By now my adoration of Seventies reggae is apparent to anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while, so allow me to bid a fond farewell to a master of the genre.
Record producer Joe Gibbs passed away last Thursday. Lee Perry, Niney the Observer, Beres Hammond, The Heptones, The Ethiopians, Jacob Miller, and Dennis Brown number among the many artists he produced. Gibbs also produced Culture’s groundbreaking album Two Sevens Clash, and I already told you how much I love that classic. If you’re new to the wonderful world of reggae and you’re ready to try something other than Bob Marley, that’s a great place to start.
If you’re ready for more Joe Gibbs, most definitely check out the soundtrack to Rockers.
If you’ve never heard any of this stuff and it sounds interesting to you, try one of my favorite songs on for size. This is “Cool Off Son” by Junior Murvin. It’s a certified dancehall classic.
RIP, Sir Gibbs — your legacy will live on. Are you a diehard reggae fan like me? Tell me your favorite Joe Gibbs tune!