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Reggae: where to start?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by winterburn69, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    With the recent release of the Sting & Shaggy album which I really enjoyed, I thought I'd like to expand upon my knowledge of reggae. I've never disliked anything sorta-reggae that I've heard, but I haven't heard a lot.

    As for what I already know, I'm quite familiar with '80s UK reggae-influenced music (The Police, Sting, The English Beat, The Clash & UB40)

    Also familiar with rock bands that have done reggae-sounding songs (D'yer Mak'er, Cherry Oh Baby, Digital Man, Vital Signs, Time Machine album version of Working Man, The Tide is High, etc.)

    Recently heard the original version of Pressure Drop. I've been listening to the one by Robert Palmer for years, had no idea it was a cover since it's also the name of the album.
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  2. portpc


    May 31, 2011
    If you do a search on Sly & Robbie you will discover perhaps the most prolific Reggae rhythm section ever.
    Their discography would certainly give you an excellent starting point.
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  3. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    Here's some of the stuff I like.

  4. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Reggae evolved from the Ska and Rocksteady genres originating in Jamaica in the 1960's.
    Wikipedia has basic historical info on all those styles and a fairly good listing of artists from all three genres.
    Reggae got its popularity boost to a wider audience when several Raggae artists (most notably Bob Marley) went to England to record. This coincided with the Punk and nascent New Wave scene exploding there at the time and those artists began to incorporate Ska and Raggae elements into their music, further increasing its popularity in mainstream Rock audiences.
    There's a lot of history there, go check it out.
  5. kartiste


    May 5, 2008
    The British Invasion of the U.S. commercial music market began with The Beatles. The Reggae equivalent started with Bob Marley & The Wailers. I'd start there.
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  6. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Here are some of the big boys that will keep you busy for a while, and give you some great music to listen to:Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff. Toots & the Maytals
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  7. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    New York
    LOVE this version of this song!!!
  8. Skeezix


    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
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  9. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff.
    Reggae was supposed to be angry and political, and Bob Marley kinda sanitized it, and popped it up, but it is still ESSENTIAL listening.
    Start with the Wailers 'Is this love ' bass line, and go from there.
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  10. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Lee Perry's Arkology collection is a great Reggae music Bible.
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I disagree, I don't think Marley sanitized it at all.
  12. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Agreed. He perfected it.
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  13. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    - Lee "scratch" Perry
    - King Tubby
    - Augustus Pablo
    - Peter Tosh
    - Jimmy Cliff
    - Toots and the Maytalls
    - Bob Marley
    - Sly and Robbie
  14. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    For some stuff on the fringes of reggae and into the realm of dub look up Bill Laswell
  15. the federalist

    the federalist I think about basses a lot. Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2014
    So many, many great reggae artists other than the ones already listed. No disrespect to them, but it's true.

    • Dennis Brown #1: Try Satta Massaganna and go from there
    • Gregory Isaacs: Ba Da and about a million others
    • Sugar Minott: Four Wheel Wheelie is a doozie
    • Horace Andy: Man Next Door (I like the Massive Attack version quite a bit.)
    • Super Chick: Roach Killer (funny)
    • White Mice: True Love (a gem)
    • Beres Hammond: too many great hits to list on a page

    This just scratches the surface.
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  16. Ekulati

    Ekulati Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    Yup, if you're just starting with reggae, these are all you need. Keep you busy for a good long time. If you feel the need for historical context, then yes check out early 60s ska and rock steady, but not necessary if you just wanna play reggae.
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  17. Jscriv


    Feb 3, 2017
    There's some really awesome current bands that have really evolved from reggae. Try deals gone bad. Also try the slackers. Give the specials a listen. Also the selector. Again these really aren't so much reggae as they are giant mixtures of reggae/ska/rocksteady
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  18. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    this guy is great....got me into playing Lively up Yourself....I love playing it now ....fun to try his "poses"....you just want to hang out with this guy

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  19. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    fun fun fun to play.....repetitive but really gets you into the groove

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  20. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    In my opinion the beginning is Desmond Dekker. He kind of morphed from ska to reggae in the 60s
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