Posts Tagged ‘reggea

27
Oct
10

R.I.P. Gregory Issacs – Reggae Legend

 It’s a sad day in Jamaica no doubt with the recent announcement of the passing of Reggae legend Gregory Issacs on monday.

Issacs was influential to many Reggae artists from the 1970’s to present day.  Although in the 70’s and 80’s his popularity rivaled those of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, it wasn’t until 1992 that he had his biggest hit called “Night Nurse”.  The guy had a string of hits prior to that outside the US, but this was the one hit that gave him the most noteriety.  Issac’s performed and released albums up until 2008.  Issacs had released over 500 albums (both studio and compilations) over his career.

Issacs struggled with drugs for years and ultimately succumbed after a long battle with lung cancer; he died in his home in South London.

Appearently the band Phish covered “Night Nurse” at a concert in Manchester NH the night after he died ; a fitting tribute for sure.

04
Dec
09

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Right Back (1999)

It would seem that whenever I choose to work out in the gym  (which is quite rare these days) I’m always challenged with the issue about what I will listen to; usually it is a decision between Tool, Pantera, or some metal mix that seems appropriate.  Yet last night I decided to go past the normal flavor and explore the other 400 albums on my iPod.  I had forgotten about a lost gem of an album by the now defunct Long Beach All Stars entitled Right Back released in 1999.

With the death of  Sublime’s vocalist Brad Nowell in 1996 bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh decided to pursue other musical ventures thus founding The Long Beach Dub All Stars along with free form guest artists, a horn section, and a DJ.  The debut album Right Back was a refreshing sound that resonated with a culmination of reggae, hardcore, dub, and hiphop.  If you are a Sublime fan, this album is a nice continuation of where Sublime left off, minus the vocals of Nowell, it is consistent with the tempo’s and rhythm’s of the Sublime sound.

The beginning of the album starts off with Righteous Dub, a nice dub song to ease one into the album on a mellow but upbeat note.  Songs like Rosarito , My New Life, and Like a Dog resonate pure Sublime and provide some clarity that the bands unique sound did not die with Nowell.  The lead singer of the band Bad Brains (Hr) makes a cameo on the song New Sun and does a nice job adding a hardcore/reggae type funk and tempo to the album. 

Although I’m not the biggest fan of rap I have been drawn back several times to the song Kick Me Down which features a great beat and great vocals.  Perhaps that is why I like this album so much, the variety of different angles the album provides.  Most albums today, in my opinion, songs are often to repetative and monotonous in their style and sound, yes the album might be good, but the songs are begin to sound the same and that is where I begin to lose interest. 

Right Back is a fun album that seems to be an amalgum of styles that keeps the listener wondering what the next song will be, I like that.

Several albums followed after 1999’s Right Back, they are Wonders Of The World (2001), and Sunny Hours (2002).

Sadly, The Long Beach Dub All Stars broke up officially in 2002, but members continued until 2007 under the name Long Beach Shortbus.

The Long Beach All Stars album Right Back gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.




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