Linval Thompson was the baddest producer in the land at one time. This is a man who could do nothing except produce smash hits. Here are 23 selections from his vast archive of reggae gold. As a producer, he was so prolific that I could do a 3-volume mix and still have a ton of stuff left over. It’s insane. This mix is not for the weak at heart. Every tune deadly….
1. Linval Thompson – Rock Me In Dub 2. Barrington Levy – Sensimilla 3. Roots Radics – Channel One In Dub 4. The Viceroys – They Can’t Stop Us Now 5. Triston Palma – Happy Song 6. Sugar Minott – Move Up 7. Linval Thompson – In Dub 8. The Wailing Souls – You Can Stay 9. Don Carlos – Sweet Africa 10. Wayne Wade – Poor & Humble 11. Barrington Levy – Jah Help Us 12. Johnny Osbourne – Night Fall (Extended Mix) 13. Barry Brown – Love Is What The World Wants (Extended Mix) 14. Linval Thompson & Barrington Levy – Bad Boys 15. Dennis Brown – Give A Little 16. Eek A Mouse – Sensi Party 17. Johnny Clarke – They Can’t Stop Me 18. Rod Taylor – Jah Jah Is Calling 19. Junior Reid – Mr. Big Man 20. Freddy McKay – Guide Us Jah 21. Anthony Johnson – Africa 22. Freddie McGregor – Jah Help The People 23. Gregory Isaacs – Tenement Yard
MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG Co-Editor and world renown reggae broadcaster MIDNIGHT DREAD has allowed us to share a piece of reggae radio history tonight. On September 15, 1987, just 4 days after Peter Tosh was brutally slain in his home, Midnight Dread took to the airwaves on San Francisco’s KFOG and unleashed 60 minutes of pure, unadulterated truth and rights – word, sound, and power – a legendary broadcast to memorialize the Steppin’ Razor that sets a new standard for thoughtful, soulful, and righteous dialogue about reggae on the airwaves. JAH spoke through Dread for 60 minutes and the world was listening.
The show carries such a heavy vibe that it was never played again. UNTIL NOW!
MIDNIGHT DREAD has agreed to broadcast 11 minutes from this legendary broadcast on the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG just for our readers and fans. Know how special this is. Included in the segment is audio from MIDNIGHT DREAD’S interview with Peter Tosh in 1983 – the very same interview featured throughout the Steppin’ Razor Red X documentary.
Give thanks for the unveiling of this audio nearly 30 years after the original broadcast.
Please support MIDNIGHT DREAD’S archiving efforts and web site at www.midnightdread.com. The Sept. 15th 1987 “Peter Tosh Memorial Program” in it’s entirety is available for purchase on the site. There are also a ton of reggae rarities available through his Exclusives Online Store: http://www.midnightdread.com/online.html.
Below is the original poster from the U.S premiere run for STEPPIN’ RAZOR RED X at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Also, here is a rare interview with Tosh from Record Mirror magazine, April 30, 1983.
Today, to mark the dreaded anniversary of the day that Bob Marley passed from this realm and on to the next, we will post several special items. The first is this mix of rare tracks, dubplates, and alternates put together by our good friends Dynamic Duo.
Also this weekend, we will post something very special. Midnight Dread’s Tosh tribute that he played on his Bay-area radio show just one week after Tosh was murdered. I’ve listened to it and I must admit that it is as powerful a broadcast as you will ever hear. Doug is a magnificent broadcaster and if you are not tuning in to his weekly Mixcloud broadcasts, then you are really missing out on some historical reggae radio shows.
Included in Dread’s Tosh tribute is audio from the interview that he conducted with Tosh in 1983. This is the very first time that this broadcast, and the interview audio, will be posted to the web. Big time dealings….
Here is a nice mix of early Wailers tunes circa 1967-1972. Great, rarely heard tunes here. Also included is an article from Melody Maker which talks about a rare Wailers performance in 1974. Also, an announcement of a Wailers show scheduled for December 6, 1973 at the Lyceum Strand. This show was cancelled for reasons I am not sure of.
This great article by Alan di Perna finds Ziggy Marley at Compass Point recording studios with producers Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth crafting what would become an exemplary album - ‘One Bright Day.‘ The interview was published in Musician magazine on July 1, 1989. This is the only article I’ve read which includes quotes from Frantz and Weymouth, formerly of the Talking Heads, who really were able to get the very best out of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers for those first 2 major label albums. Great stuff here…
Frantz, Marley, and Weymouth
From Dubwise Garage, here is an outstanding live performance from August 7, 1993 at Tinley Park, Chicago, IL. Audio sourced from Doc Jah. Please visit his great websiteHERE!