Top 10 Favorite Reggae Songs #2 - "96° in the Shade"

@teamfreak16 (37828)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 4, 2016 1:33am CST
We stay in Jamaica for #2 in my series Top 10 Favorite Reggae Songs, with the band that got me into reggae: Third World (it was "Try Jah Love, #10 in the series.) Third World formed in the late 1970's, and have, over the decades, incorporated a strong pop sensibility into their sound (Occasionally, you might read something calling them "reggae lite.") "96° In the Shade," the title track from their 1977 album, is pure roots reggae, however, a song about the 1865 Morant Bay rebellion, a Jamaican protest march against poverty (thanks, Wikipedia!) The song was released as a single, but managed no chart action. Even so, "96° in the Shade" is classic reggae, highly deserving of it's #2 Ranking.
This song is about the execution of Paul Bogle (ca. 1820 -- 1865) a Jamaican Baptist deacon and is a National Hero of Jamaica. He was a leader of the 1865 Mo...
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@JohnRoberts (44474)
• Los Angeles, California
4 May 16
Good song. This has got that "reggae bounce" which is what makes the sound.
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@teamfreak16 (37828)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 May 16
I guess it does have more bounce than "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" doesn't it?
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@JohnRoberts (44474)
• Los Angeles, California
4 May 16
@teamfreak16 Yes, it does. Guess Who's had a somber quality. Reggae tends to be upbeat even when about tough subjects.
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@teamfreak16 (37828)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 May 16
@JohnRoberts That is true. It is pretty happy music for the most part.
@NJChicaa (33066)
• United States
4 May 16
I hear this one on Radio Margaritaville often.
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@teamfreak16 (37828)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 May 16
I need to get satellite radio.
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@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
9 May 16
I feel I know the group, but not this song