Reggae Jeggae 1968/69
Crazy Joe Records
July 17, 2006

Track list
  1. Drumbago & The Blunders - Reggae Jeggae
  2. The Vesatiles - Lulu Bell
  3. Hugh Malcolm - Mortgage
  4. The Slickers - Mother Matty
  5. Errol Dunkley - Love Brother
  6. The Reggae Boys - The Wicked Must Survive
  7. The Destroyers - Rock The Clock
  8. The Immortals - Bongo Jah
  9. Ken Parker - It's Allright
  10. Jackie Robinson - Let The Little Girl Dance
  11. Tyrone Taylor - Delilah
  12. The Soul Sisters - Wreck A Buddy
  13. The Pioneers - Who The Cap Fits
  14. The Creations - Get On Up
  15. The Immortals - Jane Anne
  16. The Royals - Never See Come See
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3
The compilation album "Reggae Jeggae" takes the listener back to 1968 and 1969, the years of the early reggae era when new producers -- including Joe Gibbs or Joel Gibson as he was known then -- started to make the strongest and most consistent impact in Jamaica. They successfully challenged the three dominant forces of the previous era -- Duke Reid, Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd -- who were never again to lead the pack in quite the way they had done up to 1968, either in the studio or as soundsystem operators. During the times of the recordings included here Joe Gibbs had employed the very talented Lee Perry (up to mid-1968) and then equally mould-breaking Winston "Niney" Holness for production duties, while musicians who worked for him included George "Fully" Fullwood, Aston and Carlton Barrett, Clifton 'Jackie" Jackson, Ansell Colins, Gladstone Anderson, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Lyn Taitt, Bobby Ellis, Vin Gordon and Tommy McCook, to name a few. "Reggae Jeggae 1968/69", a worthwhile collection of early reggae tracks, provides a strong case for Joe Gibbs' most inventive period. This set showcases an adventurous instrumental track like "Reggae Jeggae" by Drumbago & The Blunders as well as glorious vocal harmonies by groups such as The Immortals, The Versatiles (fronted by Junior Byles), The Slickers, The Royals and the -- at that time -- very popular Pioneers. Furthermore fine vocalists like Ken Parker, Jackie Robinson and Errol Dunkley are around as well. Highlights include The Versatiles' "Lulu Bell", The Slickers' "Mother Matty", Errol Dunkley's "Love Brother", The Immortals' "Bongo Jah" Ken Parker's "It's Allright", The Pioneers' "Who The Cap Fits", The Royals' "Never See Come See" and "The Wicked Must Survive" by The Reggae Boys (who were probably The Pioneers).