Reggae Weekend

Well, I spent the weekend sick in bed and jacked into my ipod. Despite being ill, this scenario was not as bad as it could have been. In desperate need of some some happy music, my finger manipulated the search functions to locate some classic “Feel Good Reggae”. One gallon of orange juice later and feeling much better (thank you for asking), here are my top three picks from my weekend in bed:

Horace Andy’s first album SKYLARKING (1972)
Horace Andy has put out almost 40 albums in his career but I really love his first album, specifically the great title track Skylarking. In 1990 Andy’s career took a big upswing as he began working with Massive Attack contributing to all five of their albums.

Johnny Osbourne’s Truth & Rights (1979)
Originally released in 1979, Truth & Rights is considered by many to be one of the best reggae albums ever made. The album also ushered in the 1980′s dancehall sound and solidified Osbourne as a young upcoming artist. I am a huge fan of the track We Need Love.

Slightly Stoopid’s Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct (1999)
Originating from Hawaii but living in California means that Slightly Stoopid’s music really feels right at home here as one of my top picks.  Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald have such a perfect lock on what surf town reggae sounds like and their partnership has brought forth a sick collection of great songs.  Check out their Live and Direct Album today and see what I mean with songs like Fireshot.

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