Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 47

Bobby Nuggz Top 10 Reggae-Rock Debut Album Countdown #4 The Wailers The Wailing Wailers Release Date: 1965 Record Label: Studio One Winter • 2015 “J amaica’s Top-Rated Singing Sensations” The Wailers forged a classic sound with their 1965 debut album “The Wailing Wailers” at the same time that Jamaican music entered a shift into pop-culture. Due to this, The Wailers proved to be some of the most profound leaders in this “reggae movement.” Enriched ska became ingrained with rocksteady roots, which often created a slowed-down, mellow feel that listeners favored, with hints of gospel and jazz added. With such bright futures on their horizons, young Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer carved their future careers out of this influential masterpiece. Almost adding a “mo-town” spice to their sound like The Temptations, The Wailers put their own twist on the era’s newly encountered soundwaves. The six-piece arrangement, which also included Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith, made for simple instrumentals that put you in a trance with the keyboards, sweet guitar, backup vocals and well written songs. “Simmer Down” is a notorious classic reggae song, one that may have started it all for these hometown boys. This was The Wailer’s first release and it instantly became a huge hit throughout all of Jamaica because of its positive appeal and sound. The message was directed toward the rude boy’s in Jamaica: it was time to cool down all the violence and crime that was going on within their communities. Their song “Rude Boy” easily became famed around the world, most of all by youth in ghettos stretching across Jamaica. Bunny Wail