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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.


October 24, 2008

Heptones part 2
One of the interesting things about the Heptones is how their body of work allows you to see the effect of various producers on a single group. The fact that they created so many excellent songs is a testament to their abilities, despite the changing producers and musicians.

For part two of this Heptones series, we start off with the crucial Rupie Edwards produced track "Love Without Feeling" followed up by the Studio One track "Why Did You Leave" and some alternative versions by Keith Hudson. After this, we get into a track on the General / Love Me Girl riddim with a run of tunes coming out of the Joe Gibbs camp that lead into another Gibbs' tune "Be The One". Lee Perry gets his shine next with some of the tunes they did together including "Mr. President", "Make Up Your Mind", "Why Must I", "serious Time" and "Mystery Babylon". Following this we get into a few more Studio One tunes like "Give Give Love", "Purple Lights" and "You've Turned Away". After this, we break into one of the biggest Heptones tracks, "My Guiding Star" with versions produced by Coxsone Dodd, Clive Chin, and Bunny Lee. For the rest of the show, we run some riddims like "I've Got The Handle", "I've Got A Feeling", th e classic "Fattie Fattie" and the Dylan tune "I Shall Be Released" wrapping up with "Pure Sorrow."

October 10, 2008

Heptones part 1
The Heptones were one of the iconic Jamaican vocal trios of the 60s and 70s comprised of Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn. Starting off as the Hep Ones, they recorded a single for Ken Lack that didn't make much noise. Changing their name to the Heptones, they moved to Coxsone Dodd's Studio One and began a productive period that saw them recording many classic tunes. Leroy Sibbles was one of the cornerstones of Brentford Road, arranging and playing bass on many other Studio One classics. After Studio One they moved on to record with Joe Gibbs, Harry J and Rupie Edwards. Leroy Sibbles left for Canada in 1973 and the group was on hiatus until his return in 1976 when they hooked up again with Harry J. The next year saw them connecting with Lee Perry and releasing some more tracks during Scratch's prime period as a producer. Sibbles left to go solo after this and did some work with Augustus Pablo, and Sibbles was replaced by Naggo Morris who led the group through their last years of popularity.

For part one of this two part series, I start off with two of the Heptones' classic Studio One tracks, "Pretty Looks Isn't All" and "Sweet Talking" before moving into "Party Time" which they recorded for Coxsone Dodd, Phil Pratt and Lee Perry at different stages. This run of tunes allows you to hear the variations on the same theme, in different eras and with different backing bands. After this we move in to a Ken Lack produced track called "I Am Lonely" that was redone during their time with Lee Perry as "Crying Over You". Next up is a crucial track "Heptones Gonna Fight" that was done at Studio One and later recorded by Michael Prophet for producer Yabby U. Next we get into one on my favorite the set is "Black Man's Memory" produced by Niney.

August 15, 2008

Bob Andy
Bob Andy was born as Keith Anderson in 1944. He got his start in the music business as a founding member of the Paragons. Also in the group was John Holt, and after a fall out, John Holt went on to Treasure Isle and Bob Andy stuck with Studio One. B ob Andy primarily made his name as a songwriter, but also recorded at Studio One. In 1969, he headed to Federal for a period and also recorded with Rupie Edwards while making occasional trips back to record with Coxsone Dodd. Subsequently, he hooked up with Harry J, who had him record the Nina Simone remake "Young Gifted and Black" with Marcia Griffiths and Norris Weir. This led to further work with Marica Griffiths and producer Harry J. In 1974, Marcia moved on to join the I-Threes who backed Bob Marley and the Wailers and Bob Andy went back to being a solo artist. After a break from the music industry, he hooked up with Sonia Pottinger for the album "Lots of Love and I".

For this show, I start out with one of the most crucial Bob Andy created tunes, "Unchained" with the original Studio One version, the remake from Channel One, and other takes from Winston McAnuff and Don Carlos with producer Niney. Then on to another tune from the Brentford Road days, "My Time" and its Niney produced remake with Dennis Brown and Big Youth on vocals, followed by the Augustus Clarke take on the tune. After that, my favorite Bob Andy & Sonia Pottinger collaboration "The Ghetto Stays On The Mind". Following this, more Dodd produced material, "Always Together" with Marcia Griffiths, "Desperate Lover", "Going Home" with its Gussie produced remakes, "Feeling Soul", " I've Got To Go Back Home" and "Too Experienced". After this run, we get into cuts, including the Stud io One answer from the Heptones, a Prince Buster version and a Lee Perry remake.

August 1, 2008

Don Carlos
Don Carlos made his name as one of the founding members of Black Uhuru, alongside Garth Dennis and Duckie Simpson. He later went solo and made a name for himself, often times singing with a singer named Gold. This show features his solo tunes in the typical extended mix algoriddim style...

July 18, 2008

Prince Far I part 3
Round three for Prince Far I starts off with a take on the Stalag riddim, and rolls into a mix of tunes not covered on other shows. The tail end of the session features a run of tunes with Prince Far I in combination with producer Roy Cousins and the Roots Radics band. Topping it off, a nice set on Righteous Flames' "No Time To Waste."

July 4, 2008

Prince Far I part 2
This second episode from Prince far I runs through some of the top tunes from the gravel voiced toaster. I start off with one of my favorite dubs versions from Prince Far I, evoking the flute at dawn in the Final Chapter. Then into a few tracks on the topic of boxing, followed by some material for Joe Gibbs. In this show I also uncover a number of vocal tunes that Far I toasted on.

June 6, 2008

Burning Spear part 1
Burning Spear started off at Studio One as a duo featuring Winston Rodney with Rupert Willington doing harmonies. After their first tune "Door Peep" dropped, they were joined by Delroy Hinds, the brother of Justin Hinds. This trio went on to record with Coxsone until 1975 when they teamed up with Jack Ruby for the most definitive work from the producer. The trio broke up in 1976 and Rodney continued on his own.

This show captures the fire that was burning during this time, with the anthemic tunes that went on to become roots classics. Rodney was the chanting cleric among reggae's princes, priests and warriors. In this mix, you'll hear some special remixes of some of his tunes, especially dub versions, with the American mix of a dub in one channel and the Jamaican mix of the dub in the other. There's also a nice run of his tunes focusing on the prophet, Marcus Garvey.


April 25, 2008

Roy Shirley
Roy Shirley got his start in the music industry recording for Simeon Smith, but the single was never released. He ended up moving on to Leslie Kong and scored a hit with his tune "Oh Shirley". After this he linked up with Ken Boothe, Joe White and Chuck Jospehs to for The Leaders, but the group didn't last and he went on to be a founding member of the Uniques, along with Slim Smith and Franklyn White. After his time with the Uniques, he went solo in 1966 and recorded "Hold Them" for Joe Gibbs, what is thought of by many to be the first rocksteady tune. He first attempted to record the tune with Ken Boothe and Slim Smith, but they struggled to deal with the new rhythm, so he did it himself. After a few more singles for Gibbs, he moved o n to Bunny Lee and later produced for himself in 1968. Over the years, Shirley also recorded for Harry Mudie, Winston Sinclair, Alvin Ranglin, Phil Pratt, Jackie Brown, Buster Riley, Lindon Pottinger, Karl Johnson, Ken Lack, George Hargraves, Count Shelly, Errol Dunkley, Lloyd Charmers, Roy Sinclair, Lloyde Clarke, VB Williams and others.

For this show, I start things off with a mix of tunes on Gregory Isaacs' "Thief A Man" riddim, that Roy Shirley just does one cut on, but its enough of an excuse to play this nice run. After that, I don't run to many riddims, as I didn't find many to run, but we take a nice journey through the sounds of Roy Shirley, primarily running through the things that he did with Bunny Lee or self produced.

April 11, 2008


March 28, 2008

The Ethiopians were comprised of Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris. Leonard Dillon was really the core of the group and later was known as "The Ethiopian". He got into music when Peter Tosh took him to Second Street in Trenchtown to meet Bob and Bunny, who eventually took him to Studio One in 1964 where he started recording as Jack Sparrow. After that he met Taylor and Morris and they recorded three songs at Studio One before Aston left the group. Around this time he was rehearsing at The Ethiopian Reorganization Centre in Trenchtown and renamed the group The Ethiopians. After some more tunes for Coxsone, they recorded with Prince Buster, Duke Reid and Lloyd Daley before settling in with Karl "Sir JJ" Johnson when Melvin "Mello" Reid joined the group. Around this time Stephen was killed and the group came to a halt until 1978 when Dillon linked up with Niney and a niyabinghi band to record "Slave Call" which was released on Count Shelly's Third World label. Following that, Coxsone Dodd released an album called "Everything Crash" in 1982 that collected a number of earlier tracks and current vocals. After all this, he connected with Nighthawk records in the states and did the "Dread Prophesy" album with the Gladiators?

For this show, I start things off with one of the Ethiopians' biggest tunes, "Train to Skaville" and the variations on that theme. Then we get into the Sir JJ produced "The Selah" and "Drop Him" with Coxsone's "I Am Going To Take Over" in between. Up next is the Duke Reid produced "Mother's Tender Care" followed by "No Baptism" with takes for Coxsone and Derrick Harriot. After that there's a run of Coxsone produced tracks and some things from producers Le e Perry and Rupie Edwards.

March 14, 2008

Joe Gibbs part 4
Tribute to the man called Joe Gibbs! Respect and rest in peace.

For this show, I was focusing on the early productions of Joe Gibbs, in his full rocksteady glory. Gibbs got his start with an electronics repair shop, and worked a bit for producer Ken Lack. Eventually he set up his own two track studio and had Lee Perry on the boards. Soon afterward in 1967, he started his own label "Amalgamated". Gibbs' work continued for the next year with Perry, who soon broke camp and was replaced by Niney.

One of Gibbs' first big hits, "Hold Them" by Roy Shirley is heard in this mix alongside an alternative version by Ken Boothe and a DJ cut from I Roy. There's also a number of other prime rocksteady grooves showcased throughout this show, including tunes from Errol Dunkley, Nicky Thomas, The Reggae Boys, The Inspirations and Gibbs studio band at the time known as the Destroyers or Amalgamated All Stars

February 29, 2008

Joe Gibbs part 3
This show was put together just after Joe Gibbs passed away on February 21st, 2008. It covers material not featured on the two Joe Gibbs shows I had done previously. You'll hear a number of big tunes that he and Errol Thompson produced together, featuring some of the most popular riddims.

Respects to the man Joel Gibson.

February 15, 2008

Horace Andy part 2
This show follows up where the first one left off. In the first set, I focused on Horace Andy's biggest tunes with Coxsone Dodd and Bunny Lee. In this set, I broaden the horizons a bit more, covering work from other producers such as Niney, Derrick Harriot, Herman Chin-Loy, Everton Dasilva and others. Its a nice three hour mix stretching out a lot of the other tunes I wanted to cover...

February 1, 2008

Wailers part 3
This is the most recent mix of the four part series. After deciding to do another Wailers set at the last minute, I went through the other three mixes and excluded everything I've already played. Thinking this would limit my options, I was surprised to be staring at another 1000 songs. Since I was doing this all last minute, I printed out the 18 pages of songs that remained and took the list to the station to select from. Unfortunately, my primary recording had errors so this recording is off of the sub-par recorder in the studios of WHPK. In any case, it turned out to be an enjoyable mix and a nice accompaniment to the other mixes.

January 4, 2008

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