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    Wailing Souls
Singers Winston "Pipe" Matthews and Lloyd "Bread" McDonald have been creating distinctive harmonies since the mid-60s, and with help from various bandmates over the years, they've built Wailing Souls' reputation as one of reggae's all-time greatest vocal groups. Matthews and McDonald got their start as The Renegades, recording as teenagers for Jamaican labels like Studio One and Bob Marley's Tuff Gong imprint. A name change followed the addition of members Rudolph "Garth" Dennis (who later founded Black Uhuru) and George "Buddy" Haye. The band's self-titled debut album is regarded as a classic. Many listeners remarked on how similar Matthews' reedy vocals were to Marley's, especially after Wailing Souls hit #1 on the Jamaican charts with their 1976 remake of "Back Out With It." By then, the group had enough clout to start its own label, Massive. A second proper album took years to emerge, but it proved worth the wait. Released on Island Records as Wild Suspense (1979), it featured backing by Channel One house band The Revolutionaries and contained big hits like "Bredda Gravalicious." While some stars of roots reggae's heyday had a difficult time making the transition when dancehall became ascendant during the 1980s, Wailing Souls survived and prospered on a series of hits produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes. They continued to crank out strong albums into the 1990s, recording for everyone from Columbia Records to smaller labels. In 1998 the group collaborated with members of Sublime on an album of reggae-tinged '60s covers called Psychedelic Souls. After a successful European tour where audiences screamed for the hits of old, the Souls returned to Jamaica, teamed up with old friends Sly and Robbie and emerged with the vintage roots sound of Equality, released on MUSICBLITZ Records in 2000.
   
Wailing Souls Equality MP3,WinMedia Reggae
For once, you won't have to affect major political change to get "Equality!" This instant reggae classic from the legendary Wailing Souls is available to one and all, exclusively at MUSICBLITZ!

Wailing Souls Hard Living MP3,WinMedia Reggae
Hard living, but easy listening on this silky-smooth roots recollection of tough times in shantytown!

Wailing Souls The Underdog MP3,WinMedia Reggae
True godfathers of reggae make magic on a feel-good masterpiece marked by bouncing rhythms and a stirring chorus. Irie indeed!


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