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Socialist Reggae?

scalyboy

Left them to time
Kabaka Pyramid - No Capitalist
Ever since you posted this up porno I've been playing it over and over. I love it - but the lyric is so desperate and despairing, that it has almost had me in tears at times. Realisation that the privatising-free market-paedo-cover-up-dismantle-the-NHS-millionaire-multinational bastards are getting away with it, and all the ordinary person can do is register their protest.

It's extra powerful, I think, cos it pairs a depressing, depairing lyric with a lovely upful riddim, something which reggae does rather effectively at times, for example, Heptones' 'Poverty in the Ghetto.'
 

porno thieving gypsy

Bustin' out
R.I.P.
It is a fantastic song and I think you have nailed it in describing why it works so well. There are plenty of Reggae songs in that style that I get almost obsessive about, yet never grow bored of hearing them.

:)
 

scalyboy

Left them to time
I made a playlist of as many of the tracks mentioned here as I could find on spotify.

I'm not sure how it works but hopefully at least one of these links will mean people can listen to it and add more tracks as the thread (hopefully) grows;

Socialist Version

Socialist Version

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please let me know if this works, ta.


* i also added this to it:

Your third link works for me krink, am listening to it right now, good selection this, interesting mix of old and new tunes :)
 

butchersapron

blood on the walls
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

http://www.2shared.com/audio/Z8ADoyhd/tape1.html

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

http://www.2shared.com/file/6yaXKvSy/Socialist_Roots_1978.html

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

http://www.2shared.com/audio/qTW3QboA/02_-_socialist-roots-mix-tape-.html

http://www.2shared.com/audio/TNrv4zLD/03_-_socialist-roots-mix-tape-.html


Part 1 Tracklist
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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
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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
I knows this was posted yonks ago, but it just made a sick elderly german neighbour very happy. Socialism has power!
 

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ringo

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Incidentally, if any knows where i can get the killer LP this is from for £2.99 give us a shout please. Not so worried about the tight trews mind.
The People's Decision LP usually goes for between £35 - £50, but I've never seen a copy :(
 

ringo

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Beat me to it ska. Some chancer doubling the price for buy it now on Ebay :mad:

House Wife Choice is a favourite LP title, inspired :D

Some of Morgan's 70's roots singles are much more affordable than the LPs, but I don't think this one ever got a release on 45.
 

ringo

Macaroni cheese controller
Nice bit of variety in the subject matter covered by that LP :D

People's Decision
Racing At Ballistic Park
Let's Build A Better Jamaica
Judge Heavy Manners
Natty Dread Forward Out Of Babylon
Let Me Go Girl
My Dickie
Ride Mammy Fanny
Rough Grinder
Wreck A Fanny
Ital Man
In The Public's Interest
 

ringo

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Wonder how many they printed up.
Bet it never got past the first press. Morgan was old news by then. His cultural songs are pretty good, but still trying to put those bawdy numbers across Bunny Lee rockers/flyers rhythms with Tubby at the desk must have been seriously at odds with the heavy rasta vibe popular at the time.
 

ringo

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I've got Under Heavy Manners on 7" from that LP, it's pretty good and fits the thread:


I also have a very similar, and better imo, early roots style tune he also did for Bunny Lee in 1972:

Bring In The Guns:

 

butchersapron

blood on the walls
Bet it never got past the first press. Morgan was old news by then. His cultural songs are pretty good, but still trying to put those bawdy numbers across Bunny Lee rockers/flyers rhythms with Tubby at the desk must have been seriously at odds with the heavy rasta vibe popular at the time.
That's what i like about it - it's the benny hill/garvey vibe.
 
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