Okay, so we know that Bob Marley’s Legend is one of the greatest compilation/catalog albums ever released. When it comes to Marley, people only want to hear the established/pushed hits, and aren’t willing to dig deeper unless they want to. Those that do dig deeper will be rewarded. So now, there is an album with brand new remixes of Marley’s Island Records output, and it’s called Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong/Universal) but is it needed? No. This album also shows that major labels don’t know what a remix is. Someone like Jim James can cover “Waiting In Vain” but that doesn’t make it a remix in my book. That’s a cover version. A COVER. Thievery Corporation? They know how to remix, and their remix of “Get Up Stand Up” is fairly decent. Roni Size doing “I Shot The Sheriff”? Eh. Photek handling “One Love/People Get Ready”? Eh part 2.
The best track on here happens to be Z-Trip’s take on “Punky Reggae Party” and when Z-Trip does things, he goes deep. He even went to Lee “Scratch” Perry to assist. Now is that remix worthy of an entire remix album? Does having remixes by some of Marley’s offspring merit… anything? It seems silly for Legend Remixed to exist, since this isn’t going to sell with every future generation? Lucky if anyone in this generation is going to care or know about this by the end of November. I would have picked a number of other people for this, and if you’re going to do remixes or covers, know the difference. Otherwise, don’t bother me.
Ziggy Marley is offering a song as a free download that he calls “A Fire Burns For Freedom”, and this fire in question is in support of the legalization of marijuana, although it can be about any fire for freedom that you wish.
You can download it by clicking here, or if you just want to hear it, this link will take you to Swift.FM.
Ziggy Marley has been around long enough as an artist to present us with compilations. Then again, he is a Marley and anything with the Marley name can turn to gold, and Dancehall Originators (Tuff Gong).
What this 12-track CD does is make an attempt to go back to how dancehall music as we know it was created, at a time when reggae was king, but some felt a modern touch was needed to bring into the 1980’s. You have tracks like “Look Work” by Josey Wales, “Big, Bad & Bold” by Chaka Demus, and “Mr. Bad Mind” by Buju Banton that show how much the music had changed in such a short time to where it has become the dominant sound from Jamaica. The album ends with a nice retrospective megamix by DJ Roy, and this will also be a way for new fans to be introduced to what some call the glory days of dancehall.
This is the first CD in Tuff Gong’s Let’s Go Back… Way Back series, and I highly look forward to what comes next.
Twenty years doesn’t seem that long ago, but in that time there has been an overwhelming amount of dancehall reggae to come from Jamaica, leading to other artists from around the world to show their love and respect for the music, and creating a few sub-genres for better or worse. With the help of Ziggy Marley, Tuff Gong have put together the first in a series of albums that will shine the spotlight on a revival of music from Jamaica that has yet to stop (some will tell you it never really stopped in the first place, and rightfully so).
The album is called Dancehall Originators Vol 1., and features songs by Buju Banton, Chaka Demus, Charlie Chaplin, Yellowman, Josey Wales, and Coco Tea among many others, along with a megamix created by DJ Roy of Road International. Some of these songs were able to crossover into the R&B charts, something that a lot of reggae songs up to that point could not do. Dancehall reggae changed the landscape a bit and became much more than a regional favorite.
Reggae artist Ziggy Marley speaks on the trials and tribulations of being a former child star, and the passing of Michael Jackson in an new interview featured at the Jamaica Gleaner.
The full article can be read here.