Favorite Roots Reggae LPs

meistromocomeistromoco 953 Posts
edited March 2016 in Music Talk
Here is my top 3

Third World - 96 Degrees in the Shade
A new favorite of mine. So so good.

Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man

Amazing songwriting - I love it

Dennis Brown - Wolf and Leopards

Rootsy heat.What's yours??


  • the Congos - Heart of the Congos

    Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
    (saw him perform this stuff live a few years ago and dude was still )

  • FatbackFatback 6,746 Posts
    Blackheart Man is up there for me.

    Two Sevens Clash
    African Herbsman

    many more. I'm off to lunch...

  • Heptones "On Top"

    Don Carlos "Raving Tonight"

    Congos "Heart Of"

    off the top of de head

    Bunny BHM & Spear MG are right up there too

    & most of the late 70's Prince Tony production stuff !!!!!!!!

  • CoffinJoe is speaking; let us all listen.

    This one's obvious, but Black Uhuru "Black Sounds of Freedom" (originally released as "Love Crisis") is unbelievably heavy. And Greensleeves just reissued a remastered version of it with bonus DJ tracks by U-Black.

  •  - Forever lovin Jah kills it for me every time

  • Burning Spear - Rocking Time
    Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobylon
    Johnny Clarke - Truths And Rights
    Abyssinians - Satta
    Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon

    I just had an Earl Cunningham on Vista that was incredible

    If we open it up to Rocksteady,

    John Holt Like A Bolt
    Alton Ellis - Sunday Coming

    come to mind...

  • Oh shit -

    Tetrack - Let's Get It Started
    Wailing Souls S/T on Studio 1

  • If we open it up to Rocksteady,

    Anything by:

    Delroy Wilson
    Phyllis Dillon
    Nora Dean
    Little Roy
    The Valentines
    The Uniques
    Keith and Tex
    Tommy Mccook and the Supersonics
    Dawn Penn
    Oliver St. Patrick
    The Soulettes
    Stranger Cole
    Patsy Todd

  • I wouldn't really call Little Roy rocksteady, but I would definitely rate Tribal War among top roots albums.

  • PATXPATX 2,820 Posts
    If we open it up to Rocksteady,

    Anything by:

    Delroy Wilson
    Phyllis Dillon
    Nora Dean
    Little Roy
    The Valentines
    The Uniques
    Keith and Tex
    Tommy Mccook and the Supersonics
    Dawn Penn
    Oliver St. Patrick
    The Soulettes
    Stranger Cole
    Patsy Todd

    This needs a separate thread. But HOW GOOD IS THIS LP?!!!!

  • Little Roy released some singles in the late 60s with Studio 1 when he first started recording, by far his biggest/most influential/highest rated work is in the 70s and early 80s... calling him a rocksteady artist, that is a bit "missing the forest for the trees".

    Good tune though.

  • Knowledgeable Dude.... i like that. i gotta over to that shop one of these days.

  • Ha! I wasn't trying to derail the thread just saying.

    Heart Of The Congos is another killer.

    Everyone sleeps on their second record - Congo Ashanti, I guess 'cause they handled production themselves (as opposed to Perry). But that one is real good too.

    "Hey Youthman" and "Days Chasing Days" are heavy.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    BLACK UHURU - THE DUB ALBUM....I forgot the name.

    80's...Alplha Blondy - Jerusalem....Wailers backing band.

  • Mighty Diamonds "Right Time" surprised it wasn't one of the first names dropped.

  • cpeetzcpeetz 2,112 Posts
    1. Sugar Minott- Showcase Killer Studio 1 lp with version of Keith and Tex's "Tonight"
    2. Junior Murvin-Police and Thieves Lee Perry CLASSIC! Can't believe this one hadn't show up yet.
    3. Hugh Mundell-Africa Must Be Free by 1983 SCORCHER!
    4. Congoes-Congo Ashanty DEEP BUSINESS!
    5. The Gladiators-Proverbial Reggae
    6. Culture-Lion Rock HARMONIES GALORE!

    Let's get some more people, go deep mang, I love Bob Marley but...

  • i apologize because i only skimmed the thread, but since i didn't see it, this thread can't be taken seriously without


    of course heart of the congos
    and the sugar minott "showcase" lp already mentioned is definitely in there too. "i need a roof" in particular.

    i'll try to dig a little deeper though....

  • ok, this is a compilation but this is the first album that really carried me through the bob marley, burning spear, and lee perry rut i was stuck in as a beginner to roots music. i spent about 2 or 3 years thinking that i had really found the best of what reggae had to offer (not that there's anything wrong with those choices), but this was the breakthrough. yes it's a compilation, but it is still one of my favorite LPs period. can't find an image, but it was put out on attack records titled "sufferer's choice" circa mid 90s? probably long out of print, but if you ever see it, grab it.

  • spivyspivy 866 Posts
    Barry Brown- step it up youthman...


  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 7,748 Posts
    Upsetters "Super Ape" (I guess this is more dub than roots)

  • My own personal faves, some of which have already been mentioned:

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (my favorite album, period, regardless of genre)

    Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon

    Peter Tosh - Legalize It

    The Congos - Heart Of The Congos

    Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile

    John Holt - 2000 Volts Of Holt

  • kalakala 3,350 Posts
    congos -heart of

    that blood and fire reish of My main man Sylford Walker w/welton ire

    scientist- rids the world of the curse of the evil reptillian greeen ass cold blooded republican repitiles

    er emmm ummmm I mean vampire lesbos

    G Issacs-Slum in Dub
    Larks from the ark-90s comp cd only?
    Dance Hall Style-Horace
    Augustus Pablo meets rockers Uptown/java java

  • Uh, speaking of reggae. Is it just me or has Sly & Robbie played on just every reggae album recorded. Maybe it's just my preference for reggae but GODDAMN!

  • Not strictly a roots LP, but since the love of the mighty 'Heart of the Congos' is strong I wonder if many have the jaw-droppingly amazing George Faith LP 'To Be a Lover'.

    It was recorded in parallel sessions with and with virtually the same band as the Congos classic.


  • Johnny Osbourne: Fally Lover LP

  • Fally Lover is more of a dancehall/rockers album ain't it?

    Surprised no one has mentioned:

    Johnny Osbourne "Thruth & Rights" Studio1
    Hugh Mundell "Mundell" Greensleeves
    (This on is also on an early dancehall tip but the themes are mostly roots)


  • Dance Hall Style-Horace

    Sugar Minott- Ghetto-ology... The People Got To Know is


    The Heptones- Party Time... Killer Scratch production...

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