Friday, September 23, 2016

RAS MIDAS - DISCOGRAPHY: (Reggae Singer)

Last updated: February 2020

RAS MIDAS – Veteran Roots Rock Reggae Recording and Performing Artist
Photo © 2016 Nan Lewis/Entertainment Works 
Photo by Steve Midgley; © 1990 NG Nembhard
Photo by Sam Roots; © 2014 NG Nembhard
New Release 2020:

RAS MIDAS - PROFILE:

Singer/Songwriter/Composer: Ras Midas
Job: Recording and Performing Artist
Location: From Jamaica, based in Florida USA
Genre: Roots Rock Reggae

Biography:
Singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, composer and producer, Ras Midas has produced critically acclaimed roots rock Reggae music since 1974 when he began recording unique and innovative songs for legendary Jamaican producer, the late Harry Johnson (Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica).

With over 40 years in the recording studio and on the stage, and with countless singles and 11 albums to his credit, roots rock Reggae foundation artist Ras Midas has been featured on several compilations including Reggay Roots (“Trouble Town,” 1977 Harry J Records, Jamaica), Reggae Party From Jamaica (“Rastaman In Exile,” 1983 Disc AZ International, France). The 2016 re-release of Rastaman In Exile  (JML Records) has again put the spotlight on this talented and humble Rastaman from Jamaica; the album continues to receive excellent rotation on radio stations around the world. Ras Midas was the featured artist in the April 2017 Worldwide Edition of IRIE Magazine.

Ras Midas’s first album, Cover Me (1974), was released on Harry J Records and Trojan Records, and was followed by Reflections in 1975. His first international hit, “Kude-A-Bamba,” was recorded in 1974 in English and - at Chris Blackwell’s suggestion - in Swahili on Island Records (1976); the single quickly sold 500,000 copies worldwide.

Kude-A-Bamba (1978) and Rain And Fire (1979) were released on Harry J Records and Island Records. Rastaman In Exile was recorded at Harry J’s and released on Disc AZ International (France) in 1980; the record was voted Reggae Album Of The Year in France. In 1984 Stand Up Wise Up, recorded at Harry J’s, was released on Celluloid (France).

In 1979, Ras Midas collaborated with the late Jamaican DJ I-Roy (Roy Samuel Reid), on 12” disco mixes of “Kude-A-Bamba,” “Trouble Town”, and “Good Old Days” (Harry J Records/Virgin Records). The disco mixes of “Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” and “Rain And Fire” were released on Warrior Records, a subsidiary of Universal Records, in 1980.

Stand Up Wise Up was re-released on vinyl in the U.S. on Ras Midas’s label, JML Records, in 1988, followed by Loving Vibration (1998), Confirmation (2000), Reaching Out (2006), and Fire Up (2010) on CD. Loving Vibration was rated No. 3 by music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced World Music albums category and, two years later, Confirmation was a Top Ten contender for consideration for a Grammy Award. Rastaman In Exile - remixed and remastered - was released on CD in October, 2016 on JML Records. A 12” vinyl record featuring “Good Old Days” (with I-Roy) and “Melchizedek” was released on Roots Vibration Records (Belgium) in early 2019.

Ras Midas continues to push traditional Reggae music into a new and contemporary dimension while retaining its roots; his performances showcase positive lyrics with original Reggae rhythms.

A Rastaman with a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, Ras Midas sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary; his powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades.

Website: www.RasMidas.com

Always recording with top-notch, respected musicians and vocalists, Ras Midas’s albums feature background vocals from Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley, Pamela Hall, Annesa Banks, Keble Drummond, Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and The Tamlins.


Musicians who have recorded with Ras Midas include, but are not limited to:

Drums - Sly Dunbar, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Mikey Richards, Carlton “Santa” Davis

Bass - Robbie Shakespeare, Val Douglas, Ian Lewis (Inner Circle), Ranchie McLean

Guitars – Ernest Ranglin, Andy Bassford, Dwight Pickney, Lloyd “Gitsy” Willis, Eric “Bingi Bunny” Lamont, Winston “Bo Pee” Bowan, Earl “Chinna” Smith

Keyboards - Gladstone “Gladdy” Anderson, Ansell Collins, Winston Wright, Franklin “Bubbler” Waul, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Peter Ashbourne, Robert Lynn

Harmonica – Jimmy Becker

Horns - Dean Frazer, Ronald “Nambo” Anderson, Junior “Chico” Chin, Glen De Costa

Percussion – Uzziah “Sticky” Thompson, Noel “Skully” Simms, Sylvan Morris, Herman “Bongo Herman” Davis, Leroy “Mabrak” Mattis, Ras Midas

Sylvan Morris, one of the most acclaimed Reggae music engineers and arrangers in Jamaica, worked with Ras Midas on all recordings except Reaching Out and Fire Up.

Photo © 1998 NG Nembhard

RAS MIDAS - OFFICIAL DISCOGRAPHY:

7” Singles:
“Kude-A-Bamba” (1976) for Harry Johnson on Mango Records/Island Music (USA)
“Kude-A-Bamba” (1976) for Harry Johnson on Cancer Records (JA, WI)
“Trouble Town” (1977) for Harry Johnson on Harry J’s Records (JA, WI)
“Good Old Days” / “Dub Universal” (1978) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Jah Jah Same Love” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI) and Warrior Records (CA, USA)
“Let The People Go” / “Version” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Let The People Go” / “People’s Dub” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Let’s Go Dancing In The Rain” (1980) Portland Records (JA, WI)
“Exile Skank” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Roosevelt Records (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1982) on Disc AZ International (France)


12” Disco Mixes:
“Kude-A-Bamba” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Kude-A’Bamba” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson on Black Swan Records and Island Records (UK)
“Trouble Town” with I-Roy (1976) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Trouble Town” with I-Roy (1977) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records and Virgin Records (UK)
“Good Old Days” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
"Good Old Days" with I-Roy (1979) Tribes Man Records (UK) UNLICENSED RELEASE*
“Natty Dread Surprise” (1979) Tribes Man Records (UK)
“Rain And Fire” (1979) for Harry Johnson on Warrior Records
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) and Warrior Records (CA, USA)
“Let The People Go” / “People’s Dub” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1980) Nocedicoco: A Goody Music Reggae Line (Italy)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” / “Burning Revelation” (1982) Disc International AZ (France)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1984) Celluloid (France)
“Good Old Days” / “DJ Version,” “Good Old Dub” (Jan. 2019) Tribes Man Records (UK) UNLICENSED RELEASE*
"Good Old Days" / "Melchizedek" (Feb. 2019) Roots Vibration Records (Belgium)

Songs on Compilations:
“Trouble Town” (Disco Mix) on REGGAY ROOTS (1977) Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Rastaman In Exile” on REGGAE PARTY FROM JAMAICA (1983) Disc AZ International (France)
“Good Old Days” on 12 THE HARD WAY (1988) Tribes Man Records (UK) UNLICENSED RELEASE*
“Good Old Days” on 12 THE HARD WAY (198-) Tribes Man Records (UK) UNLICENSED RELEASE*


Albums:
“Cover Me” (1974) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) and Trojan Records (UK)
“Reflections” (1975) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) and Island Records (UK)
“Kude-A-Bamba” (1978) for Harry Johnson on Island Records (UK)
“Rain & Fire” (1978) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Rastaman In Exile” (1980) Disc AZ International (France)
“Stand Up Wise Up” (1984) Celluloid Records (France)
“Stand Up Wise Up” (1988) JML Records (U.S. release)
“Loving Vibration” (1998) JML Records
“Confirmation” (2000) JML Records
“Reaching Out” (2006) JML Records
“Fire Up” (2010) JML Records
"Rastaman In Exile" (2016) JML Records (remixed and remastered, extended version, on CD)


Digital Download & Streaming Only 
“No Bread” Live In Concert (15 January 2020) JML Records


*UNLICENSED RELEASE: 
These releases were not authorized by or licensed from Harry Johnson or Ras Midas. These releases on Tribes Man Records (U.K.) are undisputed infringements of International Copyright Laws by Lloyd Coxsone, owner of Tribes Man Records. Legal action is pending. December 2019


BUY RAS MIDAS’ MUSIC HERE:

CDBaby
https://www.CDBaby.com/artist/rasmidas

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ras-midas/id3990714

GooglePlay   
https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Ras_Midas?id=Axrcf6r6g465vgbgcwfqrmsd5ky

Amazon         
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Ras+Midas&i=digital-music&ref=nb_sb_noss

BandCamp
https://rasmidas.bandcamp.com/releases


LISTEN TO RAS MIDAS’ MUSIC HERE:

Spotify         
https://open.spotify.com/album/4wRkRfruOv4SBzJUm5cJvI?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Deezer
https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/100410


MUSIC links and videos: http://www.RasMidas.com/music.html
PHOTOGRAPHS: http://www.RasMidas.com/photos.html
BLOG: http://www.RasMidas.com/blog.html
INTERVIEWS: http://www.RasMidas.com/press.html


Ras Midas - Discography:
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Digital Download & Streaming Only 

2020 - “No Bread” Live In Concert (15 January 2020) JML Records
(Original Press):
Artist: Ras Midas
Song: No Bread -  Live In Concert
Format: Digital Release
Label: JML Records

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New 12” Disco Mixes:

.2019 - "Good Old Days / Melchizedek 12”
(Original Press):
Singer: Ras Midas
Songs: Good Old Days / Melchizedek
Format: Vinyl 12”
Label: Roots Vibration Records

Buy it:
https://www.rootsvibrationrecords.com/collections/roots-vibration/products/ras-midas-i-roy-good-old-days-melchizedek-12



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Albums:

.1978 - Rain & Fire
(Original Press):
"Rain & Fire" 1978 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Rain & Fire. 2) Rasta Man Crusoe. 3) Trouble Town. 4) Hole In The Bucket. 5) 400 Years In The Wilderness. 6) Good Old Days. 7) Dread Feeling. 8) Kude A Bamba.
[Label: Harry J Records (Lp: 1978)]
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.1980 - Rastaman In Exile
(Original Press):
Reissue Cd & Digital: "Rastaman In Exile" 2016 with bonus tracks
Editions:

"Rastaman In Exile" 1980 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Rastaman In Exile. 2) Rat And Cat World Power. 3) Burning Revelation. 4) Too Long In The Wind. 5) Zion Last Train. 6) Plague And Armagedeon. 7) Melchizedek. 8) Lean On Jah. 9) Tout Long Temps Dans Le Vent.
[Label: SKEJ Production (Lp: 1980), Disc' AZ International ‎ (Lp: 1980)]

Reissue: "Rastaman In Exile" 2016 with bonus tracks
Tracks:
1) Rastaman In Exile. 2) Rat And Cat World Power. 3) Tout Long Temps Dans Le Vent. 4) Burning Revelation. 5) Zion Last Train. 6) Plague And Armagedeon. 7) Melchizedek. 8) Lean On Jah. 9) Too Long In The Wind.
Bonus Tracks:
10) Let The People Go. 11) Natty Dread Surprise.
[Label: JML Records (Cd: 2016)(Digital Release: 2016)]

Buy Cd: http://www.rasmidas.com/store.html
Buy Album on  iTunes - GooglePlay - Amazon - CdBaby
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.1984 - Stand Up Wise Up
(Original Press):
"Stand Up Wise Up" (Celluloid, 1984), (FAT Records & Tapes, 1985) & (Splalax Music France,1994)
Reissue: Midas & The Bridge "Stand Up Wise Up" 1986 - (JML Music Production)
Editions:

"Stand Up Wise Up" 1984 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Make We Rock So. 2) Can't Stop Rastaman Now. 3) Blood In The Sky. 4) Just The Two Of Us. 5) European Common Market. 6) Stand Up Wise Up. 7) Pushing Inside. 8) Love Upside Down. 9) Let's Go Dancing In The Rain.
[Label: Celluloid (Lp: 1984)(Tape: 1984), FAT Records & Tapes (Lp: 1985), Splalax Music France (Cd: 1994)]

Reissue: Midas & The Bridge "Stand Up Wise Up" 1986 - (Same Album)
Tracks:
1) Make We Rock So. 2) Can't Stop Rastaman Now. 3) Blood In The Sky. 4) Just The Two Of Us. 5) European Common Market. 6) Stand Up Wise Up. 7) Pushing Inside. 8) Love Upside Down. 9) Let's Go Dancing In The Rain.
 [Label: JML Music Production (Lp: 1986), JML Records (Lp: 1989)]
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.1998 - Loving Vibration
(Original Press):
"Loving Vibration" 1998 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Loving Vibration. 2) Let The People Go. 3) You Don't Know. 4) Tired Of Runnings. 5) Ups And Down. 6) Wake Up Everybody. 7) Rock You Rock. 8) Wynie Wynie. 9) Stop Taking Drugs. 10) Run Come. 11) My Own Way. 12) I'il Be Your Friend.
[Label: JML Music (Cd: 1998)(Digital Release: 2005)]
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.2000 - Confirmation
(Original Press):
"Confirmation" 2000 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Can't Stop Rastaman Now. 2) Blood In The Sky. 3) Pushing Inside. 4) Jah Jah Some Love. 5) Make We Rock So. 6) To Be Loved. 7) Kude A Bamba. 8) Stand Up Wise Up. 9) European Common Market. 10) Sunrise Sunset. 11) Rain And Fire.
[Label: JML Records (Cd: 2000)(Digital Release: 2005)]
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.2006 - Reaching Out
(Original Press):
"Reaching Out" 2006 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Crazy World. 2) Reaching Out. 3) Broke Your Foot. 4) One Step At A Time. 5) Unfolding. 6) Racism. 7) Pride And Joy. 8) Living In This World. 9) Women Struggle. 10) Such A Long Time. 11) Meet Me By The River. 12) Neocolonialism. 13) Mystery Babylon. 14) They Don't Like. 15) World Of Catastrophe.
[Label: JML Records (Cd: 2006)(Digital Release: 2006)]
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.2010 - Fire Up
(Original Press):
"Fire Up" 2010 - (Original Version)
Tracks:
1) Rasta Revolution. 2) Dread Feelings. 3) Fire Up. 4) Come Back Darling. 5) Nuclear Graveyard. 6) Rain And Fire. 7) No Bread. 8) Hole In The Bucket. 9) Trouble Town. 10) 400 Years. 11) Good Old Days. 12) Lean On Jah.
[Label: JML Music (Cd: 2010)(Digital Release: 2010)]

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RAS MIDAS - CONTACTS:
Facebook Official Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Ras-Midas-The-Musical-Prophet-519704684730140/

Facebook Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ras.midas.14?fref=ts

Ras Midas Facebook Reggae Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/RasMidasTheOneLoveRevolution/

Website: www.RasMidas.com


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Ras Midas "Rasta Revolution"


Ras Midas and Asham Band Trouble Town Live in Dordrecht


Ras Midas with Asham Band 2015 - Reggae Jam


Ras Midas "Can't Stop Rastaman Now"


Ras Midas "Melchizedek"

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Biography by Nan Lewis, Entertainment Works

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