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Various Artists / Black Magic Reggae: Original Trojan And Creole Recordings
Album:Black Magic Reggae: Original Trojan And Creole Recordings Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists Added:04/2007
Label:Sanctuary Records 

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Add Date:2007-04-08 Pull Date:2007-06-10 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-04-09 
Black Magic Reggae
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/6/07
Roots Reggae/Ska/Rock Steady and even Calypso songs, instrumentals and dubs with horror movie themes or titles. There are lots of instrumentals with little evidence of horror apart from the titles, and there are some incredibly goofy songs. First CD is mostly songs, second CD is mostly instrumentals, “versions” and dubs. Superstition looms large in Jamaican culture, so there’s no shortage of material…
No FCCs. Best tracks IMO are 10 and 13 on CD one, 2, 8 and 19 on CD two.
1. 3:29 *** downtempo ponderous bubble, great keyboard noise, great early Wailers vocals, odd lyrics and music.
2. 2:24 ***weird little unintelligable intro, midtempo lover’s rock bubble with very early toasting – very odd indeed.
3. 3:04 *downtempo early roots style instrumental – rather bad sounding master, but nice historical slice of the evolution of reggae…
4. 3:06 **midtempo roots skank, strong music and good singing/harmonies, all about a ghost party. You will learn gender-specific ghost laughs!
5. 3:45 ***midtempo bubble – big early hit for the Wailers, and you can see why. Bob married Rita after she fought off a “duppy” for him. True story.
6. 3:18 **complex midtempo bubble, cover of the Santana classic with Dennis Brown’s trademark beautiful vocals.
7. 6:48 *midtempo classic roots skank with dubby mix, religious lyrics. Includes “version” – mostly instrumental b-side of single.
8. 3:39 *midtempo, cool trumpet, instrumental
9. 1:56 **uptempo, happy skank, keyboardist is clearly delighted to be bewitched. Instrumental.
10. 4:13 ****somewhat uptempo Calypso by the biggest name in the genre – fun lyrics and vocals, just as you’d expect from the Sparrow.
11. 3:05 **cool midtempo bubble with complex and danceable riddim, pretty tenor vocals, religious lyrics. Toast by someone unnamed.
12. 2:58 ***great “version” of track 11, vocals come in and out, but mostly it’s just the nutted music full of odd noises. Fun!
13. 3:55 ****old original version of the Calypso classic. Sing it all together now!
14. 3:29 ***big band calypso, lots of fun. Must have been a fair hit – there’s been remakes.
15. 2:38 **downtempo rock steady instrumental. Fairly bad sound quality, but a fine tune.
16. 2:40 ***slow ska instrumental with lots of crazy noises.
17. 2:49 *squeaky electronic intro, then midtempo roots skank, rather bad sound quality.
18. 2:48 *slow instrumental skank with trumpet and piano.
19. 2:47 ***fast ska with farfisa and random female admonishments.
20. 2:25 *fast ska with lots of keyboards. How it has to do with the Wolfman is beyond me, but Jamaicans have great imaginations…
21. 2:39 ****big midtempo ska with horn section – very nice instrumental.
22. 3:02 **goofy spoken intro with lots of echo, fast ska instrumental, perky farfisa, which apparently speaks to those nutty Jamaicans of vampirism…
23. 3:24 **big, weird, dramatic organ intro, then midtempo bubble with silly spoken stuff about “me Dracula! Run!” Good just for the goofiness factor.
24. 3:20 **electronic bleeps and spoken intro, uptempo rock steady bubble with odd noises and goofy human intervention.
25. 2:52 ***slow ska, Dekker’s sweet vocals, wacky lyrics.
26. 3:17 *uptempo ska with horns and lots of bounce. Do the Vampire Hop!
27. 3:09 **midtempo rock steady with toasting (sounds a lot like Big Youth) and chorus.
28. 7:00 ****thick midtempo roots dub, tons of layers of sound, male singing and female chorus, then toast by the good Doctor. Little reprise at end.
29. 3:17 ***big fat midtempo skank, dub instrumental. Juicy and nice.
30. 3:11 ***starts with quite a bit of howling wind, then downtempo dub skank and silly bits of vocals and howling. Nutz!
31. 2:32 *uptempo instrumental, ska but with definite dub elements.
32. 4:06 *uptempo ska instrumental, fairly poor sound quality. Not a Metallica cover, dammit… Fades out halfway through and comes back in as something else entirely, with LOTS of farfisa.
33. 3:36 **nutty conversation intro with tons of echo, then midtempo rock steady “version” with Augustus Pablo’s melodica.
34. 2:50 *midtempo dubby instrumental bubble with lots of keyboards, a bit of Latin feel to the riddim.
35. 3:32 **midtempo groovy shuffle, instrumental bubble with lots of horns and keyboards.
36. 3:17 **midtempo instrumental with a bit of dub. Mostly skank, bit of bubble.
37. 2:11 ***thick slinky dub with beat that comes and goes, male vocals. A bit of “Get Up, Stand Up”.
38. 2:39 *uptempo roots bubble instrumental, Alphonso’s fine horn.
39. 7:52 ****random intro, then midtempo skank dub “version” with Lee Perry’s ranting and female chorus.
40. 2:32 **spoken intro, then very downtempo, very sparse rock steady dub instrumental.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Bob Marley & The Wailers Mr Brown
2.Lizzy & Dennis Alcapone Mr Brown's Coffin
3.Joe Gibbs All Stars Ghost Capturer
4.Byron Lee & The Dragonaires Duppy Jamboree
5.Bob Marley & The Wailers Duppy Conqueror
6.Dennis Brown Black Magic Woman
7.Leo Graham Voodooism
8.Vincent Gordon & The Upsetters Voodoo Man
9.Boris Gardner & The Love People Bewitched
10.Mighty Sparrow And Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, The Witch Doctor
11.Leo Graham Doctor Demon
12.Upsetters, The Black Bat
13.Lord Jellicoe Zombie Jamboree (Aka Back To Back)
14.Lord Kitchener Love In The Cemetery
15.Crystalites, The Ghost Rider
16.Dynamites, The Phantom
17.Upsetters, The Haunted House
18.Vincent Gordon & Hudson's All Stars Evil Spirit
19.Boris Gardiner Spooky
20.Upsetters, The The Wolfman
21.Byron Lee & The Dragonaires Frankenstein Ska
22.Upsetters, The The Vampire
23.King Horror Dracula Prince Of Darkness
24.Vulcans, The Dracula
25.Desmond Dekker Dracula
26.Upsetters, The Return Of The Vampire
27.Jah Fish Vampire Rock
28.Devon Irons & Doctor Alimanado Ketch Vampire
29.Upsetters, The Vampire Dub (Aka Vamp A Dub)
30.Crystalites, The Blacula
31.Upsetters, The Ten To Twelve
32.Augustus Pablo & The Crystalites Bells Of Death
33.Lee Perry & The Upsetters Kill Them All
34.Boris Gardiner & The Love People Darkness
35.Upsetters, The Dig Your Grave
36.Tapper Zukie & The Musical Intimidators Escape From Hell
37.Keith Hudson's All Stars Satan Side
38.Roland Alphonso & The Bunny Lee All Stars Devil's Disciple
39.Lee Perry & The Upsetters Disco Devil
40.Success All Stars, The Doctor Satan Echo Chamber