Ongaku Sessions

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On the third episode of Ongaku Sessions, we explore music recorded in the 1970s at two legendary (and now-defunct) recording studios.

Set one features reggae and dub selections from Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studios in Jamaica. The raw, spare sound that Perry coaxed from Black Ark is primarily credited with creating the dub reggae genre.

Then we go upslope to Caribou Ranch Studios, an almost-mythic facility in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado. Records cut at Caribou were wrapped in a warm, inviting analog sound.

Set one

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Message From the Black Ark Studios
Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – African Root
The Congos – Congoman
Susan Cadogan – Don’t Burn Your Bridges
Bunny Scott – Kinky Fly
Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves
Gregory Isaacs – Extra Classic

Set two

Al Di Meola – Mata Hari
Earth Wind & Fire – See the Light
Chicago – Italian From New York
Jan Hammer – Steppings Tones
Stephen Stills – Cold Cold World
Carole King – Hold On

About Ongaku Sessions

Ongaku (音楽) = “music” or “sound” in Japanese.

Ongaku Sessions is an hour of music designed for concentrated listening in a comfortable setting.

Host Mark Duggan presents two distinct sets linked by a common thread, such as era, genre, topic, or feeling.

Audio fidelity is paramount. This music demands generous volume settings on a quality hi-fi system or set of headphones.

Ongaku Sessions is inspired by kissa, cafes in Japan that play jazz and other music in a focused listening environment.

More listening awaits.

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