25 Essential Reggae Tunes – Part 2: Some Old Grooves

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. May-15-2007

Summer is coming, some of you asked for more reggae, so here it is!!


Last time i gave you some of the most played reggae tunes. But as i said, some gems were missing. This time i’m giving you straight Foundation classics from the past. Most of this music was produced between the 60′s and the 70′s. Beautiful songs that took reggae music to a higher level, giving birth to the classic riddims all musicians still use nowodays.


Modern productions are perfect from a technical point of view, so perfect they often sound cold and unexpressive. In each one of these old productions you can feel the artist’s soul, his heart vibrating to the beat, his passion for music, even his imperfections, but you’ll have to admit: what a sound!


Let these vibes surround you, and tell me, after listening these ones: who needs modern music? Who needs thrashy mainstream MTV music? This is all you need, if you’re looking for some truly inspired sounds. Once again, a gift from the past.

(And to all you wanna-be-producers, you’ll find a lot to sample here…. ;-) )


Ok, here is the bomb playlist (once again, not in any particular order):

The Crystalites – Concentration
Lester Sterling – Afrikaan Beat
Dave & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel
Andy Capp – Pop A Top
Delroy Wilson – Funky Broadway
Stranger Cole – Crying Every Night
Delroy Wilson – Trying To Conquer Me
Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
Desmond Dekker – The Israelites
Johnny Osbourne – Trench Town School
Horace Andy – Something on my Mind
Jackie Mittoo – One Step beyond
Byron Lee – Oh Carolina
Alton Ellis – Arfican Descendents
The Techniques – Stalag 18
Horace Andy – See A Man’s Face
Byron Lee – Wings Of A Dove
Herman’s All Stars – Nightmare
Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
Liberation Group – Namibia
U Roy – Wear You To The Ball
Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie
King Tubby & Prince Jammy – The Poor Barber
Max Romeo – Put Me In The Mood
Desmond Dekker – It Miek (Hit Version)

Listen Martini & Jopparelli’s Old Reggae Selection!

you see, this time the playlist is a little les obvious than the other one…but still classics…enjoy!

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  1. djmp45 says:

    hey mate, it’s still winter here!
    is Delroy Wilson – Funky Broadway a cover of Dyke & the blazers song by the same title?
    on another topic in august i’m going to see Prince: he’s going to do 21 concerts in london (35£ for a ticket) and then he will retire, so it will be the last chance to see him live!you should come as well!

  2. Marty says:

    You should come over to Italy in July!!! We are going to the Porretta Soul Festival.

    Saturday July 21 8pm “Tribute To Stax 50th Anniversary”
    Booker T. & The MGs
    Blues Brothers Band with Eddie Floyd
    Special Guest Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns
    Jimmy McCracklin
    Sweet Nectar
    Sugar Pie DeSanto
    Austin DeLone R&B Band

    check: http://www.porrettasoul.it/

    What about the cd i gave you?

  3. djmp45 says:

    that sounds great…i saw there’s rufus thomas as well…i might come as well…i have to see if i have some holidays….the cds you gave me are great…i havent listen to all of them yet…very nice stuff on there….i almost finished a mix cd with some hip hop/breaks stuff on it and i want to uploaded, so if you like it you can post it…which site is better to upolad big files?
    let me know

  4. djmp45 says:

    check also this festival

  5. joppa says:

    Ciao Presa! Si, mi sa che è la cover del pezzo che dici, anche se non ce l’ho sottomano al momento.

    Eh non sarebbe male andare tutti insieme a Porretta, dai organizziamo.

    Dai, metti il tuo link su divShare.com, cosi’ poi lo pubblichiamo. (Ovviamente solo dopo averlo valutato attentamente, ha ha)

    Bella, per agosto sono tentato. Magari si farà.


  6. Ozzino says:

    Ozzini are ready to come

  7. alishaheed says:

    Yo Man!
    thks for this good selection
    I agree with you that these reggae of the 60′s 70′s are the best.
    Do you plan to give us some Augustus Pablo?



  8. joppa says:

    Ali, thank you for visiting us!

    Yes, i’ll post some Augustus Pablo sooner or later since he’s one of my favourites….


  9. Colin Bossen says:

    Another excellent selection! Thank you.

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  13. eric says:


    So much soul. Thank you.

  14. themusicologist says:

    pucker selection


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    Need more free mixtapes? Come on n ride the reggae roller coaster:


    Nice blog!

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