Greetings to the Flea Market Funk Family. This weekend I dug deep in the crates and pulled out some Reggae gems from the early to mid 70’s and all the way up until the 80’s. These particular selections are from various 45’s, 12″s, and Lp’s I’ve picked up throughout the years, and also from a huge 7″ Reggae haul I got last summer (Thanks Grant!). On this mix I tried to visit some not so popular selections by some well known Reggae legends, as well as some covers, and a few not so known artists doing some hot tracks. There is Dub, Dancehall, Roots, and even some Rocksteady, a lickle bit of it all. It clocks in at just over 55 minutes. This time I’ve included a front and back cover with the track list. “The Special Request Mix” will be leading up to my next review, which is Lee “Scratch” Perry and Junior Mervin teaming up with “Roots Train No. 1” on Black Art Records. Coincidentally, Lee Perry will be here in Asbury Park at the famous Stone Pony on June 13th. I highly recommend checking this show out. I’ve seen him before with Mad Professor, and let’s face it, he’s not getting any younger. I doubt he will be back in Asbury Park again. This is a chance to see the man who is synonymous with the word Dub. Again, a show not to be missed.
Reggae has been such a great passion of mine ever since I was young and introduced to record labels such as Studio One, Trojan, RAS, Shanachie, and of course Tuff Gong( through the music of Robert Nest Marley). There was a family friend who used to make tapes for my sister and I when we were in our teens. He had everything from Marley, to Steel Pulse, to Aswad, to Yellowman and more on these tapes. Their family ran a clamming business, and he always labeled his mixes “Live from Blackey’s Studio”. I’ll never forget that. So here’s to Chuck, and the many others who pointed me down the right path as a youth with music. Another big shout out to goes to Jah-Nee Gill from MTV’s Tempo network. He’s doin’ his ting proper. Big ups (insert airhorn here). Enjoy the “Special Request” – Reggae Gems From the Vault Vol. 1. and Keep Diggin’!