Oh wow. Where to begin! Sis and I really do dig reggae. I'm not an expert with the genre, but I use it to calm myself during anxious episodes (country works great too). But my interest was further fanned by the profound effect it had on the Clash's sound.
Two friends of mine have classic reggae collections to make a music nerd cry, and they've sent us a lot. I found myself lying on my bed on my back with my eyes closed and feeling the tension in my body drifting off. The subject matter can be very bleak and yet I think the bouyancy of Jamaicans in general really drives the sting of despair from their songs. Like a little kernel of hope left in a very dark situation.
Jackie Mittoo's "Fancy Pants" is a jolly affair (no lyrics). Also, "West of the Sun" (one of my favorites - another "dare you to stay depressed" tune).
"Book of Rules" by the Heptones (very sweet, and a broad gentle view of the world).
"No Woman No Cry" will put me in tears right away. It reminds me of Sis and me and Shorty making the best of our poverty. Finding happy moments in the garbage.
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"Welcome to Jamrock" is an AWESOME album! There aren't many videos of these songs, so I recommend downloading the songs in full to get an accurate idea of his music. Damian Marley - For The Babies: Live@VH1.com (The studio version is soooooooo much better!)