In One Love/People Get Ready, Bob Marley goes into the Bible when he sings, “as it was in the beginning/So shall it be in the end.” And so it is on the iTunes ranking of reggae albums heading to the end of the first week of 2018. Legend (Remastered), is in the top spot and In Dub Vol. 1, is the last. For good measure, Bob Marley and the Wailers albums have the final three slots, with Talkin’ Blues (Live) (Remastered) at 98 and Confrontation (Remastered) at 99. Added atop that is, Legend (Deluxe), at number two.
There are the usual names scattered across the chart many a Marley, SOJA, Rebelution, The Green, Shaggy, Matisyahu, Toots and the Maytals among them – but there are two new, unusual and intriguing names in consecutive spots. At number 29 is Feel Good Music by Nomalakadoja, followed by The Organically Good Trio’s, Monster Sound.
The song titles on the former hold true to the upbeat album name, as it opens with, Everybody Feelin’ So Fine, followed by Ganja Bean. Happy, features Alia Fintz and the penultimate of 10 tracks is, Lift You Up. The Organically Good Trio’s website says the outfit is “a Hammond organ driven roots instrumental group out of Boston. Founded by Slightly Stoopid keyboard player Paul Wolstencroft, the band has a sound reminiscent of the great organ trio albums of the late 60’s mixed with a reggae organ trio style.
Further down the chart, three riddim driven sets are back to back – although they are all EPs. Among them they have 14 songs. The 52nd placed Folklore Riddim EP, has four, as does the 53rd placed, Pim Pim Riddim EP, while the Upendo Riddim EP, has eight tracks. There is a definite soca bent to the Pim Pim Riddim set, as Machel Montano contributes Showtime and Skinny Fabulous does, Push It.
Heading into the Grammy awards, two of the prominent nominees are on the chart. Chronixx’s Chronology is at number 10, while Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley’s Stony Hill holds the number 43 spot.