Posts Tagged ‘Bob Marley’

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(More) Sounds of X-Mas!

December 20, 2012

Well sorry ’bout the break (been busy mixing an EP), but here’s a little more Yuletide croonings for your pleasure: The great Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song) by killer Jamaican reggae outfit Toots and The Maytals. Now, from my understanding reggae and ska was never that big in the US, but in the UK during the late 60s it was huge. Local label Trojan Records issued slews upon slews of 7″ singles and managed to release some chart topping hits, including Tony Tribe‘s Red Red Wine (you might remember UB40‘s hit version), The UpsettersReturn of Django and The Pioneers‘ classic Long Shot Kick de Bucket (good luck trying to decipher the lyrics on that one!). Even though they issued some of Bob Marley‘s earliest work the label itself failed launching themselves in the USA – with a company name like that go figure.

Anyway, lead vocalist FredToots’ Hibbert (he later on went solo) had a great voice that parallelled those of classic American R&B/Soul performers like Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett. Always delivering with soul and passion, a lot of the group’s tracks became classics like the prison-themed 54-46 (Was My Number) (most sampled bassline so far) and Pressure Drop famously covered by The Clash. Oddly enough his Funky Kingston later on appeared as the opening theme for reality tv-show Miami Ink. Mixing reggae with early 70s US funk it kicks mucho butt. Check it out:

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Mashup II

September 5, 2012

Wow! I recently wrote about G3RSt‘s cool Bob Marley/Green Day mashup Get Up Hitch A Ride (check it out here), but Joey Propeller‘s mashup of Booker T & The MG’s classic Green Onions and Donna Summer‘s I Feel Love is just a haunting, weird oddity that immediately got me hooked! Sounds like something that’d fit great in say Twin Peaks. Check it out twice!

Even though I can’t find much information about this Joey character – email me if you have any information – but back in 2008 he did a pretty cool mix of Velvet Underground‘s Venus in Furs and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell‘s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. And again with weird, eerie results. Check it out:

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Mashup

August 7, 2012

Now, I can’t say I’m that into this musical genre, but being active with so-called plunderphonics with The Norliss Tapes I can see the charm of mashups, using already recorded music in order to create something new. It’s only logical that 30+ years after sampling became a hot commodity a musical genre using only samples would grow and thrive. You can think what you will about the phenomena, but it’s here and at least worth a good look into before you come to any conclusions.

Anyway, via the blog Dangerous Minds I found G3RSt‘s mashup Get Up Hitch A Ride that blends Green Day and Bob Marley seamlessly, with a nicely edited video to boot! I checked YouTube for more material and there’s at least a handful more interesting material so check ‘em out!

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(More) Scientist

July 30, 2012

Well, I guess you guys just have to bear with me while I’m having a total nerdgasm today. This clip with The Scientist doing a dub version of Bob Marley‘s Lively Up Yourself is just breathtaking. Yes, I am fully aware that to the average person (read: normal) this is just some guy twiddling some knobs (and let’s take the high road on this shall we?), but look at the ease and total control this man has over the equipment! It’s like watching a highly skilled artist paint a masterpiece.  So fluid. And the fact he’s doing this in real-time and not using computer programming whatsoever to help out is nothing short of amazing!

I’ll be back to my normal self tomorrow.

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