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The Riddims That Hit ‘Em: Beth Lesser’s Top 10

As we continue with Live & Learn week, where we profile the career and music produced by Delroy Wright for Live & Learn records, I thought it was as good a time as any to share Beth Lesser’s Top 10… Continue Reading

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Rastafari musical artifacts lost in fire: What you can do to help

MIDNIGHT RAVER LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER TO AID IN RESTORATION CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION! We at MIDNIGHT RAVER got word several days ago that drums and other historical artifacts used in the birth of Jamaica’s popular music were destroyed in… Continue Reading

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Bob Marley, Wailers play Roots Rock Reggae Fest 1979

plus Bob, Seeco footballing in New Zealand! Along with Bob Marley, other reggae superstars like Third World, Burning Spear, Ras Michael and Sons of Negus, Hortense Ellis, Jah Youth, Kiddus I, and Gregory Isaacs gather for a two-day music extravaganza… Continue Reading

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Album Of The Week: King Jammy in Roots (Auralux)

This week’s album pick is a great 2-LP compilation from King Jammy featuring the likes of Hugh Mundell, Johnny Osbourne, Augustus Pablo, and Lacksley Castell.  While the song selections are great (we even get extended versions of Junior Reid’s “Jailhouse”… Continue Reading

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Album Of The Week! Barrington Levy – Teach Me Culture (1983)

BARRINGTON LEVY ‘TEACH ME CULTURE’ (LIVE AND LEARN) 1983 Without question, Barrington Levy’s strongest effort is 1983’s ‘Teach Me Culture,’ engineered by Crucial Bunny and featuring the Roots Radics.  What rules this album is the Radics’ riddims, each one more… Continue Reading

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Yabby You ‘Beware Dub’ (Vivian Jackson)

Here we have another outstanding effort from the great Vivian Jackson AKA “Yabby You.”  The album was released in 1978 and then re-issued twice:  once in 1991 on the ROIR label, and again in 1992 on Randall Grass’s Shanachie label.… Continue Reading

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Midnight Raver’s Album Pick of the Week!

WAYNE JARRETT ‘SHOWCASE VOL. 1’ (WACKIES) Sit down and put a seatbelt on before you listen to this one.  The sweet, soulful voice of Wayne Jarrett, backed by the All-Stars, and recorded at just the right level by Bullwackie.  Only… Continue Reading

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‘Funky Kingston’ (Melody Maker, June 12, 1976)

Published on June 12, 1976, this Melody Maker article by Ray Coleman describes the Kingston, JA scene in 1976.  I obtained this one from a collector in Belgium and it is worth every penny. CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO READ… Continue Reading

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Lacksley Castell ‘Morning Glory + Dub Tracks’ (Negus Roots, 1982)

Repost:  This is a re-post from November 2, 2012.  This album is so good that I must share it here at least twice per year.  Better yet, I did a mix of the album which features the hard-to-find dub tracks… Continue Reading

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Reminder: Support Cedella Marley’s CHO! 4 CHARITY

Cedella marley has been very supportive of what we do here at MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG.  This is why we are proud to support her CHO! 4 CHARITY campaign, which is vital to the survival and growth of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. CHO! 4 CHARITY… Continue Reading