Monday, June 2, 2008

The Wailing Souls

The consummate roots band, the Wailing Souls may never have gained the international reputation of their compatriots, at least not at the height of the genre's popularity, but they did outlive most of them. Their very survival has been their greatest strength, that and their ability to diversify over time. Today they are one of the most popular live acts around and they continue to release provocative and popular albums. After several lineup changes The Wailing Souls consist today of Lloyd "Bread" McDonald and Winston "Pipe" Mathews and have recorded for every major producer in the reggae world. Here are a couple of their biggest hits for you to chew on.

The Wailing Souls: Bredda Gravalicious

Self produced on their Massive label this tune was a smash in 1977. This track is easy to find on all of the Souls' 'best of' compilations. Check out this one.

The Wailing Souls: Old Broom

Produced by Sly & Robbie this track has a lazy gate that is irresistible. Perfect for any summer afternoon. Check out Sly & Robbie Present Taxi.

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