Okay. . .okay, there may be a few other singers we like to hold up as our favorite (like Jimmy Cliff), but for real, Horace Andy's at the top of the heap. Maybe it's because we're from Chicago and have a soft spot for sweet falsetto a la Eugene Record or Curtis Mayfield, though we'd never claim ... read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... read moreCD
Sweet! – we can't get enough of Horace Andy's sweet falsetto keening over these chugging, fat rhythms! A tremendous set of sides Andy cut in the mid-70s, packaged together with a few of the cuts in dub versions. While Andy cut many seminal sides for Coxsonne Dodd's Studio One, this work, ... read moreCD
The second record from British roots act Aswad, with the same sort of approach as their classic debut – a solid sophomore effort keeping the roots tradition alive at the twilight of the era! The group underwent a minor lineup change from their first album to this one, but at this point they'r ... read moreCD
A great little compilation from Aswad – issued the same year as their mighty, mighty New Chapter set! Showcase collects Aswad's early singles and documents their formative years very nicely. The sound of these 6 longish tracks has all the militancy that would fall away in their later pop ... read moreCD
Produced by the hotter-than-Mercury Neptunes, Dave Kelly, Irv Gotti, Taxi (Sly & Robbie) and others. 13 tracks in all, including "Feel It Boy" with Janet Jackson, "Fresh From Yard" with Lil Kim, "Street Life", "Pure Pretty Gal", "Bossman" with ... read moreCD
Big Youth was one of the first DJs to start self producing, and in the process came up with a number of albums that stood on their own, rather than simply representing versions of rhythms cut for other singers. This set, from 1976 is just that, and the CD reissue includes 6 bonus tracks – ... read moreCD
Fantastic album featuring stellar vocals (Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown on backup), a crack band, and plenty of cool spacey reverb production – especially on the snare and lead vocal. Not a dub album, but one that uses the early dub experiments to great ends. Titles include "The ... read moreCD
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This LP bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out LP ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Uhuru —
Red ... LP Mango, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Black Uhuru LPs, when they'd fully matured as a group under the production of Sly & Robbie, with a tight modern reggae sound that few other groups could match from that era. Heavy, heavy grooves saddled with the trios potent lyrics and harmony vocals, including the massive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Like so many vocalists, Junior Byles shone brightest under the guidance of Lee Perry, and this excellent retrospective collects more than just a few of the great Jamaican soul sides he'd cut under his production. All of these numbers have the spare loping groove, with nice organ lines and bouncing ... read moreCD
An amazing CD issue of Susan Cadogan's 1976 LP – plus nearly another album's worth of bonus tracks! The Hurts So Good album features the more romantic side of Lee Scratch Perry's producer vibe – a style that gets a little lost with younger collectors who clamor for the Scratch's freaky ... read moreCD
Dynamite rootsy vibes from Wareika Hill, laid down by trombonist Calvin Bubbles Cameron. Very much in the vein of the fantastic Light Of Saba set, or some of the Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari material, with a nice, raw stripped down approach, featuring bold horn lines riding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another dynamite single in the Wareika Hill Sounds series from Honest Jon's! Like the last single from trombonist Calvin Bubbles Cameron, this batch if numbers is very much in the vein of the fantastic Light Of Saba set, or some of the Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari material. ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Prime late 70s work from the great Don Carlos – one of Jamaica's most soulful singers of the 70s, heard here in material from the second half of the decade – a time when he was working with producer Bunny Striker Lee, and really coming into his own! Rhythms have a slow-stepping, roots-b ... read moreCD
Legendary soul from The Chosen Few – a group who were as much a 70s soul outfit as they were a reggae group! This album's the group's greatest – recorded in Miami with classic TK funky production from King Sporty, who also seems to be backing them up on most of the set. There's ... read moreCD
A mid 90s comeback effort from the mighty Jimmy Cliff – not that he ever reallly left us for long – but a comeback in that it's is first record in decades for Island Records, home to his most legendary records of the late 60s and 70s! It's got a handful of covers and new versions of ... read moreCD
Jimmy Cliff —
Special ... LP Columbia, 1982. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has moderate wear.)
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two mighty albums by the famous Dub Organiser – back to back on a single CD! CB 200 is a straight up classic – one of his first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so! Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam ... read moreCD
In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us. Granted, most of you out there are hip to this, but for those that aren't, let the good Doctor and Scratch Perry get you open on this classic, classic side of funky Black Ark reggae with the heavy murky Perry touch and some mad Dee ... read moreCD
Soulful contemporary Jamaican grooves from Etana – warm, breezy and beautifully sung numbers rooted in Rastafarian spiritual vibes, and timelessly produced by Dragonaires legend Clive Hunt! Etana's voice is lovely and steeped in soul, and Hunt's production blends classic inspiration and a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Higgs —
Family ... LP Shanachie, 1988. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Joe Higgs —
Unity Is Power ... LP Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A scorching bit of organ-heavy Jamaican instrumentals by The Hippy Boys – and a still somewhat mysterious effort after all these years, but a highly regarded one – filled out nicely with bunch of great bonus tracks! The group began making waves in the Jamaican live scene at the end of ... read moreCD
A nice 4-track 7" EP on Jump Up benefitting the Teenage Cancer Trust – with "Razorblade Alley" by Hotknives, "The Opium Eaters" by Crabs Corporation, "Madness" by The Values feat Neal Innes & Bedders, and Driving In My Car" by Rude Boy George. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soulful reggae from Jacob Miller and Inner Circle – on a set that's still in touch with their rougher, rootsier material – but done here with a nice polished approach that works really well with the soul-steeped songcraft! Wonderful sounds from the heart of the 70s by this legendary ... read moreCD
A lengendary, melodic rootsy original number by Itals – with a masterful riddim used to brilliant effect by Yellowman on the flip! "In A Dis Ya Time" by Itals is a killer tune with achingly soulful vocals, and rhythm that's taking to a deeper level by unforgettable little bit of ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Wild dubs from the legendary King Tubby – not really a proper live record, but rather an amazing batch of studio extrapolations that Tubby let loose at a famous concert with The Wailers – reworked beautifully in the studio with some really incredible sounds! Heavy, hypnotic rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Treasures is right, and thank goodness they're not lost anymore! A fine reissue compilation of Bunny Lee rhythms, all touched with chattering echoplex drops and some thunderous reverb. The band is the Aggrovators, loaded with heavies like Carlton ann Aston Barrett, Sly & Robbie, Jackie Mittoo ... read moreCD
The compilation that put Blood & Fire on the map and may well have started the 90s dub revival! 14 heavy tracks, produced by Bunny Lee, played by the Aggrovators at Tubby's and dubbed into atmospheric soundscapes by Tubby and his disciples Prince Jammy, Prince Phillip & Scientist. An ... read moreCD
Mindblowing sounds from the great Bunny Lee – and exactly the kind of collection that makes us love the Pressure Sounds label so much! The track selection is wonderful – and most numbers are balanced in a unique space between reggae and rocksteady, and often have some crucial ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A never-issued record from Jah Life – and one that stands with the best dub efforts from the time! The set features wicked rhythms from the Roots Radics band, recorded at Channel One – then mixed into sublime echoey territory by Scientist, with a style that's every bit as his own great ... read moreCD