Reggae covers - oldies

From: (Juha Vaahtera)
Subject: Re: Reggae to the Oldies
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 18:23:52 GMT

On 27 Sep 1996 03:57:01 GMT, (Arthur Cohen)

>Just for fun, I recently made a tape of various reggae covers of tunes
>from the 60s and early 70s (mostly). I originally had the idea while
>listening to the local "Oldies" station (which, amusingly, is named
>WODS, and which plays most of these songs regularly).
>Anyway, although constrained by my collection (not massive), I think it
>came out pretty nice... I'd be curious to see other people's picks for
>something similar (especially if you really made the tape!).


Here are some of my favorites:

Richard Ace: Love is so good when you're stealing it (Studio 1)
This is version of Z.Z. Hill's minor hit of 1977. Hardly no one seems
to remember the original - this Richard Ace's reggae version is even
better. Definitely my # 1.

Richard Ace: Staying alive (prod. by Prince Tony Robinson)
-Yes, the Bee Gees song from Saturday Night fever. This sounds kinda
pervert but I like the song. On the flip there's a version of Yvonne
Elliman's If I can't have you. Sounds good to me, too.

Otis Gayle: I'll be around (Studio 1)
-Version of the Spinners song. Tasty & jazzy organ solo provided by
Jackie Mittoo. Otis Gayle has made a couple of other versions for
Dodd. Paul Anka's Let me get to know you and Kenny Rogers' Lady, but
this Motown tune is the tops.

Lord Tanamo (or Ken Parker or Gladiators): Rainy night in Georgia
(Studio 1).
-Arthur had the Nicky Thomas cut of this Tony Joe White song, but I
prefer these made by these luminaries from Dodd's stable.

Tommy McCook: Flying home (Treasure Isle)
-Benny Goodman's tune transferred into a rocksteady instrumental.

Tommy McCook: Kojak (Bunny Lee)
-And another jazz adaptation with odd title. This time it's Duke
Ellington's Take the "A" train time. A strange but charming
combination of a jazz standard, mid 70's flying cymbal-style and
Horace Andy's Better collie rhythm.

Derrick Harriott: Checking out (self production)
-I love these "motel love" songs (like the Richard Ace/ZZ Hill tune).
It's Don Covay's I was checkin' out She was checkin' in.

Chosen Few: Shaft (Derrick Harriott)
-There's also Prince Buster's version of this Isaac Hayes sound track

Derrick Harriott: Float on (self prod.)
-And one more Derrick tune. It's the Floaters' sweet soul tune from
1977. Tamlins are on the background telling their signs and what kind
of girls they prefer...

Alton Ellis: Can I change my mind (Studio 1)
-Tyrone Davis' million seller and a good cover version by Mr. Ellis.

Alton Ellis: Too late to turn back now (self prod?)
-Cornelius Brothers did the original. The riddim was used by Augustus
Pablo in his Too late instrumental (This is Augustus Pablo).

Jimmy Riley: Somebody told me (self prod)
-From Teddy Pendergrass' first solo album after leaving the Harold
Melvin's Blue Notes. Jimmy Riley is the only one in Jamaica who can do
a cover song like this.

Etcetera. I could go on forever.


From: rocksteady <>
Subject: Re: Reggae to the Oldies
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 1996 00:44:43 GMT

Robert Nelson wrote:
> Lee O'Neill wrote:
> > > How about Black Uhuru & the Tamlins collaborating on "Aquarius"?
> Which the Diamonds have done as well on a Bad Gong single called "Let
> Jah Sun Shine In".
> I'm glad you mentioned this record Lee. I only knew if it via the DJ
> version by Lizzy on the Joe Gibbs album, "Top Ranking DJ Session".
> What's the label info on the B'Uhuru vocal you've got?

The Age Of Aquarius was also done by "The Freedom Singers" (a group of
studio vocalists like LArry Marshall, WInston Jarrett, etc.) for Studio
One back in the 60s. As far as cornball stuff, didn't Pat Kelley do a
sickly sweet cut of "Little Jimmy Brown"? (ugh!)

Allen Kaatz

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