Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78: Marley’s best live album ?

Forty years ago this year, Island released Bob Marley’s landmark album Live!The album, which includes live tracks from his performance at London’s Lyceum Theatre, captured the energy and essence of that amazing performance like few live albums have.  The forthcoming Universal/Island release Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 is a tremendous live recording and Marley’s best live album since 1975.

To kick off the celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year, Universal/Island, in association with Tuff Gong Records, will release Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 on February 17, 2015.  The release of this long-awaited live performance, which  took place at Boston’s Music Hall on June 8, 1978, features Bob Marley and the Wailers performing a thirteen-song set of Marley’s most politically significant and socially conscious songs, and just might be Marley’s best-produced live album since the critically-acclaimed 1975 album Live!.

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Reggae MD Prescription – January 25th 2015 radiogram from Midnight Dread

Providing soulutions and musical uplifters to restore any metabolism:


This specialized Reggae MD Prescription is just the ticket to feeling well-charged, vital, ital, and totally alert to your surroundings with no side effects except higher consciousness. Ask your doctor for these ingredients, a full attribution exclusive to Midnight Raver:

“Doctor Sure Shot” Dandy & The Israelites – Let’s Catch The Beat – Trojan 2003
“Freedom Of Speech” Thrive – Rhymesayers ep 2012
“I Want Justice” Delroy Wilson – Wailers & Friends – Heartbeat 1999
“Justice” Tiken Jah Fakoly feat. U Roy – Francafrique – Barclay 2002
“Let Us Do Something” Joe Higgs – Blackman Know Yourself – Shanachie 1990
“Cheer Up” Rue Lloyd & Mabrak – Melodica Melodies lp – Trojan 1981
“Humility (edit)” Groundation – Building An Ark – VP 2012
“Heart-Shaped Box” Little Roy – Battle For Seattle – Ark Recordings 2011
“Keep Chanting” Tchiya Amet – Celestial Folk Music – Milky Way 2012
“Put Love First” Inner Circle – State Of Da World – Shanachie 2009
“Fig Tree” Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man – Island 2002
“Mystic Man (Long Version)” Peter Tosh – Mystic Man – EMI 2002
“Slogans” Bob Marley & The Wailers – Africa Unite: The Singles Collection – Tuff Gong 2005
“Ramba” The Swans – Version To Version lp – Trojan 1972
“Collie Burning” Sambo Jim – UK 7″ – Harry J 1974
“Meditation Dub” Augustus Pablo – 7″ – Landmark 2012
“Keep A Cool Head” Desmond Dekker – Rockin’ Steady: The Best Of Desmond Dekker – Rhino 1992
“Jamaica Woman” Etana – I Rise – VP 2014
“Come A Long Way” Tanya Stephens – Rebelution – VP 2006 Reggae
“Round and Round” Marcia Griffiths feat. Queen Ifrica – Marcia Griffiths and Friends – VP 2012
“Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)” Chronixx & Jacob Miller feat. Inner Circle – JA single – 2015


Reggae, ska, rockin’ steady; sounds fired up and ready with this week’s Reggae MD Prescription. More healing sounds and awareness with last week’s Reggae MD Diagnosis. Listen twice and text me in the morning.

Help set the captives free…

Just want to take a moment to inform everyone about a memorial concert organized by our good friend Alex Peacemaker.  All proceeds will go to help free captives of modern day slavery.  For those who don’t know Alex he was a close bredren of the great Yabby You and you will get to know him even better when Shanachie drops the Yabby You box set in February.

Much love and respect to Alex for organizing around this great cause!

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David Jahson “Jah Is Coming For His Earth” (Jaques)

Here is a rare vinyl cut from Everald Pickersgill AKA David Jahson titled “Jah Is Coming For His Earth” on the Jaques imprint.  Jahson got his start recording dubplates for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One before recording for Byron Lee at Dynamic Sounds.  His most well known tune, “Natty Chase The Barber,” which uses John Holt’s “Ali Baba” riddim was recorded in 1975 at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby’s..

This tune was produced by the Lewis brothers, Ian and Roger, who co-founded the Inner Circle band in 1968.  The Lewis brothers have had an incredible career spanning almost 50 years.  They struck gold in 1989 with the song “Bad Boys” which has been used as the opening theme to the smash hit TV show COPS.

The b-side version is wicked!