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January 19, 2007: Royals


The Royals... The foundation of The Royals was a man named Roy Cousins. He was in the group with Errol Wilson, Keith Smith and Berthram Johnson. They had their first sessions recording in 1967 with Studio One's Coxsone Dodd. As The Tempests, they laid down a track titled "Pick Up the Pieces." Dodd sat on the tune and didn't release it.

After working with Dodd, the Royals went on to work with producers like Joe Gibbs, Byron Smith and Lloyd Daley. Eventually Roy Cousins stepped up and began producing most of the tracks put out by the Royals with money he earned working in the Post Office. In 1973, Roy Cousins produced a rerecording of "Pick Up the Pieces" and it hit. This allowed Cousins to leave his job at the Post Office and focus on producing full time.

Other than the Royals, Cousins went on to produce a number of other artists such as The Gaylads, Cornell Campbell, Don Carlos, Earl Sixteen and DJs like Prince Far I, Charlie Chaplin, Jah Stitch, and others. In the future, I'll do another show featuring some of these other productions put together, but for now, I want to expose you to the magical work of the group called The Royals. I bookend this show with the original and retake of the track "Pick Up the Pieces" In the beginning, I run the original take of the riddim done for Coxsone Dodd. Then I get into a track or two of their cuts done for producers Duke Reid and Lloyd Daley. After that, its into the work produced by Roy Cousins. To conclude the show, I get into the retake of "Pick Up the Pieces" that hit big and finish with a few quick retakes of the riddim.

This show is based heavily on two albums put out by the label Pressure Sounds, so if you enjoy this show, please support these reissues.


SongArtistAlbumRiddimProducer
1Intro(none)
2Pick Up The PiecesRoyalsStudio One Archives Vol. 01Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
3Pick Up The Pieces VersionSound DimensionStudio One Archives Vol. 01Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
4Quarter Pound IshenLone RangerOn The Other Side Of DubPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
5Collie RockLone RangerOn The Other Side Of DubPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
6I Want To Be ThereSilvertonesStudio One Archives Vol. 26Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
7I Want To Be There VersionSound DimensionStudio One Archives Vol. 26Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
8Inner PeacePablove BlackMr Music OriginallyPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
9White Belly RatLen Allen JuniorStudio One Archives Vol. 24Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
10Reggae Is The KeyEarl SixteenEarl Sixteen ShowcasePick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
11Down Pressor ManJah HughStudio One Discomixes Vol. 10Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
12Down Pressor Man VersionSound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 10Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
13Reggae Is The Key DubEarl SixteenEarl Sixteen ShowcasePick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
14White Belly Rat VersionSound DimensionStudio One Archives Vol. 24Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsCoxsone Dodd
15We Are In The MoodRoyalsDuke Reid's Treasure ChestWe Are In The Mood: RoyalsDuke Reid
16A Hundred Pounds Of ClayRoyalsTrojan Revive Box Set
17MalnutritionRoyalsMoving OnMalnutrition: RoyalsRoy Cousins
18Manna From The SkyRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsMalnutrition: Royals
19If You Want GoodNaggo Morris & The RoyalsPick Up The PiecesIf You Want Good: RoyalsRoy Cousins
20Nose HoleRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsIf You Want Good: Royals
21Negusa NagastKnowledge & Prince Far IDubbing With The RoyalsIf You Want Good: RoyalsRoy Cousins
22Dub SchoolProfessorNexus DubIf You Want Good: RoyalsRoy Cousins
23Blacker BlackRoyalsPick Up The PiecesBlacker Black: RoyalsRoy Cousins
24Make BelieveRoyalsWambesi All StarsMake Believe: RoyalsRoy Cousins
25Jammy's DubRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsMake Believe: Royals
26JanhoiPrince Far IMegabit 25, 1922 - DubMake Believe: RoyalsRoy Cousins
27If I Were YouRoyalsTrojan Rastafari Box SetIf I Were You: RoyalsRoy Cousins
28Promised LandRoyalsOriginal YardiePromised Land: RoyalsRoy Cousins
29Land Of Milk & HoneyRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsPromised Land: Royals
30Genuine WayRoyalsPick Up The PiecesGenuine Way: RoyalsRoy Cousins
31Old Time Dub (2nd Session, 1968)Errol ThompsonNexus DubGenuine Way: RoyalsRoy Cousins
32Peace And LoveRoyalsTrojan Rastafari Box SetPeace And Love: RoyalsRoy Cousins
33Peace And Love DubRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsPeace And Love: Royals
34Only Jah KnowsRoyalsPick Up The PiecesOnly Jah Knows: RoyalsRoy Cousins
35WigwamRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsOnly Jah Knows: Royals
36Israel Be WiseBarry LLewellyn & The RoyalsIsrael Be WiseRoy Cousins
37Only For A TimeRoyalsPick Up The PiecesOnly For A Time: RoyalsRoy Cousins
38TirangRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsOnly For A Time: Royals
39Genuine WayLloyd Scunna RuddockOriginal YardieOnly For A Time: RoyalsRoy Cousins
40Ghetto ManRoyalsPick Up The PiecesGhetto Man: RoyalsRoy Cousins
41Ghetto Dub (First Session, 1967)King TubbyNexus DubGhetto Man: RoyalsRoy Cousins
42Heart In PainRoyalsPick Up The PiecesGhetto Man: RoyalsRoy Cousins
43Sugar CandyI RoyBushyard TelegraphGhetto Man: RoyalsRoy Cousins
44Free Speech And MovementRoyalsTrojan Rastafari Box SetFree Speech and Movement: Royals
45Dedicated To Lucky And PugKing TubbyBalmagie Jam RockFree Speech and Movement: RoyalsRoy Cousins
46InformerCornell CampbellCornell Campbell Meets the GayladsFree Speech and Movement: Royals
47InformerSly & RobbieDub Explosion - 22 Roots ClassFree Speech and Movement: Royals
48Sufferer Of The GhettoRoyalsPick Up The PiecesSufferer Of The Ghetto: RoyalsRoy Cousins
49Sufferers Choice Dub (Third Session, 1967)King TubbyNexus DubSufferer Of The Ghetto: RoyalsRoy Cousins
50Roots Rock ReggaeBaba DreadBushyard TelegraphSufferer Of The Ghetto: RoyalsRoy Cousins
51Down Comes The RainRoyalsPick Up The PiecesDown Comes The Rain: RoyalsRoy Cousins
52Leave Out Of BabylonRoyalsPick Up The PiecesLeave Out Of Babylon: RoyalsRoy Cousins
53When You Are Wrong (Version 1)RoyalsPick Up The PiecesWhen You Are Wrong: RoyalsRoy Cousins
54Dub The WrongRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsWhen You Are Wrong: Royals
55Pick Up The PiecesRoyalsPick Up The PiecesPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsRoy Cousins
56Dub Pieces (First Session, 1967)King TubbyNexus DubPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsRoy Cousins
57Fashion MonkeyI RoyOriginal YardiePick Up The Pieces: RoyalsRoy Cousins
58Monkey Fashion (Version)I RoySounds & Pressure Vol. 5Pick Up The Pieces: Royals
59Pride Of A Black ManGladstone AndersonDubbing With The RoyalsPick Up The Pieces: Royals
60CleanlinessKing MiguelArc Angel's Reggae Revive Vol 07Pick Up The Pieces: Royals
61The Roots Prophet & The MixKing TubbyBalmagie Jam RockPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsRoy Cousins
62LlongoRoyalsDubbing With The RoyalsPick Up The Pieces: Royals
63Cleanliness VersionKing MiguelArc Angel's Reggae Revive Vol 07Pick Up The Pieces: Royals
64Whip Them Jah JahDennis BrownMoney In My Pocket [Anthology]Pick Up The Pieces: RoyalsDennis Brown & Niney & Castro Brown
65Whip Them In DubRevolutionariesEarthquake DubPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsOssie Hibbert
66Careless EthiopianSugar MinottBlack Roots DiscomixesPick Up The Pieces: Royals
67African Daughter DubScientistDub In The Roots TraditionPick Up The Pieces: RoyalsHopeton Overton Brown