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The Mighty Roots of Englishman

“After spending a few months on the road with Ras Michael in Europe, Maccabee and myself came forward to the U.S. We went to Carter Baron Park in D.C. and was cooling out at a football game. I was kicking… Continue Reading

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“Israel Vibration Inna Lion & Fox Style (A Midnight Raver Mix)

Here is my official Israel Vibration selections mix.  Considering I’ve spent half my life listening to Skelly, Wiss, and Apple, I feel sort of qualified to share this mix of my own personal favorites.  The majority of the included tracks… Continue Reading

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Junior Marvin (Melody Maker, 1977)

Vintage write-up on Junior Marvin from Melody Maker October 15, 1977.  Junior is a great friend to this blog and a fellow Virginian as well.  Both of his new albums were recorded and mixed right here in DC with Jim… Continue Reading

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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S Album Pick of the Week!

JUNIOR MARVIN’S ‘LION TO ZION DUBWISE (2013) This week’s album pick is the new dub album by our friend Julian “Junior” Marvin titled “Lion To Zion Dubwise,” which was recorded and mixed by Jim Fox at Lion and Fox studios right here… Continue Reading

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Pick Of The Week: ‘Strength Of My Life’ by Israel Vibration (Dubs included!)

This week’s album selection is a special one for me.  Israel Vibration’s Strength Of My Life was one of those albums that comes along at just the right moment in your life.  Right when you need guidance, reassurance, and a… Continue Reading

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Junior Marvin to drop two albums in spring 2013

Junior Marvin, former lead guitarist of Bob Marley and the Wailers and former lead vocalist of The Wailers Band, tells the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG that he is readying the release of two albums in the spring of 2013. The first is… Continue Reading

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LION AND FOX: MAKING REGGAE HISTORY IN THE HEART OF BABYLON (PART 2 OF 3)

Photo: Don Carlos w/ Jim Fox, Washington, DC, August 2012 ISRAEL VIBRATION: STRENGTH OF MY LIFE AND BEYOND CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 The trio of vocalists who make up Israel Vibration are considered one of the most uniquely gifted… Continue Reading

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LION AND FOX: MAKING REGGAE HISTORY IN THE HEART OF BABYLON (PART 1 OF 3)

  Photo: Don Carlos w/ Jim Fox, Washington, DC, August 2012 HOW A SMALL WASHINGTON DC RECORDING STUDIO MADE REGGAE HISTORY by MIDNIGHT RAVER The fact that they even agreed to reunite to record an album seemed an impossibility. Three… Continue Reading

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Don Carlos ‘Here I Come Again (Spread Out)’ 7″ Single Vinyl Rip (Live & Learn) 1982

Included here is Don Carlos’ “Here I Come Again,” a tune many of you may recognize as “Spread Out.”  This was the very first single that recording engineer Jim Fox of Lion and Fox Studios in Washington, DC mixed for… Continue Reading