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Teardrops
Teardrops (7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: ATV 703. Rel: 30 Jun 20
  1. Teardrops (3:39)
  2. Teardrops (Charlie Flat dub mix) (4:09)
Review: In recent times we've been treated to plenty of reissues of classic lover's rock gems, including an Athens of the North-released collection of lover's rock covers. It's therefore rather exciting to hear some brand-new lover's rock in a similar vein from Crucial Rockers, a studio band formed by producer Jamie Searle. The track given the cover treatment is Womack & Womack classic "Teardrops". While that was fiendishly uptempo, this version is sweet, slow and effortlessly soulful, with Searle's warming riddim offering a perfect match for the un-credited vocalist's fine delivery of the Womacks' weary and emotional lyrics. The flipside dub is rather tasty, too. Sadly there aren't many of these around, so act fast if you want to secure a copy!
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Black Ark In Dub
Cat: 0054645 271011. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. Jah (3:58)
  2. Cool Rockers (5:46)
  3. Lion (3:45)
  4. Rasta Man (3:58)
  5. Camp (5:07)
  6. Loving (4:33)
  7. Money (4:24)
  8. In The Valley (3:15)
  9. Dreadlocks (5:54)
  10. Guidance (5:29)
Review: Lee Perry's studio band was famously known as The Upsetters but also recorded as Black Ark Players, named after his famous studio. This is their one and only album and it first landed in 1980 as another part in the infinite musical puzzle around Lee Perry. The previously hard to find record marks the end of one era and the start of another as it came right at the start of the demise fo the studio. It is built on a bedrock of heavy beats and bass, with spooky dub styles and spacey synth styles that add layers of intrigue that never let up.
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 in stock $11.17
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Black Ark Vol 2
VARIOUS
Cat: 005464 5271110. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. Carole Cole - "Ethiopia" (5:09)
  2. The Silvertones - "Give Praises" (2:57)
  3. The Inamans - "How Deep Is Your Love" (5:06)
  4. Lasksley Castell - "Jah Love Is Sweeter" (3:27)
  5. Bunny Rugs - "Let Love Touch Us Now" (2:51)
  6. Bunny Rugs - "I Am... I Said" (3:42)
  7. The Originals - "Got To Be Irie" (1:59)
  8. The Upsetters - "Double Wine" (3:00)
  9. Junior Byles - "Mumbling & Grumbling" (5:50)
Review: 17 North Parade continues to serve up reissues of Black Ark material following the Black Ark Players's one and only album. This time they look to the second volume of cuts recorded at the legendary Lee Scratch Perry studio in the 70s and 80s. In house band The Upsetters feature next to Perry himself as well as Silvertones and Coral Cole. Plenty of heavy bass undermines the tunes while some drift into summery, flute lead territory for the mind, and others get dark and dirty. The Inamans's cover of "how Deep Is Your Love" is a personal favourite here.
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 in stock $13.77
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Hold Down
Hold Down (7" Nachpressung)
Cat: HSRSS 003. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. Hold Down (2:50)
  2. Nice Nice (2:47)
Review: The Kingstonians were a relatively short-lived Jamaican band whose greatest work was produced by Derek Harriott between 1968 and '70. It was at the tail end of this period that they recorded their sole album, "Sufferer", an early reggae classic featuring a swathe of sought-after cuts. It's from that set that these two tracks are taken. For the record, both have appeared on 7" singles before, but are so hard to find that collectors are willing to spend up to 500 Euros to find original copies. A-side "Hold Down" is particularly potent, with the vocal trio's fuzzy vocals rising above a killer early reggae rhythm much in Hammond organ stabs, warm bass and clipped guitars. "Nice, Nice" meanwhile is a more up-tempo affair that gives a little more prominence to a typical early reggae guitar riff. Together the two tracks make for a suitably scintillating package.
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 in stock $10.39
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Play On Mr Music: Black Ark Days
Play On Mr Music: Black Ark Days (LP + poster) (1 per customer)
Cat: RSUPLP 001. Rel: 12 Jun 20
  1. Upsetter Revue - "Play On Mr Music" (feat The Heptones & The Congos & Junior Murvin) (6:50)
  2. Carlton Jackson - "History" (Dub Plate mix) (3:22)
  3. The Silvertones - "Rejoice Jah Jah Children" (Dub Plate mix) (3:45)
  4. Jimmy Riley - "Give Me A Love" (2:12)
  5. The Upsetters - "Give Me A Dub" (2:17)
  6. Lee Perry - "Soul Fire" (3:55)
  7. Sam Carty - "Milte Hi Akhen Aka Bird In Hand" (Full vocal version) (3:53)
  8. Mystic I - "One More River To Cross" (3:09)
  9. The Upsetters - "One More Dub To Cross" (3:18)
  10. Junior Murvin - "People Get Ready" (3:23)
  11. The Upsetters - "People Get Ready Dub" (3:18)
  12. The Silvertones - "Feel All Right" (2:40)
Review: Barely a week goes by without a new release that has Lee "Scratch" Perry's name on it somewhere. This one from Rock A Shaka in Japan brings together all the best bits from the famous Black Arc studio and features big names like The Upsetters, Junior Murvin, The Silvertones, and Perry himself. There's a laidback air of sun kissed Caribbean grooves from top to bottom, with various Dubpate Mixes, full vocal versions and dubs adding up to a feel good collection of loved-up riddims that will slide their way into your affections.
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 in stock $28.85
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Black Ark In Dub
Black Ark In Dub (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: 005464 5270328. Rel: 26 Jun 20
  1. Jah (CD1: Black Ark In dub)
  2. Cool Rockers
  3. Lion
  4. Rasta Man
  5. Camp
  6. Loving
  7. Money
  8. In The Valley
  9. Dreadlocks
  10. Guidance
  11. Carol Cole - "Ethiopia" (CD2: Black Ark Vol 2)
  12. The Silvertones - "Give Praises"
  13. The Inamans - "How Deep Is Your Love"
  14. Lacksley Castell - "Jah Love Is Sweeter"
  15. Bunny Rugs - "Let Love Touch Us Now"
  16. Bunny Rugs - "I Am I Said"
  17. The Originals - "Got To Be Irie"
  18. The Upsetters - "Double Wine"
  19. Junior Byles - "Mumbling & Grumbling"
Review: Most reggae scholars agree that dub maestro Lee 'Scratch' Perry was at his musical best during the period he spent working at the Black Ark studio. Two of the last albums recorded at the studio before it burned down in 1979 were "Black Ark In Dub" volumes one and two, which were eventually released in 1980 and '81 respectively. Here they're gathered together on CD for the first time. Volume 1 (disc one) sees Perry offer up weighty, spooky and out-there dubs of backing tracks created by his regular studio band, the Black Ark Players. Disc two expands on the more vocal-focused - but no less dubbed-out - sequel, showcasing alternate takes and extended mixes of popular Perry-produced singles from the period. In a word: essential.
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The Trojan Albums Collection
Cat: DBCDD 059. Rel: 09 Jun 20
  1. Free From Sin
  2. When Jah Ready You Got To Move
  3. Call On I In Trouble
  4. Don't Deal With Folly
  5. Light Of Fire
  6. Reggae Music
  7. Go Home On The Morning Train
  8. Siren
  9. I & I Are The Chosen One
  10. Deck Of Life
  11. The Vision
  12. Natty Champion
  13. Read A Chapter
  14. Golden Throne
  15. Jamaican Heroes
  16. Prison Discipline
  17. Musical History
  18. Jah Will Provide
  19. David (bonus track)
  20. Ten Commandments
  21. Tribute To Bob Marley
  22. Hold The Fort
  23. Every Time I Hear The Word
  24. Head Of The Buccaneer
  25. Shall Not Dwell In Wickedness
  26. Give I Strength
  27. Kingdom Of God
  28. Coming In From The Rock
  29. Skinhead
  30. Everytime I Talk About Jah
  31. Prince Far I Come Again
  32. Tell Them About Jah Love
  33. More We Are Together
  34. At The Cross
  35. Working For My Saviour
  36. I Don't Know Why I Love Jah So
  37. What You Gonna Do On Judgement Day
  38. Take Heed Frontline
Review: On their latest essential retrospective, Doctor Bird has gathered together the quartet of albums released by legendary Jamaican toaster Prince Far I on Trojan Records between 1979 and '83 (the year of his premature death) - three of which have never previously appeared on CD. On disc one you'll find "Free From Sin", a formidably dubbed-out affair partially recorded at Treasure Isle Studios, and the slightly more roots-reggae focused 1980 follow-up, "Jamaican Heroes". Disc two begins with the ten tracks first featured on 1981's "Voice of Thunder" - a loose, languid and laidback set recorded at Channel 1 studios - before moving on to his final Trojan album, "Musical Heroes". If you've yet to explore Prince Far I's vast catalogue, this is a great place to start.
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 in stock $12.21
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Revelation Time
Cat: 054645 422215. Rel: 03 Jul 20
  1. Revelation Time (2:41)
  2. No Peace (3:42)
  3. Tacko (2:51)
  4. Blood Of The Prophet (3:33)
  5. Blood Of The Prophet (part 2) (2:53)
  6. Warning, Warning (3:58)
  7. A Quarter Pound Of I'cense (2:43)
  8. Three Blind Mice (2:54)
  9. Open The Iron Gate (3:02)
  10. Open The Iron Gate (part 2) (2:12)
Review: The Lee "Scratch" Perry produced Revelation Time is often said to be a definitive record from the Jamaican canon and is widely regarded as the best album Max Romeo ever wrote. Initially it was only put out in Jamaica in 1975 then two years later in 1977 under the name Warning! Warning! A year after that, the rest of the world was treated with a release, again under a new name, this time Open The Iron Gate. Now it is served up under its original name with all 10 tracks hitting hard and making their mark.
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 in stock $12.99
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For The Love Of You
Sam DON/VARIOUS
For The Love Of You (unmixed CD)
Cat: AOTNCD 031. Rel: 26 Mar 20
  1. Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally"
  2. Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit"
  3. Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down"
  4. Al Charles - "Outstanding"
  5. Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free"
  6. George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale)
  7. Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On"
  8. Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes"
  9. Family Love - "Do Me Baby"
  10. Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion"
  11. Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love"
  12. Simplicity - "For The Love Of You"
Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North label is endlessly flawless and this time around they pull together the special lovers rock covers they put out at the end of last year onto a superbly strong 12 track compilation. It arrives just in time for the warmer months and has been curated by Sam Don and overseen by label boss Euan Fryer. Standouts include Christine Lewin's lush take on the heavily sampled "Juicy Fruit" while the lo-fi bliss of Al Charles's "Outstanding" is another one to swell the heart and sooth the soul. For more sentimental moments check Family Love's "Do Me Baby." Overall, though, this is a must buy.
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 in stock $10.39
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Love Is All I Bring: Reggae Hits & Rarities By The Queens Of Trojan
VARIOUS
Cat: 405053 8537062. Rel: 25 Oct 19
  1. Althea & Donna - "Uptown Top Ranking" (3:53)
  2. Susan Cadogan - "Hurt So Good" (3:06)
  3. Sophia George - "Girlie Girlie" (3:05)
  4. Judy Mowatt - "I Shall Sing" (3:34)
  5. Marcia Griffiths - "Steppin' Out Of Babylon" (4:05)
  6. Janet Kay & The Kaylets - "Lovin You" (3:33)
  7. Marcia Aitken - "I'm Still In Love With You" (3:45)
  8. Joya Landis - "Angel Of The Morning" (3:04)
  9. Phyllis Dillon - "Perfidia" (2:46)
  10. Sylvia Tella - "Spell" (4:06)
  11. Nora Dean - "Barbwire" (2:21)
  12. Mille Small - "Honey Hush" (2:51)
  13. Phyllis Dillon - "Love Was All I Had" (2:46)
  14. Faye Bennett - "Back Wey" (2:47)
  15. Lorna Bennett - "Good Woman" (3:45)
  16. Sonya Spence - "Come With Me" (3:49)
  17. Sandra Robinson - "Sensi For Sale" (3:13)
  18. Althea - "Downtown Thing" (2:52)
  19. Marcia Griffiths - "Give You & Get" (3:37)
  20. Dawn Penn - "I Let You Go" (2:28)
  21. Paula Clarke - "Dynamic" (4:05)
  22. Susan Cadogan - "If" (3:50)
  23. Hortense Ellis - "My Willow Tree" (3:24)
  24. Doreen Shaeffer - "Back In My Arms Again" (3:38)
Review: Trojan have pulled together some of reggae's finest moments here, and importantly they come from some of the genre's most vital female talents, who can often be overlooked in favour of their more visible male counterparts. Across four sides of vinyl the likes of Millie Small, Althea & Donna, Marcia Griffiths, Phyllis Dillon, and Susan Cadogan all deservingly feature and personal sleeve notes from musician Rhoda Dakar also add real value. Big hits, unknown rarities and some brilliantly wonky numbers like Sandra Robinson's "Sensi For Sale" make this an instant NEED!
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 in stock $20.00
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In A Crisis
Cat: PRTL 7067. Rel: 28 May 20
  1. Eva Keyes - "In A Crisis" (3:50)
  2. Dan Taliras - "In A Dub" (3:51)
Review: Vocalist Eva Keyes and producer Dan Taliras first worked together back in 2018 on the joint single "Tired of the City". Since then they've released a handful of other collaborative records, with Taliras handling the obligatory flipside dubs. Like much of their work, "In A Crisis" is a revivalist roots reggae number in which Keyes delivers socially conscious lyrics atop a chunky riddim, crunchy Clavinet lines and hazy horns. As is traditional, Taliras delivers a Dub mix on side B, skilfully re-framing the track as a sparse, echoing and deep mixture of skeletal grooves, echoing vocals and effects-laden instrumental snippets.
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 in stock $7.27
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In The Dark/Sings Love
Sonya SPENCE/VARIOUS
In The Dark/Sings Love (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: DBCDD 048. Rel: 09 Jan 20
  1. Sonya Spence - "Jet Plane"
  2. Sonya Spence - "It Hurts To Be Alone"
  3. Sonya Spence - "I Love You So"
  4. Sonya Spence - "Damn Him"
  5. Sonya Spence - "Make Love To Me In The Dark"
  6. Sonya Spence - "No Charge"
  7. Sonya Spence - "Peace & Unity"
  8. Sonya Spence - "When"
  9. Sonya Spence - "Why Did You Leave Me"
  10. Sonya Spence - "Give Thanks"
  11. Sonya Spence - "Where Is The Love"
  12. Sonya Spence - "Now I Know What Love Its"
  13. Sonya Spence - "Come With Me"
  14. Sonya Spence - "Don't Want To Leave With You"
  15. Sonya Spence - "Sweet Is Your Love"
  16. Sonya Spence - "Fantasy"
  17. Sonya Spence - "Sweetness Of Your Love"
  18. Sonya Spence - "Anything"
  19. Sonya Spence - "Let Love Flow On"
  20. Sonya Spence - "Talk Love"
  21. Judy Mowatt - "Mellow Mood"
  22. Marcia Griffiths - "Sweet Brown Sugar"
  23. Lorna Bennett - "Good Woman"
  24. Cynthia Richards - "Let's Do It Again"
  25. Barbara Jones - "I Want To Be Your Lover"
  26. Maureen Pearson - "How Do You Feel"
  27. Judy Mowatt - "Way Over Yonder"
  28. Claudette Miller - "Una Paloma Blanca"
  29. Daughter Cherry - "Babylon You Guilty"
  30. Sabrina Williams - "A Wonder Why"
  31. Marcia Griffiths - "Don't Ever Leave"
  32. Lillian Williams - "Why Did You Use Me"
  33. Novelette Barnett - "Fire Die A Town"
  34. Judy Mowatt - "Emergency Call"
  35. Claudette Miller & The Ebony Sisters - "I Must Be Dreaming"
  36. Sharon Black - "Struggling"
  37. Carlene Davis - "Love & Harmony"
  38. Lorna Bennett - "It's My House"
  39. Karen Mark - "World Wide Love"
  40. Marcia Griffiths - "Sugar Wooga Man"
  41. Sonia Spence - "Talk Love" (12" mix)
Review: Doctor Bird's latest must-have archival release showcases some of the best work from Sonia Pottinger, a pioneering female producer from Jamaica who had a hand in some of the finest reggae to emerge during the 1970s and 80s. Nominally, the focus is two sought-after albums from vocalist Sonya Spence, 1978's "In The Dark" and 1981's "Sings Love", both of which offer a particularly loved-up, soulful and glassy-eyed set of songs. You'll find both albums back to back on CD1, with disc two focused on some of Pottinger's other productions for female vocalists and artists. In truth, the collection is worth buying for this disc alone, which offers a great introduction to Pottinger's wider body of work.
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 in stock $10.96
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Dirty Reggae (remastered)
Cat: PPRLP 236. Rel: 20 Jan 20
  1. Hot Stop (2:48)
  2. Jimmy Jack (2:47)
  3. Stampede (3:01)
  4. Keep It Cool (3:11)
  5. Joe Grind (3:04)
  6. Pop The Trunk (3:25)
  7. Lunar Eclipse (3:30)
  8. Women's Rules (3:39)
  9. Burning Bush (3:17)
  10. Dirty Reggae (3:23)
Review: The Aggrolites formed in 2002 and brought together two different Los Angeles reggae and ska bands in the Vessels and The Rhythm Doctors. They started as a backing outfit for Derrick Morgan but soon went on to do their own thing, uncoiling this debut album from 2003. It was laid down in just one day, with each track being done in one take and lyrics being dreamt up on the spot. The results are compelling and take in high speed riddims, swaggering dubs and even a cover of a nursery rhyme.
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 in stock $17.41
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My Girl
  1. Busty Brown - "My Girl" (3:23)
  2. Upsetters - "My Girl" (3:14)
Review: Busty Brown's early reggae cover of the Temptations' smash hit "My Girl" from 1964 is presented here in all its glory. It's a glorious makeover that has soaring trumpets filled with optimism, deep cut drums that wriggle and rumble nonstop, as well as Brown's buttery, authentic vocals up top. Legendary dub outfit The Upsetters then take care of an instrumental on the flip side that goes a little slower and more purposefully about its business. It's not often that a cover outshines the original but in the case of this one, that might be what's happening here.
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 in stock $9.34
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I Won't Let You Cry
  1. I Won't Let You Cry (2:47)
  2. I'm Sorry (2:44)
Review: Rock A Shaka's "Prince Buster Classics" series of seven-inch singles has served up some scintillating Ska of late, mixing tracks from the great man with ones he produced for other artists. The latest "45" in the series is more straightforward and simply gathers together two of the Ska pioneer's greatest cuts. First up on side A is 1966's "I Won't Let You Cry", a super-sweet fusion of mid-tempo ska rhythms, dewy-eyed soul vocals from the man himself and nods towards the American rhythm and blues style that so inspired him. That rhythm and blues influence comes to the fore on flipside "I'm Sorry", a loved-up, organ-rich number that features some of Buster's most heartfelt vocals.
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 in stock $17.41
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Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo
  1. African Roots (5:14)
  2. Bad Food (3:55)
  3. Muto Ya Motema (7:43)
  4. Mengieb (6:59)
  5. Wakoya (5:35)
  6. Guipimbu Gienu (5:47)
Review: In 1979, dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry "adopted" a pair of Congolese musicians who had been left stranded on Jamaica, put them together with his regular session players in the Black Ark studio he later burned down in a fit of psychosis, and recorded an album. As this fine reissue proves (the second in as many months; it was also reissued under the alternative title "Roots From The Congo"), the resultant music - a vibrant mix of Perry's particular brand of dub reggae and soukous music - was not only magical, but also unlike almost anything that had come before. For some reason it was only ever released on small labels in France and Belgium at the time, meaning that original copies are extremely hard to find. This reissue, then, is long overdue. Do yourself a favour and snap them up before they all disappear.
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 in stock $22.86
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The Skatalite (reissue)
The Skatalite (reissue) (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2650C. Rel: 31 Mar 20
  1. Yard Broom (3:15)
  2. Carry Go Bring Come (2:45)
  3. Twelve Minutes To Go (3:07)
  4. Magic (2:36)
  5. Strolling In (2:25)
  6. Dan De Lion (2:08)
  7. Apanga (3:01)
  8. Eastern Standard Time (3:15)
  9. Rough & Tough (3:00)
  10. Musical Store Room (2:22)
  11. When You Call My Name (3:28)
  12. River Bank (2:57)
Review: Released in 1969 four years after the band split up (a break that resulted in the formation of two of Jamaican music's most storied studio 'house bands', Tommy Cook & The Supersonics and Rolando Alphonso and the Studio One Orchestra), "The Skatalite" gathers together some of the most potent and best known "sides" recorded by The Skatalites with producer Arthur 'Duke' Reid. Here reissued by Music On Vinyl, it's as strong a collection of early/peak-era Ska music as you're likely to find. In it you can hear the influences from rhythm and blues and jazz that went into forming the Ska sound, as well as the progression towards a more "skanking" sound that would lay the foundations of rocksteady and ultimately reggae.
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 in stock $23.38
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Battle Of The Giants (reissue)
Battle Of The Giants (reissue) (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2481C. Rel: 29 Aug 19
  1. Money Day (2:24)
  2. Consider Me (2:37)
  3. Driven Back (1:52)
  4. Gorgeous & Marvellous (3:14)
  5. Samfie Man (3:01)
  6. Now You Are Gone (3:30)
  7. Battle Of The Giants (1:57)
  8. Slip Away (2:26)
  9. Cherie Cherie (2:39)
  10. Simmer Down Quashie (1:57)
  11. Twice Around The Daffodils (2:56)
  12. Mally Mally (2:58)
Review: The Pioneers were pivotal during the skinhead reggae period and their 1970 album Battle Of The Giants on the mighty Trojan Records is as fine as they come. At the time it was released, the band was spending lots of time in the UK and taking cues from ska, but always returned to Jamaica to record. It shows in a record that mixes driving reggae grooves with more pop leaning songs and flourishes of soul. Swaggering rhythms like "Samfie Man" sit next to love struck tunes like "Consider Me" and it's not hard to see why this outfit was one of the first to have international reggae hits in the post-rocksteady era.
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Double Dekker (reissue)
Double Dekker (reissue) (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2483C. Rel: 29 Aug 19
  1. 007 Shanty Town (2:34)
  2. Israelites (2:35)
  3. It Mek (2:34)
  4. You Can Get It (2:38)
  5. Pickney Gal (2:49)
  6. Peace On The Land (3:05)
  7. I Believe (2:37)
  8. Look What They're Doing To Me (2:46)
  9. Please Don't Bend (2:34)
  10. My Reward (2:21)
  11. Little Darling (2:32)
  12. Life Of Opportunity (2:44)
  13. When I'm Cold (2:36)
  14. Archie Wah Wah (2:35)
  15. Hippopotamus (2:50)
  16. Warlock (3:57)
  17. Licking Stick (2:15)
  18. What Will You Gain (2:07)
  19. Trample (2:33)
  20. The More You Live (3:18)
  21. Go & Tell My People (3:14)
  22. Reggae Recipe (3:05)
  23. Yakety Yak (2:21)
  24. Where Did It Go (3:07)
  25. First Time For A Long Time (2:28)
  26. Stop The Wedding (2:12)
  27. Mother Nature (3:04)
  28. Life Hope & Faith (2:02)
Review: This newly expanded reissue of classic Desmond Dekker compilation "Double Dekker" includes six rare bonus cuts next to the rest of the material that helped it make such an international impact. There isn't much cross over with other compilations, either, making it a must for fans of the late vocalist. Interestingly, this release was compiled after Dekker had left Trojan for the newly formed rival Creole, and it went on to become one of their biggest sellers, at the same time as putting his newer recordings into the shadows. So sink in and enjoy one of rocksteady's best.
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 in stock $23.65
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Rivers Of Babylon
Rivers Of Babylon (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2610C. Rel: 12 Feb 20
  1. Rivers Of Babylon (2:39)
  2. It Took A Miracle (2:54)
  3. Sweet Sensation (3:48)
  4. It's My Delight (2:56)
  5. A Day Seems So Long (3:04)
  6. Lost My Love (2:34)
  7. Though I'm Through With You (2:38)
  8. I Don't Care (2:31)
  9. Oh Say Darling Say (3:06)
  10. Walking In The Rain (2:26)
Review: Considered something of a rocksteady classic, The Melodians' 1970 debut album "Rivers Of Babylon" has long been tricky to find on vinyl. Surprisingly, this Music on Vinyl reissue marks the first time it has appeared on wax outside of Jamaica and the first pressing of any sort for 50 years. It remains arguably their strongest work: a warm, soul-fired set of loved-up songs co-produced by legendary Chinese Jamaican ska specialist Leslie Kong and his long-time sound engineer Warwick Lyn. The plentiful highlights include upbeat number "Though I'm Through With You", the jaunty "Walking In The Rain", slow jam "It Took A Miracle" and fine opener "Rivers Of Babylon".
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 in stock $19.23
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From The Roots (reissue)
From The Roots (reissue) (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2555C. Rel: 22 Jan 20
  1. Pee Pee Cluck Cluck (2:24)
  2. Loving Spirit (3:03)
  3. Dr Lester (2:31)
  4. Gola Silver (2:33)
  5. Koo Koo (2:42)
  6. Revival Reggae (3:07)
  7. Thy Kingdom Come (2:36)
  8. One Eye Enos (2:35)
  9. A Time To Love (2:52)
  10. 9 O'Clock (2:56)
  11. Know Me Good (3:01)
  12. Got To Feel (3:22)
  13. Feel So Good (2:41)
  14. Give Peace A Chance (2:55)
Review: From The Roots was the fourth album by The Maytals and their first after signing to Island Records in 1973. It found them move away from their earlier ska days but not quite settle into the slower tempos the rest of the big players were exploring. As such it's a speedy listen with uptempo vocals that most frequently muse on love. There are plenty of standouts such as "Got To Feel," "Koo Koo" and "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck" that still sound fresh today, especially on a limited edition individually numbered orange vinyl.
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Moonlight Groover
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Moonlight Groover (limited numbered 180 gram audiophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2556C. Rel: 22 Jan 20
  1. Winston Wright - "Moonlight Groover" (2:30)
  2. John Holt - "Tonight" (2:35)
  3. Joya Landis - "Kansas City" (3:04)
  4. Tommy McCook - "Get Me To The Church On Time" (2:38)
  5. John Holt & Joya Landis - "I'll Be Lonely" (2:08)
  6. Tommy McCook - "Second Fiddle" (2:26)
  7. Tommy McCook - "Soul For Sale" (2:38)
  8. Alton Ellis - "Breaking Up" (3:00)
  9. Tommy McCook - "Mary Poppins" (2:45)
  10. Tommy McCook - "Billy Joe" (3:53)
  11. Joya Landis - "Moonlight Lover" (2:20)
  12. Tommy McCook - "Black Coffee" (2:41)
Review: Duke Reid's Treasure Isle was a behemoth of a label that very much defined the sound of an era almost single-handedly. This particular compilation was first put out in 1970 and was an immediate best seller: it details the transformation of late rocksteady into early reggae and takes in all the essentials from that time, making it a must for fans of the sixties sounds, or those looking to brush up on their knowledge. The orange vinyl features gems from Joya Landis, Tommy McCook, Alton Ellis and Winston Wright.
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Gay Jamaica Independence Time
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Gay Jamaica Independence Time (limited numbered 180 gram audilophile orange vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2612C. Rel: 03 Mar 20
  1. Hopeton Lewis - "Boom Sha Ka La" (2:46)
  2. Hugh Roy - "Wake The Town" (2:42)
  3. The Ethiopians - "Condition Bad A Yard" (2:24)
  4. Earl Lindo - "White Rum" (2:27)
  5. Earl Lindo - "Wear You To The Ball" (instrumental) (2:32)
  6. Alton Ellis - "Puping In" (2:37)
  7. The Tennors - "Hopeful Village" (2:29)
  8. Hugh Roy - "Rule The Nation" (2:35)
  9. Tommy McCook - "Dynamite" (2:21)
  10. Hugh Roy - "Catty" (2:37)
  11. Alton Ellis - "What Does It Take" (3:16)
  12. Neville Hinds - "Sunday Gravey" (2:37)
  13. Jamaica National Anthem (1:11)
Review: At the tail end of the 1960s, Treasure Isle producer Arthur 'Duke' Reid began to slowly move away from the ska and rocksteady sound with which he'd made his name. Reid embraced the emergent style of reggae, producing a string of local hit singles. 1970 compilation "Gay Jamaica Independence Time" gathered together some of these, adding a handful of previously unheard tracks to help sales. Here the sought-after set gets the reissue treatment courtesy of music on vinyl. There's much to admire amongst the 13 tracks on show, with highlights including the soulful shuffle of Hopeton Lewis's "Boom Sha Ka La", the Ethiopians socially conscious "Condition Bad A Yard", Alton Ellis's rhythm & blues influenced "Puping In" and the seductive "Catty" by Hugh Roy.
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Armageddon (remix)
Cat: MRB 7158. Rel: 07 Feb 20
  1. Armageddon (feat Runkus) (4:09)
  2. Armageddon (dub - Gentleman's dub club 8 - track mix) (4:14)
Review: The Skints are a tropical punk four piece from the big smoke riding high off the back of sold out EU and UK tours. This is the second limited-edition 45 to come along with their new album "Swimming Lessons" and it's easy to see why they've chosen "Armageddon". Jamaican rising star Runkus delivers a bold commentary while dark, stepping dub-wise rhythms carry his message. Flip over for the "Gentleman's Dub Club 8-Track Mix" - a trippy one laden with reverb and extra weighty bass.
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 in stock $10.14
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Studio One Rude Boy: The Original (repress)
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Cat: SJRLP 148. Rel: 20 Oct 06
  1. Jackie Opel - "You Too Bad"
  2. Johnny Osbourne - "Murderer"
  3. John Holt - "Change Your Style/Hooligan"
  4. Keith McCarthy - "Everybody Rude Now"
  5. Owen Gray - "Ballistic Affair"
  6. Roy Richards - "Get Smart"
  7. Dillinger - "Stop The War"
  8. Jim Brown - "Love In The Dance"
  9. Desmond Baker & The Clarendonians - "Rude Boy Gone A Jail"
  10. The Wailers - "Good Good Rudie"
  11. Dennis Brown - "Make It Easy On Yourself"
  12. Wailing Souls - "Don't Fight It"
  13. Dub Specialist - "Peace Theme"
  14. Mr Foundation - "See Them A Come"
  15. Dudley Sibley - "Run Boy Run"
  16. Dennis Brown - "Johnny Too Bad"
  17. Bob Andy - "Crime Don't Pay"
  18. Soul Brothers - "Mr Kiss A Bang Bang"
Review: The latest Studio One release to be released on Soul Jazz Records features another fine selection of classic artists from the foundation label of reggae. Rude Boys are synonymous with Jamaican dancehall culture from the present day going back to the very early days of Sir Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid's first sound-clashes in Kingston. 'Studio One Rude Boy' features artists and songs about rude boys and rude boy culture from all periods of Studio One's history. The album features ska, rocksteady, DJs, roots and dub. The album features classic tracks from Jamaica's finest singers and groups such as The Wailers, John Holt, The Wailing Souls, Dennis Brown alongside super-rare tracks from artists such as Mr Foundation, Dudley Sibbley and The Soul Brothers all recorded under Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. Musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands - The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders - who provide the classic Studio One rhythms so influential in the history of reggae. All the eighteen tracks have been newly digitally re-mastered for this album and the album comes with full sleevenotes, photos and text making this another essential Studio One reggae release for connoisseurs of reggae and newcomers alike.
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 in stock $20.00
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Armagideon Time (reissue)
Cat: SJR 43212. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Armagideon Time (Discomix vocal) (2:28)
  2. Armagideon Time (Discomix version) (2:38)
Review: Studio One have put out plenty of big tunes and this is the latest to get a big reissue on a super loud-cut 12" single for extra devastating impact. It's a well-known classic every self-respecting reggae fan should know and blows up any party, especially when tweaked like these two versions. They were originally produced by Studio One bossman Coxsone Dodd and have been covered by The Clash as well as sampled by The Fugees and hip hop MC KRS One. The snaking lead synth, the rumbling drums and classic ska trumpet are all straight up irresistible.
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Easing
Easing (12")
Cat: SNDW 12037. Rel: 21 Jun 19
  1. Easing (8:04)
  2. Easing (version) (6:49)
Review: George and Glen Miller are undoubtedly best known for their West End Records released 1982 boogie-soul classic "Touch Your Life". They released plenty of other records that flitted between soca, reggae, disco, and - in the latter stages of their career - electrofunk. "Easing", which appeared at some point at the turn of the '80s on London label Third World, remains one of their most potent releases - and, in its original form at least, formidably hard to find. This Soundway reissue wisely replicates the track list of the original release, beginning with the title track - a deliciously percussive, musically intricate chunk of peak-time disco smothered in sharp, Afro-funk style horns and George and Glen Miller's lilting reggae-soul style vocals. The flipside "Version" strips out the vocals, allowing listeners to hear in greater detail the pair's impeccable arrangements and instrumentations (particularly the fine orchestration and rich groove).
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Africano (reissue)
Africano (reissue) (12" with obi-strip)
Cat: GET 1200212. Rel: 17 Jul 17
  1. Africano (4:45)
  2. Why Can't We Live Together (3:33)
Review: Timmy Thomas, sometimes known as The Magician, frequently regarded as one of the most sampled men beyond the Brown franchise, he's been referenced by everyone from Drake to Dilla to MC Hammer. Here we find two of his most well known cuts, both taken from his 1972 album, Why Can't We Live Together. There's a wry cosmic sheen weaving and shimmering in the background of the soaking wet Afrofunk groove of "Africano" while the keys of "Why Can't We Live Together" instantly hit with a soul you've heard, felt and loved in so many contexts. Certified classic.
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Reggae Greatest Hits
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Reggae Greatest Hits (unmixed 3xCD)
Cat: 3370182. Rel: 13 Sep 19
  1. Bob Marley - "Soul Rebel"
  2. Alpha Blondy - "Cocody Rock"
  3. Gregory Isaacs - "Babylon Too Rough"
  4. Ken Boothe - "Artibella"
  5. Max Romeo - "Stop Picking On Me"
  6. Sly & Robbie - "Night Nurse" (feat Simply Red)
  7. UB40 - "Red Red Wine"
  8. Eek-a-Mouse - "Ganja Smuggling"
  9. Don Carlos - "Rivers Of Babylon"
  10. Beres Hammond - "There For You"
  11. Bitty Mclean - "Games With Love"
  12. Jackie Edwards - "Angel Of Love"
  13. Owen Grey - "Island In The Stream"
  14. Mighty Diamonds - "I Need A Roof"
  15. Jimmy Riley - "Sexual Healing"
  16. Freddie McGregor - "Big Ship Sailing"
  17. Jacob Miller - "Tenement Yard"
  18. Dennis Brown - "Revolution"
  19. Errol Dunkley - "OK Fred"
  20. Alton Ellis - "I'm Still In Love"
  21. Ini Kamoze - "World A Music"
  22. Black Uhuru - "Sinsemilla"
  23. Groundation, Don Carlos & The Congos - "Jah Jah Know"
  24. John Holt - "Police In Helicopter"
  25. Barrington Levy - "Warm & Sunny Day"
  26. Horace Andy - "Horse With No Name"
  27. Inna De Yard - "Let The Water Run Dry" (feat Ken Boothe)
  28. Bob Marley - "Sun Is Shining"
  29. Beres Hammond - "Rock Away"
  30. Dennis Brown - "Africa"
  31. Marcia Griffiths - "Come See About Me"
  32. The Tamlins - "Baltimore"
  33. U Brown - "Tu Sheng Peng"
  34. Ken Boothe - "Show & Tell"
  35. Linval Thompson - "Halla Them A Halla"
  36. Lutan Fyah - "Like Wild Fire"
  37. Sugar Minott - "Never Gona Give Jah Up"
  38. Aswad - "Shine"
  39. The Congos - "La La Bam Bam"
  40. Yellowman - "Girls Them Pet"
  41. Yellowman - "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng"
  42. Lee 'Scratch' Perry & The Upsetters - "Soul Fire"
  43. Alborosie - "No Cocaine"
  44. Capleton - "That Day Will Come"
  45. Groundation, Don Carlos & The Congos - "Babylon Rule Dem"
  46. Biga Ranx - "Liquid Sunshine"
  47. Soom T - "Politic Man"
  48. Clinton Fearon - "This Morning"
  49. Buju Banton - "Hills & Valleys"
  50. Cornell Campbell - "Susan"
  51. Bounti Killer - "Gangster Love"
  52. Johnny Osbourne - "Jahoviah"
  53. Horace Andy - "Cus Cus"
  54. Sugar Minott - "Herbsman Hustling"
  55. Wayne Smith - "Under Me Sleng Teng"
  56. Sly & Robbie - "Hot You're Hot"
  57. The Heptones - "Take Me Darling"
  58. Linval Thompson - "Starlight"
  59. Chaka Demus & Pliers - "Murder She Wrote"
  60. Max Romeo & The Upsetters - "Chase The Devil"
Review: Classics are classics for a reason, and this compilation champions them across a whopping 3-disc set. All four sides are jam packed with firm reggae favourites from Bob Marley's stirring "Soul Rebel" to the buttery croons of Gregory Isaacs on "Babylon Too Rough". Mick Hucknall's inclusion will raise some eyebrows, but there is no denying his version of "Night Nurse" with Sly & Robbie has something going on. Smokers will delight in ganga odes from Eek-a-mouse and the lovable innocence of The Congos hit "La La Bam-Bam" will always have a place in anyone's affections.
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The Reggae Legend (remastered)
The Reggae Legend (remastered) (limited 5xLP box set + poster)
Cat: 337225 6. Rel: 01 Nov 19
  1. Sun Is Shining (2:14)
  2. No Sympathy (2:12)
  3. Do It Twice (2:42)
  4. Small Axe (3:39)
  5. Treat You Right (2:08)
  6. Mellow Mood (2:30)
  7. Try Me (2:47)
  8. Soul Captives (2:02)
  9. Soon Come (2:13)
  10. You Can't Do That To Me (2:47)
  11. Can't You See (2:41)
  12. African Herbsman (2:21)
  13. Mellow Mood (instrumental) (3:22)
  14. Try Me (instrumental) (3:06)
  15. Trench Town Rock (3:02)
  16. Lively Up Yourself (2:50)
  17. Rebel's Hop (2:37)
  18. Fussin' & Fightin' (2:25)
  19. Chances Are (3:11)
  20. Soul Shakedown (3:06)
  21. Touch Me (3:06)
  22. My Cup (3:34)
  23. Brain Washing (2:35)
  24. Stop The Train (2:17)
  25. Corner Stone (2:24)
  26. All In One (3:29)
  27. Redder Than Red (instrumental) (2:44)
  28. Thank You Lord (instrumental) (3:41)
  29. Soul Rebel (3:43)
  30. Rainbow Country (5:43)
  31. Soul Almighty (2:37)
  32. Mr Chatter Box (2:16)
  33. Back Out (2:08)
  34. 400 Years (2:29)
  35. There She Goes (2:33)
  36. Don't Rock My Boat (4:30)
  37. Reaction (2:41)
  38. It's Alright (2:33)
  39. Kaya (2:27)
  40. Go Tell It On The Mountain (3:11)
  41. Soul Almighty (instrumental) (3:18)
  42. The Wailers - "Soul Rebel" (instrumental) (3:04)
  43. Natural Mystic (5:46)
  44. Duppy Conqueror (3:24)
  45. No Water (2:09)
  46. Cheer Up (2:03)
  47. Stand Alone (2:07)
  48. Caution (2:42)
  49. Keep On Moving (3:08)
  50. Hammer (2:52)
  51. How Many Times (2:21)
  52. Mr Brown (3:25)
  53. Put It On (3:03)
  54. Riding High (2:44)
  55. Hypocrites (2:40)
  56. Duppy Conqueror (2:56)
  57. Sly & Robbie - "Is This Love" (LP5: Tribute - feat Gwen Guthrie) (5:26)
  58. The Wailers - "No Woman No Cry" (dub) (3:04)
  59. Max Romeo - "Soul Rebel" (2:01)
  60. Dennis Brown - "Rainbow Country" (3:39)
  61. Ken Boothe - "African Lady" (3:36)
  62. Johnny Clarke - "Bend Down Low" (3:29)
  63. Don Campbell - "I'm Still Waiting" (4:24)
  64. Horace Andy - "Soul Captives" (3:44)
  65. Black Uhuru - "Sun Is Shining" (3:02)
  66. Annette Brissett - "Could You Be Loved" (4:03)
  67. Gregory Isaacs - "Slave Driver" (5:10)
  68. Max Romeo - "Nice Time" (2:34)
Review: The original reggae legend lives on as strong as ever. This newly remastered collection is a real behemoth and comprehensive overview of the Jamaican's great career. Unlike any other world renowned star, Marley transcended music and became as known for his political views and positive outlook as he did his music. Here though it's all about the latter, with smash hits like "Sun Is Shining", "African Herbsman," and "Trench Town Rock" all present and correct across five slabs of wax, with a poster also included. Add this to your collection and you'll have all the maestro's greatest work in one place.
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 in stock $33.00
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London Is The Place For Me 7 & 8
London Is The Place For Me 7 & 8 (unmixed 2xCD + booklet)
Cat: HJRCD 77. Rel: 10 Dec 19
  1. Lord Beginner - "Sons & Daughters Of Africa" (Calypso, Palm-wine, Mento, Joropo, String Band)
  2. The Lion - "Royal Wedding"
  3. The Mighty Terror - "The Hydrogen Bomb"
  4. Dai Dai Simba - "Modern Telephone"
  5. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos - "Wa Sise"
  6. The Mighty Terror - "The Emperor Of Africa"
  7. Louise Bennett - "Bongo Man"
  8. Marie Bryant - "My Handy Man"
  9. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - "Tortoise Mambo"
  10. Calypso Rhythm Kings - "Boul Ve Se"
  11. The Mighty Terror - "Life Is Like A Puzszle"
  12. The Mighty Terror - "Chinese Children"
  13. Bill Rogers - "Hungry Man From Clapham"
  14. Lili Verona - "Underground Train"
  15. The Lion - "Highway Code"
  16. Billy Sholanke - "Kana Kana"
  17. Calypso Rhythm Kings - "L'Annee Passee"
  18. Lord & Lady Beginner - "One Morning"
  19. West African Rhythm Brothers - "Ema Foju Ana Woku"
  20. Trinidad Steel Band - "Caroline"
  21. Carnival Road March (Lord Kitchener In England, 1948-1962)
  22. No More Taxi
  23. Mango Tree
  24. Food From The West Indies
  25. Alphonso In Town
  26. Come Back In The Morning
  27. Too Late Kitch
  28. Drink-A-Rum
  29. Constable Joe
  30. Pirates Of Paria
  31. Carnival In Town
  32. Is Trouble
  33. If You Brown
  34. Life Begins At Forty
  35. Manchester Football Double
  36. The Denis Compton Calypso
  37. Mistress Jacob
  38. London Is The Place For Me
  39. Tie Tongue Mopsie
  40. Dora (Meet Me At The Pawnshop)
  41. If You're Not White You're Black
  42. Africa My Home
  43. Nora
  44. Kitch In The Jungle
Review: Since debuting in 2002, Honest Jon's series on "the sound of young black London" - entitled "London Is The Place For Me" - has done a terrific job in highlighting the changing sound of Afro-Caribbean music in Britain following the post-war rush of emigration from the Commonwealth to the UK. Here the label offers up a double-disc set boasting volumes seven and eight. The first disc focuses on calypso, mento, Joropo and steel band music from the 1950s and early 60s, with a multitude of former SS Empire Windrush passengers combining island rhythms with anglicized lyrics. Disc two looks at the career of calypso legend Lord Kitchener while he was resident in London (1948-62), offering a welcome celebration of the Trinidadian's rise to fame in his adopted home country.
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London Is The Place For Me 7: Calypso Mento Joropo Steel & String Band
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Cat: HJRLP 77. Rel: 10 Dec 19
  1. Lord Beginner - "Sons & Daughters Of Africa" (2:58)
  2. The Lion - "Royal Wedding" (3:00)
  3. The Mighty Terror - "The Hydrogen Bomb" (3:10)
  4. Dai Dai Simba - "Modern Telephone" (2:31)
  5. Willie Payne & The Starlite Tempos - "Wa Sise" (2:41)
  6. The Mighty Terror - "The Emperor Of Africa" (2:40)
  7. Louise Bennett - "Bongo Man" (2:29)
  8. Marie Bryant - "My Handy Man" (2:39)
  9. Nigerian Union Rhythm Group - "Tortoise Mambo" (2:32)
  10. Calypso Rhythm Kings - "Boul Ve Se" (2:17)
  11. The Mighty Terror - "Life Is Like A Puzzle" (2:50)
  12. Life Is Like A Puzzle - "Chinese Children" (2:42)
  13. Bill Rogers - "Hungry Man From Clapham" (2:19)
  14. Lili Verona - "Underground Train" (3:11)
  15. The Lion - "Highway Code" (3:10)
  16. Billy Sholanke - "Kana Kana" (3:10)
  17. Calypso Rhythm Kings - "L'Annee Passee" (3:19)
  18. Lord & Lady Beginner - "One Morning" (3:07)
  19. West African Rhythm Brothers - "Ema Foju Ana Woku" (2:35)
  20. Trinidad Steel Band - "Caroline" (2:13)
Review: Honest Jon's "London Is The Place For Me" series has been dormant for a while, but previously offered a much-needed history lesson in the musical contribution made by Afro-Caribbean immigrants in the capital city during the post-war period. This seventh volume - the first for six years - continues this admirable approach by focusing on calypso, mento, Joropo and steel band music. It's a wonderfully eye-opening collection that includes a mixture of tracks by well-known musical SS Empire Windrush passengers - Lord Beginner being the most famous - as well as lesser-known lights who combined Island rhythms and instrumentation with lyrics about life in Britain. Superb stuff.
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Parts Of The Puzzle
VP
Cat: 005464 5250320. Rel: 11 Oct 19
  1. Stay So
  2. One Way
  3. Real Born Gallis
  4. Got To Tell You
  5. Balloon
  6. Everywhere We Go
  7. Search No More
  8. Therapy
  9. Girl Like You
  10. Bring Back The Vibes (feat Josey Wales)
  11. Fat Under
  12. Dolla Van
  13. 100% (feat Afro B)
  14. Nuh Weh Nuh Safe (feat Bounty Killer)
  15. Starr Buxx
  16. Jah Know Sawg
  17. Smiling Face
Review: Busy Signal has been blowing up the dancehall scene for a hot minute. He has the ability to cook up real crossover hits as heard on opener "Stay So" (which clocked up an incredible 32 million hits online) and "One Way" (with 17 million). With "Parts Of The Puzzle", the long time star wanted to show off his range, which he duly does across 10 crisp and contemporary cuts. The production is reflective and shiny, with a range of rhythms that take in classic reggae ""Girl Like You"", funk ("Balloon") and deep dancehall ("Bring Back The Vibes (feat. Josey Wales)". It all adds up to a comprehensive, forward looking record from one of the game's best.
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 in stock $9.88
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Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (clear vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: RK45 068 CLEAR. Rel: 13 Jun 17
  1. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (3:37)
  2. Gasoline (3:16)
Review: Having not released anything for going on eight years, it's something of a surprise to see Pama International return to action. The all-star ska and reggae combo, whose line-up includes members of the Specials, Galliano and PWEI, amongst others, have decided to release a clutch of clear vinyl 7" singles all at the same time. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" is typical of their output; an effortlessly sweet chunk of sun-kissed ska-soul fusion that sounds like it could have been recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the turn of the sixties. Flipside "Gasoline", meanwhile, is a tasty instrumental reggae jam laden with bold Hammond organ motifs, jazzy guitar solos and heavyweight bass.
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 in stock $8.83
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Baba Roots
Cat: NYCT 7057. Rel: 05 Dec 19
  1. Baba Roots (2:50)
  2. 150 Seconds (2:33)
Review: The Slackers are a legendary ska outfit for good reason: they've put out more than 20 albums and countless singles across a fine career that dates all the way back to 1991. Now they're back on Names You Can Trust with a pair of irresistible cuts. "Baba Roots" is a feel good and swaggering ska tune with sliding bass and great lead horns that bring the sunshine. "150 Seconds" on the flip is a slower and steadier tune with laidback horn leads that are more loved up and unhurried.
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 in stock $11.42
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Love Is All I Bring: Reggae Hits & Rarities By The Queens Of Trojan
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Cat: 405053 8537031. Rel: 25 Oct 19
  1. Althea & Donna - "Uptown Top Ranking"
  2. Susan Cadogan - "Hurt So Good"
  3. Sophia George - "Girlie Girlie"
  4. Judy Mowatt - "I Shall Sing"
  5. Marcia Griffiths - "Steppin' Out Of Babylon"
  6. Janet Kay & The Kaylets - "Lovin You"
  7. Joya Landis - "Angel Of The Morning"
  8. Sharon Forrester - "Silly Wasn't I?"
  9. Phyllis Dillon - "Perfidia"
  10. Sylvia Tella - "Spell"
  11. Joya Landis - "Moonlight Lover"
  12. Marguerita - "Woman A Come"
  13. Phyllis Dillon - "Woman Of The Ghetto"
  14. Cynthia Richards - "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)"
  15. Nora Dean - "Barbwire"
  16. Sonya Spence - "Where Is The Love"
  17. Barbara Jones - "Slim Boy"
  18. Claudette - "Queen Of The World"
  19. Patsy - "We Were Lovers"
  20. Nora Dean - "Peace Begins Within"
  21. Mille Small - "Honey Hush"
  22. Louisa Mark - "Keep It Like It Is"
  23. Cynthia Schloss - "Words (Are Impossible)"
  24. Marie Pierre - "Nothing Gained (From Loving You)"
  25. Marcia Aitken - "I'm Still In Love With You"
  26. Phyllis Dillon - "Love Was All I Had"
  27. Faye Bennett - "Back Wey"
  28. Lorna Bennett - "Good Woman"
  29. Nora Dean - "Butterflies"
  30. Sonya Spence - "Come With Me"
  31. Sandra Robinson - "Sensi For Sale"
  32. Candy McKenzie - "Disco Fits"
  33. Lillian Williams - "Why Did You Use Me"
  34. Pam Hall - "About To Lose My Mind"
  35. Althea - "Downtown Thing"
  36. Patsy - "Fire In Your Wire"
  37. Marcia Griffiths - "Give You & Get"
  38. Dawn Penn - "I Let You Go"
  39. Paula Clarke - "Dynamic"
  40. Beverley Bailey - "I Was In Love"
  41. Joy Whyte - "Tribulation"
  42. Susan Cadogan - "If"
  43. Hortense Ellis - "My Willow Tree"
  44. Cynthia Schloss - "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)"
  45. Sharon Black - "Struggling"
  46. Joy White - "Lady, Lady"
  47. Doreen Shaeffer - "Back In My Arms Again"
  48. Dorothy Reid - "This Is Me (Aka If Your Name Is Andy)"
  49. Audrey Hall - "Show Me, Baby"
Review: Trojan have pulled together some of reggae's finest moments here, and importantly they come from some of the genre's most vital female talents, who can often be overlooked in favour of their more visible male counterparts. Across four sides of vinyl the likes of Millie Small, Althea & Donna, Marcia Griffiths, Phyllis Dillon, and Susan Cadogan all deservingly feature and personal sleeve notes from musician Rhoda Dakar also add real value. Big hits, unknown rarities and some brilliantly wonky numbers like Sandra Robinson's "Sensi For Sale" make this an instant NEED!
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Scorcha! Skins Suedes & Style From The Streets 1967-1973
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Cat: 405053 8517507. Rel: 14 Feb 20
  1. Symarip - "Skinhead Girl" (2:25)
  2. Gloria All Stars - "Jombo Jet" (3:14)
  3. Clancy's All Stars - "CN Express" (part 1) (2:26)
  4. Dave Barker & The Charmers - "I Can't Get Next To You" (2:46)
  5. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - "It Mek" (2:21)
  6. The Versatiles - "Worries" (2:23)
  7. Lloyd Charmers - "Bang Bang Lulu" (3:05)
  8. Cool Sticky - "Train To Soulsville" (2:43)
  9. Cornell Campbell - "Girl Of My Dreams" (3:16)
  10. Jo Jo Bennett & Mudies All Stars - "Leaving Rome" (2:36)
  11. The Melodians - "Sweet Sensation" (3:54)
  12. The Tommy McCook Quintet - "Rock Away" (2:26)
  13. Ken Boothe - "Freedom Street" (3:01)
  14. Freddie Notes & The Rudies - "Guns Of Navarone" (3:19)
  15. The Sensations - "Everyday Is Just A Holiday" (3:12)
  16. Lyn Taitt & The Jets - "Soul Food" (2:30)
  17. Phyllis Dillon - "Don't Stay Away" (2:35)
  18. Carl Dawkins - "Satisfaction" (1:46)
  19. Dennis Alcapone - "Shades Of Hudson" (3:23)
  20. Errol Dunkley - "The Scorcher" (2:44)
Review: Later this spring, authors Paul 'Smiler' Anderson and Mark 'Bax' Baxter will release "Scorcha!", a coffee table book celebrating the skinhead and suedehead movement of the late 1960s and early '70s. For the uninitiated, it was a largely white British working class movement inspired by both the dress of the Windrush generation and the ska, rocksteady and reggae music they brought with them from the Caribbean. This excellent ten disc seven-inch box set from Trojan has been designed as a musical accompaniment to the book. It boasts a wealth of classic cuts popular within the skinhead and suedehead scenes, both from well-known Jamaican artists and those that have largely been overlooked.
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Back On Top
Back On Top (180 gram red vinyl LP)
Cat: BSRLP 900. Rel: 15 Apr 20
  1. Place Called Love (3:05)
  2. Suddenly (3:09)
  3. Only Sixteen (4:07)
  4. Pretty Little Cottage (4:07)
  5. Yesterday (3:17)
  6. Sea Of Love (3:00)
  7. Love Won't Come Easy (4:22)
  8. Take Me Darling (2:43)
  9. Love Story (3:07)
  10. I Got The Needle (2:36)
Review: You can't overestimate the importance of The Heptones in the evolution of Jamaican music, after they defined the transition from ska to rocksteady and on to reggae. This album, "Back On Top", captures the band in the early '80s, when they had reached an international audience after working with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and releasing on Island Records. By this point they were back producing themselves, creating a perfect spanning sweet ballads and upbeat skankers, not to mention a cover of The Beatles' "Yesterday". Lovingly repressed on 180 gram red vinyl, this is a welcome reissue of an album that's been tricky to get hold of for some time, from one of the all time great reggae acts.
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In The Viper's Shadow
Cat: EVER 106LP. Rel: 01 Oct 19
  1. Two Timer (feat Cornel Campbell & Tippa Irie) (3:56)
  2. Get Ready (feat Big Youth & George Dekker) (4:18)
  3. Deep Sleep (feat Shniece McMenamin) (4:04)
  4. Cassandra (feat Earl 16) (4:26)
  5. Everything Crash (feat Big Youth & George Dekker) (3:10)
  6. The Break (feat Winston Francis) (4:30)
  7. Steppin Out Of Babylon (feat Big Youth & Marcia Griffith) (3:36)
  8. Queen Of The Minstrel (feat Cornel Campbell) (3:36)
  9. Tonight (feat Big Youth & Earl 16) (3:13)
  10. Trouble (feat Shniece McMenamin & Horseman) (3:59)
Review: Renowned studio wizard Prince Fatty finally follows 2015's "The Clone Theory" album with a second studio long player jam packed with heavy dubs and top notch guests. "In The Viper's Shadow" is a real hotlist of dub kingpins with the likes of Tippa Irie, George Dekker, Earl 16 and Horseman all contributing to a melting pot of sounds that spans multiple eras and influences. Many of these tracks have been popular during Prince Fatty's live shows over the last couple of years, from the soul infused cover of the Temptations' "Get Ready" to the sun kissed and lumpy drums and endless reverb of "Everything Crash". Timeless stuff.
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Mama No Fret
  1. Eric Monty Morris - "Mama No Fret" (2:46)
  2. Baba Brooks Band - "Smokey Ska" (2:53)
Review: These long treasured ska joints have long been unavailable - or at least near impossible to track down - even on the second hand market. A-side "Mama No Fret" was first released by Jamaican rocksteady singer Eric "Monty" Morris on Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label in 1964. It's a beautifully warm and upbeat track with a joyous trumpet and aloof vocals. The B-side is from Jamaican trumpet player Baba Brooks and features his fantastic lead over the top of a quickened and swaggering ska beat. Perfect sunshine music if ever we heard it.
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 in stock $15.33
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Night Food Ska
Night Food Ska (limited 7" in hand-stamped sleeve)
Cat: T 039. Rel: 17 Dec 19
  1. Duke Reid, Tommy McCook & His Skatalites - "Night Food Ska" (2:49)
  2. The Skatalites - "Latin Goes Ska" (3:02)
Review: Treasure Isle's latest seven-inch single dusts down and offers up two fuzzy, all-action gems from the label's bulging vaults. On the A-side you'll find the Duke Reid produced "Night Food Ska", a 1964 B-side from Tommy McCook and the Skatalites that layers duel male/female vocals atop a rich, life-affirming backing track full of jaunty ska grooves and mazy horn solos (trumpet, sax). Over on the flip you'll find the Skatalites' superb "Latin Ska", which featured on the same Jamaican single all those years ago ("Latin Goes Ska"). Entirely instrumental, it features a wealth of Latin-influenced horn lines and solos over another skanking ska rhythm.
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Two Tone 7" Treasures
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Two Tone 7" Treasures (12 x 7" box set + slipmat)
Cat: 506051 6093694. Rel: 15 Nov 19
  1. The Specials AKA Vs The Selecter - "Gangsters" (2:50)
  2. The Specials AKA Vs The Selecter - "The Selecter" (2:59)
  3. Madness - "The Prince" (2:31)
  4. Madness - "Madness" (2:26)
  5. The Selecter - "On My Radio" (3:11)
  6. The Selecter - "Too Much Pressure" (2:52)
  7. The Specials - "A Message To You Rudy" (feat Rico) (2:56)
  8. The Specials - "Nite Klub" (feat Rico) (3:08)
  9. The Beat - "The Tears Of A Clown" (2:43)
  10. The Beat - "Ranking Full Stop" (2:50)
  11. The Specials AKA - "Too Much Too Young" (live) (4:27)
  12. The Specials AKA - "The Guns Of Navarone" (live) (2:49)
  13. The Specials AKA - "Skinhead Moonstomp: Long Shot Kick The Bucket-liquidator-skinhead Moonstomp" (live) (3:47)
  14. The Selecter - "Three Minute Hero" (3:04)
  15. The Selecter - "James Bond" (2:22)
  16. The Bodysnatchers - "Let's Do Rock Steady" (2:58)
  17. The Bodysnatchers - "Ruder Than You" (2:51)
  18. The Specials - "Stereotype" (3:54)
  19. The Specials - "International Jet Set" (4:17)
  20. Rico - "Sea Cruise" (3:02)
  21. Rico - "Carolina" (4:17)
  22. The Specials - "Ghost Town" (3:42)
  23. The Specials - "Why?" (2:57)
  24. The Specials - "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" (3:34)
  25. The Specials AKA - "Nelson Mandela" (4:11)
  26. The Specials AKA - "Break Down The Door" (3:46)
Review: This limited edition 7" box set is a special 40th anniversary reissue from Chrysalis. Compiled by Jerry Dammers, it's a treasure trove of his favourite singles from the label between 1979 and 1984 with standards from Madness, The Beat and Dammers' group, The Specials. From the horn led joy of "A Message To You Rudy" to the uptempo cover of "The Tears Of A Clown" via a bristling live version of The Specials' "The Guns Of Navarone", this is a fine overview of ska's golden age.
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Mama Africa
Cat: AMBIANCE 001. Rel: 14 Nov 17
  1. Mama Africa (7:18)
  2. In The World (previously unreleased) (3:42)
  3. Pointe Noire (5:38)
  4. Sangi (unreleased demo mix) (5:32)
Review: When Congolese musician Albert Siassia moved to Paris in the early 1980s, it wasn't long before he joined forces with a local reggae band that he re-christened Tokobina ("Let's Dance" in the Lingala language, fact fans). Together, they released a handful of inspired but now notoriously hard-to-find records, from which two of the tracks here are taken. There's "Mama Africa", an unashamedly positive dancefloor workout full of glistening, South African style guitars, dub disco grooves, bustling, rumba-influenced percussion and Siassia's headline-grabbing vocals, and "Pointe Noire", a superb chunk of new wave/Afro-disco fusion that's arguably even better than the EP's title track. The other two tracks have never before seen the light of day on any format, having been rescued from long forgotten demo cassettes. Of these, it's the Congolese reggae sweetness of "Sangi (Demo Mix)" that hits home hardest.A killer first release from a new label brought to you by one of the Sofrito Crew Hugo Mendes
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Lee Scratch Perry Presents The Full Experience
  1. Disco Fits
  2. Someone To Love Me
  3. Breakfast In Bed
  4. Walking In The Sun
  5. Jah Knows
  6. Ice Cream
  7. Sky At Night
  8. Keep Him Strong
  9. Tell Me A Lie
  10. When The Big Say
  11. Young Gifted & Broke
  12. Can't See You
  13. At Midnite
  14. Full Experience
  15. Nar Soh, So It Stay
  16. Disco Devil (12" mix - bonus track)
Review: It would be fair to say that Lee 'Scratch' Perry's work with The Full Experience, a female vocal trio comprised of Aura Lewis, Pamela Reed and Candy MacKenzie, is not among his best known material - in part because only limited amounts of it was ever released in the late 1970s. This brilliant anthology from Doctor Bird does its best to fill in the gaps by gathering together Full Experience tracks from various largely little-known releases, including a clutch of cuts that have never before appeared on wax. Highlights include the dancefloor-focused disco-reggae sweetness of "Disco Fits", the super-soulful "Ice Cream", the Congoes-esque "Young Gifted & Broke" and the brilliant 12" mix of "Disco Devil", which is based on Perry's fine riddim for Max Romeo's "Chase The Devil".
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Freedom/Fire Corner
Cat: DBCDD 050. Rel: 19 Feb 20
  1. Clancy Eccles - "Freedom"
  2. Clancy Eccles - "What Will Your Mother Say"
  3. Clancy & Cynthia - "Two Of A Kind"
  4. Clancy Eccles - "The World Needs Loving"
  5. Clancy Eccles - "Dollar Train"
  6. Clancy Eccles - "Constantinople"
  7. Clancy Eccles - "Fattie Fattie"
  8. Clancy Eccles - "Auntie Lulu"
  9. Clancy Eccles - "Shu Be Du"
  10. Clancy Eccles - "My Girl"
  11. Clancy Eccles - "I Need You"
  12. Clancy & Scully - "Mount Zion"
  13. Clancy Eccles - "Open Up" (bonus track)
  14. Clancy Eccles - "Darling Don't Do That" (bonus track)
  15. Clancy Eccles - "Festival '68" (bonus track)
  16. Clancy Eccles - "The Revenge" (bonus track)
  17. Clancy Eccles - "Bangarang Crash" (bonus track)
  18. Clancy Eccles - "The Big Fight" (bonus track)
  19. Clancy Eccles - "Don't Brag Don't Boast" (bonus track)
  20. Clancy Eccles - "Deacon Don" (bonus track)
  21. Clancy Eccles - "Great (Beat)" (bonus track)
  22. Clancy Eccles - "Chinaman" (bonus track)
  23. Clancy & Cynthia - "Oh My Lover" (bonus track)
  24. Clancy & Stitt - "Dance Beat" (version 1 - bonus track)
  25. Clancy Eccles - "Fattie Fattie" (alternate version - bonus track)
  26. The Dynamites - "Eternally"
  27. The Dynamites - "Sam-Fie"
  28. Winston Wright/The Dynamites - "I Did It"
  29. Winston Wright - "This Is The Night"
  30. Winston Wright - "One Way Street"
  31. The Dynamites - "John Public"
  32. The Dynamites - "Mr Midnight"
  33. King Stitt - "Soul Language"
  34. Winston Wright - "Say What You Say"
  35. King Stitt - "Vigorton 2"
  36. The Dynamites - "Next Corner"
  37. King Stitt - "Fire Corner"
  38. The Dynamites - "Rathid" (bonus track)
  39. King Stitt - "Who Yea" (bonus track)
  40. Val Bennett - "City Demonstration" (bonus track)
  41. King Stitt - "On The Street" (bonus track)
  42. The Dynamites - "Mercilina" (bonus track)
  43. Winston Wright - "Silbert Dragon" (bonus track)
  44. King Stitt - "Lick It Back" (bonus track)
  45. The Dynamites - "Last Call" (bonus track)
  46. Winston Wright - "Rough Road" (bonus track)
  47. King Stitt - "I For I" (bonus track)
  48. Val Bennett - "Sweet Africa" (bonus track)
  49. Winston Wright - "The Lion Wakes" (bonus track)
  50. Clancy & Stitt - "Dance Beat" (version 2 - bonus track)
Review: The latest must-have double feature from the Doctor Bird archives focuses on the pioneering work of Jamaican producer and vocalist Clancy Eccles, one of the first wave of young rocksteady artists to achieve international success in the late 1960s. The first disc focuses on his work as a self-produced solo artist, backing the fantastic 1969 LP "Freedom" - a soulful, slow-burn treat - with a handful of B-sides and lesser-known singles recorded in the same period. Disc two offers up the instrumental album he produced for regular backing band The Dynamites, "Fire Corner", plus a wealth of tracks Clancy produced for toaster King Stitt and other leading Jamaican vocalists of the period, most of which have never been available before on CD.
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Hits Of '77
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Hits Of '77 (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: DBCDD 051. Rel: 20 Feb 20
  1. Turnel McCormack & The Cordells - "Up Park Camp"
  2. Hell & Fire - "Without Love"
  3. Turnel McCormack & The Cordells - "Girl I Love You"
  4. Maureen Pearson - "I'm Still In Love"
  5. Earth & Stone - "Run For Your Life"
  6. Earth & Stone - "Jah Jah See Dem A Come"
  7. Calman Scott - "Anywhere You Want To Go"
  8. The Fantells - "Ghetto Girl"
  9. Ronnie Davis - "Ballistic Affair"
  10. The Itals - "Things & Time"
  11. Well Pleased & Satisfied - "Pickney Have A Pickney" (bonus track)
  12. Mr Bojangles - "Natty Dub It In A Dreamland" (bonus track)
  13. Hell & Fire - "Where Is That Love" (bonus track)
  14. The Prince Brothers - "Jeremiah" (bonus track)
  15. Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries - "Stormy Weather" (bonus track)
  16. Al Brown - "Sitting Here In Limbo" (bonus track)
  17. King Vupp - "African Book" (bonus track)
  18. Astley Bennett - "Hold Them" (bonus track)
  19. Well Pleased & Satisfied - "Sweetie Come From America" (bonus track)
  20. The Mellow Lads - "Mind You Business" (bonus track)
  21. U Roy - "Merry Go Round" (bonus track)
  22. Eric Tello - "If We Had Love" (bonus track)
  23. Earth & Stone - "No Time To Lose"
  24. Well Pleased & Satisfied - "Chat Chat"
  25. Reggae George - "Fig Root"
  26. Bobby Ellis & The Revolutionaries - "Shank I Sheck"
  27. Ranking Joe - "Shine Eye Gal"
  28. The Prince Brothers - "Ram Jam"
  29. Enos McLeod - "Making Love"
  30. Delroy Wilson - "Conference Table"
  31. David Apple - "Married Woman"
  32. Jimmy Riley - "Give Me Some More"
  33. King Vupp - "Rucumbine"
  34. The Revolutionaries - "El Bamba"
  35. OC Roberts - "Wake Up Everybody"
  36. Roman Stewart - "An Aim In View"
  37. The Survivors - "Live Out The 70s"
  38. Country Joe - "Party Tonight"
  39. The Puzzle People - "Reggae Feeling"
  40. Mr Bojangles - "Election Derby"
  41. Ken Quatty - "Where It's At"
  42. The Soul Syndicate - "Lava"
  43. Owen Gray - "The Children A Cry"
  44. Eric Tello - "When A Child Is Born"
Review: Back in 1977, Jamaican imprint High Note put out a collection of cuts produced by Sonia Pottinger at the Treasure Island studio. Its' title, "Hits of '77", reflected the popularity of the songs contained within throughout Jamaica's music scene. This double CD set from archival reggae imprint Doctor Bird presents the set digitally for the first time. Alongside the original ten tracks, there are 34 largely obscure or previously "45 only" bonus tracks produced by Pottinger during the same period. Naturally, these are every bit as soulful, groovy, weighty and inspired as the tracks that made the original album.
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Drink
Drink (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ES 1080V. Rel: 19 May 20
  1. La Mura (3:06)
  2. Simao (3:12)
  3. The Demander (2:17)
  4. This Is Fine (3:04)
  5. Bebida (2:56)
  6. Arouche (2:23)
  7. Five (3:05)
  8. Because I Can (3:19)
  9. Madrid (2:52)
  10. Time To Go (2:40)
Review: Since moving to Sao Paolo from New York nearly two decades ago, in-demand producer and dub mixer Victor Price hasn't released much solo material. In fact, "Drink" is his first solo album since 2002 and has been trailed as a natural successor to that album, "Smoke". This is because it expands on the "samba Ska" blueprint he established on that much-loved set. In practice that means tracks that craftily combine elements of both Brazilian music and Jamaican ska, dub and reggae, with a few jazz and blues influences thrown in. As a result, "Drink" makes for hugely enjoyable, sun-soaked listening, with the Afro-Cuban/Ska fusion of "Bebida", relaxed "Simao", skanking "Because I Can" and pleasingly dubbed-out "Time To Go" standing out.
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Born To Love You: Jamaican Love Songs
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Cat: KSLP 086. Rel: 18 Mar 20
  1. Max Romeo - "Sometimes" (3:13)
  2. Melodians - "Best Girl" (2:50)
  3. The Sensations - "Born To Love You" (3:13)
  4. Alton Ellis - "Room Full Of Tears" (3:26)
  5. Monty Morris - "Do It My Way" (3:24)
  6. Keith Blake - "Blue Bird" (2:12)
  7. Ken Boothe - "Money In My Pocket" (3:34)
  8. Cornell Campbell - "She Wears My Ring" (3:52)
  9. Danvan Carlos - "Lover Girl" (2:42)
  10. The Melodians - "She Don't Care" (3:03)
  11. John Holt - "Reconsider" (2:39)
  12. Johnny Clarke - "Come To Me Softly" (3:43)
  13. Monty Morris - "Magic Moments" (2:09)
  14. Cornell Campbell - "Baby Be True" (3:28)
Review: Any true reggae head knows that some of the best compilations money can buy come from Kingston Sounds. Well-researched and tapping into forgotten corners of Jamaican music culture, they rarely miss a beat. So it goes on this sweet set of "Jamaican Love Songs", which runs the gamut from lilting rocksteady and lovers rock to classic roots and beyond. Forget the subtleties of the styles and let the songwriting and performance move you - it's not hard when you have a hit list like this. Max Romeo, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and John Holt are just some of the legends singing their hearts out across this crucial compilation.
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Dubs From Zion Valley
Cat: MD 015. Rel: 26 Feb 20
  1. Bush Chemists - "Trial Dub" (3:48)
  2. Isrealites - "4 Min Dub" (4:14)
  3. Bush Chemists - "Voices Dub" (3:49)
  4. Bush Chemists - "Rimshots Get Clap" (3:35)
  5. Bush Chemists - "Warrior" (3:45)
  6. Dangerous Dub (Psalms 30 + 47) (3:36)
  7. Tehilim (3:57)
  8. Meditation Rock (3:45)
  9. Zion Valley (3:43)
  10. Khanna (3:43)
  11. Selassie I Highway (5:15)
Review: Music Mania and Indica Dubs come together for a big15th release that takes the form of this excellent "Dubs From The Zion Valley" full length. Despite the sleek future sounds on offer, it was first put out in 1994 and includes some well known classics such as "4 Min Dub" by Isrealies and "Meditation Rock". Both have been big cuts for the Aba Shanti-I Sound System for decades now but still sound super hot to this day. Our pick: Bush Chemists' "Rimshots Get Clap" is a hand out with its endless echo, reverb and woodpecker like hits all built on a natty bassline.
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 in stock $25.20
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Some A Holla Some A Bawl: Sounds From Kingston Town Jamaica
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Cat: KSCD 084. Rel: 18 Sep 19
  1. The Ravers - "Matti & Fulli"
  2. Winston Shand - "Throw Me Corn"
  3. Max Romeo - "Some A Holla Some A Bawl"
  4. Twinkle Brothers - "Miss Laba Laba"
  5. The Claridonians - "This Is My Story"
  6. Doreen Shaffer - "South Of The Border"
  7. Slim Smith - "Give Me A Love"
  8. Delroy Wilson - "This Old Heart Of Mine"
  9. The Sensations - "Lonely Lover"
  10. Max Romeo - "Two Faced People"
  11. Derrick Morgan & Hortense Ellis - "I'm Leaving"
  12. Roy Shirley - "The Winner (Taking Over)"
  13. Ken Parker - "Sad Mood"
  14. Dave Barker - "Girl Of My Dreams"
  15. Max Romeo - "Sometimes" (bonus track)
  16. The Melodians - "Dedication" (bonus track)
  17. The Ravers - "Butterflies" (bonus track)
Review: Picture the scene: it's the late 60s, reggae is swiftly evolving into rocksteady as a new wave of artists bring fresh influences to their sounds. Most of them are recorded, pressed and sold on Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica, which was the epicentre of the reggae world at the time. Famous plugger Bunny Lee was the man who made hits of many of the tunes and this new compilation pulls together fourteen (and three bonus) highlights of the era. Crackling rhythms, skilled musicianship and stories of daily lives characterise this most colourful and transportive of collections which will leave you feeling nicely detached from the hustle and bustle of fast paced modern life.
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