When traveling away from home, soothing reggae rhythms can comfort you on your trip. Whether on a teen tour or a mid-life adventure, try these rhythms to soothe you foul on the way. The music will lift your spirits and put you in a happy state of mind. If you like Bob Marley and reggae music from that time period you will like these selections while traveling.
1. Lee “Scratch” Perry
Audio CD: Sipple Out Deh: Best of the Black Art
This is a two CD collection of Perry’s music along with other Jamaican singles from the mid-to-late 1970s. Many consider this an essential reggae collection from the golden era.
Lee Perry was a musician and a record producer. He built the “Black Art Studio” in his backyard in 1973. He produced musicians like Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Murvin, Junior Byles and others.
2. Peter Tosh
Audio CD: Legalize It (Legacy Edition)
This is an original recording remastered on two CDs. It also contains drug-related subject matter. CD one includes the original nine songs, previously unreleased demo versions of seven of the nine songs. CD two has two of Tosh’s previously unreleased original mixes of the album and a previously unreleased alternate version of the title song. There are six rare dubs with only one of them actually making it on the original album.
Peter Tosh was a member of The Wailers band from 1963 to 1974 before starting his solo career with the release of “Legalize It” in 1976.
3. Bunny Wailer
Audio CD: Blackheart Man
This disc is an original recording remastered. It has ten tracks including Blackheart Man, Dream Land, and This Train.
Bunny Wailer, like Peter Tosh, was one of the original members of The Wailers with Bob Marley. He is the only member of the original Wailers that is still alive.
4. Mighty Diamonds
Audio CD: Right Time
This disc is an original recording remastered. It is Mighty Diamonds 1976 debut album. It has ten tracks including Right Time, I Need A Roof, and Go Seek Your Rights.
A Jamaican group formed in 1969 and comprised of Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson. The group has reggae grooves layered under three-part vocal harmonies.
5. The Abyssinians
Audio CD: Satta Massagana
There are 18 tracks including Satta Massagana, Black Man’s Strain, and African Race.
The Abyssinians was formed in 1968 by Donald Manning, Lynford Manning and Bernard Collins. If you like the Wailers you will like The Abyssinians and their roots reggae beats.
6. Burning Spear
Audio CD: Man in the Hills and Dry & Heavy
This disc is an original recording remastered. The 19 tracks include songs like Door Peep, Man in the Hills, and Dry and Heavy.
Burning Spear was originally made up of Winston Rodney, Rupert Willington, and Delroy Hinds. Winston Rodney is another roots reggae singer and musician similar to Bob Marley.
Add these six albums to your driving collection and you will not want to go home. Reggae from this time period is indeed the golden era.