Wailing Souls

Also known as W. Souls, Wail Souls, Wailin Souls, Wailing Soul, Wailing Soul & Ranking Trevor, Wailing Soul, The, Wailing Souls, The, Wailing Souls,The, Wailing Sound, Walling Souls, The
Members of Wailing Souls: Lloyd "Bread" McDonald, Rudolph "Garth" Dennis, Winston "Pipe" Matthews

Discography of Wailing Souls:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Electric Avenue / Shark Attack 2 Audio 2002-01-00 Not On Label
2 All Over The World 5 Audio 1992 Columbia
3 All Over The World 4 Audio 1992 Chaos Recordings
4 Mr. Fire Coal Man 2 Audio 1978 Studio One
5 Back Out 2 Audio Coxsone Records
6 All Over The World 3 Audio 1992 Columbia
7 Inchpinchers 10 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
8 Water Pumpee / Shall Up 2 Audio 1983 Greensleeves Records
9 Bounce Back 2 Audio 1983 Greensleeves Records
10 They Don't Know Jah / Sticky Stay 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
11 Equality 12 Audio 2002 Jahmin' Records
12 Fire House Rock 10 Audio 1981 Greensleeves Records
13 On The Rocks 10 Audio 1983 Greensleeves Records
14 Stranded 10 Audio 1984 Greensleeves Records
15 The Wailing Souls 10 Audio 1975 Studio One
16 Reggae Ina Firehouse 10 Audio 1992 Live & Learn Records
17 Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall 2 Audio 1980 Greensleeves Records
18 Who No Waan Come / Unfaithful Children 2 Audio 1981 Greensleeves Records
19 Wild Suspense 10 Audio 1979 Island Records
20 War / Jah Give Us Life Dont Feel No Way 2 Audio 1978 Greensleeves Records
21 Fire House Rock 10 Audio 1982
22 Wailing 9 Audio 1981 Jah Guidance
23 Very Well / Skylarking 3 Audio Channel One Gold
24 Diamonds & Pearls / Sister Pearl 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
25 Shark Attack 6 Audio 1992 Chaos Recordings
26 They Don't Know Jah / A Day Will Come 2 Audio 2007 Volcano
27 Up Front / See Baba Joe 2 Audio 2007 Volcano
28 Row Fisherman Row / Thou Shall Not Steal 2 Audio 1970 Banana (2)
29 Take We Back / Yard Oh 2 Audio 1982 Jah Guidance
30 Wailing Souls 10 Audio Studio One
31 Stormy Night 10 Audio 1989 Rohit International Records
32 All Over The World 3 Audio 1992
33 Soul & Power 11 Audio 1982
34 Lay It On The Line 8 Audio 1986 Live & Learn Records
35 Bandit Taking Over / Fool Will Fall 2 Audio 1981 Jah Guidance
36 Kingdom Rise / What A Feeling 3 Audio Jah Guidance
37 Too Sexy / See Baba Joe 2 Audio 1981 Jah Guidance
38 The Best Of Wailing Soul 9 Audio 1995 Channel One
39 If I Were You 5 Audio 1992 Chaos Recordings
40 Baby Come Rock / Rub A Dub Style Now 2 Audio Jah Guidance
41 Wailing Souls 10 Audio Coxsone Records
42 Wailing Souls 10 Audio 1975 Winro Records
43 Most Wanted: Classic Cuts 1978-1984 12 Audio 2007 Greensleeves Records
44 The Very Best Of... 13 Audio 1990 Shanachie
45 Reggae Ina Firehouse 10 Audio 1991 Live & Learn Records
46 Kingston 14 9 Audio 1987 Live & Learn Records
47 Lay It On The Line 8 Audio 1986 Live & Learn Records
48 Shark Attack 4 Audio 1992 Chaos Recordings
49 Stormy Night 10 Audio 1989 Rohit International Records
50 Sweet Sugar Plum 2 Audio 1981


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 Pipes. 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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