Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Joe HIggs

Allmusic calls Higgs, "The greatest reggae artist you've never heard of"...But you have heard his influence:
"...when it comes to roots reggae, his fingerprints are on nearly every important recording and band that emerged from Jamaica in the 1960s and 70s...The most famous of his pupils was Bob Marley. It was under Higgs' tutelage that Marley's guitar playing greatly improved but, more significantly, it was Higgs that arranged the beautiful trio singing of Marley and fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone (later Bunny Wailer). So integral was Higgs to the creation of this sound that when Bunny abruptly left the band in 1973 in the eve of their first major American tour, Higgs filled in brilliantly...After spending the early part of his career singing as part of a duo with Delroy Wilson, Higgs went solo after Wilson left Jamaica for America in the late 60s. But, it wasn't until 1976 that he released his first solo album, Life of Contradiction, a title that accurately summarized Higgs' career up to that point. The follow-up album, Unity is Power, was equally good, but as impossible to find. It wasn't until 1985 when Alligator records, a label best known for blues music, released Higgs' masterpiece, Triumph. Since that time he kept a low profile, issuing a record every now and then, his work revered by reggae fans around the world...Higgs died December 18, 1999."
So much soul...but not more than you can handle...

Higgs & Wilson: There's a Reward
from a rip of Coxsone 7" WC-8

Joe Higgs: There's a Reward (acoustic)
courtesy of

Change of Plan
from a rip of Coxsone 7" CS 017 11

from a rip of Coxsone 7" CS DODD-80

More Slavery
from an unidentified Micron 7"

I Am The Song
from a rip of Studio One 7" CS DODD-81