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Ernest Ranglin

A pioneering force behind the rise of Caribbean music, guitar virtuoso Ernest Ranglin was born in Manchester, Jamaica, in 1932. He began playing ukulele as a boy, soon graduating to guitar; while in his teens he began performing live both locally and in the Bahamas, often in tandem with the young Monty Alexander. Ranglin's session work at the famed Studio One helped give birth to the ska phenomenon, which during the late '50s began taking Jamaica by storm. He finally began attracting international notice in 1964 when he traveled to London to perform at Ronnie Scott's jazz club, so impressing its owner that he remained on as the venue's resident guitarist for the next nine months. There he made a number of solo records for the fledgling Island label, and also collaborated with Prince Buster; additionally, Ranglin teamed with Jamaican singer Millie Small to cut the international smash "My Boy Lollipop." He soon returned to session work, arranging classics including the Melodians' majestic "Rivers of Babylon"; with his guitar leads on the Wailers' "It Hurts to Be Alone," he also laid the foundation for the rise of rockers reggae. Though remaining perhaps best known for his jazz prowess, in the '70s Ranglin toured with Jimmy Cliff; in 1973 he was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government for his contributions to music, and continued touring and recording regularly throughout the decades to follow, most notably signing to Chris Blackwell's newly formed Palm Pictures label to issue 1998's In Search of the Lost Riddim. E.B. @ Noon and Modern Answers to Old Problems arrived two years later, Grooving appeared in early 2001, and Alextown and Surfin' followed a year later by Earth Tones and Innovation. Both were collaborations with Jamaican guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith and American jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter. Ranglin toured sporadically but shied away from recording. The second decade of the 21st century, saw an extensive series of reissues from his early back catalog reissued by several labels including Japan's Dub Store Records. In 2016, at age 84, he embarked on the Ranglin & Friends Farewell Tour accompanied by Courtney Pine, Tony Allen, Cheikh Lo, Ira Coleman, and others. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bless Up

1. Bond Street Express

2. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro

3. Sivan

4. Bless Up

5. O Meets R

6. Joan's Pen

7. Follow On

8. El Mescalero

9. Blues For A Hip King

10. Rock Me Steady

11. Stuff I Am Looking For

12. Ska Renzo

13. You Too

14. Mystic Blue

15. Good Friends

16. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro (Home)

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Track List: Below The Bassline

1. Congo Man Chant

2. Surfin'

3. King Tubby Meets The Rockers

4. Satta Massagana

5. 54-46 (Was My Number)

6. Ball Of Fire

7. Black Disciples

8. Bourbon Street Skank

9. None Shall Escape The Judgement

10. Nana's Chalk Pipe

11. Below The Bassline

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Track List: Boss Reggae

1. Grandfather's Clock

2. Soulful I

3. Liquidation

4. Dr. No-Go

5. Everybody's Talking

6. Pop-A-Top

7. Sweet Sensation

8. Scoopy

9. There's A Fire

10. My Elusive Dreams

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Track List: Mod Mod Ranglin

1. La Bostelle

2. Walk Away

3. More And More Amore

4. Blowing In The Wind

5. Spanish Eyes

6. Archie

7. What Now My Love

8. Lemon Tree

9. You Won't See Me

10. Born Free

11. Felicia

12. Somewhere My Love

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Track List: Mr. Ranglin With Soul

1. Hold Me Tight

2. Story Book Children

3. Don't Sleep In The Subway

4. She Wears My Ring

5. Am I That Easy To Forget

6. This Is My Song

7. Summertime (Rock Steady)

8. Julie

9. Flamingo (Rock Steady)

10. Sling Shot

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Track List: Sounds & Power

1. Major Walk

2. Mix Master

3. Sound & Power

4. More Stars

5. West Of The Sun

6. Black Man's Train

7. Psychedelic Rock

8. Ranglin Doodlin

9. Mama Too

10. So We Call It

11. Lee Arab

12. Jericho Rocking

13. Less Problem

14. Black Eye Peas

15. These Eyes

16. Still Water

17. Now

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Sublime <3

Bow down to Ernest Ranglin
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dry and heavy...
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Insane musicianship n totally chill...
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A genius. I have to learn much more about this man...
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Some of the smoothest riddim I heard for some time love it
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This is more jazz than dub. Dub usually has synthesized elements to it.
The 50's and 60's created some really great music. Today's music sounds dead by comparison.
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When you ask the greats about influences.. . Mr Ranglin usually comes up early
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Ernie the best there is no competition, music at its highest level ,
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no ka oi
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g,g, ranglin. everyone's mentor. the one we all want to emulate. true, seen. conquering lion
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Love this Mod Mod album by Ernest Ranglin
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Simply the besr!!!
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teedub95464
Yeah, buterah, Delroy Wilson is not Ernest Ranglin, Tim Westergren!
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BBBBBBAAAUUU U U U U U U U U D D D D D D M O N DEM!!!!!!!!
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truly an inspiration, what a blessing this man has been and continues to be for all of us !
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Wish this country would start listening to music like this more!!!
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sweet! jazz guitar and keys with roots beats. sweet!
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Ernest one of best on the ska and jazz scene.
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I'll be the one in the back spinning in circles... don't let me fall...
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love love love the deep bass
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kcullen4
Reminds me of Summer 2004 - back porch Charleston style - always a favorite in my collection!
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one of the greatest Jamaican jazz guitarist!!!
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AMAZING!
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rocky.nancy
TOP DRAW
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kungfuman
the best
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LA SANTA SKA!
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davisolga
kept me alive driving home from NYC one night. Played Ranglin's music to keep me awake. he is the best!
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Great riddim! Can't get much better than that sound.
I want to go to the beach!
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i like all kind of raggae style music but this is the icening on the cake mr. Ranglin keep me loving my raggae at the age i an at now. my cadillac so smooth
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my favorite dub musician ever
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oadelgadillo
wow.. skanky.. <3 it
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hes one of the best in my book much respect and love for mr ernest ranglin love his music
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jeremylapin
I am a long time reggae fan who has recently discovered Ranglin through Pandora. This is all I want to listen to anymore, simply amazing.
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Mr.Ranglin is at the root of so much that is not just Rae Gae but Caribbean. He pioneered the genre of with well orchestrated brass and rhythm sections infused with the modern R&B, that's still relevant today. A true fusion visionary whose art with the withstands the test of time.
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Ernest Ranglin, the man who invented reggae's chop, brilliant musician who deserves nuff respect. Absolutely brilliant.

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