Monday, 16 May 2016

20 Reggae Classics

Various Artists - 20 Reggae Classics
TROJAN Records CD TRL 222

01 - Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe
02 - Sweet Sensation - The Melodians
03 - Love Of The Common People - Nicky Thomas
04 - Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers
05 - Pressure Drop - The Maytals
06 - Liquidator - Harry J. All Stars
07 - Skinhead Moonstomp - Simaryp
08 - Longshot Kick De Bucket - The Pioneers
09 - Please Don't Make Me Cry - Winston Groovy
10 - Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff
11 - 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker And The Aces
12 - Rudy A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
13 - Version Girl - Boy Friday
14 - Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
15 - Fattie Fattie - Clancy Eccles
16 - Keep On Moving - Bob Marley And The Wailers
17 - Time Hard - The Pioneers
18 - Monkey Man - The Maytals
19 - Rivers Of Babylon - The Melodians
20 - Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians

This was the very first ska/rocksteady/reggae album I ever bought and as an introduction you couldn't wish for a better one. It certainly lead to me gaining a fair sized collection over the almost thirty years since I bought it! The album contains exactly what it says it does, 20 Reggae Classics from the 60's and early 70's. Some of them are outright classics in their own right such as 'Liquidator', '007 (Shanty Town)' and the superb 'Many Rivers To Cross', others are perhaps better known by their cover versions. 'Rudy A Message To You', 'Monkey Man', 'Red Red Wine', 'Cherry Oh Baby' and 'Love Of The Common People' were all successfully covered in the early eighties which lead to this album being released and a new generation discovering this fantastic music.

Here's Harry J., Dandy Livingstone, The Maytals and Jimmy Cliff, now go start your own collection.....


  1. Hi Stitch, I'm visiting from Chris' blog which I follow. I'm really to read about your condition. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you being unable to enjoy your music without pain.

    I don't listen to lots of music as I spend most of my time crafting and like to do it quietly but as a child of the sixties enjoy music from that era, probably because it evokes happy memories.

    Wishing you lots of blog fun. Barb

    1. Thank you, I hope there's some music here that will fill your non-crafting time

  2. I didn't know that several of UB40s tracks, so have learnt something coming here. Thanks!


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