Wailing Souls

Wailing Souls

First comprised of Winston 'Pipe' Matthews on lead vocals, Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald, and George 'Buddy' Haye, the Wailing Souls carried the moniker of the Renegades during the late 1960’s. This line-up recorded backing vocals for an Ernest Ranglin album before breaking up in 1968.
'Pipe' and 'Bread' teamed up with two other singers after that, Oswald Downes and Norman Davis, and they went on to work with Coxsone Dodd's famous Studio One label recording label. They recorded a number of singles there, and were also billed as the Classics, in addition to their Wailing Souls name.
In the early 70's, the Souls recorded for Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label, as Pipe and The Pipers. The group’s vocal power, and song writing ability has kept the group in the spotlight, and in 1974 the group changed again when Downes and Davis left and 'Buddy' Haye rejoined.
The group entered another era of their careers as they began work with famed producer "Jo Jo" Hookim and his Channel One label. The Souls then started their own label in 1977, Massive. In the early 80's the now quartet (with the addition of Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis from Black Uhuru fame) worked with a number of hot producers including Sly and Robbie, "Junjo" Lawes' and Linval Thompson.

Wailing Souls Discography


SOL 1126 The Wailing Souls* Wailing Souls (Album) Winro Records SOL 1126 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
200 886 Wailing Souls Wild Suspense (Album) Mango 200 886 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
none Wailing Souls Wailing (Album) Jah Guidance none Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
GREL 21 Wailing Souls Fire House Rock (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 21 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SOLP 1002, SOLP-1983 Wailing Soul* Soul & Power (Album) Studio One, Studio One SOLP 1002, SOLP-1983 US 1982 Sell This Version
GREL 47 Wailing Souls Inchpinchers (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 47 UK 1982 Sell This Version
JGM 6072 Wailing Souls Baby Come Rock (Album) Joe Gibbs Music JGM 6072 US 1983 Sell This Version
CGR/GREL 59 Wailing Souls On The Rocks (Album) Greensleeves Records CGR/GREL 59 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
GREL 73, CGR 73 Wailing Souls Stranded (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 73, CGR 73 US 1984 Sell This Version
LL CAS. 024 Wailing Souls Lay It On The Line (Album) Live & Learn Records LL CAS. 024 US 1986 Sell This Version
LL LP 028 Wailing Souls Kingston 14 (Album) Live & Learn Records LL LP 028 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRTG 7767 Wailing Soul* Stormy Night (Album) Rohit International Records RRTG 7767 US 1989 Sell This Version
LL CAS. 033 Wailing Souls Reggae Ina Firehouse (Album) Live & Learn Records LL CAS. 033 US 1991 Sell This Version
471571 1 Wailing Souls All Over The World (Album) Chaos Recordings, Columbia 471571 1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
72445-11108-2 Wailing Souls Live On(CD, Album) Sony Music 72445-11108-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
BST LP8 Wailing Soul* Tension (Album) Big Ship BST LP8 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PWD7467 Wailing Souls Psychedelic Souls(CD, Album) Pow Wow Records PWD7467 US 1998 Sell This Version
MBZ 30002 Wailing Souls Equality (Album) Reggae Blitz MBZ 30002 US 2000 Sell This Version
AOR-97 Wailing Souls Souvenir From Jamaica (Album) Artists Only! Records AOR-97 US 2003 Sell This Version
SOCD-2104 Wailing Soul* Square Deal (Album) Studio One SOCD-2104 US 2003 Sell This Version
TBO 2085 The Wailing Souls* Classic Jamaican Flava(DVD-V + CD, Album, Dig) 2B1 Records TBO 2085 US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Wailing Souls Back Out Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none Wailing Souls / Brentford All Stars Wailing Souls / Brentford All Stars - Row Fisherman Row / Moon Ride (Single) Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
FLD-4186 Wailing Souls / Matador All Stars Wailing Souls / Matador All Stars - Gold Digger(7", Single, W/Lbl) Matador Records FLD-4186 Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
BA 307 Wailing Souls Back Out / Pack Your Things Supreme Records (10) BA 307 UK 1970 Sell This Version