BLACK UHURU - Liberation: The Island Anthology This is my favorite band of all time and my main inspiration for playing music. Songs from this album are always on my playlist and is a definite must-have for any reggae enthusiast.
BLACK UHURU - Tear It Up Live This CD has a DVD accompaniment that also kicks ass. It captures a show in the early 80's in London in the prime of the band when they had just won a Grammy and were doing world tours with bands like the Rolling Stones. Sly and Robbie (drum and bass) put on a clinic on how to play live reggae on this disc.
EMPIRE OF THE SUN - Walking On A Dream This band is from Australia and this is their debut album. It’s quite a departure from what I normally listen to but I’m really into this disc. Great up-tempo beats with great positive lyrics. This album gets me psyched to surf or rock a show.
THE GORILLAZ - Plastic Beach This is a really cool concept album that I like. It has a really bizarre feel to it that helps give the album its edge. The beats hit hard and the lyrics are catchy.
BOB MARLEY - Catch A Fire I learned how to play bass to this CD. My neighbors below me in Isla Vista used to get so edgy because I would put this CD on repeat and play along with the bass-lines. Definitely one of my favorites.