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Josey Wales

Josey Wales was one of dancehall's founding fathers, building on the innovative DJ chatting of his mentor U-Roy and creating a highly influential style of his own. Along with Brigadier Jerry and his sound-system partner Charlie Chaplin, Wales was widely regarded as one of the best DJs in Jamaica when dancehall took over the reggae scene in the early '80s. His gruff, gravelly voice and half-spoken, half-sung delivery were instantly recognizable, and were copied by many an up-and-coming DJ. Unlike his contemporary Yellowman -- perhaps the only DJ of the era who was more popular -- Wales pointedly refused to resort to slackness, keeping his lyrics purely conscious and Rastafarian. That meant he grew increasingly unfashionable over the course of the '80s, but he nonetheless continued to perform regularly, and remained a highly respected pioneer.

Josey Wales was born Joseph Winston Sterling in West Kingston, Jamaica, and took his stage name from the Clint Eastwood Western The Outlaw Josey Wales; naturally, "The Outlaw" became a standard nickname for him, along with "The Colonel." Wales first performed professionally as a DJ with the Roots Unlimited Sound System in 1977, and made his name as part of U-Roy's King SturGav Hi-Fi Sound System, where he spent three and a half years in the early '80s. There he teamed with DJ sparring partner Charlie Chaplin in one of the most potent one-two punches of the era, which in turn made King SturGav arguably the biggest sound system around. Wales' first recordings were live performances issued on producer Bunny Roots' label, but he didn't enter the studio until he hooked up with the foremost producer in early dancehall, Henry "Junjo" Lawes. Wales began moonlighting for Lawes' Volcano sound system, and in 1983, he issued his first-ever single on the Volcano label, "Baby Come Home."

"Baby Come Home" wasn't a big hit, but its follow-up, "Let Go Mi Hand," was a breakthrough smash that established Wales as a recording star, not just an electrifying live performer. His debut album, The Outlaw Josey Wales, appeared later in 1983, and it cemented his status as one of Jamaica's top DJs, behind only Yellowman at his peak. Further hits followed, including "Bobo Dread" (which appeared on a shared album with Yellowman, 1984's Two Giants Clash) and "Drug Abusing" (on his second proper solo album, 1984's self-produced No Way No Better Than Yard). In 1985, Wales moved over to producer King Jammy's label and recorded a series of hits that included "Na Lef Jamaica," "Ha Fi Say So," "Right Moves," "It's Raining," and "Water Come a Mi Eye," among others. The Rulin' album appeared in 1986 on the Black Solidarity label, and several collections of his work for Jammys also followed in the late '80s.

By that time, however, Wales' style seemed increasingly out of date; other toasters had upped the ante for lyrical technique, and slackness and gun talk ruled the dancehalls, leaving little room for Wales' staunch Rastafarianism. Nonetheless, he remained an active presence on the Jamaican music scene for quite some time, both as a recording artist and as a mentor to up-and-comers like the young Shabba Ranks. He cut an album for George Phang in 1989 called Undercover Lover, and focused chiefly on collaborations during the early '90s. Duo albums with old cohorts U-Roy (Teacher Meets the Student) and Charlie Chaplin (Kings of the Dancehall) appeared in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and a duet with Beres Hammond, "Hey Girl," was a smash hit in the U.K. in 1993. The solo album Cowboy Style was released on King Jammy's label in 1994, and Wales also worked with the likes of Gussie Clarke, Tappa Zukie, Philip "Fatis" Burrell, and Bobby Digital during the decade. In 1997, Wales was robbed at a Kingston bar and managed to survive gunshot wounds; the incident briefly revitalized his recording career, as he scored Jamaican hits with the singles "Bush Wacked" and "Who Shot the Colonel" later that year. In 1998, Wales joined the reunited King SturGav Hi Fi Sound System, touring with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Brigadier Jerry, and U-Roy. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Meaning Of Dub

1. Meaning Of Dub

2. Dub Of Meaning

3. Rasta People

4. Live And Learn

6. Victory

7. Dancehall Everlasting

8. Dub Everlasting

10. Instrumental

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Track List: Dub Club Presents Foundation Come Again

1. Paper And Pen

2. Hard Time

3. Revolution

5. Wicked Dem Drop

6. Every Herbs Man Is A Star

7. Around The World

13. Chant Down Babylon

14. Ride Riddim

15. Hear Me Now Star

17. Black Shadow

18. Selassie I Rule

19. Healing Of The Nation

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Track List: Power House Selector's Choice - George Phang Vol.2

Disc 3

1. No Touch The Riddim

2. No Touch The Version

3. If You Only Knew

4. Appetizing

5. Now A Days

6. Cumina

7. Under Mi Fat Thing

8. Batta Batta

9. Freeze Who Goes

10. She's A Delilah

11. Girls Are Skanking

12. Bubbling

13. Chat Politics Pon Sound

14. A We Rule

16. Dance In The Atlantic

17. Don't Close The Door

18. Drape Her Up

19. If I Didn't Love You

20. Country Man

Disc 4

1. Talk About Love

2. Mix Up

3. Undercover Lover

4. Diet Rock

5. Ready For Me

6. Ease Up

7. Pain A Mi Back

8. Throw Me Corn

9. For My Lover

10. Feel Like Crying

11. Your Love Is Not True

12. Two Timer

13. Baby Come Home

14. Better You Gwaan

15. Better She Gwaan

16. Cell Block One

17. Upon The Roof

18. Great Stone

19. Original

20. Come We Love Up

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Track List: Clarks In Jamaica

1. Clarks Booty

3. Clarks Booty Skank

4. CB 200

5. Dangerous Shoes

6. Clarks Booty Style

7. Trash and Ready

8. Brandy

9. Put On Me Clarks

10. Pedestrian

11. She Want Money

12. Rebel Girl

13. Love I Want

14. Thru Me

15. Joycie Gone

16. Going Back To School

17. Wa-Do-Dem

18. Leggo Mi Queen

20. Tubby's Daddy

21. No More Lean Boot

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Track List: Henry Junjo Lawes: Volcano Eruption

Disc 1

1. Worries In The Dance

2. Prison Oval Rock

3. I Am The Don

4. Gunman

5. Police In Helicopter

7. Give Another Israel A Try

8. Chip In

9. Lover's Affair

10. Jacqueline

11. Ice Cream Love

12. 21 Girls Salute

13. Fire House Rock

14. Come Fi Mash It

15. Dancehall Style

16. Pass The Tu Sheng Peng

17. Love I Can Feel

18. Lost My Sonia

19. Look How Me Sexy

20. Last Dance

Disc 2

1. Flash It Inna E

2. Boneman Connection

3. Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt

4. Woola Woope

6. Anarexol

7. Two Bad DJ

8. Fisherman Style

9. Bam Salute

10. Bubbling Telephone Chalice

11. Some A Halla

12. Wa Do Dem

13. Another One Bites The Dust

14. Diseases

15. Spar With Me

16. Bobo Dread

17. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng

18. Wicked She Wicked

19. Dance Pon The Corner

20. How The West Was Won

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Track List: Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems

1. Under Me Sleng Teng

2. Pass The Tu Sheng Peng

3. Police In Helicopter

4. Under Mi Sensi

5. Joker Smoker

6. It A Fi Burn

7. Ganja Smuggling

8. Smoking My Ganja

9. 100 Weight Of Collie Weed

10. Sensi Ride

11. Smoke The Herb

12. Bun It

13. High Grade

14. 100 Dollar Bag

15. Ganja In My Brain

16. Couple Chalice A Day

17. My Grade

18. Under Me Sensi

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Track List: King Jammy's Selectors Choice Vol. 3

Disc 1

1. Magic Moment

2. Jump Up

3. Bam Bam

4. Casanova

5. Respect Due

6. Champion Sound

7. Discuss Dem Man

8. Wake Up

9. Great Ambition

10. Head To Toe

11. Kill Dem Wid It

12. I'm A Don

13. Must Haffi Get It

14. Devil Send You Come

15. Be Mine Tonight

16. Ain't Too Proud To Beg

17. Emmanuel Road

18. Nah Lef Ya

19. Top Celebrity Man

20. Gimme No Bun

Disc 2

1. Get Up Stand Up & Rock

2. Bye Bye Love

3. Greatest Gal Lover

4. Nowhere Better Than Yard

5. Dj A Look Fi Mi

6. Let's Give It A Try

7. My Lady

8. Don't Throw It All Away

9. Dean In China Town

10. Fresh

11. Four Season Lover

12. X Rated Country

13. Boy George

14. Duck Dance

15. Bounce

16. Bad Bad Chaka

17. Dibbi Dibbi Girl

18. More Reality

19. Duck Riddim

20. Conquer Me

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Track List: King Jammy's: Selector's Choice, Vol. 4

Disc 1

1. Who She Love

2. Boombastic

3. Bull's Eye

4. Missing You

5. Lodi Lodi

6. Chatty Chatty Mouth

7. Champaign Sax

8. If I Were A Carpenter

9. Kissing In The Moonlight

10. Tears

11. Genie

12. Live Blanket

13. Think Me Did Done

14. Natty Dread

15. I Know The Score

16. End Of The World

17. My Love

18. Mr. Sea

19. Ital Man

20. Jump & Shock Out

Disc 2

1. Peenie Peenie

2. Original Kuff

3. Johnny Too Bad

4. Love Punaany Bad

5. Pretty Looks Done

6. Water Come A Mi Eye

7. Love Mi Stylee

8. Me Ah De Danger

9. Needle Eye Pum Pum

10. Punaany

11. Healthy Body

12. Gimme The Money

13. Babylon Boops

14. No Borrow No Gun

15. Yes Mama

16. Border Clash

17. Bike Back

18. Wrong Move

19. Been Around The World

20. Punaany Sax

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Track List: King Jammys-Selectors Choice Vol.2

Disc 1

1. Deh Wid You

2. Rock It Tonight

3. For Your Eyes Only

4. Horse Tonic

5. Spanish Fly

6. Crying Time

7. Lovers Question

9. Medley 5

10. Ah Murder

11. Come Again

12. Shame Dem

13. I Need You

14. Right Track

16. Block Traffic

17. Champion Bubbler

18. Whole Heap Of Corn

19. Politician

20. Wear Yu Size

Disc 2

1. Tune In

2. Nice Up The Lawn

3. Here I Am

4. Let Jah Arise

7. The General

8. Young Lover

9. Samfie Girl

10. Run Around Girl

11. Turn On The Heat

12. Sara

13. Why Are You Going Away

14. Bits And Pieces

15. Loving That You Want

16. Can't Run Sax

17. What The Hell

19. Fire Fire

20. Twist A Rock

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Track List: Reggae Anthology: King Jammy's Roots, Reality And Sleng Teng Disc 2

Disc 1

1. Bad Girl (Feat. Scorcher & Nicodemus)

2. African Love / Yogi Bear (Feat. Prince Hammer)

3. Selassie On His White Horse

4. Engineer Affair

6. Where You Gonna Run

7. Jah Created The World

8. Love Tickles Like Magic

9. The Lord Is My Shepherd

10. Skank At The Party

11. Water Pumping

12. Boom-Shack-A-Lack

13. Sweet Dream Are Made Of This

14. Money Man Skank

15. Children Of The Ghetto

16. Clarks Booty

17. Under Me Sleng Teng

18. It A Ring

19. Trouble Again

20. Sweet Reggae Music

Disc 2

1. Wear Yu Size

2. Original Kuff

3. Rock Them One By One

4. Nah Lef Ya

5. Run Around Girl

6. I Know The Score

7. This Magic Moment

8. Punanny

9. Duck Dance

10. Get Up Stand Up And Rock

11. Tumbling Down

12. If I Were A Carpenter

14. Who She Love (Feat. Home T & Shabba Ranks)

15. Here I Am

16. Bandelero

17. Roots, Reality And Culture

18. Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders

19. Fire Bun A Weak Heart

20. One Love

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Track List: Strictly The Best Vol. 19

2. Goggle

3. Dwayne

4. Eh-Em

5. Oysters & Conch

6. Praise Ye Jah

7. Raid Di Barn

8. Who Am I

10. Que Sera, Bumper Cart

11. Handle The Ride

12. Limited Edition

13. Waan Back

15. Bush Wacked

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Track List: Take It Easy Riddim

1. Work So Hard

2. Ready Fi Josey

3. Playing Games With My Heart

4. Right Pon Time

5. Raise Your Glass (Fi Di Working Class)

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Track List: The Kings Of Reggae

Disc 1

1. Satta Massa Gana

2. To The Foundation

3. Back To Africa

4. Marcus Garvey

5. Dreamland

6. Freedom

8. Messenger

9. Police & Thieves

10. The Harder They Come

11. Police In Helicopter

12. Big Ship

13. Come Down Father

14. Splashing, Dashing

15. Two Sevens Clash

16. Blackheart Man

17. Fisherman

Disc 2

1. Caress Me Girl

3. Mi Have Fi Get You

6. Over Me

7. Roll Call

9. Lazy Body

10. Here I Come

11. Fattie Boom Boom

14. Trouble You A Trouble Me

15. Arleen

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