Big up our good friend and radio deejay extraordinaire NattyMouse for allowing me to invade his airwaves and bless his listeners with my top album picks from 2013.  Part II of the countdown will air next week…

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6 Minutes In Zion: Gladstone Anderson’s Peace Pipe Dub

We used to feature a crucial classic reggae album each week here at MIDNIGHT RAVER.  Titled “Pick of the Week,” I would upload to Mixcloud a high quality vinyl transfer of a noteworthy roots reggae LP.  While most picks were vintage out-of-print records, some raised concerns that I was providing entire albums for free.  In an effort to address those concerns I have crafted 6 MINUTES IN ZION, a weekly mini-mix of my selections from a crucial classic reggae LP.  Why 6 minutes?  Well, here’s why

Produced by Gladstone Anderson, recorded at Channel One and mixed at Tuff Gong, Peace Pipe Dub is a phenomenal record, truly a must-have for any reggae fanatic.

Gladstone Anderson is a Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, who has played a major part in the island’s musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings as a session musician.  He has appeared on just about every record of note from the golden era of reggae.   He is also a solo artist, and leader of Gladdy’s All Stars, featuring bassist Jackie Jackson, drummer Winston Grennan, guitarist Hux Brown, and keyboardist Winston Wright.


The Cool Ruler on MIDNIGHT RAVER

Here is a great story by Mel Cooke relating The Cool Ruler to the Steppin’ Razor which was published in the Gleaner on October 27, 2010.

The Studio 38 series, started in January on the grounds of Pulse’s Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, headquarters, gave audiences a rare chance to see top-notch mature entertainers in an up-close and personal setting, tailor-made for extended performances.

On Sunday, July 25 Gregory Isaacs gave what turned out to be his final show in Jamaica, sharing the bill with The Mighty Diamonds.

It was not the first time that Cooper was doing a major show with the ‘Cool Ruler’. And on one memorable occasion there was another legend on the bill as well, who would not be seen by Jamaican audiences again.

“Gregory Isaacs appeared on the final night of Pulse’s Reggae Superjam in 1983. At the time, Night Nurse was the number-one song in reggae and many mainstream music charts around the world. Interestingly, he appeared on the final night just ahead of the great Wailer Peter Tosh, who headlined the show. That show turned out to be Peter’s last concert,” Cooper said.

Peter Tosh was murdered in Barbican, St Andrew, on September 11, 1987.

The two concerts were 27 years apart, the Cool Ruler doing other concerts with Cooper in-between. He says “we also had Gregory on a couple of other Pulse gigs. Over the years we enjoyed a great relationship. Another interesting fact is that Copeland Forbes managed Peter Tosh at the time of that last performance at Superjam in 1983. He also managed Gregory at the time of his last ‘Live at Studio 38’ concert appearance this past July.”

On the night, Cooper said, “he (Gregory) wanted to perform first. He told Lloyd Parks ‘me a bat first’. We knew that he wasn’t well, so we put him on immediately he arrived.”

A trouper to the last, Cooper said Isaacs “never complained. However, he had not been able to perform at Studio 38 earlier, as we had wanted, because he had been suffering from poor circulation in his leg.”

Assessing Isaacs’ showing, Cooper says “Gregory’s performance at Studio 38 was probably one of the best of his latter years. He no longer had the really great voice and ill health had already taken its toll. However, he managed to craft a memorable performance, complete with his trademark fedora, suit and tie, one side of his shirt hanging below his jacket and a full catalogue of hits, plus all the antics for which he was famous around the world.”

And summing up the Cool Ruler’s place in Jamaican popular music, Cooper said “Gregory’s legacy as a real icon of Jamaican music cannot be denied. He is in the front row of the exclusive club of reggae’s true greats. He invented lovers’ rock and was the original bad boy of Jamaican music – but a bad boy everyone loved. His music is as fresh today as it was when recorded. He will be remembered fondly wherever reggae music is played, both now and in the future.”

CLICK HERE to listen to Gregory Isaacs’ crucial vinyl selections from the MIDNIGHT RAVER collection.

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Gregory Isaacs’ and Dennis Brown’s performance of Carlton “Tetrack” Hines’ mind blowing song “Let Off Sup’m.”

CLICK HERE to listen to Gregory Isaacs’  performance on the BBC’s John Peel show.

CLICK HERE to listen to some rare Gregory Isaacs dub tracks by Jim Fox.

CLICK HERE to read my favorite ROGER STEFFENS written piece from THE BEATSTEFFENS embarks on a strange journey into the world of Gregory Isaacs as STEFFENS flies to Jamaica seeking an interview with the tormented reggae genius.

Two memorable performances from THE COOL RULER:

“Kingston 14”

“The Border”

Here are two photos given to me by Doctor Dread.  These photos have never been released.

Peter Broggs & Gregory Isaacs

Peter Broggs & Gregory Isaacs


Peter Broggs & Gregory Isaacs

Peter Broggs & Gregory Isaacs

If the I missed MIDNIGHT DREAD/REGGAE MD’s Listening Party vital music’s still on NOW!



Please join my special Reggae MD Saturday Listening Party 3pm-6pm Pacific Time today March 29th when I’ll be on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Midnightdread with folks diggin’ the tunes, posting comments, photos, or just plain listening quietly. Reggae MD debuted full-time when March came in like a lion. It’ll be heading out under similar conditions now! Pass it on. Like the MD Facebook page & see lots of photos from the session.