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Fucking right, was rumbling around for this one in my head last night after talking to fozzie, this was the one i was trying to remember. He (sherwood) put it in that mix thing a while back.
i managed to get a copy on 7 - this is the bside, the a is an acoustic version of (do you really wanna know about) Hard Times (stylee!) -its quite interesting and closer to his other material

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reminded me of this - BIM!

just heard this on the radio, not exactly right but throwing it in the ring - new tune - one for the the budget:


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I went through a spell of collecting tunes of this type with the aim of recording a 'socialist roots' mix, but there are so many tunes that didn't quite fit. Tunes that are more about the poor mans struggle

Or condemning politicians

Or being more about rasta revolution than a socialism


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Tunes that are more about the poor mans struggle
Or condemning politicians

Or being more about rasta revolution than a socialism
nice picks - talking revolultion this one comes closer than most
nice 5 track version excursion in this video
I Man A Rasta: Freddie McGregor
Meet 7 Million: Dub Specialist
I Am A Revolutionist: Freddie McGregor
I'm A Revolutionist: Freddie McGregor
I'm A Revolutionist Dub: Freddie McGregor

any more in your mix that never was tikka84 ?


always on the up-ramp
Shit sometimes capitalism is about simply having someone snout up your business

Socialism doesn't necessarily you have to have fuck all in your pockets...

Although on the subject of lurve (sure it was mentioned somewhere)



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Better mention Socialist Roots Hi-Fi

Socialist Roots Hi-Fi was a prominent[1] Jamaican reggae sound system and record label owned by Tony Welch (aka Papa Roots) in the 1970s and early 1980s.[2] It was originally named King Attorney (and before that Soul Attorney).[2] The name changed in 1976 when Welch bought the set. Regular deejays included Ranking Trevor, U Brown, Jah Mikey and Nicodemus,[3][4] alongside the regular selector Danny Dreadlocks.[5] They received dub cuts from Bob Marley & The Wailers.[6] After 1981, the group was known as Papa Roots Hi-Fi.
The sound system was strongly aligned with the Jamaican Peoples National Party and was instrumental in organizing local communities and attempting to promote peace at a time when Jamaica was racked by political violence. Socialist Roots record label released several records. The most successful was "Train to Zion", released in 1976, featuring U Brown and Linval Thompson. The peace song was one of the first 12" 45s issued in Jamaica.


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We're marching out the old towards the new century Armed with the new technology We're getting more and more productivity Some say things looking up for prosperity But if everyone is going to get a share this time Old mentality must get left behind We want the shorter working day Give we the shorter working week Longer holiday We need decent pay

More time for leasure More time for pleasure More time for edification More time for recreation More time for contemplate More time for ruminate More time, we need more time A full time them abolish unemployment And revolutionize labour deployment A full time them banish over-time Make everybody get a work this time We need a higher quality of livity We need it now and for everybody

We need the shorter working year Give we the shorter working life More time for the husband More time for the wife More time for the children More time for we friend them More time for meditate More time for create More time for living More time for life More time, we need more time


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Just recently seen this thread...this fanzine/website has done some good stuff on socialist reggae
just type socialist reggae into search,it's in German mostly though...
The original article they did was a response to an attempt by "a - political skinheads" to set up a front called RAC in germany...reggae against communism.Seriously :facepalm:


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there was actually Socialist Roots Sound System that had big Manley connections. the website's down at the moment, but there's lots to be googled.
I made a website about that sound system years ago, probably the same one, it came down when I stopped paying for the hosting. I had a load of Socialist Roots sound system tapes that I meant to make as Mp3's and upload, but never got round it and now I can not find them..

Brief clip of the sound system I did have on the website


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Just found this Socialist Roots Sound Tape MP3 lurking on my old external hard drive, not the best quality but worth a listen


Mix I made some time ago with a socialist / social justice theme:



Part 1 Tracklist
Derrick Morgan - People's Decision
I Roy - Union Call
Love Joys - All I can say
Johnny Clarke - Jah Jah Bless Joshua
Linval Thompson - Blood Gonna Run
Burning Spear - Social living
Max Romeo - Revelation Time Hammer and Sickle
Freddie Mcgregor - I am a revolutionist

Part 2 Tracklist
I Roy - Sufferers Psalm
Johnny Clarke - Blood Dunza
Horace Andy - Money Money
Early B - Money Man
Don Carlos - Declaration Of Rights
Jennifer Lara - A Change Is Gonna Come
U-Brown & Linval Thompson - Train To Zion


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looks great but i cant for the life of me get 2shared to download the file, tried 3 different browsers - lots of pop up windows and no proper download - anyone managed it?
Sorry about that, I just googled for somewhere to upload the files and that site came up first.

Any ideas for a better website to use to upload the files?

Or I could just leave Soulseek on for a few days and leave all the files in a folder, whoever wants them can PM me for my soulseek username.

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divshare is good for music i find (as it gives you a 'player')
rapidshare is an old faithfull
media fire does the trick too
- for ease (no sign ups) i would go for wetransfer - email it to yourself and you get a download link as well sent to you in the email once its transfered. Dead easy and fast, no popups

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lyrics reminds me a bit of this
The Meditations - No Peace
that could really do with a vinyl reissue...dont think its hit vinyl since 1978