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“Sound Clash”: Dancehall Classic from Bunny Wailer

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, classic Jamaican sounds of the 1960s and 70s began to appear in the American marketplace on compact disc – many for the first time – on such labels as Heartbeat, Trojan, Mango, Shanachie, Pressure Sounds, and Blood and Fire, among many others.

One of the more unusual compilations I purchased back then was a 3-CD UK-issued hodge podge of a mix – called Jamaica Ska-Kore – that spans a rather vast musical range from ska and rocksteady to early reggae, DJ, modern roots reggae and beyond [link to 2-CD version issued from Germany].  Part of the mix’s charm is its complete disregard for sequencing, as well as occasional mishaps where the song playing is not the one printed on the track listing — or a repeat of an earlier tune, which is the case for Bunny Wailer‘s live rendition of “Sound Clash,” a dancehall classic, which appears both at the end of disc one and track five of disc two:

Sound Clash

Bunny Wailer


Fascinatingly, the album from which this track was pulled — Yardie – Ultimate Sound Clashcannot be found on Discogs.  The only proof of this album’s existence, oddly, comes from Amazon.

Track Listing

Sound Clash”     Bunny Wailer

Fatty Bum Bum”     Jah Da Lion

Keep A Cool Head”     Desmond Dekker

Monkey Spanner”     Dave & Ansel Collins

54-46 That’s My Number”     Toots & the Maytals

Freedom Fighter”     Dillinger

Hurt So Good”     Susan Cadogan

Al Capone”     Machine Gun Capone

Roots Man Skanking”     Freddie McGregor

Many Rivers To Cross”     Jimmy Cliff

Ram Goat Liver”     Pluto

Hooked”     Gregory Isaacs

Girlie Girlie”     Loni Lovato

Money In My Pocket”     Sound System

Ire Feelings (Skanga)”     Rupie Edwards

Forward Jah Jah Children”     Inner Circle

Hold On”     Toots & the Maytals

Love One Another”     Althea and Donna

My Boy Lollipop”     Third World

Bunny Wailer

(photo courtesy of Discogs)

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