Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jamaican Harmonies (MP3 Review)


WWW, November 2007 - Jamaican music has many remarkable disciplines, out of which the Vocal Harmony Groups is one. Twenty-six crucial tracks!

Reggae Music produced the foundation for many contemporary forms of music: Hip-Hop, for example, could never have come into existence if it were not for the fact that Jamaican DJ's would start to toast over the instrumentals.

Or take the many styles of contemporary digital Dance Music, all heavily borrowing from the concept which is known in Reggae Music as DUB. Since decades, that is.

Toasting, DUB Mixing, they all require a specific skill and talent. We speak about disciplines. The discipline of DUB mixing, for example. Or the discipline of DJ-ing (Toasting).

Another discipline of Reggae Music is formed by the many Vocal Harmony Groups. In this podcast, we are introduced to a small number of them.

Twenty-six, to be precise.

In 72 minutes, we're drawn back in time to the time wherein Jamaica gave birth to Reggae Music and even before. A time, wherein the discipline of the Vocal Harmony Groups was already established on Jamaica.

Convenient silences between tracks make this historical excursion ideal to burn on CD for your listening pleasure, by the way.

Enjoy another Jamaican Harmonic experience!


01. Satan- Justin Hinds and the Dominoes
02. Hoochy Koochy Kai Po- The Four Aces
03. Hold On Tight- The Schorchers
04. I Feel So Lonesome- The Three Tops
05. My Last Love- The Termites
06. It’s Not Right- The Tartans
07. No New Love- The Cables
08. Rudie Gets Plenty- The Spanishtonians
09. You Don’t Need Me- The Melodians
10. Queen Majesty- Techniques
11. Dun Dead Already- The Ethiopians
12. People Rocksteady- The Uniques
13. Let Him Go- The Viceroys
14. Sock It To Me Baby- The Valentines
15. Oh My Baby- Harmonians
16. Cinderella- The Inspirations
17. Reggae Girl- The Tennors
18. Hold Down- Kingstonians
19. Gold On Your Dress- The Slickers
20. Why Did You Leave- The Heptones
21. Simmer Down Quashie- The Pioneers
22. Pressure Drop 72- Toots and the Maytals
23. Money Worries- The Maytones
24. Cheer Up- Bob Marley and the Wailers
25. Run Dem Down- Wailing Souls
26. Declaration Of Rights- Abyssinians



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