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Penny Reel

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Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 03:24AM
Penny Reel
Penny Reel is one of the UK's reggae foundation writers. His work in the '70s and '80s was and still is a tremendous inspiration. His interviews and articles in publications like Echoes, NME, Sounds and Small Axe gave the readers real insight into a music that was and still is misunderstood. His book Deep Down With Dennis Brown was published in 2001.

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List of articles in the library by artist

Adam & The Ants : Adam's Xmas Antomime
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, January 1982

Dennis Brown : When Two Systems Clashed at Club Four Aces: A snapshot of London reggae culture in the early '70s

Book Excerpt by Penny Reel, Deep Down With Dennis Brown, February 2002

To see an illustrated version of this article, click here
The Chords: Live At The Rainbow 1980 (Unicorn)
Review by Penny Reel, NME, November 1986

The Dubliners: The Dubliners
Review by Penny Reel, Select, September 1990

Alton Ellis : Skabeana in Soho: Alton Ellis at Gossips, London
Review by Penny Reel, NME, April 1985

The Everly Brothers : Devoted: The Everly Brothers at the Royal Albert Hall
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1983

Marianne Faithfull: Child's Adventure (Island)
Review by Penny Reel, NME, February 1983

Rosco Gordon : Rosco’s Rockin’ Return
Review by Penny Reel, Darker Than Blue, September 2000

Gregory Isaacs: Night Nurse (Island)
Review by Penny Reel, NME, September 1982

Jimmy Jones: Timin' Is The Thing
Retrospective by Penny Reel, Let It Rock, May 1975

Ben E. King: Here Comes The Night
Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1984

Bob Marley & the Wailers : The Night Bob Marley Didn't Play the Bouncing Ball
Memoir by Penny Reel, Rock's Backpages, May 2003

Johnny Mathis: Play Misty For Me
Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1984

Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace (Parlophone)
Review by Penny Reel, NME, November 1983

Big Jay McNeely, Young Jessie, Chuck Higgins, Willie Egan: Electric Ballroom, London
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, September 1983

Mighty Diamonds/U Roy/Delroy Washington: Lyceum, London
Review by Penny Reel, NME, September 1976

The Pink Fairies: Kill ’Em And Eat ’Em
Review by Penny Reel, Sounds, November 1987

The Rolling Stones : Rolling Stones in Hyde Park # 3
Memoir by Penny Reel, Mojo, July 1995

Gil Scott-Heron: At Brixton Academy
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, 1984

Slim Smith: Memorial
Review by Penny Reel, NME, June 1985

Cat Stevens : Fundamentally Speaking: Cat Stevens vs. Salman Rushdie
Comment by Penny Reel, Sounds, March 1989

Super Cat : Puss In Boops
Interview by Penny Reel, Music Week, January 1989

Toots & The Maytals : Toots and Maytals: Caribbean Vikings
Retrospective by Penny Reel, Let It Rock, December 1975

Toots & The Maytals : Toots Comes Home To Roots
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1980

The Tremeloes : Brian Poole And The Tremeloes: Stoke Newington Town Hall, London
Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, March 1985

U Roy : Mighty Diamonds/U Roy/Delroy Washington: Lyceum, London
Review by Penny Reel, NME, September 1976

Neil Young: Everybody's Rockin (Geffen)
Review by Penny Reel, NME, August 1983

List of genre pieces

Aspects of Superpop: It Will Stand
Retrospective by Penny Reel, NME, November 1979

Atlantic Records: Label Of 1,000 Dances
Essay by Penny Reel, NME, August 1986

Mellow down the Mix
Memoir by Penny Reel, Echoes, January 1996

Various Artists: King Tubby’s Fast Car (Serious Business)
Review by Penny Reel, Echoes, May 1990

What Made Rizla Famous Made A Loser Out Of Me
Comment by Penny Reel, International Times, May 1974


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Fangy Babes
Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 10:40AM
I heard he was well past it now and hasn't done anything of interest for the past 15 years?

Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 11:12AM
Self-praise...

The man
Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 11:14AM
Always look forward to a cheery post from Fangy, who has never in his life done anything of interest.

Ites
Reel
Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 12:48PM
"Interest" being an extremely relative term...

Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 12:57PM
I've always been proud to know the man who did the sleeve notes for MPLA on Klik personally. Big Up The Man They Call Jah Reel.
I also like his Ras red gold and green tank top to the maximum ...

;-)
Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 01:12PM
Give thanx Raspy Voice for providing Penny's credits for the liner notes to MPLA, an album that I really enjoyed in my youth. Your post reminded me of the MARCUS selection contained on that album.

Now if we only get Penny to do a list of MARCUS GARVEY songs......
Fangy Babes
Re: Penny Reel
October 04, 2005 02:06PM

I'm sorry. My post above was made in haste, for which I apologise.


I meant to say 20 years.











Harry Triton
Re: Penny Reel
October 07, 2005 02:28AM
... hat off fiya Sah !
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