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Robbie Shakespear

Postby harleyyy » Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:06 pm

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Postby Jerry » Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:55 am

Man, we haven't done Robbie yet? What a oversight! Sly & Robbie are one of my favorite and most important rhythm sections. My wife just put Joe Cocker's Sheffield Steel album on yesterday, incredible groove. We've had a chance to see them live a few times, and it's life altering. I have a ton of their work in my collection. [smilie=cool-smiley-027.gif]
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Postby Jerry » Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:34 am

One Drop wrote:With Sly he was a huge part of the Rockers style that restyled reggae in the '70s. Such a grooving, melodic player, it's no surprise he was mentored by Aston 'Family Man' Barrett.

I won't ever forget the first time I saw him in the late '70s, with Sly Dunbar, backing up Black Uhuru. They did a medley of classic Studio One riddims alone on stage before the rest of the band came on; he was playing his Steinie at the time.


I saw them with Black Uhuru too, it was up there with some of the best music I've ever witnessed! That version of Black Uhuru with the late Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson was one great bands in reggae history IMHO. Awesome groove!
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Postby Monkeyboy » Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:11 pm

My think with Robbie and the whole Sly & Robbie combo (Drummer bassist) is that I've heard SO MUCH of their stuff, I forget which song/record/artist they are working with.

Overall his grooves are super solid and delicious.

For me, the more important thing is to listen to the relationship/push & pull that he and Sly have with each other. It almost doesn't matter what else is going on when these two play. The pocket is SO THICK you could stand on it!
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby Mr. Mom » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:57 pm

Holy Zombie thread, Batman. But I had to.

If I had one wish and could get any tone in the world with that one wish, it'd be Robbie Shakespeare's. Been listening to a lot of reggae lately. Here's a nice interview with him.

Also, check out Black Uhuru "Red". And just for kicks, one of my favs, Toots In Memphis.
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby bigfatbass » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:24 pm

LOVE Toots in Memphis! His mistakes in the lyrics in Knock on Wood are priceless, and the band is just incredible. Robbie is a machine. Frank Stepanek one of Black Uhuru's regular guitar players lives here in Syracuse ( I think he is on Brutal). Nice guy, but perhaps a little frizzled at times. Still a really good player! He was doing a very cool reggae vibed cover band around the region for a bunch of years he called Reggaedelica. Always a fun show.
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby Mr. Mom » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:38 pm

bigfatbass wrote:His mistakes in the lyrics in Knock on Wood are priceless....


Toots could vomit week old bad sushi and it would sound great. LOVE me some Toots!

And some of those, uh...."Serious" reggae players are interesting, to say the least. It's definitely another view on how to live life. I'm not saying it's bad. Just different. Which is good! Make sense?? [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif]
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby Jerry » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:16 pm

Some other great Shakespear playing outside the great reggae stuff was his and Sly's work on Joe Cocker's Sheffield Steel and Grace Jones's Nightclubbing albums.
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby Mr. Mom » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:09 am

My first taste of Sly and Robbie was Bob Dylan's "Infidels" (sp?). Loved the grooves on that waaaayyyy before I knew who I was listening to.

I believe I read somewhere that those guys have played on 200,000 recordings? Can that be true?? Doesn't seem possible.
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby Jerry » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:32 pm

Mr. Mom wrote:My first taste of Sly and Robbie was Bob Dylan's "Infidels" (sp?). Loved the grooves on that waaaayyyy before I knew who I was listening to.

I believe I read somewhere that those guys have played on 200,000 recordings? Can that be true?? Doesn't seem possible.


A friend of mine is a reggae artist and he used them on an album, he told me they gave two prices, one for them playing live tracks, the other for programed tracks[much cheaper]he took the programed tracks. [smilie=cool-smiley-027.gif]
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Re: Robbie Shakespear

Postby bigfatbass » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:58 pm

Great clip! I love Ernest, too! His solo albums are a joy, and "In Concert : Best of Jimmy Cliff" is on the short list of best reggae recordings.

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