Thursday, July 18, 2019

#560 :: Windy City Sound System 19 :: Early 60's (17 July 2019)

In the early days of the Jamaican recording industry, the bands and artists primarily tried to emulate the rhythm & blues music released in the US during the 1950s. This led to a slew of fantastic R&B, jump blues, doo-wop, and ballads that were released in the early ‘60s; and even when ska, rocksteady, and reggae came to dominate the island, some artists even put out some soul sides. For this month’s edition of the show, we’ve put together a mix of these types of tunes. We’re only scratching the surface here, so expect more episodes like this in the future! 

TRACKLIST 
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Work Your Soul 
Laurel Aitken - Bongo Jerk 
Sir Dee’s Group - President Kennedy 
Owen Grey - Dolly Baby 
The Wailers - Teenager In Love 
Jackie Edwards - Do You Want Me Again 
The Maytals - It’s No Use 
The Jiving Juniors - Sugar Dandy 
Lester Sterling & The City Slickers - Whalebone 
Owen Gray - Mash It, Pts. 1 & 2 
Clue J & His Blues Blasters - Silky 
The Blues Blasters - Little Vilma 
Theophilus Beckford - Now You Are Dead 
Jimmy James - My Request 
The Federal Singers - Funny Thing To Say 
The Downbeats - Midnight Love 
Alton Ellis & Eddy Parkins - My Heaven 
Derrick Morgan & Patsy Todd - Thank You 
The Paragons - If I Were You 
Roland Alphonso & The Originals Orchestra - Hip Hug Her 
The Maytals - The Preacher




Thursday, July 11, 2019

#559 :: Dub Mi Rockers (10 July 2019)

An all dub episode.

1 Milton Henry & The Breadwinners - Salvation  Dub Salvation
2 Charles Bradley featuring The Inversions - Whatcha Doing (To Me)
3 The Inversions featuring Charles Bradley - Whatcha Doing (To Me)
4 Black Market - Rudie Can't Fail
5 The Black Seeds - Everybody Knows (Deep Fried Dub Remix)
6 Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor - Dub Those Crazy Baldheads
7 Pacey ft. Dr. Ring Ding - Joy and Pleasure & Dub 
8 Prince Fatty Ft. Big Youth & George Dekker - Get Ready & Dub
9 Vin Gordon - Shucumooku

10 Rusty Zinn - Spellbound by Dub
11 Jim the Boss - Dub in HiFi - Rockers (feat. David Hillyard)




Sunday, July 7, 2019

#557 :: Winter Warm Up

From Australia to Belgium, Korea, Jamaica and everywhere in between, here's a musical mix of ska, reggae, dub and funk to warm the coldest feet this winter. 

Track list
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Beans and Rice
Lee Scratch Perry - Cool Rockers
The Jet Scene - Jet 747 (Version 4)
Rusty Zinn - Rock Me (It's so Easy)
U Roy - Sound Of The Wise
Third World - Cool Meditation
Masons Arms - Früher war alles besser
Sir Harry & Ansel Collins - Bigger Boss
The Ska Jazz Unit - Be Nice
James Brown - Cold Sweat (parts 1 & 2)
Eugene Grey - Giant Steps
The Classics - Got To Be Cool
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Long Long Winter & Dub
Jamaican Jazz Orchestra with Helena Casella - Morning Girl
Roy Ellis feat. Transilvanians - Ice Cream From the Milky Way




Saturday, June 22, 2019

#556 :: Windy City Sound System 18 :: 2019 Highlights ... so far (19 June 2019)

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through 2019. As has been the case for the last couple years, there has been a wealth of new ska, rocksteady, and reggae music that has been released! Rather than wait until the end of the year, we wanted to pick some choice cuts off albums released during the first half of the year, which have been on repeat here at WCSS HQ. Big ups to all of these artists, and here’s to hoping the remainder of the year is just as prolific with new music! ~Jim 

Playlist
The Gramophone Allstars Big Band - Rock Sweet Rock 
AceTones - CC 
The Prizefighters - Kashmir 
Roy Ellis & The Transilvanians - Cool Down Your Temper 
The Mighty Megatons - Atomic Bomb 
The Crepitans - Pick it Up Strong 
The Aggrolites - Why You Rat 
Renaldo Domino - Never Thought 
Aphrodite Delacruz - Toxic 
King Zepha - You Let Yourself Go 
The Scotch Bonnets - Hair Did 
The Israelites - Coxsone’s Memorial 
The Piseógs - Don’t Grow Up 
Los Barrelshots - I’m Coming Home (feat. Lady Lex) 
The Loving Paupers - And The Piano’s Playing 
The Skints - I’m A Fool




#555 :: Mainly Instrumentals (12 June 2019)

1 Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Rockfort Rock
2 The Oldians - Laura
3 Countney John - Jelly Water
4 King Zepha's Northern Sound - Catalunya
5 Winston Curtis - Fire Down Deh
6 The Aggrolites - Western Taipan
7 The Prizefighters - Kashmir
8 Hugo Lobo - Who Makes It, Pay It (feat. Kenrick Rowe)
9 Mighty Megatons - Atomic Bomb
10 The Israelites - Jump'in With Dr. Joe
11 The Miceteeth - Permanent Balloon
12 David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - More Than 2 Sides
13 Masons Arms - Sekundenschlaf
14 Eastern Standard Time - Totem Pole
15 AceTones - Sonny Moon




Thursday, June 6, 2019

#554 :: Do The Reggae Dance (5 June 2019)


1 Owen Gray - Reggae Dance
2 Johnny Osborne - The Warrior
3 Gemma & The Travellers - Going Out With James Brown
4 The Bamboos - Step It Up
5 King Zepha - Just One Look
6 The Specials - B.L.M
7 The Aggrolites - Help Man
8 Roy Ellis feat Transilvanians - I'll Be Loving You Baby 
9 The Far East - Love is the Answer feat. Willow Wilson
10 Los Guanabana - Jarocho
11 Yabby You Meets King Tubby - Chant Down Babylon
12 Dennis Brown - Things In Life
13 The Red Stripes - OK La!
14 Prince Fatty feat Earl 16 - Be Thankful For What You Got
5 Melbourne Ska Orchestra - What You Said And What You Did
16 AceTones - Double Black




Sunday, June 2, 2019

553 :: Groove Them, Move Them - 2019 Releases (29 May 2019)

A musical mix of (mainly) 2019 releases.

1 Eastern Standard Time - Thing Of The Past
2 AceTones - CC
3 Mighty Megatons - I Want To Know
4 Ska Jazz Messengers - Mil Veces No
5 King Zepha's Northern Sound - You Let Yourself Go
6 Pama International - Let Me Down Gently
7 Pama International - Get Up Off Your Knees
8 Westbound Train - Gutter (I Should Start Listening)
9 The Aggrolites - Groove Them Move Them
10 Steady 45's - Slow Down Heart
11 Clinton Fearon - Time
11 Keishera - Put It On You 
12 Club Sandinista! - Nutty D Stompers
13 Phoenix City All-Stars - Guns of Brixton
14 The Crepitans - Pick It Up Strong
15 Jamaican Jazz Orchestra - Happy Earthquake
16 Joey Quinones - Don't Tell Me




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#552 :: Windy City Sound System :: Two Tone Tribute (15 May 2019)

In last month’s episode of the show, we marked the 50 years since the Spirit Of ‘69, with a full hour of boss reggae. This month, we wanted to mark the other big remembrance from this year: the 40th anniversary of the founding of 2-Tone! Not only did these bands help to bring ska music back into the popular musical culture, but they helped to spread the sound to the rest of the globe. For the first half of this episode, we’ve got tunes by some of the bigger bands that were on the forefront of the 2-Tone movement. The latter half is dedicated to the bands that kept this sound going through the remainder of the ‘80s and beyond! 

The Specials - Monkey Man 
Madness - Baggy Trousers 
The Selecter - Murder 
Bad Manners - Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu 
The Beat - Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret 
The Bodysnatchers - Ruder Than You 
The Swinging Cats - Away 
The Aller Værste - Du Sklei Meg Så Nær Inn På Livet 
The Uptown Rulers - Nightclub Dying 
The Ska-Dows - Telstar 
Boss - Rude Boys Are Back In Town 
Mobster - Mobster Shuffle 
Skaos - Ska Down Skank Party 
The Toasters - Shocker! 
Rude Guest - Spooked 
Heavy Manners - Hometown Ska 
The Puzzles - Alladinn 

Friday, May 10, 2019

#551 :: A Ska & Reggae Tribute To Mothers (8 May 2019)

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers. We love you!

1 Lord Tanamo with Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars - Mother's Love
2 The Upsessions - Forget What Your Mother Said
3 The Simmertones - Mothers Choice
4 Dennis Brown - Oh Mother
5 Laurel Aitken - Woman Is Sweeter Than Man
6 Owen Gray with Kenneth Richards & His Band - Cutest Little Woman
7 Desmond Dekker - Honour Your Mother And Father
8 The Skatalites - Hello Mother
9 Hollie Smith - No Woman No Cry
10 The Gramophone Allstars - Love You Like a Woman
11 Sonia Collymore (Courtney John) - Superwoman
12 The Ethiopians - Mother's Tender Care
13 The Soul Leaders - Mothers Advice (shop around)
14 Alton Ellis - Mother And Father
15 Busy Signal - For The Mothers
16 Sizzla feat Konshens & Delus - Thank You Mother
17 Jah Sun - Woman Of Virtue
18 Slim Smith - My Woman's Love




Friday, May 3, 2019

#550 :: Lovely In Mad (1 May 2019)

The Planet Smashers - Can't Stop
The Prizefighters - Bebop Rocksteady
Janet Kumah - Words to Say
Ska Cubano - Megumi's Amor
The Israelites - Coxsone's Memorial
Gregory Isaacs - One More Time
The Interrupter feat. Rancid - Got Each Other 
Mr T Bone and Friends - How About The Moon
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Koishite Cha Cha Cha
Mighty Megatons - I Want To Know
The Skints - Learning to Swim
The Viceroys - Take You Hand
Eastern Standard Time - Lovely In Mad
Hammond York - La Nueva York
See Spot - Needles and Pins
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Burrulero Latino