Thursday, February 14, 2008

Born to be happy, never born to be sad....

A valentines day dedication... A collection of tracks that could be losely termed "lovers rock", though that term is generally only applied to music from London's reggae scence, specifically stuff on the Ariwa label. The only track on todays show that fits that descrition is the amazing "Thank You For the Many Things You've Done" by Cassandra, taken here from the soundtrack to Franco Russolo's seminal 1983 film about the British reggae scence "Babylon". In Jamaica and New York, where most of these tracks hail from these types of songs are usually referred to simply as "girl tunes". Most of the tracks on today's show come from either Sly & Robbie's Taxi label, or Sir Coxsonne Dodd's Studio One Records or sub-labels of each. With the notable exception of the young and brilliant Bitty McLean(pictured above) whose music is released on London's Peckings imprint. Enjoy....

1. African Girl- Jigsy Dollar(Corner Stone Church of Music Congress 7")
2. Mi Love Mi Girl Bad-Flouran & Sanchez(Sonic Sounds Oldies 7")
3. Winner- Jim Nastic(Chaunting, Studio One LP)
4. Rude Boy - Lloyd Hemmings(Fire House 7")
5. Morning Ride-Yellowman (Mister Yellowman, Greensleeves LP)
6. Rocky Music-Struggle(Taxi 12")
7. I, Who Have Nothing- Philip Fraser (Roots Tradition 7")
8. Permanent Lover- Gregory Isaacs (African Museum 7")
9. Story Book Children- Ernest & the Soul Vendors (Studio One 7")
10.Baby Why - Cables (Studio One 7")
11. Walk Away From Love - Bitty McLean (Peckings 7")
12. Thank You For the Many Things You've Done - Cassandra (Babylon OST, Takoma LP)
13.Found Her - Munga (Militant Muzik 7")
14.Good Love - Cherine (Love and Devotion Compilation, Taxi CD)
15.Have You Ever Been in Love Before? - Dennis Brown (Taxi 12")
16.Come On Girl - Dennis Brown (Dynamite Records 7")
17.Moonlight Lover(Remix) - Barrington Levy (Renegade, Jah Life LP)
18.Love You Bad(Lioness) - Afrikan Simba (Salvation For the New Generation, Urban Gospel CD)
19.Love & Devotion - Jimmy Riley (Taxi 12")
20.Love & Devotion 2007 mix - Delly Ranks and Jimmy Riley (Love & Devotion Compilation, Taxi CD)
21.I Need Your Love - Slim Smith (Just a Dream, ClockTower LP)
22.A Cruising - Bitty McLean (Peckings 7")
23.Loving Arms - Count P AllStars (Collectors Series 7")
24.How Could I Live - The Sharkes (Studio One 7")
25.Consider Me - Jennifer Lara (Studio One 7")
26.It's You - Glen Washington (Studio One 7")
27.Baby Love - The Sensations (Techniques 7")
28.Let's Dance - John Holt(Studio One 7")
29.No Sunshine - Ken Boothe (Soul From Jamdown, PK/Blood and Fire LP)
30.Come Back My Darling - Johnny Osbourne (Techniques 7")(this record is probably mislabeled)
31.Ain't to Proud to Beg - Slim Smith (Just a Dream, ClockTower LP)
32.It Won't Be This Way(Always) - The King Pins (Federal 7")
33.Kiss and Make Up - The Crowns (RnB 7")
34.Sweet Music - Horace Andy (Jam Rock Records 7")
35.The Girl Is Mine - Wayne Wonder & Thriller U (Techniques 7")
36.Just Don't Want to Be Lonely - Horace Andy (JamRock Records 7")

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