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From “Hunts Bay” to “Jail House”

Junior Reid broke the mold when he linked with Sugar Minott on his Original Foreign Mind LP. On that LP is the signature jailhouse lament “Hunts Bay,” a low-down and crucial sound created by Reid and Sugar Minott at Channel One. Prince Jammy remixed the tune, creating the...
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Black Uhuru cuts from the MIDNIGHT RAVER vinyl vaults

PLUS RARE RADIO INTERVIEW WITH SANDRA “PUMA” JONES OF BLACK UHURU!  AN EXCLUSIVE RE-UP FROM THE VAULTS OF THE MIDNIGHT DREAD! Several vinyl cuts from Jah Raver’s vinyl collection featuring interesting and noteworthy Black Uhuru selections. The first appears on Black Uhuru’s debut album LOVE CRISIS which was...
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You Live, You Learn

I spent two hours yesterday at Doctor Dread’s house doing part one of a multi-part interview with Delroy “Barry” Wright, founder of Live & Learn Records and one of the most respected reggae record producers alive today.  Along with his brother Hyman “Jah Life” Wright, Barry served the...
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Junior Reid w/ Black Uhuru Live, The Ritz, NYC, 1986

Included here is the NYC debut of Junior Reid as lead vocalist for Black Uhuru. After winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for 1985’s Anthem, Black Uhuru  is dropped by Island Records and lead vocalist Michael Rose departs the group to pursue a solo...
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Black Uhuru Demos, Unreleased Tracks

Here is a real treat for all Black Uhuru fans.  Needless to say, Black Uhuru own the heavyweight title in reggae post-1981.  Brutal, produced by Doctor Dread and recorded primarily in 1985 in Jamaica (some tracks were reworked and mixed by Jim Fox in Washington, DC) was the...
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New Dreada Dub Mix Vol. 3! (A Midnight Raver Mix)

The dopest mix I could muster right now.  I’ll be leaving for a few days, but no worries, the blog is in great hands with our international staff of historians, collectors, DJs, and professional roots reggae heads.  Be back next week.  Until then, stay low and in the...
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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEK

20TH CENTURY DEBWISE – DEB Music Players Produced by Dennis Brown and mixed by a young Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s studio in 1977, 20th CENTURY DEBWISE, featuring Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s Music Players, is an unparalleled adventure in dub and an interesting look at Prince Jammy’s emerging talent...
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