“So Much Trouble In The World” by Island Head (musicians)

If you have been hearing the instrumental version of “So Much Trouble In The World” on SiriusXM channel 42 “The Joint” (reggae channel) then, you have found the right place.

Thanks to Program Director Pat McKay, “So Much Trouble In The World”, written by the legend Bob Marley, has been airing in regular rotation.  Be sure to come to the live Island Head show at New York City’s The Cutting Room.  The musicians will be coming into town on July 24, 2013.  Summer’s here and the time is right to reggae!!

Stay tuned for more exciting news coming that day – to be announced!

Click here for tickets to The Cutting Room show.  Get your tickets early because it will SELL OUT!

 

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Bob Marley “Reggae King of the World” – “Exodus” Revisited

(BLOG by Island Head’s Billy Messinetti)

I am in the middle of reading a book by Malika Lee Whitney and Dermot Hussey called “Bob Marley – Reggae King of the World”.  In reading about certain periods of time in the history of Bob’s recording career the book touches on the album “Exodus” released in June of 1977.  The album is his ninth album release in his career.  Bob left Jamaica after the attempt on his life and went into self-exile in London where the album was recorded.

When you look at the list of songs on this album it is amazing to see so many huge reggae classics on one album.  Most songwriters dream of writing ONE song of the magnitude of any of these songs.  Only a brilliant songwriter could have written a collection of music like “Exodus”.

Look at this list of songs in the collection – “Exodus”, “Jamming”, “One Love/People Get Ready”, “Waiting In Vain”, and “Three Little Birds”.  These are songs not only reggae fans know.  Everybody on the planet (okay I’m exaggerating a little – LOL!) knows the words to “One Love” and “Three Little Birds”.

I recommend real reggae/Marley fans go back and listen the music from this period in his life.  If you listen to the whole album from top to bottom you will get the full spectrum of the record and Bob’s view.  Even though the first half speaks of Marley’s outlook of “Babylon”, he then goes on to speak of love, happiness and fun.

I hope you go back and enjoy “Exodus”.

One love.

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ISLAND HEAD – “PUNKY REGGAE PARTY”

reggae – jam band – jazz – island music – are all terms used to describe the instrumental debut album by Island Head.  Below are the songs from the album written by Bob Marley except for “Reggae Island”, the single.

1 – I Shot The Sheriff (Bob Marley)

2 – So Much Trouble In The World (Bob Marley)

3 – Reggae Island (Billy Messinetti & Don Harris)

4 – Wake Up And Live (Bob Marley)

5 – Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley & Peter Tosh)

6 – Punky Reggae Party (Bob Marley & Lee “Scratch” Perry)

7 – Burnin’ and Lootin’ (Bob Marley)

click on ‘MUSICIANS LINK’ to read bios of Island Head musicians

Radio Adds for Island Head’s “Punky Reggae Party”

Island Head music on the radio started with SiriusXM The Joint Program Director Pat McKay playing “So Much Trouble In The World”, a Bob Marley cover.  All three of the station’s DJs continue to play Island Head – Jabba, Dermot Hussey and Pat McKay herself.  Sounds of the Caribbean with Keith Rowe & Selecta Jerry jumped at the chance to add the album to their radio playlist.  Keith even uses various cuts from the album as “bumper” music for his announcements.  “Jaybird” Varga from Endless Boundaries Jam Radio on the same radio station heard Island Head on Keith’s show.  He liked the “jamband” aspect of the album so much that he started his very next show with “Burnin’ and Lootin'”, another Marley song.  Both Keith’s and “Jaybird’s” shows can be heard on Burlington County College 88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia (stream here Radio Z889).

Dan the Cableman has a show on Centenary College Radio called Reggae & World Rhythms 91.9 FM in Central New Jersey that streams on www.wnti.org.  Andy Bassford and Billy Messinetti, guitarist and drummer, respectively, were interviewed and guest DJ’ed while the Cableman played “Reggae Island”, the single from the album, “I Shot The Sheriff” and the title cut “Punky Reggae Party”.

Chuck Foster from radio KPFK 90.7 FM UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) has a show called Reggae Central who has added Island Head to the playlist.  If you are in the Tampa Florida area you can listen to WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio (stream at www.wmnf.org). In Upstate New York we are on WVKR 91.3 FM Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  One of their shows is “Splinters & Candy” World Music with Alex Brown.  Our newest addition today is Radio CUH Chaminade University Hawaii.  If you are off the island you can listen here  http://radiocuh.org.

Island Head would like to thank all these stations for their continued support.  Big Up from all the Island Head musicians!!  Maximum Respect!!!

SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint

There are very few major radio stations that are dedicated to playing reggae music, exclusively.  SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint is one such station.  They play music from Bob Marley & the Wailers (and all of the Marley siblings), Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure.  And in 2012 they added Island Head to that list.

We want to publicly thank SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint for being the first radio station to play the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”.  Big Up to Ms. Pat McKay, program director for the station who said; “I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience”.

NOTE: This band is sometimes referred to as Island Head Musicians or Islandhead musicians.

Punky Reggae Party album review

The reggae jamband Island Head, is getting a lot attention for their debut album “Punky Reggae Party”.  Bob Marley songs are re-worked into instrumentals that are destined to make these songs classics, again.

Track 1:  “I Shot The Sheriff” has a groove that crosses dancehall and rock with strong rock guitars and jazzy saxophone.  Sax player Tim Cappello, of Tina Turner fame, plays his butt off (plain and simple).  He has a fat tenor sound with tons of expression and excitement!

Track 2: “So Much Trouble In The World” takes the bass line from the original and pushes it further with a backbeat on the drums.  Bass player extraordinaire, Neil Jason pays tribute to the original bass player on the Survival album, Val Douglas.  Val, of the famous Skatalites, was scheduled to play on the album.  Due to his touring schedule with the Skatalites he could not make any of the band’s sessions.  When the track gets to Andy Bassford’s guitar solo the song is lifted to new heights.  Andy is well-known for playing with Toots & The Maytals for 23 years.

Track 3: The single, “Reggae Island” is a pop/top 40 sounding instrumental that just makes the listener feel good.  This is the only one not penned by Marley.

track 4: “Wake Up and Live”, also from Marley’s Survival album appears on the Island Head record.  This is where the band’s funk influence comes out.  Trumpet player Don Harris used to tour with Tower of Power and brought out some TOP in his arrangements.

Track 5: “Get Up Stand Up” sounds like Miles Davis got together with Bob Marley.  Harris’ muted trumpet is sultry, sexy and relaxing.  Miles would be proud because his influence is very apparent.

Track 6: The title track combines Jamaican Rocksteady with synth-dance music.  The synthesizer sounds played by one of the most famous synth players in the world, David Frank of The System.

Track 7: “Burnin’ and Lootin'” is the final track which is more traditional roots reggae.  The groove is deadly and “dirty funky”!  Andy Bassford does some finger-picking melodies in the second verse that are complex and interesting.  The track ends with Andy and Tim weaving in and out of each other’s licks.

Mickey “Mao” Chung, famous for his tenure with Peter Tosh of the Wailers plays incredible melodies throughout the entire album.  Mikey also played with Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards when Keith used to live in Jamaica.  Keith also mentions Mikey in his biography, “Life”.  Producer Billy Messinetti says; Mikey added a Jamaican authenticity to the album.  The combination of the guitar playing of Andy Bassford and Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung is one of the things that makes this album so interesting to listen to.  When Pat McKay, program director for SiriusXM’s reggae station The Joint, heard about this collaboration she said; I know both Andy and Mikey, they are geniuses!

You can find this very interesting musical hybrid here: Island Head on iTunes

Twitter page @Islandheadband is getting followers from all over the world.