESE troubled times of ours there's very few things you can be sure of. ...

Eric Gale et al: Negril

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, December 1975

IF EVERYONE HAD a pair of disco turntables as well as a telly, this record might sell a million. ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 1976

Spear’s album is a staggering success. It's a big challenge to follow up Marcus Garvey (I don't count Garvey's Ghost), which from the instant of ...

Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals: Jimmy Cliff: Follow My Mind (Island)/Toots And The Maytals: Funky Kingston (Island)

Review by John Morthland, Creem, January 1976

SINCE HE ELECTRIFIED audiences In The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff has been his own worst enemy. His songs in that film bristled with passion, ...

Junior Byles: From the Dread Depths of Despair

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1976

JUNIOR BYLES emerged as the supreme talent of the year, if not of the decade. His moving 'Bur O Boy' was without peer. ...

Toots & The Maytals: The Man Who Would Be God

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1976

JAH TOOTS: "...tracks on my new album? Well, there's 'Reggae Got Soul' – that's the title track, you know – 'Never Go Down', 'Dog War', ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots Hibbert: The Man Who Would Be God

Profile and Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1976

Rasta revelations courtesy of FREDERICK "TOOTS" HIBBERT of Toots and The Maytals, who'd rather incarnate here and now than talk about old times with PENNY ...

Burning Spear: Jack Ruby: Mono Reggae For The Ghetto

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

WE’RE CALLING this Garvey’s Ghost," explained Jack Ruby, gesturing expansively towards the reel-to-reel, from whence issued sweet, sweet music. ...

The Twinkle Brothers: Rasta Pon Top

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, March 1976

EVER SINCE ITALIAN propagandists began spreading false rumours concerning the demise of the Emperor, Negus Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Conquering Lion ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots And The Maytals: Reggae Got Soul (Island)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1976

SAD TO say, there's no track on this album that measures up to the quality of the classic tracks on Toots' last two 'rock-oriented' albums, ...

Mike Dorane: The Lone Arranger

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1976

"Say, stranger...who's that masked man who just wrote those songs, played all the instruments, sang all the harmonies, mixed the tracks in his home studio ...

Dr. Alimantado: The Curious Case of Dr. Alimantado

Profile by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, April 1976

"Ere Jah Man!""Ites!""Whadda word Babylon mean, dread?" ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rastaman Vibration (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

"Chase them crazy bald heads out of town" ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley and the Wailers: Rastaman Vibration

Review by Simon Frith, Street Life, May 1976

I DON'T KNOW how this music will be rated but my word would be mellow. This is a very uncluttered album – the rhythms are ...

Mighty Diamonds: Right Time

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, May 1976

THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS emerged in the wake of the resurgence of interest in Burning Spear – "I and I, son of the Most High – ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1976

RIOTS LAST NIGHT they said, marauding hordes of smart, mean kids swarming around getting illegal all over the place with property and the concession stands ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1976

THERE WERE EXACTLY four things wrong with the final show by the Wailers at Hammersmith last Friday. ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1976

NEXT TO THE current crop of wild-eyed wired-op weird-asses coming out of JA these days, Burning Spear sound almost conservative. ...

Mighty Diamonds, U Roy: Mighty Diamonds/U Roy/Delroy Washington: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1976

The Lyceum rockers wore dreadlocks, the Aldwych wouldn't do the Strand; the rude bwoys were on a ballroom blitz; and PENNY REEL reports on a ...

Burning Spear: Man in the Hills (Island ILPS-9412)

Review by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, September 1976

THANKS TO this summer's marketing blitz, virtually the entire spectrum of reggae is now available in America, although not in any depth. ...

The Gladiators: Trenchtown Mix Up

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, October 1976

RED HOT IN BABYLON OR MAUVE IN THE GROVE ...

Aswad, The Cimarons: British Reggae: Prejudiced Vibrations

Comment by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

ON THE SURFACE it looks as though there has been something of a major breakthrough for reggae in Britain. ...

Bunny Wailer: Reincarnated Soul Makes Year's Best Album

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

"WHY DO THEY regard me with awe? I didn't know that peope think of me as superhuman. I've never flown or anything of that type. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh: Reggae: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

'Youth is the first thing that hits you about the musicians...reggae is still a young music, further progress is made every day' ...

Jacob Miller, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Reggae Part 2: Black Punks On 'Erb

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

We've got wars and rumours of war...('Armagedon' by Bunny Wailer) ...

Max Romeo & the Upsetters: War In A Babylon

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1976

I WAS a soft-porn-skankin' rude boy in a mohair suit until I discovered RASTAFARI!!!! ...

Junior Murvin: Steal Away With Success

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, November 1976

JUNIOR MURVIN’S ‘Police And Thieves’, currently bubbling under the chart and selling up to 1,000 copies a day some five months after its release, a ...

Aswad: Hot with the Rods

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

"I think it’s only now people really see it — we suffer here as well." ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Exodus

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

From a purely marketing point of view, this is the one. With Rastaman Vibration’s appearance, there weren’t many music fans on the planet unaware of ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

And I went in there feeling conscientious, like I really wanted to take notes. But believe me when I tell you, nothing seemed less important ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Movement Of Jah People

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1977

ISN'T IT A NICE feeling... isn't it a nice day...isn't it a nice feeling..." Bob Marley croons, strumming on an acoustic guitar. He's glowing, planted ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

THE TENSION in the Rainbow was almost painful, the only relief the appearance of the Wallers. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Jahve, Mon

Comment by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1977

We know where we're going,We know where we're fromWe're from Babylon Bob Marley – 'Exodus' ...

The Abyssinians: The Abysinnians: Forward On To Zion (Klik)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

IN THE SOUNDS Top Ten of ’76 I voted this album (then known as Satta A Massagana) number two. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Birth Of A Legend Vol I (Epic/Calla EPC 82066)****/Birth Of A Legend (Calla 2 CAS-1240)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1977

FIRST OF all, the obvious. Why review two albums with the same name? ...

Burning Spear: Dry And Heavy

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

IT ALL DEPENDS whether you're a sucker for the Burning Spear Sound. It hasn't changed too much through all their Island albums, and certain key ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, September 1977

DRY AND Heavy indeed. The title says it all. This album is pure magic from start to finish and, in my opinion, his best yet, ...

Steel Pulse

Profile by Robin Banks, ZigZag, September 1977

I FIRST SAW Steel Pulse the night Elvis Presley died. I was soaking wet from the pouring rain, couldn't afford a drink, and my equilibrium ...

Jah Punk: New Wave Digs Reggae

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1977

'We're gonna have a punky reggae party...the Wailers will be there, the Slits, the Feelgoods, and the Clash...' – BOB MARLEY SONGS LYRIC ...

Aswad, Black Slate, The Cimarons, Matumbi, Rico Rodriguez, Steel Pulse: Jah Punk: The Black New Wave

Overview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1977

ASWAD: Drummie, drums, vocals: George Oban, bass: Chaka Forde, rhythm guitar, vocals: Donald Guiti, lead guitar, vocals. Courtney Hennings, keyboards, vocals. ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy in the Ozone: Burning Spear at the Rainbow

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1977

IN THAT it (a) got me truly into reggae, and (b) has continued to stand as a symbol of the truth and beauty that all ...

Burning Spear: Error Inc.

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1977

TALK ABOUT being stood up. The first time I met Winston Rodney/Burning Spear he was eight hours late. And this was, mind you, after having ...

Burning Spear: Winston Rodney is Burning Spear

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, December 1977

Is The Man In The Hills, is The Sound Of The Present Age ...

Rockers: Reggae On Film

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1977

LISTEN, going to the movies is cheaper than going to Jamaica. Am I right or am I wrong? As Dillinger used to say before he ...

Burning Spear: Live

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1977

IN WRITING his plays, Bertolt Brecht operated according to a Roamin Rolland maxim: "Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will". Burning Spear's music works ...

Althea & Donna: Althea And Donna: Why It's A Hit Beyond Words...

Report by Robin Katz, Daily Mail, January 1978

See mi in mi heels and thing Them check say we hip and thing True them no know and thing We have them going and thing Nah pop no ...

Dr. Alimantado: Doctor Alimantado Meets His Duppy Uptown

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1978

A DIAGNOSIS OF NEAR-DEATH ...

Black Slate: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1978

HAVE THE Black Slate group been taking their cue from Glitterbest Promotions? ...

Keith Hudson: A Better Brand Of Dub

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1978

YOU MAY recall reading, a couple of years ago, an NME recommendation of Keith Hudson's Pick A Dub LP, on the now sadly defunct Atra ...

Tapper Zukie: Tapper Zuckie: Man Ah Warrior

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, January 1978

AN ALBUM full of dignity, grandeur and pride: Smokey swirls intertwining to form a chord of steel... ...

Althia & Donna: Nah Pop No Style, A Strictly Roots…

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1978

IF YOU don't like talking to strangers, don't walk through Kingston with Donna or Althia. ...

The Equators: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, January 1978

DURING RECENT months we have been witness to increasing media interest in the indigenous UK reggae scene, especially as focussed upon Matumbi, Black Slate, Steel ...

Don Letts: Cramp and Paralize Them and Those Who Worship Babylon

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, February 1978

DON LETTS shares a comfortable flat in Forest Hill with three Rastafarian friends, a ferret named Brian, and various other permanent or transient guests. The ...

Tapper Zukie: Man Ah Warrior

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

FAITH, HOPE AND HIP ...

Dillinger: Central London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1978

ON THIS opening night of his first full-length tour of the UK college circuit, Lester Bullocks better-known as Dillinger maintained an impressive, large and volubly ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: T'ings Could Be Worse

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1978

"Talking to no-one is strange, Talking to someone is stranger." – Kevin Coyne ...

Jacob Miller, Tapper Zukie: Jamaica: Peace Conference In A Western Kingston

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, March 1978

ON JANUARY 10 of this year, Samuel Dreckett — JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) Councillor for the Western Kingston district of Tivoli Gardens — entered the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Kaya (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

Marley runs on the spot ...

Culture: From The Roots

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

"THIS IS cactus. You can wash your hair with it. You pick it," running his finger nail down the cactus bud till a creamy sap ...

Leroy Smart: Ballistic Affair

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, April 1978

The Love Story Of Leroy Smart ...

The Congos: Heart Of The Congos

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

HEARING THE Congos is like recognising your favourite nursery rhyme, the one you'd forgotten. Or had knocked out of you. Like the purest folk songs, ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

REVELATION TIME. Aswad hadn't played any dates to speak of, and the audience were Aswad-starved, raring to rave. ...

Tapper Zukie: Peace Fighter

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

PLENTY PEOPLE don't know the other half of Tapper Zukie. "If they knew the other half of me, they'd see me different. Right now me ...

Steel Pulse: No Jah-Babble In-A Birmingham

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

REGGAE IS HIP. Punks said it was OK way back and how the parasitic shower of hustlers and sycophants who comprise the music biz are ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: One Love Peace Festival

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

SUNDAY AFTERNOON Bob Marley relaxed on his front stoop. Everybody is still discussing the One Love peace show the previous day, on the night of ...

The Gladiators: Proverbial Reggae

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

LEAFING THROUGH an ancient copy of the once-revered American fanzine Shakin' Street last night I finally chanced on the solution to the difficulties – "it's ...

The Gladiators: Soul Originators

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1978

ALBERT GRIFFITHS has interesting hands. The fingers are stubby, square but deft, workman's hands. His manner is straightforward, workmanlike, direct, too. And if you do ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, May 1978

ALL ROADS LEAD to the 100 Club in London's West End every Thursday night, where – "in tune to Silver Camel Sound" – the weekly ...

The Gladiators, Reggae Regular: Rafters, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, May 1978

OF LATE, I and I have been nursing a nagging ambivalence towards reggae. ...

The Cimarons: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, May 1978

FIVE LIVE Cimarons is generally cognate with an agreeable evening's entertainment, such as this duly proved. ...

Junior Murvin, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Tapper Zukie: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars, part 1

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, May 1978

"WELCOME TO REMA," reads the spray-can graffiti down by 7th Street in Trenchtown. "Peace, Love And Unity". Over on the other side of the Calamite ...

Culture, Peter Tosh: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars – The JA Connexion Part 2

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1978

SURROUNDED on three sides by a raw, harshly primal terrain that combines austere Bronte-evoking moorland with a dense near-Northern Californian verdancy, the Jamaican Tourist Board ...

Culture: Africa Stand Alone

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

IF THE word hadn't grown flabby through over-use, I'd say that Culture were strictly roots. ...

Mighty Diamonds: The Mighty Diamonds: There's No Ganja In Nassau

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

DAWN FLUSHED the sky like tomato juice infiltrating a shot of vodka, as a precarious caravan of dreadlocks weaves between stately lines of towering palm ...

Judy Mowatt: Black Woman

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

JUDY MOWATT of Wailers' I Three fame is wearing a blue denim button-through skirt, and her hair is hidden under an elaborately rimmed scarf tied ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, July 1978

BETWEEN I AND I, a writer's relationship with his reader is a balance of equal power: the former dictates terms, but only at the latter's ...

Black Slate: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, July 1978

THE ACCOMPLISHED Black Slate roadshow has reached just about the limit of its capabilities without coursing a drastic change of direction. ...

Culture: Support the New Ministry of Culture

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, July 1978

Better Living Through Roots Reggae! Harder Than The Rest! ...

Gregory Isaacs: Presenting Mr Isaacs

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, August 1978

PRIOR TO the glorious advent of soulful lover Pat Kelly in more recent weeks, lean, laconic crooner Gregory Isaacs was recognised as possibly the most ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Poet And The Roots: Dread Beat An' Blood

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1978

'All oppressionCan do is bringPassion to de heights of eruptionAn' songs of fire we will sing'– 'All Wi Doin' Is Defendin' ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Poet Of The Roots

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

"The one crowded space in Father Perry's house was his bookshelves. I gradually came to understand that the marks on the pages were trapped words. ...

Third World: Journey To Addis

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, September 1978

SINCE THEIR appearance in 1975, Third World have always seemed the most likely candidates to follow Bob Marley through the gates marked Reggae/Pop Crossover. ...

Dr. Alimantado: Dr Alimantado: Best Dressed Chicken In Town

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, October 1978

INTRODUCING THE august surgeon of ital nourishment on a ten track album of selected singles dating from 1973-6. ...

Keith Hudson: A Dread Tale

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, October 1978

ONE NIGHT I AM standing outside the Jamaican pattie shop in Portobello Road partaking of the same when a car pulls up on the street ...

The Abyssinians: Arise

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1978

I LEARNT to love the Abyssinians at the kitchen sink, age 7 or so. As I sang Beatles tunes in three-part harmony doing the washing ...

Steel Pulse: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1978

THE RAINBOW Theatre seemed a poor venue for Steel Pulse's Big London Gig, but reconsidering during this performance, it was probably second choice only to ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: A Lost Leader? Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Babylon By Bus

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, November 1978

THE BEST RECORD Bob Marley ever made was the live single version of ‘No Woman, No Cry’. The reasons for its success were complex, but ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Babylon By Bus

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1978

ALL THE points are easily made. You have your join-the-dots special Christmas present package. Bob Marley and The Wailers skank in and out the Western ...

Third World: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, November 1978

IT IS surely not coincidental that now Island seem to have relegated Bob Marley and company to the status of lampoonery with joke titled albums ...

Dennis Brown

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1978

HE'S BEEN ON the stage for twelve years, eight of those rarely out of the Jamaican charts. He's a major reggae ambassador to Canada, the ...

Peter Tosh: The Bush Doctor's Dilemma

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

GAME-RULES for life: tall people have a natural advantage. Or look at it this way: tall people stand out. They're obvious targets. If you're very ...

Peter Tosh: Tosh in monotone

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

Peter Tosh did three nights in London, and I attended two. Why is it always the night I'm not there that everybody raves about? In ...

Sly & Robbie: The Reggae Heartbeat – Freedom Into Form

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, December 1978

"Mr. Bassie, please sing your song to me." – Horace Andy, Rasta Rabbi in his own words ...

Dennis Brown: Words Of Wisdom (Laser)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 1979

THE WHITE listener who came to reggae through Bob Marley may have been puzzled by the emergence of Dennis Brown, who at first seems to ...

15, 16, 17: Living For The Weekend

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, January 1979

15, 16, 17 are the best-known of British reggae's new crop of female vocal trios. ...

Jimmy Cliff: A Pioneer Returns

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1979

Jimmy Cliff, wholesome and handsome as a ripening ear of corn, radiates on the couch. The night before, he had made a triumphant return to ...

Inner Circle: reggae's final breakthrough?

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, February 1979

Bobby the Em aside, JA roots music has achieved no significant market penetration outside its own country. VIVIEN GOLDMAN suggests that, by 'going disco', the ...

The Gladiators: Naturality (Virgin/Front Line), Presenting The Gladiators (Studio One)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

NOT A great week for the Gladiators, all round. First of all, the lead singer, Albert Griffiths, is shattered to learn over the phone that ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: A Day Out At The Gun Court

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, March 1979

SET IN maybe half an acre of ground, 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6 is a sprawling, wood-fronted, two-storey detached house, its flaking cream paint seeming ...

Culture: The International Dub

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

Like Bob Marley before him, Culture's Joe Hill is spreading Jah-message, international-style. But how long can he keep his roots pristine in the hotels and ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, April 1979

"THEY THINK THEY'RE FIGHTING FASCISM ON BEHALF OF BLACKS, BUT THEY'RE FOOLING THEMSELVES" ...

Sly Dunbar: Sly, Wicked And Slick (Virgin Front Line)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

REGGAE'S ONE of the youngest contemporary musical forms, but it's growing up fast, and in all sorts of directions. ...

Misty In Roots: The Price Of Hate

Report by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

Among the casualties of last week's confrontation between the police and anti-racist demonstrators in Southall was the Peoples Unite Centre, a haven for local musicians, ...

Dennis Brown: Enter A Good Man

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, May 1979

Dennis Brown comes of the race of Joseph; and he means that seriously, 'I am Joseph, here to do the things Joseph has done in ...

Peter Tosh: Mystic Man

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, June 1979

I ALMOST didn't make it through the title-track. Two female trios do the I Threes jobs for Tosh, and here their effect is extra-irritating. They ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley In His Own Backyard

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

AS YOU drive through the white-pillared gates into the grounds of 56 Hope Road, the first thing you notice is that the road doesn't have ...

Aswad: Hulet (Groove)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1979

IT'S EASY TO feel alienated by certain aspects of reggae, not the least of which is the idolatry afforded it by impressionable whites: 'Milky Bar ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Survival (Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, September 1979

SOME PEOPLE mellow as they get older. Bob Marley gets angrier and wiser. Following the relaxed, self-fulfilled Exodus and Kaya, Survival marks a surprising but ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Apollo Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, November 1979

BOB MARLEY had to change his approach. He had a virtual patent in the international arena on the stance of the mad-shaman reggae icon, the ...

Rock's Fiery Jamaican Connection

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

REGGAE MUSIC was widely tabbed as pop's Next Big Thing five years ago. With fiery lyrics of social protest wedded to a catchy dance rhythm, ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Confrontation (Island)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 1980

MOST RECORD COMPANIES waste little time in emptying the vaults when a major artist dies, but Island has refrained from pursuing that course with the ...

Jamaican Sunrise: The Promise, Problems and Ethos of Rasta Reggae

Essay by Carol Cooper, Black American, The, 1980

AS A BAROMETER of social pressure, and an indicator of public opinion, reggae music has no peer in the modern world of multi-media. As an ...

The Bodysnatchers, The Selecter: The Selecter, The Bodysnatchers: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, January 1980

THE LAST thing I heard in 1979 and the first thing I heard in 1980 were rocksteady ska rhythms from two bands connected with what ...

Mikey Dread: Who's The Man Plays Dubwise Selection Without Objection? Mikey Dread, Of Course

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1980

MICHAEL CAMPBELL is a man of many parts. Producer of numerous dub, toasting and vocal sides he has also worked for such luminaries as King ...

Prince Buster: Fabulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, March 1980

1966 BEING 1966, a couple of light and bitters in the Sussex (a good two years underage) was the strongest refreshment to hand. Weed was ...

The Beat, Laurel Aitken: The Old (Rude) Boy Network: The Return Of Laurel Aitken

Profile by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, March 1980

SUNDAY NIGHT at the Lyceum and Laurel Aitken, the 'high priest of reggae' (remember that one, boot boys?) the king of Jamaican blues, whose musical ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Hour Of The Electric Rebel

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, May 1980

Muzik of blood Black reared Pain rooted Heart geared('Bass Culture' by Linton Kwesi Johnson) ...

UB40: Food 4 Thought

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, June 1980

Mike Stand takes his 2HB and a C90 up the M6 to meet UB40 ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: All The Way With LKJ

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Face, The, July 1980

Whenever it rains/I think of you And I always remember that day in May When I saw you walking in the rain I know not what it was nor why For ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley and the Wailers: Uprising (Island)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, July 1980

"But even without the forceful pressures of the slaves, the slave system was collapsing surreptitiously from within..."(The Caribbean: Franklin W Knight: Oxford University Press) ...

Misty In Roots: Live At The Counter-Eurovision ‘79

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, July 1980

IT SEEMS POINTLESS to divorce Misty's music from their well-known context as Southall youth organisers whose People Unite self-help organisation was badly damaged by the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The I Three: The 3 Wise Is

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, August 1980

VIVIEN GOLDMAN checks out the Rastafarian way of feminism with the I Three ...

Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken: Desmond Dekker and Laurel Aitken: Old Rude Boys Never Die

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, September 1980

DESMOND DEKKER and Laurel Aitken are two Jamaican vocalists who, in earlier musical incarnations, helped lay the ground for the eventual acceptance of reggae music ...

The Selecter: Beyond Black And White

Interview by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, September 1980

JERRY DAMMMERS must be reeling. The Specials' gap-toothed leader created a movement when he started the 2-Tone label, figuring that his own band would be ...

The Specials: More Specials (2-Tone)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, September 1980

TO BET or not to bet, that is the question. Whether it be nobler to sit pretty with a winning formula or take a gamble ...

Gregory Isaacs: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1980

TAKE ANY moderate gathering of citizens intent on peaceable pursuit and out comes the Babylon in force. I am growing altogether more and more disgruntled ...

Jimmy Cliff: A Lion Out There

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1980

VETERAN JAMAICAN singer Jimmy Cliff finally achieved international status for his leading role in the seminal reggae film The Harder They Come in the early ...

Black Uhuru: Last Exit to Brooklyn

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, October 1980

Brooklyn is definitely a dread neighbourhood. A neighbourhood of brownstone buildings and trees, Selassie’s Herbal Groceries store and the Cool Runnings Candy Store. ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots Comes Home To Roots

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, October 1980

Toots And The Maytals: Hammersmith Palais, London ...

Burning Spear Debuts At The Roxy

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1980

THE WEST COAST debut of Burning Spear before a packed house at the Roxy Tuesday night may not have matched the excitement of Bob Marley ...

Burning Spear: The Venue, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, January 1981

I CAN REMEMBER literally crying with feeling at only one concert, and that was Burning Spear at the Rainbow in '78. That kind of high ...

Mikey Dread: The Dread Man Tells His Tale

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1981

From radio star to toaster to production
 and recording star, Mikey Dread
 Campbell is still well in control ...

Aswad, Linton Kwesi Johnson: Aswad/Linton Kwesi Johnson/New Regulars: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1981

MONDAY NIGHT in the Palais: forward and upful all the way. Aswad's 'Warrior Charge' as featured in Babylon and Brinsley Forde's performance in the principal ...

The Roots Radics, Scientist: Scientist and The Roots Radics Band: Scientist Meets The Space Invaders (Greensleeves)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, February 1981

SPACE INVADERS STYLEEEE! In every arcade throughout the land, the youth just shake that mechanical hand, they like to see the meteors shatter, they just ...

The Congos: Heart Of The Congos (Go-Feet)

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, February 1981

ONE OF THE seminal reggae albums of the late 70s, Heart Of The Congos has been available in this country on pre-release since early 1978, ...

Burning Spear: The Spear Guide to Higher Stepping

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, February 1981

Burning Spear on tour. In the dressing room at the Birmingham Odeon, certain thick-set members of Spear's Burning Band mutter that they want to kill ...

Sly & Robbie: Reggae Titles: Footlong Skanking

Review by Van Gosse, Village Voice, April 1981

IN RECENT MONTHS Riffsters have written paeans to the gritty nudisco and rapperound 12-inch song-and-dances now heard blasting from the shiny boxes on the street ...

Bunny Wailer: Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, May 1981

THE PRODIGIOUS travesty of our time may be that rock bands rooted in reggae like the Clash or the Specials are more familiar to white ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: A Personal Remembrance

Memoir by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, May 1981

"I don't believe in death – neither in flesh nor in spirit..." ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley's Final Return Home

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, May 1981

King of Reggae laid to rest in Jamaica ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Curse of the Vampires

Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, July 1981

Legendary Jamaican producer Lee "Scratch" Perry raps and rants in New York. Richard Grabel listens to his method and madness. ...

The Congos: Fighting In The Congos

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, New Musical Express, July 1981

ALTHOUGH Black Uhuru's Red will most probably come out top, Heart Of The Congos is definitely one of the finest reggae albums to be released ...

Sly & Robbie: The Reggaedelic Experience

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1981

A.K.A. SLY 'N' ROBBIE, THE ALMOST LEGENDARY DREADLY RHYTHM TEAM BEHIND THE SOUND OF BLACK UHURU, GRACE JONES AND THEIR OWN TAXI LABEL. WORDS CHRIS ...

Black Uhuru: Black Sounds Of Freedom The Wailing Souls: Firehouse Rock Toyan: How the West Was Won

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, August 1981

THE Greensleeves label, tucked under the concrete arm of the motorway at Hammersmith Roundabout, seems to still be carrying the swing – chart-wise too, now ...

Black Uhuru: My Father's Place, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, October 1981

I HAD TO choose between this and the Palladium show (the entire Black Uhuru American Tour) and I figured this was the show to see. ...

Gregory Isaacs: Clean Up Man

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, October 1981

MARK COOPER talks to the 'cool ruler', Gregory Isaacs ...

Aswad, Linx: Linx and Aswad: Shades of Black

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, November 1981

THERE IS A special role in British life for young black pop musicians, involving a task more serious than could ever be demanded of their ...

Aswad: Black Flag: Aswad

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, Summer 1981

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW ...

Gregory Isaacs: Savoy, New York NYC

Live Review by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, January 1982

SMOOTH IS the word for Gregory Isaacs. So smooth, and so suave. The cool king of that gentle, romantic Jamaican reggae called lover's rock. ...

Lone Ranger: Rose Marie (Black Joy)****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, January 1982

THIS BRAND new selection without objection is the first released album in this country from the Lone Ranger since he last bared fangs on the ...

Bunny Wailer: Tribute (Solomonic import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1982

"...and we know we shall win because we are confident of the victory of good over evil." ...

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus: Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Disarmament (Trojan)

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1982

DISARMAMENT IS a surprise – perhaps the first reggae album to openly confront the threat of nuclear warfare with the power of Jah Love while ...

Black Uhuru: Tear It Up (Island)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, February 1982

BLACK UHURU'S tour of English provinces last year took place at a time when the streets were torn with riot, ironically the perfect setting for ...

UB40: "UB40 is just a normal bunch of blokes. But people ask us heavy political questions"

Interview by Lesley White, Sounds, March 1982

LESLEY WHITE is one of them ...

The Viceroys: We Must Unite (Trojan)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

THE CULT phenomenon, as with other realms of popular music, is also almost predominantly featured in the world of reggae. The Viceroys, a mysterious trio ...

Third World: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1982

OBVIOUS I know, but it seemed more than a coincidence that Third World should kick off their opening night in London on the first anniversary ...

Burning Spear: Farover (Radio)***

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, May 1982

TWO YEARS on from his last collection finds Winston Rodney, the African teacher, aka Burning Spear, relating the same universal message of cultural education through ...

Black Uhuru: Chill Out (Island)****1/2

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, June 1982

AFTER THE blistering scorch that came out as Red, things in the Uhuru camp just had to cool off before the next major assault could ...

Dennis Brown: Dennis the Menace

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

DENNIS BROWN talks high finance with MARK COOPER ...

Sly & Robbie: Sly and Robbie: Laying Reggae's Bottom Line

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1982

QUESTION: WHAT do chic chanteuse Grace Jones. English rockers Joe Cocker and Ian Dury and reggae power house. Black Uhuru have in common? ...

Gregory Isaacs: Night Nurse (Island)

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1982

IT'S SINGULAR how Gregory Isaac releases a better number of tunes as good as 'Night Nurse' over the past decade and longer, and as good ...

Dennis Brown: Hornsey Town Hall, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1982

THE PARANOID inside can't help wonder if there is some kind of conspiracy going on... ...

Michael (Mikey) Smith: Michael Smith: Mi Cyaan Believe It (Island)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

Keep on believing ...

Eek-A-Mouse: A Mouse's Tale

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, November 1982

CONTRAST: "Biddy-biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy men. Bong bong, biddy bong-bong, biddy bong-gong, biddy geng, biddah-men ahwooy biddy-men. Ehyaaah!" (Rough translation of intro ...

Musical Youth: Youth Of Today (MCA)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, November 1982

AND SO in the wake of a government that's introduced the repressive British nationality bill, caused Britian to become involved in her first war since ...

Yellowman: Meet The Years Most Unlikely Sex Symbol

Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, December 1982

"I THINK I know what's coming..." ...

Aswad (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1983

Brinsley Forde, Tony "Gad" Robinson and Drummie Zeb discuss the sufferation of Brit reggae acts, Rastafari and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 49' 19" sound quality: ***

AUDIO: Misty In Roots

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1983

Walford 'Puck' Tyson and pickney dem reason with Simon Witter about Africa, Rasta, Soundsystem culture and a whole lot more. ...

Black Uhuru: Pure Mad People Live In This Place

Profile and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, April 1983

WHEN BOB Marley died, there was some loose talk going around about Michael Rose, Black Uhuru's lead singer and songwriter, being groomed to be "the ...

Musical Youth: Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

Profile and Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, June 1983

IT'S A BITTERLY cold and gusty February day that finds me scampering through the remnants of New York's blizzard of '83 on my way to ...

Yellowman: Pickett's Lock, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, July 1983

...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Timothy White: Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley Stephen Davis: Bob Marley

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1983

YES MI FRIEND, mi good friend, them set me free again... ...

Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh: Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

REGGAE RAUCOUSLY RECEIVED AT GREEK ...

Michael (Mikey) Smith: Dub Poet Michael Smith Murdered

Report by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, August 1983

MICHAEL SMITH, Jamaica's foremost dub poet, was murdered last week, stoned to death by thugs suspected of being activists from the ruling Jamaica Labour Party ...

UB40: The Stance Is Dance

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, September 1983

"I'D JUST love somebody to do an interview or review that had naff all to do with politics..." ...

UB40: Fortified Wine

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, September 1983

I WAS STILL trying to figure out what UB40 had done with all the money they'd earned – there just had to be an interesting ...

Dennis Brown: The Prophet Rides High

Interview by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, September 1983

WITH THREE singles constantly bubbling in the reggae charts, and The Prophet Rides Again riding high in the soul charts as well as being the ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1983

A LOT OF polluted water has flowed under the bridge since Bass Culture, Linton Kwesi Johnson's last album of poems, was released to rave critical ...

UB40: 1980-83

Review by John Morthland, Creem, December 1983

UB40, A MULTIRACIAL reggae group whose name derives from the code on British unemployment cards, emerged from Birmingham in 1980, right around the time the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bunny Wailer: Bunny Wailer: The Bright Soul of the Blackheart Man

Interview by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, January 1984

From his boyhood friendship with Bob Marley and the foundation of The Wailers, to a solo career that's produced a wealth of inspired (and under-rated) music, BUNNY WAILER remains ...

Aswad: Conquering Lions Of The Concrete Jungle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1984

IF REGGAE is dying, how curious that my interest in it is just coming to life. Years of comparative indifference (and ignorance) pass and suddenly ...

Barrington Levy: Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, April 1984

DEADLEE! ...

Yellowman: Colour Me Yellow

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, April 1984

"Jamaica jus' an island in the Caribbean, and Jamaica produce a lotta champion, like Bob Marley and I Yellowman." — 'Jamaica Nice' ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Legend

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, May 1984

ONE STRANGE THING. Naturally, we group Bob Marley with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson: black music-makers with the stature of giants. Yet ...

Steel Pulse: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1984

STEEL PULSE'S strong performance before a capacity audience at the Hollywood Palladium Friday night confirmed the veteran British sextet as one of the leading contenders ...

The Skatalites: Return Of The Big Guns (Island White Label)****.5

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

KA-BOOM. KA-BOOM. Ka-boom. This is where it all began and has now returned to, more or less. ...

Alton Ellis: A Reggae Pioneer Who Preceded Marley

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

Artist: Alton Ellis. Personnel: Ellis, vocals, backed by local reggae musicians. ...

Aswad: Local Heroes

Interview by Chris Salewicz, Time Out, July 1984

That Aswad are The Greatest Reggae Band In The World is the principal theme of Island Records' campaign to give the London-born trio the commercial ...

Black Uhuru: International Anthem

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

SO...WHAT is life? A location and time? Hardly. We could be almost anywhere, but... ...

Smiley Culture, Papa Levi, Asher Senator: Smiley Culture, Papa Levi and Asher Senator: Three Baad DJ

Profile and Interview by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, August 1984

A NEW GENERATION OF BLACK BRITISH TOASTERS ARE SETTING THE PACE OF REGGAE RUNNINGS. SMILEY CULTURE, PAPA LEVI AND ASHER SENATOR TALK IN DOUBLE TIME TO PAUL BRADSHAW. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley To Live On Through Reggae Tour: Rita Marley talks about her late husband's legacy and U.S. tour

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

THREE YEARS AFTER Bob Marley succumbed to cancer, his old Wailers band and three backing vocalists — including his widow — are embarking on an ...

Augustus Pablo.: A Shadowy Reggae Legend

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

Personnel: Pablo, keyboards-melodica; Liebert (Gibby) Morrison, lead guitar; Fazal Prendergast, rhythm guitar; Anthony (Asher) Brissett, Errol (Tarzan) Nelson, keyboards; Christopher Meredith, bass; Harry (Harry T) ...

Aswad: Rebel Souls (Island)****

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1984

GETTING A sense of perspective on Aswad is difficult at the best of times, and it's even worse with the release of this elpee because ...

Mutabaruka: Outcry

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1984

SINCE THE DEATH of Bob Marley, the union of message music and popular appeal that he forged for reggae has undergone a widespread breakdown. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Aston Barrett: Rhythm Behind The Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1984

THE BARRETT BROTHERS may be the most influential unsung heroes in pop music. ...

Smiley Culture & Bobby Boom: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1985

THE INTERPRETER of reggae mirth who says he MCs not for treasure but for pleasure inverted frowns to dental crowns, sore feet to blue beat, ...

Eek-A-Mouse: Reggae For The Fun Of It

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

REGGAE ARTISTS usually strive to appear as visionary prophets in concert, but Eek-A-Mouse will bring a more light-hearted approach to the Music Machine on Saturday ...

Barrington Levy: The Mellow Canary

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1985

Here comes Barrington Levy... Penny Reel listens to the sense and sensibility, trials and tribulations of a man on the verge of international stardom. ...

Roland Alphonso: Kingston 12, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1985

THE START of saxophonist Roland Alphonso's second set at the Kingston 12 Friday brought to mind those uncomfortable evenings with aging blues legends where the ...

The Skatalites: Scattered Lights (Alligator)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, February 1985

FOUR YEARS AGO, the Two-Tone ska revival raced through America as another Anglo hip trip, a six-month passing fancy that disappeared in a swirl of ...

Alton Ellis: Skabeana in Soho: Alton Ellis at Gossips, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, April 1985

ROCKING STEADILY to the dogged rhythms of Studio One spiced with ska, the crowd tonight are in appreciative mood to welcome Alton Ellis onstage, where ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee "Scratch" Perry: Reggae's Mad Scientist

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Spin, May 1985

WHEN PEOPLE said to Bob Marley that his friend Lee "Scratch" Perry was mad, Marley would reply, "Him not mad, him just Scratch." ...

Asher Senator, The Cool Notes, Five Star, Pato Banton, Smiley Culture: The Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Asher Senator, Pato Banton, Five Star: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, May 1985

"All Dayers" have been going for years. They're marathon sessions of dancing to reggae and soul records with live appearances from the singers who made ...

Burning Spear: Resistance (Heartbeat)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, June 1985

A FULL DECADE after the landmark Marcus Garvey (Island) album, the voice and vision of Burning Spear (the nom de stage of Jamaican singer/songwriter Winston ...

Slim Smith: Memorial

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, June 1985

"Slim was a builder, soul singer, and a very good entertainer, and I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, Slim had to leave us, leave us ...

Aswad: The Palace, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1985

STEEL PULSE spearheaded the charge of British reggae artists to America, but Aswad served notice at the Palace on Wednesday that it's ready to claim ...

Eek-A-Mouse

Interview by Don Snowden, Spin, August 1985

He's been a musketeer in London and a buccaneer in New Orleans. "People want to see you in costume," explains reggae star Eek-A-Mouse. ...

Joe Higgs Seeks Reggae 'Triumph'

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1985

"IF I WAS A prophet, I wouldn't have left the Wailers, but I didn't know they were going to become this monstrous," Joe Higgs said ...

Steel Pulse

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1985

DAVID HINDS was not in the mood to mince words. The lead singer and chief songwriter of Steel Pulse was furious over the delay in ...

Bunny Wailer Goes To Market

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1986

BUNNY WAILER, who formed the creative nucleus of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh when the group became Jamaica's reigning pop heroes in ...

Judy Mowatt: Mowatt's Winding Path To Success

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1986

JUDY MOWATT'S Working Wonders album has received a Grammy nomination, but that isn't the only reason she'll remember the record. A succession of studio disasters ...

Audrey Hall: Dance Hall Revolution

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1986

"WE'VE HEARD what the men can do, it's time to hear the women. You can't keep us in the background for ever. There are loads ...

Bunny Wailer: Wailers 'Together Again'

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1986

THE UPCOMING Wailers album Together Again isn't just your average reunion record. Besides Bunny Waller, Peter Tosh, Junior Braitwaithe and Constantine Walker, the lineup will ...

The Skatalites: The Fathers Of Ska

Profile by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1986

Personnel: The 11-man lineup will include charter members Johnnie Moore (trumpet), Lester Sterling (alto sax), Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook (tenor sax), Rico Rodriguez (trombone), ...

Ziggy Marley: Marleys' Melodious Messages

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1986

REGGAE FANS may still mourn the death of Bob Marley from cancer five years ago, but the next generation of the Marley clan is already ...

Notting Hill Carnival '86: Everybody Wet Wet Wet

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1986

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO I back up on my first Carnival almost by accident. ...

Sugar Minott: Inna Reggae Dance Hall (Heartbeat)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1986

BOB MARLEY'S international breakthrough spawned a glut of Jamaican journeyman scrambling for the reggae rainbow's seemingly attainable pot of gold but an inevitable byproduct of ...

UB40: Salt Of The Earth

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, December 1986

"My life is like a joke but to me it isn't funny..." ('All I Want To Do') ...

Sly & Robbie: Musclefunk Throwdown

Interview by Simon Witter, i-D, May 1987

i-D meets Sly and Robbie, whose communal, all-star jam sessions have produced Rhythm Killers, the year's most enjoyable, perfectly formed dance album. ...

Peter Tosh, The Wailers: Reggae: Can The Beat Go On?

Comment by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1987

THE DEATH OF Peter Tosh, gunned down Sept 11 at his Kingston, Jamaica, home during an apparent robbery, is only the latest tragedy in the ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The 30 Year Itch

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1987

"I AM the first black Jew you've ever seen," he says. Later he declares, "I am Hitler! I rule the swastika!" ...

Peter Tosh, The Wailers: Peter Tosh: 'Volatile'

Obituary by Lloyd Bradley, Q, November 1987

Bitter, violent, a few bricks short of the load, Peter Tosh was a hard man to love. Lloyd Bradley investigates the gangland connections that resulted ...

Bad Brains: An Interview with HR

Interview by Al Quint, Suburban Voice, Winter 1987

PROBABLY THE MOST unusual interview I've ever encountered in my 4 years of doing this 'zine. In a haze of marijuana smoke, surrounded by several ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1988

SOMETIMES there are concerts that leave your mind so thoroughly evacuated, that the only way to galvanise your diminished sense of being is to work ...

Aswad: Distant Thunder

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, April 1988

DEEP JOY is in my heart that Aswad have had a giant hit single, a corking little pop reggae soul tune of some upliftingness. However, ...

Sly & Robbie: Silent Assassin (Island)

Review by Don Snowden, unpublished, 1989

HMM, HMM, HMM, let's see here...looks like Sly & Robbie & KRS-One are on to something here but I don't think it's what most people ...

Super Cat: Puss In Boops

Interview by Penny Reel, Music Week, January 1989

Penny Reel prowls Miller’s Terrace with Super Cat ...

Burning Spear, Judy Mowatt, Pato Banton: Second Generation Picks Up the Torch From Bob Marley

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1989

Bob Marley Day: Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles ...

Ziggy Marley Livelies Up Himself in the Nick of Time

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

ZIGGY MARLEY did not wait a minute too long to dip into his father's songbook for 'Lively Up Yourself'. ...

Burning Spear Aims to Stay True to Roots Reggae

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1989

THERE IS no more pure exponent of roots reggae than Burning Spear. Reggae has gone through a number of permutations in the 15 years since ...

UB40: Labour Of Love II

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1990

THE SECOND VOLUME of classic reggae songs – the first album, released in 1983, spawned the group's first Number 1 single ('Red Red Wine'), topped ...

Marcia Grifiths, Ziggy Marley: The Resurgence of Reggae

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1990

Pop music: Major labels sign more artists and watch sales rise. The Jamaican style enjoys renewed popularity with a new generation of performers and fans. ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Reggae's Pioneer Poet Has Picked Up His Pen Again

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1990

Music: Linton Kwesi Johnson took a break because he was afraid he'd run out of things to say, but Europe thought otherwise. ...

Various Artists: King Tubby’s Fast Car (Serious Business)

Review by Penny Reel, Black Echoes, May 1990

THE MAN WHO own the Serious Business record label also drives a gleaming scarlet Mercedes-Benz sports car bearing the famous registration number JAH 50N, or ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1990

Confrontational classics from Bob Marley ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Maxi Priest: Lee Perry: From the Secret Laboratory (Mango)/Maxi Priest: Bonafide (Charisma)

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, November 1990

THIS YEAR'S New Music Seminar featured a panel called ‘Reggae in the ‘90s: Does Dancehall Rule?’ Both Jamaican and New York’s regional enthusiasm for dancehall ...

Alton Ellis: Alton and Hortense Ellis: Alton and Hortense Ellis

Review by Penny Reel, Select, January 1991

THE COMMANDING voice of Alton Ellis has been a constant feature in popular Jamaican music for over a quarter of a century and his classic ...

Maxi Priest: Reggae's Maxi Priest Wins Mainstream Favor

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1991

Pop music: The British singer adds an R&B flavor to the Jamaican sound. He and his band play San Diego and Long Beach this weekend. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Talkin' Blues

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, March 1991

IT IS A popular truism that the obsessiveness with which popular culture picks through the bones of its most illustrious dead is the sign of ...

Scritti Politti, Shabba Ranks: Scritti Politti: Do The Gart, Man

Interview by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, March 1991

THE DANCEHALL FOUNDATIONS are shaking and there's outrage in the ragga ranks. A white pop star has plundered their culture with the aid of Lennon ...

Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound System: On-U Sound: Circus Attractions

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, April 1991

This week, the On-U Sound takes its show on the road with 36 acts and five hours of murderous rhythm every night. IAN GITTINS joined ...

Shabba Ranks: As Raw As Ever

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1991

AS THE REIGNING king of Dancehall, Rexton Gordon aka Shabba Ranks is a major Jamaican sex symbol, ambitious enough to crush his rivals at Sunsplash ...

Shabba Ranks: Dancehall Invasion

Report by Richard Gehr, Newsday, August 1992

CURRENTLY MAKING impressive inroads into the American market, dancehall reggae may be the most challenging--and, many would say, irritating--style of popular music since rap, which ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Songs For Freedom

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1992

WHEN LITTLE RICHARD stood up at his piano and hollered 'Tutti Frutti', he sounded like a man who'd just broken out of prison. ...

Apache Indian: Big Bhangra Theory

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 1993

He's been called the voice of Asian youth, the pop Gandhi and a politician but, according to APACHE INDIAN, his music just reflects the sound ...

Snow

Interview by Amy Linden, Creem, April 1993

SNOW, HIS mixer Prince, their manager, their publicist, and myself are seated around a table trying to figure out what it is we have ordered ...

Buju Banton: Young Slack Teenager

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, August 1993

Two years ago, BUJU BANTON caused a furore with his single 'Boom Bye Bye', advocating the killing of homosexuals, a controversy further fuelled when his ...

UB40: Tomorrow People

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1993

After 35 hit singles and 13 big-selling Lps, UB40's secret is out – they're a load of idle layabouts! Their new album is making the ...

Chaka Demus and Pliers: The Rolls Royce of Ragga

Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1994

"ANY QUESTIONS then?" ...

Dub It Up: A Whistlestop Tour Through Reggae's Echo Chambers

Guide by David Toop, Wire, The, May 1994

A is for Alpha & Omega The odd couple of '90s roots and culture. Bassist Christine Woodbridge and melodica puffer John Sprosen conjure cultural spirits ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Wailers: Fussing & Fighting

Report by Larry Jaffee, Billboard, June 1994

Marley Catalog Is A Source Of Strife, Suits ...

Teddy Dan: United States Of Africa (Rootsman)

Review by Penny Reel, Black Echoes, December 1994

IT IS CURIOUS how, having lain dormant in reggae music throughout the length of the Eighties, Rasta ideology should once again be making its presence ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Can't Fight The Youth: Bob Marley's Early Years

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, March 1995

1945. THE PREGNANCY WAS PROBLEM-FREE. On the first Sunday of February, 1945, Cedella Marley went to church as usual. The next day she hoped to ...

Delroy Wilson: Soon Gone...

Obituary by Penny Reel, MOJO, July 1995

In January, Penny Reel witnessed the last British appearance by Delroy Wilson. Here he pays tribute to the reggae ruler famously namechecked by The Clash. ...

Mellow down the Mix

Memoir by Penny Reel, Black Echoes, January 1996

Penny Reel at the pool table meets a man from creation. ...

Mighty Diamonds, The Twinkle Brothers: The Mighty Diamonds/The Twinkle Brothers: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S A RARE THING THESE DAYS THAT Ralston Grant, the guitar-playing half of The Twinkle Brothers, leaves Jamaica, and for the last decade or so ...

Augustus Pablo, Junior Delgardo, Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee Scratch Perry: Arkology, Volumes 1-3; Augustus Pablo and Junior Delgardo CDs

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

Junior Delgado: Dance A Dub (Big Cat); Augustus Pablo: Augustus Pablo Presents DJs From 70s-80s (Big Cat) ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Celebrating Bob Marley at Studio One

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

On the 35th anniversary of Studio One ...

The Skatalites: This Dance Music Is Dangerous To Your Heath: The Skatalites & The Birth Of Ska

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, July 1998

WITH THE passing of time, a tragic event sometimes reveals a comic nuance. One night in 1964, the Skatalites were performing at Club Calypso in ...

Metro & The Birth Of The British Sound System

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, August 1998

"AMPLIFICATION AND records – if you have those 2 items, then you can go somewhere," states the man called Metro. Born with the slightly less ...

Sly & Robbie: Sly ‘n’ Robbie on Drum ‘n’ Bass

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, 1999

Drum ‘n’ bass: it’s the foundation of popular music, the engine which drives rock, pop, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and anything else you care to ...

Johnny Clarke: Busy Doing Nothing: Johnny Clarke, the Reggae Idler

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, March 1999

THE COMPETITIVE MUSICAL CLIMATE was so intense in mid-'70s Kingston, that Jamaica's capital city was given the soubriquet "Third World Nashville". Hundreds of aspiring ...

King Tubby: "This is a journey into sound"

Retrospective by Lloyd Bradley, James Maycock, MOJO, April 1999

Sonic visionary, dancehall supremo and obsessive money-launderer, he played the sliders like Jimi played a Fender. Lloyd Bradley and James Maycock chronicle the crowning glories ...

Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Lee 'Scratch' Perry: A Bluffers Guide To Dub

Guide by John McCready, Jockey Slut, 2000

Note: This piece originally featured in Jockey Slut magazine and was written to serve as an introduction to those who had heard the word Dub ...

Beenie Man: Bennie Man: Art & Life

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Flava floods out of dancehall ubermensch ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Into the Heart of the Ark: An Audience with Lee

Book Excerpt by Chris Salewicz, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

In an excerpt from his book Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica, Chris Salewicz recounts his February 1978 meeting with legendary reggae producer ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley and Dennis Morris: Marley's Ghost

Profile and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

ONE DAY in the troubled winter of 1973, a 16-year-old wannabe photographer named Dennis Morris played truant from school in Hackney, east London, and took ...

Fishy Riddims!

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

From Radio Ethiopia to Dread Zeppelin...20 classics of Cod-Reggae ...

Shaggy

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, February 2001

He's boombastic, totally fantastic, he'll do anything for love but he won't do that. Re-introducing Shaggy, the '90s pop dancehall king whose rude rhymes are ...

Big Youth: Natty Universal Dread; and, Various Aritists: A Jamaican Story

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

IN JAMAICA, the DJ isn't the guy who spins the records (that's the selector), it's the bloke who chats over the music. As misnomers go, ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley And The Wailers: Live!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, June 2001

ALONG WITH the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club and Prince at the Lyceum, these shows played in London by Bob Marley And The Wailers ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley CD Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, November 2001

Catch A Fire*****Burnin'****Natty Dread****Live!****Rastaman Vibration***All Island Roots Of Passage: First instalment of definitive reissue programme ...

Dennis Brown: When Two Systems Clashed at Club Four Aces: A snapshot of London reggae culture in the early '70s

Book Excerpt by Penny Reel, Deep Down With Dennis Brown, February 2002

Penny Reel was the pre-eminent reggae writer of reggae's '70s heyday, contributing regularly to NME, Black Echoes and other publications. His Deep Down With Dennis ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Change Is Gonna Come

Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, August 2002

BY 1966, IT LOOKED LIKE THE WAILING WAILERS WERE FINISHED ON the Jamaican music scene. They had recorded numerous hits, eventually challenging The Maytals as ...

The Skatalites

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 2002

ASK JAMAICA'S PRIME MINISTER ABOUT THE SKATALITES and he'll come over all misty-eyed. Never mind that, at the moment, PJ Patterson is running a country ...

Buju Banton: Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IT'S A SWELTERING Sunday night in London's West End, and inside this venue, a West Indian community meeting is in progress. ...

Beenie Man: Beenie There, Done That

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Guardian, The, September 2002

One of the biggest stars of Jamaican dancehall, Beenie Man's outgrowing the reggae charts and going global. Lulu Le Vay meets him as he gets ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Night Bob Marley Didn't Play the Bouncing Ball

Memoir by Penny Reel, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

IT IS 1973, around the time of the release of Catch A Fire, that Bob Marley And The Wailers are booked to play at Admiral ...

Jimmy Cliff: Hail Reggae's Lost King

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

MANY PEOPLE THINK Bob Marley stole his crown. But it was Jimmy Cliff who gave reggae to the world, when he starred in and wrote ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The RC INTERVIEW: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2004

LET NO ONE tell you otherwise. An hour with reggae maverick Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a wondrous thing. His ‘madness’, however stage-managed, is there, almost ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard – three of them ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Shooting of Bob Marley

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 2004

DECEMBER 3, 1976. A mellow, starry Friday night at 56 Hope Road, Bob Marley's Kingston home. Children playing in the yard - three of them ...

Bob Dylan: Is It Rolling Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan

Review by Michael Gray, Observer Music Monthly, August 2004

THE SUBTITLE CONFESSES that all we have here is a concept album – that despite the liner notes claiming that "Jamaica was into Bob Dylan", ...

Beenie Man: Tatchell v Beenie Man: Arrest This Development

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, September 2004

LET'S HOPE THAT no friends of the Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man have recently reminded him that the only thing worse than being talked about ...

Rico Rodriguez: Rico – Trombone Man: Anthology 1961-71 (TJDDD2222)

Sleevenotes by Mike Atherton, Trojan, 2005

FROM THE Duke Reid Group to the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, from ghetto studios to the stage of Top Of The Pops, from ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Wailers: The Wailers: Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong/Island)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2005

CATCH A FIRE set the world alight but Burnin’ got it blazing. By the time Eric Clapton took the album’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ to ...

Willie Nelson's Countryman (Lost Highway)

Report and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

HEARING WILLIE Nelson’s first reggae album, you’re bound to ask: What took him so long? There’s a rather sympathetic correlation between the Nelson’s rather lazy, ...

Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come: The Definitive Collection

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

The man who paved the way for Marley ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Keep On Moving

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, New Statesman, May 2007

Hailed as the best album of the 20th century, Bob Marley's Exodus is 30 years old next month. Vivien Goldman recalls the sessions that produced ...

Sugar Minott

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, July 2010

Prolific Jamaican musician who was a pioneer of dancehall reggae ...

Adrian Sherwood: The Man Who Built Jamaica In The Midlands

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, February 2011

The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...' ...

Smiley Culture: Mark Paytress Meets Smiley Culture On The Cusp Of Fame, 1984.

Interview by Mark Paytress, Rock's Backpages, March 2011

AS BRITAIN'S first successful MC, whose fast, fluid style had more in common with rap than reggae, Smiley Culture's place in history is assured. He ...

The Album Cover Art Of Studio One Records (Soul Jazz)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, December 2011

WITHOUT STUDIO ONE there would still have been reggae music, but it might well have developed differently. ...

Noel Hawks and Jah Floyd: Reggae Going International 1967-1976 – The Bunny "Striker" Lee Story

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

IN 2002, BUNNY LEE asked seasoned music journalist Noel Hawks when he was going to write up his story in book form. In the best ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: The Lost Prophet

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, Word, The, May 2012

A new documentary presents Bob Marley in the raw, in the round, in close-up and in perspective. CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY recalls their weed-scented encounter in ...

George Faith, Lee 'Scratch' Perry: George Faith: Super Eight (Trojan)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, May 2012

TROJAN RECORDS' resolution for 2012 was obviously to make all fans of creative, forward-looking, barmy producer Lee "Scratch" Perry very happy indeed, and so far ...

The Original Trustafarian: Chris Blackwell

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, Sunday Telegraph, May 2012

IT'S CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, a sickle moon hangs low over the Caribbean Sea in the direction of Cuba, and Grace Jones is making her way ...

Various Artists: Blue Beat 1962

Review by Mike Atherton, Secret Records, December 2012

NUMBER ONE in a field of one, and an increasingly fertile field at that, isn't a bad place to be. That's where the Blue Beat ...

Janet Kay: Lover Boys and Girls: Lovers Rock in the UK

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

GIVEN THE TIDAL wave of superb dance records that flowed out of Jamaica in the 1960s, and the growth of UK sound systems, the island's ...

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