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
Massive shout to my brother Ton of the Dynamic Duo. Ton has been doing mixes for us here since we launched. His collection of reggae vinyl is endless and he has provided us with countless vinyl mixes over the past 2 years. Here is one he cooked up especially for the millenial week.
Bless up Ton! Thanks for hopping on board this Raver train! Hope you stay on board. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!
I cannot go through this week, where we celebrate our 1000th post to the blog, without paying respect to Bob Andy. Mr. Andy contacted me only a few months after launching this site, told me that he really liked my style, and enlisted me to help him with some projects around the release of his new album. It is the greatest honor I have experienced in 2+ years writing this blog. A more humble, kind, and righteous man you will not find. He has written and sang some of the great Jamaican classics, and he continues to record and perform around the world at 70 years of age.
To pay respect to Bob Andy I have included here a link to the very first piece I wrote about him in 2011. Also included is a crucial mix of Andy’s classic vinyl cuts by our good friends the Dynamic Duo. Big up Ton Van Arnhem, Fred ‘Reggaelover’ P and Dynamic Duo for the many outstanding mixes they have done for MIDNIGHT RAVER since the beginning. Dynamic Duo will always have a home here at MIDNIGHT RAVER.
I was thumbing through this book the other day called “Reggae Inna De Dance,” which was graciously donated to the MIDNIGHT RAVER archives by Doctor Dread. Published by the Volcano label in the early 1980′s, it contains rare interviews and bio pieces on many of the early dancehall singers. I came across an interview with Little John and Ranking Toyan and I had not listened to these guys in years. So I delved into the archives and pulled together a murderous mix of Little John’s finest for you. Oh, and I’m also posting the interview.
1. New Day (Live, Peel Sessions, cut) 2. New Day (Album) 3. Bail Out (Live, Peel Sessions) 4. No Love (Album) 5. Food, Clothes, and Shelter (Album) 6. Wise and Foolish (Album, cut) 7. Wise and Foolish (Live, Peel Sessions) 8. True Rastaman (Album) 9. Earth (Album) 10. How Long Jah (Album) 11. Judgement Coming On The Land (Album) 12. Dancehall Babylon (Album) 13. Economical Slavery (Album)