British film maker and writer Horace Ove’s Reggae was the first documentary to capture the early days of reggae’s UK invasion and its growing popularity outside of Jamaica. In this mix of performances filmed at Wembley Arena in 1970 combined with footage shot in the West Indies and interviews and commentaries providing social and political context, we are introduced to reggae as an art form that transcends music and becomes an articulation of a complex culture and a powerful medium for change.
The Heptones - Message From A Black Man
The Pyramids - (Pop Hi!) The Revenge Of Clint Eastwood
Noel And The Fireballs - Can’t Turn You Loose
The Pioneers - Easy Come Easy Go
Laurel Aitken - Deliverance will come
Black Faith - Everyday people
The Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/Get Back
John Holt - I Want A Love I Can Feel
Dave Barker (Tommy and The Upsetters) - Lockjaw
Count Prince Miller - Mule Train
Millie Small and The Pyramids - Enoch Power
Mr Symarip - Skinheads Moonstomp
The Maytals - Monkey Man
Desmond Dekker - Israelites
Bob & Marcia - Young, Gifted & Black
Reggae has not been released on VHS or DVD. Finding it on Youtube made my day. These are the groups and artists that revived my passion for pop music before punk came along.
Photo: Horace Ove.