40 and still sounding goodMonday, April 15, 2013
Saturday marked 40 years since the release of The Wailers' Catch A Fire, one of the seminal albums in pop music. Here are some other reggae recordings released in 1973 that have stood the test of time.
Beat Down Babylon: The debut album from singer Junior Byles, this set was produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry and released in Britain by Trojan Records. Contains the ominous title track.
Book Of Rules: Produced by Harry 'Harry J' Johnson, this song is arguably the Heptones' finest moment. Features Barry Llewellyn on lead vocals.
All I Have Is Love: Gregory Isaacs was not yet 'The Cool Ruler' but this Phil Pratt-produced hit certainly paved the way for his later success as a lovers rock singer.
Funky Kingston: Toots and The Maytals lose little to The Wailers on this masterpiece which includes the monster title track. This album proved reggae was an international force.
Everyday Wondering (Skanga): Fresh out of Jamaica College, singer Johnny Clarke cut this 'rockers' for producer Rupie Edwards. Became a minor hit in Britain.
Silver Words (Ken Boothe) and Westbound Train (Dennis Brown): Both songs produced by Winston 'Niney' Holness for his emerging Observer label, they feature the Soul Syndicate band on top of their game.
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