Jamaican Holiday Extended


Sometimes it takes two.

The “Scratch” side.

Because it’s hot as hell and one “Jamaican Holiday” isn’t enough.

Volume 2

Jamaican Holiday


Everything you need on one album

“Police and Thieves”, and “War Ina Babylon” were my initial points of entry. Still amazing me after nearly four decades.

This side is a Dub sandwich.

The inspirational side

Dr Alimantado’s “I Killed The Barber” is an unhinged masterpiece

The weather’s hot so I’m feeling Reggae. A lot of you probably just thought “Ugh! I HATE that Shit!”, and I can understand why. This compilation was made for you.
When I use the word, I’m thinking of the music I love, most of which was recorded in the 1970’s. Ever since, what passes for music coming out of Jamaica is something else. Even contemporary Reggae trying to sound “vintage” has none of the charm of that original decade.

The ’70’s were an exciting time in Jamaica, the island having attained full independence in 1962, there was a lot of optimism and hope mixed with some harsh reality. About two dozen musicians played on 90% of the records. There were about three rhythm sections and a handful of independent studios full of aspiring singers. Bob Marley among them. Not to mention some truly unique individuals, such as Lee “Scratch” Perry running the boards and making waves still felt today. Origins of DJ culture start here with artists like U-Roy, a local sound system DJ who began “toasting” over dub plates.
Side Two of is The Dub Sandwich.

Jamaican Holiday is the ultimate single cd collection. It has everything from sweet soul music to the deepest, darkest dub.
Give into the heat, move slowly, crack open a cold beverage (warm Red Stripe is terrible), and enjoy your Jamaican Holiday, wherever you are.
The doctor (Dr Alimantado) also recommends a nice big spliff to seal the deal.

This is soul music of the highest order.

Since all of these songs were originally released as vinyl records, and not a few of them ripped from vinyl by yours truly, this too begins with the “Needle Drop”.

Note: After going to the printer’s two errors were found:
On Side 3 L. Perry should be credited as producer of “To Be A Lover”.
On side 4 Sugar Minott’s name is misspelled.

Art included.

Jamaican Holiday

Reggae Revolution


Pass that right over when you're done. K?

Pass that right over when you're done. K?

It’s amazing that so much great music came out of such a fucked up little island. For much of the ’70’s it was an epicenter of revolutionary soul. I’ve always thought the music covered a lot of ground.  It’s angry and political, yet sweet; it’s rockin’ dance music, but relaxing; it has religious overtones, yet is secular humanist; It’s fun and serious.  I’m hooked.

I hate what passes for music coming out of Jamaica these days, not that I’ve heard much of it,  what little Dancehall I’ve been exposed to left me cold. Reggaeton? I don’t even care if I spelled it right. It’s monotonous and ugly music.

I’m not sure what happened, but I suspect it had to do with cocaine replacing weed as the drug of choice, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the CIA had something to do with it. Their adventures in Nicaragua and other regions have been well documented. I’m not into delving too deep into conspiracy theory as it is a road to madness.

I will admit to being a total sucker for the music of the ’70’s. I was, of course, turned on by Bob Marley when a roomate played “Rastaman Vibration” (1976) over and over, but it goes deeper than that. “Israelites”, Desmond Dekker’s 1969 US hit got a lot of airplay, and I was listening. I didn’t have the slightest idea he was Jamaican, black, or what the song was even about, but I liked it. “I Can See Clearly Now” (1972) by Johnny Nash is still a favorite of mine. I remember seeing him on the Mike Douglas Show talking about the great scene in Jamaica. I’m pretty sure the Wailers were his backing band on that lp (the credits are minimal, but half the songs were written or co-written with Bob Marley).

Best album cover in town

Best album cover in town

Johnny must not have spent too much time in Trenchtown, which by all accounts is a very dangerous place. I thought about making this post a tribute to murdered reggae stars. King Tubby, Jah Lion, and Jacob Miller are all unsolved homicides.  My affection for this music runs so deep, the whole blog could easily turn into a Reggae site.

Great album.  "Dreamland" features Bob and Peter.  The original Wailers.

Great album. "Dreamland" features Bob and Peter. The original Wailers.

I’m still surprised that after actively collecting the music for over 30 years and 40 years since first hearing “Israelites”, I still find great songs I’ve never heard.  What I’ve collected here are some of the songs I can’t live without and you shouldn’t either.
Some are old favorites, and some more recent discoveries.  Some were hits, and some remain obscure.  Regardless, it’s barely scratching the surface of this vital, important, and rockin’ music.

Desmond Dekker
Double Barrel
Dave and Ansel Collins
Sugar Sugar
Big Youth
People Get Ready
Errol Bailey
I Man Bitter
Country Living
The Eagles
I Killed The Barber
Dr. Alimantado
Dreadlocks Dread
Bunny Wailer