Today we continue our RIDDIMS THAT HIT ‘EM series with a fine selection from our good friend Ray Hurford.  If you don’t know Ray, he is an author and musician who founded the phenomenal reggae zine SMALL AXE, issuing the first edition in September 1978.  SMALL AXE is still considered to be one of the most well-researched and credible reggae zines ever published.  Ray has also publishes a popular series of books called the SMALL AXE GUIDES TO REGGAE.

As I told Ray recently, there would be no MIDNIGHT RAVER without the fine work he and his writers did at SMALL AXE.  The concept of seeking out those artists who are never written about and telling their story to the fans is one that we operate under every day.

Ray told me that he would try and focus on the smaller, more obscure riddims to some of his favorite tunes.  So big thanks to Ray for everything that he contributes to the music and I give thanks to him for taking the time to contribute to this series.

1.  Junior Delgado – Tiction

2.  Willi Williams – Run Them A Run

3.  Leroy Sibbles – Fire In Your Eyes

4.  Maytals – Its You

5.  Ethiopians – Selah

6.  Dandy – Raining In My Heart

7.  Delroy Wilson – Have Some Mercy

8.  Bob Andy – Sun Shines For Me

9.  Little Roy – Tribal War

10.  Nitty Gritty – Tempo (A Big Rhythm, but I love it!)


Bob Marley & the Wailers Tuff Gong Uprising Demos & Alternates

Included here is an EXCLUSIVE mix of rare demos, alternates, dubs, and rehearsal outtakes from 1979/1980.

Coming in from the Cold (Dennis Thompson Dub Mix) [6:27]
Real Situation Demo [5:31]
Bad Card (Tuff Gong Rehearsal 1980) [2:33]
We and Dem (Alternate) [5:49]
We and Dem (Dub Mix) [5:42]
Work (Tuff Gong Rehearsal 1980) [4:32]
Zion Train (Tuff Gong Rehearsal 1980) [3:50]
Zion Train (Alternate) [4:08]
Pimper’s Paradise (Tuff Gong Rehearsal 1980) [4:51]
Pimper’s Paradise (Dennis Thompson Dub Mix) [3:24]
Could You Be Loved (Alternate) [3:50]
Could You Be Loved (Beat Box Demo) [5:50]
Forever Loving Jah (Dennis Thompson Dub Mix) [3:02]
Forever Loving Jah (Tuff Gong Rehearsal 1980) [2:13]
Redemption Song (Demo) [3:29]


The Wailers Do Manchester, 1973/’76

This OK Dave concert poster for The Wailers’ gig at Manchester Polytechnic on Saturday, November 24, 1973 sheds new light on the show, which bombed terribly with less than 200 attending! According to the poster, The Wailers appeared alongside Ingroville & OK Disco.

Big up the Manchester District Music Archive for sharing the photos…

The Wailers, Manchester Polytechnic, November 24, 1973

The Wailers, Manchester Polytechnic, November 24, 1973


Here is a photo by Ged Murray of OK Dave and Tosh Ryan on Alexandra Road, Moss Side in 1975.  Note poster for Bob Marley and The Wailers at The Hardrock in the background.

Photo:  Ged Murray

Photo: Ged Murray

Another great vintage Wailers photo from the Manchester District Music Archive.

A Bob Marley & the Wailers mirror type badge with the BURNIN’ album graphics.  According to the owner, the badge commemorates the band’s live show at Bellevue King’s Hall on June 27, 1976.


Bellevue King’s Hall, June 27, 1976

EXCLUSIVE! Rare photos of Bob Marley, Wailers at the Apollo Theater, 1979

On Saturday, November 29, 2014, the Wailers band led by original bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, will play the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC 35 years after Bob Marley and the Wailers made their debut at the historic venue in 1979.  Bob Marley and the Wailers played an historic run of shows from October 26-29, 1979, performing two shows each of the four nights.  This was Marley’s first real attempt at targeting his music to black music fans in the U.S., many of whom were not familiar with his music as US urban radio at the time was playing mostly soul and R&B.   George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic opened several shows with female vocalist Betty Wright opening the rest.

I found these photos, many of which have never been released, in a box of reggae memorabilia given to me by Bob Marley fanatic and founder of RAS Records Doctor Dread.

Many thanks to my good friend Patrick in Germany for helping me restore the photos, many of which were not even viewable.

To download lossless audio recordings of several of these shows CLICK HERE!

CLICK on any photo to enlarge.

Here is a review of the show by Ken Emerson which appeared in the New York Times on October 27, 1979.


New York Times, October 27, 1979

New Release : Faianatur – Rastafari Straight

hi dear readers, a little note to present you the last faianatur cd, the album being named : Rastafari Straight

for this album Faianatur worked with House Of Riddim.

Album Cover Art :

Faianatur Album Cover

Faianatur Album Cover

Faianatur Album Back Cover

Faianatur Album Back Cover

The Album Tracklisting :

01- Be Wise
02- Everyday
03- For What He Has Done
04- King Of Kings
05- Rejoyce
06- Strong In Your Life
07- Tell Me When
08- Hail Selassi I
09- Psalm 68
10- Rastafari Straight
11- Wah Dem Ago Do
12- Courage
13- Live It Up
14- King Selassi I Is Real
15- I Will Be There

Here a Teaser Mix :

To Learn More About Faianatur :

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Thanks to Faianatur, Linda, Tomatic.