In the gorgeous new version of Reggae Scrapbook , renowned author and reggae archivist Roger Steffans teams up with photo editor and award-winning photographer Peter Simon to deliver a stunning visual document of Jamaican music, including album art, rare posters and photographs of numerous musicians. With a foreword by Toots Hibbert, the book delves into reggae, dub, rocksteady, ska and dancehall, profiling the genre's biggest names, including Bob Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Peter Tosh and Coxsone Dodd. In this exclusive gallery of some of the book's most iconic shots, we see the genre's best in their natural environment. Some cavort with local musicians; others hang out with British, reggae-loving artists like Mick Jagger and Sting who visited Jamaica to record. Regardless, the book functions as an essential time capsule to an era that would start in Jamaica and take over the world. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.
Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger has chosen ten of his favorite reggae songs, flying his Rastafarian flag sky high. During a playlist special feature in Rolling Stone , Jagger claims that he and Charlie Watts were the first Stones to become entranced. Though the glimmer twins may disagree on who found it first, there is no denying that the Stones have been heavily influenced by Jamaican dance music.
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Jagger is a very selective pop icon. He decided to resurrect one of those incomplete tracks, and sought out another high-profile singer to duet on the song. Knocked out by their performance, Mick joined the band onstage for two numbers, and a month later, Rubin beckoned them for a Jagger recording session. But when Wandering Spirit was released months later, there was not a blues number in sight. Over the years, bootlegs of this session have become coveted Jagger collectibles. In —nearly 2, miles south of Motown in Kingston, Jamaica—this Temptations B-side found its way into the set of a popular local group, the Wailers, fronted by future reggae superstar Bob Marley. While the song never achieved substantial airplay, its strong critical reception led to its winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song the following year. After collaborating on Alfie , Jagger, Stewart and singer Joss Stone expressed mutual interest in re-teaming at a later date. Rahman to round out a group that they ultimately dubbed SuperHeavy.
Considered one of original lead singer Paul Williams ' showcases, "Don't Look Back" was regularly employed as the closing number for Temptations live performances. Although the original flip side, "My Baby", was initially more popular with pop audiences at the time, over the decades, "Don't Look Back" has proven to be the far more popular and enduring tune. It was also performed by the group on The Ed Sullivan Show. There are no known cover versions of "My Baby". As the song's narrator, Paul Williams, promises his lover, in his trademark gritty tone:. Smokey Robinson, the song's producer, specifically assigned Paul Williams to sing lead on the song. Although Williams had been the group's original lead singer during its formative years, his role had by been eclipsed by David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks , who had both sung lead on Temptations hit singles. As such, Williams was often overlooked for leads, even on album tracks and B-sides, prompting him to complain, "shit, y'know, I can sing too! Although the song's relatively modest initial chart success prevented Paul Williams from getting any more leads on Temptations singles releases, the fact is that "Don't Look Back" became a huge belated hit, because his dynamic performance of the song on the Temptations Live! Paul Williams, who developed many of The Temptations' dance steps, developed a routine for the live shows that had him following the song's advice to "keep on walkin'" and performing a strut across the stage, to the delight of the audience.