May 1st, The Beat, mime and jump-about on Top Of The Pops. The wonderful, Mirror In The Bathroom.
Reggae charts on May 3rd.
PRE-RELEASE 1. Barry Biggs - Wide Awake In A Dream - Afrik 2. Lone Ranger - Love Bump - Studio One 3. Barrington Levy - You Have It - GG 4. Rod Taylor - Worlds Of Parables - Belva 5. Jackie Mittoo - Reggae Magic - Studio One 6. Hugo Brown - Everyone Turn Ranking - Mandingo 7. Sugar Minott - Just Can't Win My Soul - Jabba Roots 8. Enos McLeod - World In His Hand - Orbit 9. Devon Russell - Darker Than Blue - High Times 10. Johnny Osbourne - Play Play Girl - Studio One.
DISCO 45 1. Gregory Isaacs - Net To You/A Few Words - African Museum 2. Sugar Minott - Sometime Girl - Wackies 3. Love And Unity - I Adore You - Studio 16 4. Investigators - Baby I'm Yours - Inner City 5. Vivian Jones - Good Morning - Third World 6. Barry Brown - Mr CID - Attack 7. Roman Stewart - Mr Officer - Strong Like Samson 8. Private I's - Folk Song - Cruise 9. Gaylads - Love Is A Hurting Thing - Black Roots 10. Sugar Minott/Ranking Dread - African Girl - Live And Love.
ALBUMS 1. Freddie McGregor - Bobby Babylon - Studio One.
2. Aswad - Showcase - Island 3. Little Roy - Columbus Ship - Copasetic 4. Sugar Minott - African Girl - Black Roots 5. Lee Perry - Upsetter Collection - Trojan 6. Dennis Brown - Foul Play - A&M 7. Scientist - Dub Landing - Starlight 8. Johnny Osbourne - Truth And Rights - Studio One 9. I And I - I And I - Sound Off 10. Jennifer Laura - Presenting Jennifer Laura - Studio One. Compiled by Jah Timothy, M&D Records, 36A Dalston Lane, London E8.
May 8th, John Peel Session.
May 22nd, Granada TV's 'Celebration' is aired.
Reggae charts on May 2nd.
PRE-RELEASE 1. Johnny Osborne - Love Is Here To Stay - Studio One 2. Mikey Dread - Reggae Gone International - Dread At The Controls 3. Tristan Palma - Bad Boys - She Get Up And Skank 4. Prince Allah - Lot's Wife - Redemption Sounds 5. Big Youth - Miss Lou Ring Ding - Negusa Negast 6. Ovations - Shy Girl - Dread At The Controls 7. Michael Palmer - Superstar - Roots Tradition 8. Big Youth - Love Jah With All My Heart - Negusa Negast 9. Eddie Fitzroy - The Gun - Dread At The Controls 10. Ranking Joe/Dennis Brown - Zion/Home Sweet Home - Cash And Carry.
DISCO 45 1. Sugar Minott - Good Thing Going - RCA 2. Gregory Isaacs - What A Feeling - Taxi 3. Roy Ranking - Go Deh In A Late Night Blues - K&G 4. Claudia Fontaine - Natural High - JB 5. Freddie McGregor - Natural Colly - High Times 6. Donna Rhoden - Be Kind To My Man - Santic 7. Aswad - Babylon - Island 8. Trevor Walters - Give Love A Try - Nationwide 9. Al Campbell - Natural High - Greensleeves 10. Jah Shaka - To Be Poor Is A Crime/Still Cool - Jah Shaka.
ALBUMS 1. Burning Spear - Hail H.I.M.
2. Pablo Moses - A Song - Island 3. Michael Prophet - Serious Reasoning - Island 4. Barrington Levi - Doe Ray Me - JB 5. Third World - Arise In The Morning - Jah Music 6. Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard - Jam Sound 7. Junior Delgado - Dance A Dub - Incredible Jux 8. Various - Duke Reid Greatest Hits - Treasure Isle 9. Dennis Brown - If I Follow My Heart - Studio One 10. Various Artists - Jazz Jamaica - Studio One. Compiled by Dub Vendor, c/o 18 St John's Avenue, Putney, London SW15. Tel 01-785 9639.
The October '81, Roots Radics and Gregory session, represent the heights reggae achieved. "FIRE... P-O-W-E-R" is an appropriate 'shout'.
The November '82, session.
Last October I posted Shaka in '81, playing Confirmed Reservation. [It's the fifth song down the page.] The unbeatable version, or let's say, 'context and reception'. Where the music is made-first,forthe Sound Systems. The debates and discussion in reggae are over sound systems. An intensity that mirror's rappers and/or producers; "Who carries the weight..., smashes the opposition, etc". In reggae, could end up with two small hill's of speakers facing each other in a hall. There's equipment to consider and, more contested ground. In my survey; On a good day, no one but no one, tops Jah Shaka. Man in my local reggae shop, the late 80s/early 90s, New Cross, south London.
'Atmosphere' was the number one song in the 1981 Festive Fifty. [The John Peel Show, end of year chart. Postal votes]. Second place was the 'Pistols' Anarchy'. In 1980 they reversed positions, with Love Can Tear Us Apart, 3rd, in '80, and '81.
The following year was the last 'all-time' top 50, thereon it became an annual contest. The top ten in '82: 1. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK 2. Joy Division - Atmosphere 3. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart 4. Joy Division - New Dawn Fades 5. The Cure - A Forest 6. New Order - Ceremony 7. Joy Division - Decades 8. Undertones - Teenage Kicks 9. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead 10. The Clash - White Man in Hammersmith Palais.
The song that remained John Peel's, personal all-time, 'top of the pops'.
November 1977 The Tubes tours were a coach trip event. Raucous mayhem..., here; (c)amp-ing it up on OGWT.