Archive for July, 2013

Delroy Wilson – The Best Of – Coxsone Original Twelve

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2013 by xxx
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Feel the spirit down in your soul…

What does reggae music mean to you? Does it represent the heart and soul of the Jamaican people? Can you feel the catharsis deep in the song? 500 years of slavery and suffering could not keep down love and culture.  Or does reggae music mean Bob Marley, sand, sun and sea? Cold Corona’s on a boat somewhere? Does it bring images to mind? Hammocks on the beach? Marcus Garvey’s determined mug silkscreened in red and black? Red-eyed white kids practicing nihilism in their pot-smoke fumigated dorm rooms? 

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Reggae music has been pervaded by it’s misinterpretation and abuse in recent decades. Still all it takes is for one of the classic Burning Spear songs to come through your speakers and everything else melts away. All that negativity is gone. You feel the emotion in the Spear’s voice. It cuts into you. The rhythm swallows you up and heals you. That’s reggae.

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Before there was reggae, there was rocksteady. Compared to reggae, rocksteady is more upbeat, deals with more traditional pop-song topics (love, happiness, etc.)  than the spiritual/religious/political issues dealt with in reggae music. I’m no professional, but I think most of the songs on this record lean more towards rocksteady than they do reggae.


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Delroy Wilson started off recording ska tracks for Coxsone Dodd and quickly became a mainstay of the rocksteady vocalists. This record is an original Coxsone label compilation of Delroy’s best rocksteady songs. There are many classics on here. It’s a very enjoyable listen. The songs are all very cheery and smooth. The tight rhythms and horn melodies provide subtle backup and relief from Wilson’s confident vocals. His delivery is tasteful, it balances on the line between understated and gaudy. The result is a collection of songs that I could listen to on repeat all day. It’s real music and it’s really good.

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Happy Independence Day – Carmen Dragon – Stephen Foster Melodies – Capitol

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by xxx

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I’m doing this one from the road, so I apologize for the lack of quality images or thoughtful writing. Here’s some good old-time music for the holiday. Carmen Dragon and his Orchestra perform Stephen Foster’s most famous compositions. These are beautiful versions of these songs, I much prefer them to the choral versions that you typically find. Perfect for driving through some southern landscapes or sitting in the comfort of your own home and reflecting on this great nation.

Tracklist:

1. De Camptown Races

2. My Old Kentucky Home

3. Old Black Joe

4. Old Dog Tray

5. Massa’s In the Cold, Cold Ground

6. Oh! Susanna

7. Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair

8. Old Folds at Home

9. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming

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