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Greetings music lovers... These are the setlists of my radio show, which can be heard on WHPK, 88.5 FM Chicago. The show is broadcast every other week on Friday afternoons.
The show has developed and gotten more focused over the years. In the early shows,
I really hadn't found my groove yet, and the mixes were more scattered than they have been lately.
As I developed my collection over the years, I started doing more focus shows and began to enjoy that style. At times that leads to playing tracks that have easy catagorization at the expense of some of
the unique finds that are off the beaten track, but the focus shows are a good place to hear a unique take on and good introduction to the artists that are featured.
If you want to hear some of the show highlights, check out the algoriddim podcast.
December 21, 2007
Niney part 1
This show is sort of a continuation of the Niney theme, but this time dealing heavily with the tunes that Niney did with Dennis Brown. Niney first ran into Dennis while working at Joe Gibbs' studio around 1972. The two hit it off and Dennis went on to work exclusively with Niney for two years between 73 and 75. During that time, they created a slew of classics.
This show features many of the top tunes from that union, as well as a few Niney gems not covered on the previous Niney
December 7, 2007
Dennis Brown part 1
Dennis Emmanuel Brown, one of the most classic and well respected artists of reggae music. The thing about Dennis' music is that he started with quality music for Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd and continued to create high quality music for decades. The only artists that might compare with him is Gregory Isaacs.
Dennis was born on Orange Street, one of the musical hubs of Kingston. He first hit big with Coxsone Dodd on a re-recording of the Van Dyke's "No Man is an Island" and he later went on to record an album with Dodd.
As with any prolific and talented singer, Dennis worked with the spectrum of Jamaican Producers... Derrick Harriot, Joe Gibbs, Niney, Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Clive Chin, Herman Chin Loy, and others. This show collects some of those works not recorded with Niney, starting with some of the early but not earliest tunes, then on to some Studio One material, some of his own productions and then on to some of his later
November 9, 2007
Augustus Pablo part 3
After Augustus Pablo got underway with his Rockers label, he went on to produce tracks for a variety of other vocalists as the 70s turned into the 80s. This show features the work he did with such artists as Delroy Williams, Norris Reid, Ricky Grant and the trio Tetrack. There are also appearances by Earl Sixteen, Freddie McKay, Earl Zero and DJs like Jah Bull and Big Youth. There are of course plenty of versions featuring Pablo on melodica along the way...
October 26, 2007
Augustus Pablo part 2
After Augustus Pablo established himself by playing melodica and keyboards on other producers' tracks, he and his brother established the Rockers label, named after the sound system they ran together. Pablo began crafting his own tracks and recording a variety of vocalists alongside his dub and melodica versions on these tunes.
This show gets in to some of this core of the classic work that Pablo created. We start off with his first big splash, Java, which he created with Clive Chin at Randy's studio. We move on to "East of the River Nile" a track originally done with Herman Chin Loy and later recreated for an album of the same name. After this we drop into two massive cuts with Jacob Miller on the vocals, "Baby I Love You So" and "False Rasta." Each riddim gets its time to run so we can hear the various versions including alternative vocal takes from Johnny Clarke on both riddims. The remainder of the show continues this thread of Pablo's mid-seventies productions that have the heavy effect of King Tubby throughout the versions. Wrapping it up we have another example of one of Pablo's re-versioning of Studio One originals with "A House Is Not A Home."
October 12, 2007
Augustus Pablo part 1
Augustus Pablo, aka Horace Swaby was born in 1954 in St. Andrews. In grade school, he hung out with Clive Chin, whose father Vincent Chin was the owner of Randy's studio and record shop. Swaby and his brother Douglas got into the music biz by running a sound called Rockers. Swaby's first musical stab in 1970 was with Leslie Kong's cousin, Herman Chin Loy, who had founded the Aquarius record label and shop a year earlier. The two got the ball rolling buy cutting the track "Iggy Iggy" which can be heard towards the end of this show.
Augustus Pablo was a name used by Herman Chin Loy for the artists featured on several keyboard-focused tunes that he put out, including tunes by Glen Adams. After recording "East of the River Nile" with Adams and Swaby, the name permanently stuck with Swaby.
In this show, we focus on these early journeys of Augustus Pablo as he moves from producer to producer, recording melodica versions on several strong riddims. After his work with Aquarius, Pablo went on to work with Clive Chin at Randy's, recording several top knotch tunes which get a showcase early on in the show. This show also sees him recording with Keith Hudson, Bunny Lee, Joe Gibbs, Derrick Harriot, Jimmy Radway, Enos Mcleod, Alvin Ranglin, and others such as Leonard Chin (uncle of Vincent Chin.)
This is the first of a four part series, so open your ears and see just where Augustus Pablo is trying to take you on this little riddim
September 27, 2007
Slim Smith part 2
These last two parts of this Slim Smith theme feature the many versions of tracks that Slim Smith sang early versions of. Some of these tunes had original versions by Smith, others were based on rhythms he covered of classic American groups like the Impressions. Getting into the last set, we hear the continuation of the riddim run, featuring such tunes as People Get Ready, My Conversation and You Don't Care / Barbwire.
August 31, 2007
Hugh Mundell, a protoge of Augustus Pablo, actually got his start with Joe Gibbs with a single that has yet to be released. Eventually he made his way to Pablo's soundsystem as a DJ. (You can hear some of his DJ work here under the name Jah Levi.) His first album with Pablo, while he was still a teenager, was the ground breaking "Africa Must Be Free by 1983."
After his work with Pablo he went on to record with producers Prince Jammy and Henry "Junjo" Lawes before his tragic death in 1983.
August 17, 2007
Linval Thompson part 3
This third of three shows focuses on the productions of Linval Thomspon featuring other singers and DJs.
August 3, 2007
Linval Thompson part 2
This was my second go at the sounds of Linval Thompson. For this set, I focused on the tracks that Linval sang on that I hadn't touched on my first exploration of his work, which led to more of an emphasis on the tracks he produced and sang on in the late 70s and early 80s.
July 21, 2007
Slim Smith part 1
Slim Smith, aka Keith Smith, was a vocalist with the classic group called the Techniques and later the Uniques. He got his start with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, then went on to work with Duke Reid, and later Bunny Lee as a part of the Uniques with Jimmy Riley and Lloyd Charmers.
Slim Smith died a tragic death in 1973, leaving behind a legacy that has been embraced by countless Jamaican musicians.
July 6, 2007
Sugar Minott, born Lincoln Barrington Minott, was a singer and producer known for his sweet voice. He got his start working as a selector in the dance before singing. His last track with the group African Brothers was with Coxsone Dodd, and this experience paved the way for further work at Studio One.
Sugar's relicks on Studio One riddims was his claim to fame and one of the early seeds of the change into dancehall that came in the 80s. His sound after Studio One progressed with the albums Ghetto-ology and Black Roots. As the 80s got underway, he shifted into more of a lover's rock sound.
June 22, 2007
Duke Reid was another of the pioneering producers of Jamaican music. He got his start early on importing tunes and running a sound system before moving on to producing tunes in the days of jump blues and ska. He owed a shop with his wife and ran a studio upstairs called Treasure Isle.
Duke Reid was part of a critical turn in the sound of the island, the transition from rollicking ska to the sweltering sounds of rocksteady. This show focuses on that sound and features some of the top tunes of the era coming from that little shop on Bond Street.
June 8, 2007
April 27, 2007
April 13, 2007
In the last few shows, I've been stretching out more and focusing on artists that didn't grab my attention right away. Al Campbell was one of those artists. I had a few things from him, but hadn't listened to it too much and I didn't really know his work. For this show, I went through his tunes and put together a selection of the ones that caught my attention.
You'll hear some of his earlier tunes with producer Phil Pratt, as well as a few things with Coxsone Dodd and even his own productions. Campbell seemed to hit his stride in the late 70s and into the early 80s as he warmed up the dancehall scene. We don't leave that era untouched!
March 30, 2007
Johnny Osbourne... He got his start working with the group the Sensations and cutting an album for Winston Riley. He also falls into what seems to be a trend with the artists I feature... early works at Studio One before branching out to works with a bunch of other producers.
One thing that sets Johnny Osbourne apart from most of the artists that I feature on my show is that much of his greatest work comes after the 70s had passed when he started working with producer Junjo Lawes. Along with his vocal versions there are many prime Scientist dubs to accompany his vocals. On this show I even (gasp) play Slent Teng for the first time in the history of my show. Osbourne really made his name in the early 80s dancehall period and voiced a lot of popular riddims. To showcase this, I do a nice run of riddims that Osbourne touched towards the end of the show. So, sit back, turn it up and check out the sounds of one Mr Johnny Osbourne.
March 2, 2007
Errol Dunkley... An often overshadowed singer who crafted a number of unique soulful tunes over the years. He paid his dues making tracks with the usual suspects, including his debut with Prince Buster and his first hit "You're Gonna Need Me" with Joe Gibbs. On this show, this track is mixed with other versions such as the original from Delroy Wilson at Studio One, and his later remake of the tune which was the first hit for the African Museum label (that he started with Gregory Isaacs.) In addition to Errol Dunkley's work with Bunny Lee and Coxsone Dodd, this show features work he did with producer Jimmy Radway such as his 1972 tune "Black Cinderella." (which leads off the show.) Throughout the remainder of the show we cover a variety of his efforts including some of the work he did with Count Shelly and others..
February 16, 2007
Yabby U part 2
Yabby U aka Vivian Jackson. A top notch producer and vocalist with some of the heaviest reggae sounds known to mankind. When I first got my hands on Blood & Fire's "Jesus Dread" compilation of his work, it simply blew my mind.
On these two shows, I go through a range of his vocal tracks and productions. This show covers most of the bases I didn't cover in the first show: a few of the foundation cuts like Jah Vengance, Fire In A Kingston, before a mix of a Linval Thompson vocal and Yabby versions. Throughout the show, I'm basically seeking out connections beyond what I played on the first show.
February 2, 2006
Tappa Zukie part 2
There's two stories about how Tappa Zukie got his nickname. One goes that it was comprised of "Tapper" a nickname is grandmother gave him and "Zukie" from the name of the gang he ran with as a youngster. The other story goes that it came from a charachter in a Western TV show or movie named Zukie that was a bartender, and therefore a "Tapper" because he tapped a keg...
For this show, I concentrate on the tracks I didn't select on the first show I did featuring the work of Tappa Zukie. I of course couldn't resist starting off with one of my favorite tunes, "Natty Dread A Weh She Want" by Horace Andy on Alton Ellis' Hurting Me riddim. We then got into a number of things Tappa Zukie DJed on for Bunny Lee, as well as track Zukie produced.
January 19, 2007
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.
Janaury 8, 2007
Wailing Souls part 2:
So, the two hours of Wailing Souls I played at the radio station just didn't give me enough time to play everything I wanted to play, so this was a special mix I put together in my lab to feature all the tunes I wasn't able to play on air. This mix focused more on the later works of the Wailing Souls, including tunes they did with the Revolutionaries at Channel One and with Junjo and the Roots Radics.
It's a bit of an experiment for me, being that I'm not on air at the radio station, I can have a bit more fun on the mic. Let me know what you think of this mix compared to my other "on air" mixes.
January 5, 2007
Wailing Souls part 1
This show features the sounds of the Wailing Souls, the group that Winston "Pipe" Matthews formed the core of for many years. In the early days, he got his start with a group called the Schoolboys and they did some work for Prince Buster. Later the group became the Renegades, and included Lloyd "Bread" McDonald and George "Buddy" Hayes. They recorded a number of tunes for Studio One. Eventually Buddy Hayes left and Oswald Downer and Norman Davis joined the group and they produced singles for Studio One under such names as the Wailing Souls, The Classics, Pipe & the Pipers, etc.
Eventually, the line up was back to Winston "Pipe" Matthews, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald and future Black Uhuru member Rudolph "Garth" Dennis. This line up recorded around the late 70s and early 80s. During this time period the group recorded for Joseph Hookim at Channel One and later went on to work with Henry Junjo Lawes.
Enjoy the sounds of the Wailing Souls...
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