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Q - Bob Marley & Reggae

(August 2005)
Thanks to Steve Parker For Typing This List Up
“Listen up! After 40 Years of reggae, selecting the best music can be a minefield. But fear not – here’s your essential guide to the finest Jamaican sounds” compiled by Lois Wilson.

Divided into chronological chapters, which I’ve placed in alphabetical order. The ‘essential’ choice in each is indicated by a *. No ‘essential’ choice for the 1990s and beyond section. There were a few extra sections on the best reggae books, films & Marley in the magazine. I’ve included them after this main list.

a) 1950s & 1960s

o Aitken, Laurel – Pioneer of Jamaican Music
o Cliff, Jimmy – Jimmy Cliff (1969
o Dekker, Desmond – Israelites: Best of…
o Dillon, Phyllis – Love is All I Had: Tribute to the Queen of Jamaican Soul
o Drummond, Don – Best of…
o Mittoo, Jackie – Keyboard King at Studio One
o Prince Buster – Fabulous Greatest Hits
o Skatalites – Ska Boo Da Ba: Top Sounds from Top Deck*
o Various Artists – Club Ska 67 (compiled by DJ Guy Stevens)
o Various Artists – Duke Reid’s Treasure Chest

Where next:

o Alphonso, Roland – Something Special: Ska Hot Shots
o Ellis, Alton – Be True to Yourself (1965-1973)
o Ethiopians – Everything Crash: Best of the…
o Kong, Leslie/Various Artists – King Kong Compilation
o Morgan, Derrick – Moon Hop: 1960-1969
o Prince Buster – King of Ska
o Skatalites – Foundation Ska
o Smith, Slim – Keep That Love Light Shining
o Various Artists – Studio One Ska [Soul Jazz]

b) Early 1970s

o Alcapone, Dennis – Guns Don’t Argue: Anthology (1970-1977)
o Andy, Horace – Skylarking
o Big Youth – Screaming Target
o Chin-Loy, Herman /Various Artists – Aquarius Rock: Hip Reggae World of…
o Holt, John – 1000 Volts of Holt
o Niney & Friends – Blood & Fire: 1971-1972
o Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston*
o U Roy – Version Galore
o Upsetters (produced by Lee Perry) – Blackboard Jungle Dub
o Various Artists/Jimmy Cliff – Harder They Come [soundtrack]

Where next:

o Big Youth – Natty Universal Dread: 1973-1979
o Byles, Junior – Beat Down Babylon
o Campbell, Cornel – Natty Dread: Anthology 1973-1983
o Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Grounation
o I Roy – Don’t Check Me with No Lightweight Stuff: 1972-1975
o Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Songs of Freedom
o Perry, Lee/Various Artists – I Am the Upsetter: Story of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
o Wilson, Delroy – Better Must Come

c) Mid 1970s

o Brown, Dennis – Visions
o Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
o Clarke, Johnny – Dreader Dread: 1976-1978
o Dillinger – CB200*
o Gibbs, Joe/Various Artists – Productions
o Heptones – Cool Rasta
o Isaacs, Gregory – Extra Classic
o Mighty Diamonds – Right Time
o Perry, Lee/Various Artists – Arkology
o Romeo, Max & the Upsetters – War Ina Babylon

Where next:

o Abyssinians – Forward On to Zion
o Boothe, Ken – Everything I Own
o Cadogan, Susan – Hurts So Good
o Gibbs, Joe – African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3
o Hudson, Keith – Pick a Dub
o King Tubby & Friends – Dub Gone Crazy: 1975-1979
o Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Live!
o Perry, Lee & the Upsetters – Super Ape
o Tosh, Peter – Legalize It!

d) Late 1970s

o Congos – Heart of the…
o Culture – Two Sevens Clash
o Doctor Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken in Town
o Gladiators – Trenchtown Mix Up
o Griffiths, Marcia – Naturally
o Murvin, Junior – Police & Thieves
o Pablo, Augustus – East of the River Nile
o Pablo, Augustus – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
o Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution*
o Various Artists – Social Classics 2: Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown (compiled by Don Letts)

Where next:

o Brown, Glen – Check the Winner
o Faith, George – To Be a Lover
o McCook, Tommy – Blazing Horns/Tenor in Roots (2 on 1)
o Mowatt, Judy – Black Woman
o Prince Far I – Heavy Manners: Anthology 1977-1983
o Rico – Man from Wareika
o Tapper Zukie – MPLA
o Wailer, Bunny – Blackheart Man

e) 1980s

o Aswad – New Chapter
o Banton, Buju – ‘Til Shiloh*
o Dread, Mikey – World War III
o Kay, Janet – Ultimate Collection
o Minott, Sugar – Black Roots
o Various Artists – Babylon [soundtrack]
o Yellowman – Mister Yellowman

Where next:

o Bovell, Dennis – Decibel 1976-1983
o Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad DJs
o Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem
o Levy, Barrington – Shaolin Temple
o McGregor, Freddie – McGregor (1980)
o Scientist – Meets the Space Invaders

f) 1990s Onwards

o Beenie Man – Art & Life
o Silk, Garnett – It’s Growing
o Sizzla – Bobo Ashanti

Where next:

o Capleton – Prophecy
o Lady Saw – Passion
o Luciano –Messenger
o Various Artists – Third World Cop [soundtrack]

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Chronological order, of recording.

o Greatest Hits at Studio One
o Soul Revolutionaries: Early Jamaican Albums 1970-1971
o African Herbsman
o Catch a Fire
o Burnin’
o Natty Dread
o Live!
o Rastaman Vibration
o Exodus
o Kaya
o Babylon by Bus
o Uprising
o Confrontation
o Legend: Best of…

Shot! 10 Best Documentaries & Movies

o Reggae [Horace Ové, 1970]
o Rockers [Ted Bafaloukos, 1978]
o Reggae in Babylon [Wolfgang Büld, 1978]
o Reggae Sunsplash [Stefan Paul, 1980]
o Heartland Reggae [Jim Lewis, 1980]
o Babylon [Franco Rosso, 1980]
o Stepping Razor – Red X [Nicholas Campbell, 1992]
o Dancehall Queen [Don Letts & Rick Elgood, 1995]
o Third World Cop [Christopher Brown, 1999]
o Life & Debt [Stephanie Black, 2001]

Natty Read: Best Reggae Books

o Bass Culture: When Reggae was King [Lloyd Bradley]
o Bob Marley: Conquering Lion of Reggae [Stephen Davis]
o Catch a Fire: Life of Bob Marley [Timothy White]
o People Funny Boy: Genius of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry [David Katz]
o Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae [Kate Simon]
o Reggae Explosion: Story of Jamaican Music [Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot]
o Rough Guide to Reggae [Steve Barrow & Peter Dalton]
o Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae [David Katz]
o Stir It Up: Reggae Album Cover Art [Chris Morrow]
o World of Reggae [Roger Steffans]

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Q Classic -The Clash – The Inside Story

October 2005

Q - The Clash SE

50 Of The Clash’s Finest Rarities

Presented As 3 Cd’s

Volume 1 – All The Young Punks

• Janie Jones – Guy Stevens Demo 1976
• Deny – The Clash
• Garageland – The Clash
• I’m So Bored With The Usa – The Clash
• White Riot – The Clash
• Capital Radio – Free Nme Single
• Londons Burning – B Side Remote Control
• The Prisoner – Lee Perry Version
• Pressure Drop – Lee Perry Version
• Police And Thieves – Live Jan ‘78
• Clash City Rockers – Single
• Jail Guitar Doors – B Side Clash City Rockers
• Blitzkrieg Bop – Live ‘78
• All The Young Punks – Give ‘Em Enough Rope
• Guns On The Roof – Give ‘Em Enough Rope
• Last Gang In Town – Give Em Enough Rope

Volume 2 - Groovy Times

• Stay Free – Give ‘Em Enough Rope
• English Civil War – Live ‘79
• Groovy Times – The Cost Of Living Ep
• Heart And Mind – The Vanilla Tapes
• Remote Control – The Vanilla Tapes
• Armagideon Time – B Side London Calling
• Brand New Cadillac – London Calling
• Clampdown – London Calling
• Lost In The Supermarket – London Calling
• Rudie Can’t Fail – London Calling
• Spanish Bombs – London Calling
• Blond Rock ‘N’ Roll – Sandinista Demo
• Rockers Galore – B Side Bank Robber
• Time Is Tight – Black Market Clash
• Broadway – Sandinista!
• Charlie Don’t Surf – Sandinista!
• If Music Could Talk – Sandinista!

Volume 3 – One More Time

• One More Time – Sandinista!
• Somebody Got Murdered – Sandinista!
• Something About England – Sandinista!
• Up In Heaven – Sandinista!
• Magnificent 7 – Dirty Harry Mix
• Bankrobber – Live 1981
• Complete Control – Live 1981
• Midnight To Stevens – Ear Studios ‘81
• The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too – Bootleg
• Walk Evil Talk – Bootleg
• Death Is A Star – Combat Rock
• Ghetto Defendant – Combat Rock
• Train In Vain – Live 1981
• Straight To Hell – 12” Version
• In The Poring Rain – Live 1985
• This Is England – Dub Mix

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Q Classic - The Story Of Grunge

(Vol.1 Iss 10 – Dec 2005)
 
Q Classic - Grunge

15 Grunge Classics

• Babes In Toyland – Fontanelle
• The Afghan Whigs – Gentleman
• Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
• Hole – Live Through This
• Stone Temple Pilots – Core
• The Breeders – Last Splash
• The Jesus Lizard – Goat
• Soundgarden – Superunknown
• Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion
• Pearl Jam – Ten
• Mother Love Bone – Apple
• Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
• Alice In Chains – Dirt
• Temple Of The Dog – Temple Of The Dog
• Nirvana – Nevermind

36 Inches Of Rain – 36 Essential Grunge Classic Songs

1. Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
2. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Sprit
3. Smashing Pumpkins – Today
4. Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
5. The Jesus Lizard – Puss
6. L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
7. Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose
8. Afghan Whigs – I’m Her Slave
9. Hole – Miss World
10. Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
11. Babes In Toyland – Catatonic
12. Pearl Jam – Even Flow
13. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
14. Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
15. Flipper – Ever
16. Melvins – Heaviness Of The Load
17. Butthole Surfers – Sweet Loaf
18. Green River – This Town
19. Pixies – Debaser
20. Big Black – Kerosene
21. Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot
22. The Replacements – Favourite Thing
23. Husker Du – The Girl Who Lives On The Hill
24. Foo Fighters – This Is A Call
25. Buffalo Tom – Velvet Roof
26. The Breeders – Cannonball
27. Sugar – A Good Idea
28. Slint – Good Morning Captain
29. The Flaming Lips – Turn It On
30. Pavement – Summer Babe
31. Royal Trux – The Flag
32. Sebadoh – Gimmie Indie Rock!
33. Queens Of The Stoneage – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
34. Auf Der Maur – Real A Lie
35. Nine Black Alps – Shot Down
36. The Distillers – Drain The Blood

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Q Classic – The Story Of Country Rock

Q Classic - Country

30 Essential Country Rock Albums

1. The Byrds – Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
2. Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
3. Emmylou Harris – Elite Hotel
4. The Eagles – Desperado
5. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
6. The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palice Of Sin
7. Gene Clarke – White Light
8. Steve Earle – Copperhead Road
9. Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
10. Gillian Welch – The (The Revelatory)
11. Various Artists – O Brother, Where Art Though?
12. Bob Dylon – Nashville Skyline
13. Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson
14. The Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall
15. Various – Wanted! The Outlaws
16. Grateful Dead – American Beauty
17. Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Magnetic South
18. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
19. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken
20. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On Gravel Road
21. Dillard And Clark – The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard And Clark
22. Poco – Pickin’ Up The Pieces
23. Rick Nelson – Live At The Troubadour
24. Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade
25. Linda Ronstat – Linda Ronstat
26. Wilco – Being There
27. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
28. Stephen Stills & Manassas – Manassas
29. Moby Grape – Moby Grape ‘69
30. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker