Happy 70th Birthday Roger Steffens Ras Rojah

Roger Steffens “Reggae Obsession”

Happy 70th Birthday Ras Rojah

Many know Roger Steffens from his video lectures/tours about Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, or from his “Reggae Beat” radio show and magazine. Steffens co-hosted Reggae Beat on KCRW from 1979 until 1987, and Reggae Beat International from 1983 until 1987, which was syndicated internationally to 130 stations.  He has toured to many parts of the globe to give his lectures and multi-media presentation on the Life of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He has also contributed to countless music anthologies as a writer and photographer.  But to many of us, Roger is know for his generosity, kindness, and willingness to share with reggae fans his rare audio and video gems that fill his massive reggae archives. If fate or luck or whatever works your way, it’s a beautiful day if you get to visit his archives. (Big thanks to his wife Mary for putting up with all us fanatic fans)

Please read wikipedia for more information on Roger and visit his site Roger Steffens Reggae Archives, because roger’s life is so  full of interesting achievements and people he has met I can’t write about it all here. Two interesting things many reggae fans don’t know about Roger is how he saved George Segals ass at the climax of movie Rollercoaster (he was the radio technician that jammed the bombers signal) or that he was close friends with fellow veteran and one of my favorite comedians/actors John Ritter.  His mind seems like a steel trap, ready to open and share his memories.  I remember a comment my brother made after I took him to meet Roger at his house. He said “Roger is like a encyclopedia. He knows everything”.


The list of visitors to his house and archives is testament to the importance of his knowledge and massive rare collection. I love that all the members of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers have visited, plus a countless list of other artists and reggae fans. The real topper and probably Roger’s most important visitor to him was Rolling Stone guitarist and reggae lover Kieth Richards. A Rolling Stone in your house….Wazzza!!!

I have not been to Roger’s archive since he moved from his old house by Echo Park.  Back in college, I  would visit him with my arms full of double tape decks.  I am happy to have donated some material to his archive knowing that he will share it with folks around the globe.   I treasure the time I got to spend chillin’ and learning about Jamaican music history, and hearing his stories about interviewing people like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Lee Perry.  Give thanks to Roger for all he has done to promote Jamaican Music all these years.

Happy EarthStrong to ya Rojah!!

Here is a special Tribute Video I made.

With Carlos Santana

With Lee Perry

With The Meditations

With Cedella Booker

Rog & CC Smith

With Familyman Barrett

With Joseph Hill and Sangie Davis

With Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths of the I-Three

Advertisements

MARLEY The Movie Soundtrack Unofficial Collectors Edition By Dubwise Garage

MARLEY The Movie Soundtrack

Unofficial Collectors Edition By Dubwise Garage

Each CD features the same tracks titles used in the official movie release, but I used unreleased live tracks, demos, and Jamaican singles to compile this unofficial soundtrack.

CD 1

CD101 Bob Marley – Corner Stone Sweden 1971
CD102 JA01A Bob Marley – Judge not (first cut) (Beverleys 7” no matrix)
CD103 Bob Marley 1975-10-04 Simmer Down
CD104 Bob Marley 1973-11-27 Put It On
CD105. Bob Marley 1973-10-30 Small Axe
CD106. Bob Marley – Mellow Mood (horns and strings)
CD107. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Peel Sessions – Stir It Up
CD108 – Bob Marley – Concrete Jungle Madison, WS 1978
CD109.  Bob Marley – 1976.06.24 Stardust Club, Exeter, Crazy Baldhead
CD110  Bob Marley – Natty Dread Quiet Knight 1975
CD111. Bob Marley 7-7-1975 Trenchtown Rock
CD112. Bob Marley – 1976-04-23 Get Up, Stand Up
CD113.  Bob Marley – Work Paris 1980
CD114 Bonus Track Crazy Baldhead Dub
CD115 Bonus Track Bob Marley Natural Mystic Horn Mix
CD116 Bonus Track Knotty Dread Version
CD117 Bonus Track Natty Dread Out-Takes  I Know A Place

CD 2

CD201. Bob Marley  – Jammin’ – 1978-07-07 – Ahoy Club, Rotterdam
CD202- Bob Marley – Exodus Bahamas 1979
CD203. Bob Marley –  No Woman No Cry 1978-05-25 – Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI  Late Set
CD204. Bob Marley – War – 1976-04-23  Upper Darby, PA
CD205. Bob Marley – I shot the sheriff 1980.09.20.  MSG
CD206.  Bob Marley – Roots Rock Reggae Beacon, NYC 1976
CD207. Bob Marley – Three little birds Jamaican Mix
CD208. Bob Marley –  Real Situation Alt. Mix
CD209.  Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved 9-17-1980 Providence RI
CD210. The Wailers – One Love 1975-10-04 Kingston, JA
CD211. Bob Marley – Redemption Songs 1980-06-26  Milan
CD212  Bob Marley – High Tide Low Tide Demo
CD213 Bonus Track Bob Marley –  Jamming Dub
CD214 Bonus Track Bob Marley –  Roots Rock Reggae Dub
CD215 Bonus Track Bob Marley –  Wake up and live Amandla Fest. Soundcheck 1979
CD216 Bonus Track. Bob Marley and Wire Lindo – Redemption Song – Live on Jamaican TV 1980

All songs can be played from my player below or the one on the radio page

 

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

 

You can also download these Lossless FLAC files

CD101 Bob Marley - Corner Stone Sweden 1971.flac CD101 Bob Marley – Corner Stone Sweden 1971.flac
Size : 9913.938 Kb
Type : flac
CD103 Bob Marley 1975-10-04 Simmer Down.flac CD103 Bob Marley 1975-10-04 Simmer Down.flac
Size : 17991.393 Kb
Type : flac
CD104 Bob Marley 1973-11-27 Put It On.flac CD104 Bob Marley 1973-11-27 Put It On.flac
Size : 14715.095 Kb
Type : flac
CD105. Bob Marley 1973-10-30 Small Axe.flac CD105. Bob Marley 1973-10-30 Small Axe.flac
Size : 29551.354 Kb
Type : flac
CD111. Bob Marley 7-7-1975 Trenchtown Rock.flac CD111. Bob Marley 7-7-1975 Trenchtown Rock.flac
Size : 27266.086 Kb
Type : flac
CD113.  Bob Marley - Work Paris 1980.flac CD113. Bob Marley – Work Paris 1980.flac
Size : 26193.147 Kb
Type : flac
CD114 Bonus Track Crazy Baldhead Dub.flac CD114 Bonus Track Crazy Baldhead Dub.flac
Size : 16132.593 Kb
Type : flac
CD116 Bonus Track Knotty Dread Version.flac CD116 Bonus Track Knotty Dread Version.flac
Size : 16184.972 Kb
Type : flac
CD202- Bob Marley - Exodus Bahamas 1979.flac CD202- Bob Marley – Exodus Bahamas 1979.flac
Size : 42042.202 Kb
Type : flac
CD208. Bob Marley -  Real Situation Alt. Mix.flac CD208. Bob Marley – Real Situation Alt. Mix.flac
Size : 24733.067 Kb
Type : flac

Black Uhuru – Buffalo, NY 9-16-1984 Soundboard Complete Show

Black Uhuru – Buffalo, NY 9-16-1984 Soundboard Complete Show
A really great recording from the massive Uhuru right before they would split and reform with Jr. Reid in 1985.  I really enjoy hearing live version of What is Life and Solidarity.

Shine eye gal
Plastic smile
I Love King Selassie
Solidarity
Darkness
What is Life
Sponji Reggae
Abortion
General Penitentiary
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
Happiness
World is Africa
Sensimilla (labeled as track 1 but is beginning of round 2)

You can watch the youtube video below or Download the FLAC files here http://dubwisegaragecollection.com/blackuhuru.php

This show is very under circulated, I have not seen it on any torrents sites over the last 6 years.

Chalawa – Exodus Dub – Rare Dub LP

I have not made a post recently as I have been very busy with projects. But this

Lp is worth the time to share.  A classic with wicked stand out tracks like the Heathen and Exodus.  Enjoy and Dub It Star!


Chalawa – Exodus Dub

Killer Dub of Exodus, and pretty sure this is not officially available any more.

Sky Note     LP     #SKY LP 14     1978

Record date : 1978

Playlist :
Natural Mystic Dub
So Much Things To Say Dub
Guiltiness Dub
The Heathen Dub
Exodus Dub
Jamming Dub
Waiting In Vain Dub
Three Little Birds Dub
One Love – People Get Ready Dub

Engineer : John Forbes & Fred Petersen

Studios :
Knick Sound

Another Classic From The DUBWISE GARAGE COLLECTION

 

For those who want to download, the Lossless FLAC files are here on my main sites

Rare Dub Page

 

 

 

Who Killed Peter Tosh – Plus Bonus Island Zorro Boot Live at Roxy 1978

 

Below are 2 great pieces from my website Peter Tosh Tribute.  First is a great recording from the Roxy Th. in Los Angeles in July 1978.  2nd is an article from High Times Mag. called “Who Killed Peter Tosh”.
Pick myself up                                                    
African
I’m the Toughest
Bush Doctor
(You gotta walk) Don’t look back
Get up stand up
Legalize it
(Dangerous) Stepping Razor

 

 

Who Killed Peter Tosh by Eric Williams from High Times Jan. 1994

Rita Marley and the Melody Makers – November 27, 1982 Jamaica World Music Festival – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Rita Marley  and the Melody Makers

November 27, 1982
Jamaica World Music Festival – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Recording Info:
SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-D5M/TDK MA-C90/Dolby B)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
charliemiller87@earthlink.net
April 19, 2011

Notes:
— Thanks to Frank Streeter for lending me his masters

Setlist:
Introduction
That’s The Way
A Jah Jah
Who Feels It Knows It
Thank You Jah
There Will Be Always Be Music
 No Woman No Cry
Sugar Pie
Children Playing In The Streets
What A Plot
One Love

One Draw  and One Draw Pt 2
Harambe
Jamming

The Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay on Nov 27, 1982 was part of a 3 day event that combined rock, pop, soul and reggae artists. The festival never became the annual event it was hoped to become, but lucky for fans most of the show has become available to collectors.  Some of the other bands that played at the festival included The Clash, The Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin, The Talking Head, The English Beat, Toots and The Maytals, Rita Marley and The Melody Makers, and the historic and controversial set from Peter Tosh. Here in its complete form is the wicked set from Black Uhuru who were in top form in 1982.  This recording comes from the master tape so it is as good as quality you can get without a studio remaster. I will feature other sets from some of the other artists in future posts. 



Stephen Marley – Punky Reggae Party- Lowlands festival,the Netherlands Aug. 20th 2011 Bonus Track

 

Stephen Marley – Punky Reggae Party-  Lowlands festival,the Netherlands Aug. 20th 2011 Bonus Track

Many have been enjoying this great show from Grammy winner Stephen Marley and Crew for months now.  It was broadcast on a few networks-satellite channels some complete and some in different qualities. I recently came across this opening bonus track of Punky Reggae Party that Stephen likes to open the show with. Below is the rest of the show in the highest quality available so get ready for some roots, rock, reggae.

And the rest of the show, which has been on tearing up youtube.

If you like individual tracks, here are a few I made from this massive show.

No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Pale Moonlight

Chase Dem

 

 

Bob Marley & The Wailers – April 13th 1979 Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan Rare Recording


Bob Marley & The Wailers

1979.04.13. Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan

This show has the  most clapping I have ever heard during any concert, so I asked a Japanese friend if he could give me some insight.  I talked with Hideki Nakagawa who explained to me that since the Japanese can’t sing along with the songs since they don’t understand English well, they “clap to convey the feelings of us from start to end.”  Hideki also had this to say about this particular show. “I am hearing this show now and it is most amazing show of all Japan shows. The Crowd sing along with No Woman No Cry(Bob brings to sing and start sing) it is magic moment.
Junior said Japanese word at end of Jammin “Okini”.
That means “Thank you” in the words of Osaka Dialect,
usually “Arigato”.”

Audience Recording.  Fairly Good Quality. One of the lesser circulated dates from the April 1979 tour of Japan.  For the more serious collectors that like to have history preserved in its best quality, I have provided lossless FLAC files and for most are MP3 files, just click on the song title to play or left click and save as to download.

01 – Positive vibration                       
02 – Concrete jungle
03 – Them belly full
04 – The heathen
05 – Running away
06 – Crazy baldhead
07 – I shot the sheriff
08 – No woman no cry
09 – Is this love
10 – Lively up yourself
11 – Jammin
12 – War
13 – Get up stand up

14 – Exodus

You can Download Lossless FLAC files on the main site here JAPAN PAGE

 

Spragga Benz and Friends – Can’t Stop Us Now – DJ Octagon Guerrilla Takeover Mix Feauring Stephen Marley, Cutty Ranks, Buju Banton Ect.

Wicked mix , had to pass it on.  Big Ups to DJ Octagon and the Guerrilla Takeover Crew https://www.facebook.com/guerrillatakeover

Part 1 MP3

Part 2 MP3

Or Youtube Stylee

Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life Wins 2011 Reggae Grammy with Exclusive Live Mix of Revelation Pt 1

Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life Wins 2012 Reggae Grammy with Exclusive Live Mix of Revelation Pt 1

Congratulations to Stephen Marley for winning this years 2011 Reggae Grammy for this CD “Revelation Pt1: The Root of Life”.  He went up against his brother Ziggy Marley’s CD “Wild and Free”, Shaggy’s “Summer Kingston”, Israel Vibration’s “Reggae Nights” and Monty Alexanders “Harlem-Kingston Express Live”.  As an exclusive special to celebrate the great achievement I share with you a live mix of tracks from Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life.  These tracks are taken from a few different shows on Stephens 2011 tour supporting the CD.  In my opinion, Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life is one of the best reggae releases in the last 10 years. Track after track of wicked songs and murderous riddims. All but False Friends and Working Days which I have not heard live are included here and I have also included a complete video broadcast from Stephens Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life tour from Aug. 20th 2011 Lowlands Festival,the Netherlands.

Live Exclusive Set-list from Various Shows on US 2011 Tour

Made in Africa
Break Us Apart
Can’t Keep I Down
No Cigarette Smoking
Freedom Time
Jah Army
Old Slaves
Pale Moonlight
She Knows Now
Selassie Is The Chapel
Tight Ship
Now I Know

 


All Live unreleased tracks from 2011 tour.  Thanks to all tapers.

You can also download the complete setlist as one track here Live Mix of Revelation Pt 1

Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life tour from Aug. 20th 2011 Lowlands Festival,the Netherlands.