Wailing Souls

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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 Downer 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.
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Albums

SOL 1126 Wailing Souls - Wailing Souls album art The Wailing Souls* Wailing Souls (Album) Winro Records SOL 1126 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
200 886, 200.886, 200886 Wailing Souls - Wild Suspense album art Wailing Souls Wild Suspense (Album) Mango 200 886, 200.886, 200886 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
VPR 1008 Wailing Souls - Wailing album art Wailing Souls Wailing (Album) Jah Guidance VPR 1008 Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
GREL 21 Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock album art Wailing Souls Fire House Rock (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 21 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SOLP 1002 Wailing Souls - Soul & Power album art Wailing Soul* Soul & Power (Album) Studio One, Studio One SOLP 1002 US 1982 Sell This Version
GREL 47 Wailing Souls - Inchpinchers album art Wailing Souls Inchpinchers (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 47 UK 1983 Sell This Version
JGM 6072 Wailing Souls - Baby Come Rock album art Wailing Souls Baby Come Rock (Album) Joe Gibbs Music JGM 6072 US 1983 Sell This Version
CGR/GREL 59, GREL 59 Wailing Souls - On The Rocks album art Wailing Souls On The Rocks (Album) Greensleeves Records CGR/GREL 59, GREL 59 US 1983 Sell This Version
GREL 73, CGR 73 Wailing Souls - Stranded album art Wailing Souls Stranded (Album) Greensleeves Records GREL 73, CGR 73 US 1984 Sell This Version
LL-024 Wailing Souls - Lay It On The Line album art Wailing Souls Lay It On The Line (Album) Live & Learn Records LL-024 US 1986 Sell This Version
LL LP 028 Wailing Souls - Kingston 14 album art Wailing Souls Kingston 14 (Album) Live & Learn Records LL LP 028 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRTG 7767 Wailing Souls - Stormy Night album art Wailing Soul* Stormy Night (Album) Rohit Records RRTG 7767 US 1989 Sell This Version
471571 4 Wailing Souls - All Over The World album art Wailing Souls All Over The World (Album) Chaos Recordings, Columbia 471571 4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
LL CAS. 033 Wailing Souls - Reggae Ina Firehouse album art Wailing Souls Reggae Ina Firehouse (Album) Live & Learn Records LL CAS. 033 US 1991 Sell This Version
72445-11108-2 Wailing Souls - Live On album art Wailing Souls Live On (Album) Zoo Entertainment, BMG 72445-11108-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
BST LP8 Wailing Souls - Tension album art Wailing Soul* Tension (Album) Big Ship BST LP8 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PWD7467 Wailing Souls - Psychedelic Souls album art Wailing Souls Psychedelic Souls (Album) Pow Wow Records PWD7467 US 1998 Sell This Version
MBZ 30002 Wailing Souls - Equality album art Wailing Souls Equality (Album) Reggae Blitz MBZ 30002 US 2000 Sell This Version
SOCD-2104 Wailing Souls - Square Deal album art Wailing Soul* Square Deal (Album) Studio One SOCD-2104 US 2003 Sell This Version
AOR-97 Wailing Souls - Souvenir From Jamaica album art Wailing Souls Souvenir From Jamaica (Album) AO! Records AOR-97 US 2003 Sell This Version
TBO 2085 Wailing Souls - Classic Jamaican Flava album art The Wailing Souls* Classic Jamaican Flava (Album) 2B1 Records TBO 2085 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Wailing Souls - Island Girl album art Wailing Souls Island Girl(CDr, Album) Black Oak Studios none US 2017 Sell This Version
VPGS7068 Wailing Souls - Back A Yard album art Wailing Souls Back A Yard (Album) Greensleeves Records, VP Records VPGS7068 UK 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Wailing Souls - Gold Digger / 100lbs Of Clay Version album art Wailing Souls / Matador All Stars Wailing Souls / Matador All Stars - Gold Digger / 100lbs Of Clay Version (Single) Matador Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
none Wailing Souls - Row Fisherman Row / Moon Ride album art Wailing Souls / Brentford All Stars Wailing Souls / Brentford All Stars - Row Fisherman Row / Moon Ride Coxsone Records, Coxson none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version

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May 30, 2021
This classic roots harmony group is not well-served by vinyl reissues these days. While the excellent Firehouse Rock and other Greensleeves releases are generally available, and used copies of the self-produced and very fine Wild Suspense record are fairly plentiful, other high points in their career are increasingly difficult to find. Many tracks on the early Studio One record are available on various Soul Jazz (and other) comps, but the album itself is hard to find and pricey. The Pressure Sounds collection of their mid-70's output for Channel One has long been out of print, and at this writing is not offered on Discogs (when it is, the price is crazy high). The Linval Thompson-produced Wailing is also waiting to be reissued, even after the many reissues of Thompson material in recent years by Hot Milk and Iroko.

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