I was way overdue to throw down a reggae mix tape. The music of Jamaica has been on deck a lot this year with the 10 year celebration of my (not reggae-themed) gallery + the downbeat trot of the bass is perfect for bouncing my baby boy to rest + reggae’s themes of struggle and sufferation are very timely these days (despite the patriarchal bias). Mostly though, I’d been promising a new mix for 10 years to my old friend, Tony Amato, proprietor of my favorite waterfront hippie-shack/ rum drink destination/ home-away-from-home-away-from-home, The Red Dock, where I had a long standing Wednesday night DJ gig.
So just in time for summer BBQs and booming in ya jeep– my fourth roots rock reggae mix, Roots Legend. Forgive the rough-hewn blends (I hadn’t owned 2 working turntables and a mixer in many, many years until last week). I promise you though, the selection is FIRE.
Bob Marley- Could You Be Loved?
Barrington Levy/ Gyptian- Day Vampire
Al Campbell- Turn Me Loose
Michael Prophet- Gunman
Johnny Clarke- Rebel Soldiering
Michigan & Smiley- Eye of Danger
The Hurricanes- You Can Run
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus- Booma Yeah
Carlton Jackson- History
Tristan Palmer- Spliff Tail
Super Chick- Roach Killer
Clint Eastwood & General Saint- I Can’t Take Another World War
Peter Tosh- Must Get A Beating
Conquering Lion- Carnal Man
The Melodians- Rivers of Babylon
Astley Bennett- Leggo the Wrong
The Royals- Pick Up the Pieces
Horace Andy- Tribute to Bob Marley