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

King Tubby Upset The Upsetter Out of Print LP Rip

 

King Tubby Upset The Upsetter Out of Print LP Rip

Record date : 1981

Album style : roots, dub

Playlist :
Crucial Dub
Hot Steppers In A Dub
Dubbing The Controls
Racka Macka Dub
Reggae Bus In A Dub
Village Dub
Chant Down Rub A Dub
Doind My Thing In A Dub

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

 

 

Dennis Brown – Josephs Coat Of Many Colours Out of Print LP Rip


Dennis Brown – Joseph’s Coat Of Many Colours

Great Dennis Brown LP that is basically out of print, I believe some tracks have been used on a blood and fire compilation, but this is from my LP rip.

Playlist :
Slave Driver
Open Your Eyes
Creator
A Cup Of Tea
Together Brothers
Oh What A Day
Well Without Water
Three Meals A Day
Home Sweet Home
Man Next Door

Mixing Engineer : Maxie & Sylvan Morris
Engineer : Maxie & Sylvan Morris & Ruddy Thomas

Producer : Dennis Brown

Vocals : Dennis Brown
Backing Vocals : Leroy Sibbles & Junior Delgado
Drums : Sly Dunbar & Horsemouth Wallace & Santa Davis
Bass : Bagga Walker & Flabba Holt & Lloyd Parks
Guitar : Bo Peep & Bingy Bunny & Chinna & Dennis Brown
Keyboards : Keith Sterling & Winston Wright & Franklyn Bubbler Waul & Gladstone Anderson
Saxophone : Deadly Headly
Trombone : Nambo Robinson
Trumpet : Bobby Ellis
Percussions : Ruddy Thomas & Barnabas & Sticky & Scully Simms & Flick Wilson

Studios :
Channel One (Kingston, JA) & Harry J (Kingston, JA) & Joe Gibbs (Kingston, JA)

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Blue Riddim Band – Alive Jamaica and Restless Spirit Out of Print LP Rips

The Blue Riddim Band – Alive In Jamaica

Blue Riddim became the first American band to play Sunsplash in Jamaica. “We were voted co-‘Best Band’ of the entire festival,” McLane says. “It blew me away that we blew them away. I was expecting pineapples and cantaloupes thrown at us. We’re playing these old songs, and we’re also from America, and we’re also white. It’s five o’clock in the morning, and they’re going, ‘What in the … ?'”

Flying Fish LP #FISH 325 1984

Record date : 1984

Playlist :
Chariots Of Fire
Smile
Feeling Soul
Cuss Cuss
Tribute To Coxsone
Nancy Reagan
There’s A Law

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Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit

Record date : 1981

Playlist :
Come See About Me
Shoo Be Do
Restless Spirit
One Love, One Heart
Rock It Sister
Cuss Cuss
Twistin The Night Away
Oh Babe
Joke’s On You

Engineer : Prince Jammy
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Culture In Dub Vinyl Rip

One of my favorite Dub LP’s with one of my favorite dub songs Iron Sharpen Iron Dub. Mixed by the great Errol Brown this comes from a vinyl rip of my LP.  The LP is long Out of Print, but the tracks have been reissued on CD. I love the warm sound of my LP’s so I decided to share this one even though it is not 100% OOP.

Culture – Culture In Dub

Sky Note LP #SKY LP 16 1978
High Note LP #
Record date : 1978

Album style : roots, dub

Playlist :
Everyday Love Dub
Skilful Dub
Iron Sharp Dub
Tropical Dub Fever
Heavenly Dub
Harder Than The Rest
Freedom Jam
Deep Root Dub

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Producer : Sonia Pottinger

Mixing Engineer : Errol Brown

Studios :
Treasure Isle (Kingston, JA)

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

 

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You can also download these Lossless FLAC files

CD101 Bob Marley - Corner Stone Sweden 1971.flac CD101 Bob Marley – Corner Stone Sweden 1971.flac
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CD103 Bob Marley 1975-10-04 Simmer Down.flac CD103 Bob Marley 1975-10-04 Simmer Down.flac
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CD104 Bob Marley 1973-11-27 Put It On.flac CD104 Bob Marley 1973-11-27 Put It On.flac
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CD105. Bob Marley 1973-10-30 Small Axe.flac CD105. Bob Marley 1973-10-30 Small Axe.flac
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CD111. Bob Marley 7-7-1975 Trenchtown Rock.flac CD111. Bob Marley 7-7-1975 Trenchtown Rock.flac
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CD113.  Bob Marley - Work Paris 1980.flac CD113. Bob Marley – Work Paris 1980.flac
Size : 26193.147 Kb
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CD114 Bonus Track Crazy Baldhead Dub.flac CD114 Bonus Track Crazy Baldhead Dub.flac
Size : 16132.593 Kb
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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.

The Life of Peter Tosh – Roger Steffen’s look at the life of Peter Tosh thru music and interviews.

If you have never heard this tribute to Peter Tosh by Roger Steffens, then your in for a real treat.  This page is taken from my Peter Tosh Tribute site. HERE > Peter Tosh Tribute

Peter Tosh – The Life of Peter Tosh KCRW broadcast unknown date.

Roger Steffen’s look at the life of Peter Tosh thru music and interviews.

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Recording source: FM  Dubwise Transfer

Click each track to play, left click and save as to download
Part 1.

 

Interview – coming in hot
Interview – Vienna 1980

Roger Intro for show

Interview 1983 with Mel Cheplowitz.

Simmer Down

rasta shock them – treat me good

Interview 1983 cont.

walk and don’t look back early version
Acoustic What Your Doing To Me

Interview about being on Jamaica Music Business

steppin razor early version
simple tom
the letter
rightful ruler
Arise blackman

Talks about Here comes the Judge

here comes the judge

Part 2,

Selassie Seranade
Sun Valley
We can make it uptight

Interview about education

downpressor man early slow version
no sympathy
get up, stand up

Talks about his songs >stop that train

Chris Blackwell talks about telling Bob to go Solo >Once Bitten
lion

Talks about Mark of The Beast

Mark of The Beast



Part 3.

Talks about His Work to Do

Igizabier Y masgwan ( let jah be praised)
dont want to get busted live in studio

Talks about Laws
Speech One Love Peace Concert as Peter says “An Integration Concert
Equal Rights  One Love Peace Concert

Speech at One Love Peace Concert talks about the Shitsytem

Bush Doctor   One Love Peace Concert
Interview talks about his speech at One Love Peace Concert

Part 4.

bob and peter in LA – get up, stand up
guide me from my friends
dont call it no rat race
explains bumba klot meaning
bumba klot live
Speech when power went out at Jamaica World Music Fest. 1982.

you can’t blame the youth  live

them a fi get a beaten  live
pick myself up  live in studio

Speaks about worries of Assassination Possibilities  > mama africa live

Peter talks about Future with Roger
Interview > jam inna jamdown 

Closing Remarks by Roger > Fire Fire live Studio