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African Head ChargeMy Life In A Hole In The Ground (with download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Seminal sounds from the On-U Sound label – and a record that perhaps provides one of the most lasting illustration of the label's genius! African Head Charge work in this unique blend of Jamaican dub, British post-punk electronics, and some earthier textures that might be more at home in Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – a masterful blend handled by producer Adrian Sherwood, who's still at the height of his power here – and works with percussion from Bonjo I, melodica from Doctor Pablo, saxes from Deadly Headly, and some nice echoey drums from Mus'come and AV Scott. Lizard provides the heavy bass – and cuts include "Elastic Dance", "Stone Charge", "Hole in the Roof", and "Crocodile Shoes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Cornell CampbellDance In A Greenwich Farm ... CD
Radiation Roots (Italy), New Copy ... About July 15, 2017
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Cornell CampbellDance In A Greenwich Farm ... LP
Radiation Roots (Italy), New Copy (reissue)... About July 15, 2017
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Dr AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In Town ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top tier side of funky Black Ark reggae with the heavy murky Perry touch and some mad Dee Jay stylings from the best dressed chicken in town. 10 cuts, including the awesome title track, plus "Just The Other Day", "Gimme Mi Gun", "I Killed The Barber", "Unitone Skank", "Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks", "Ride On", "I Shall Fear No Evil". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ PioneersBest Of The Pioneers ... CD
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from one of the coolest Jamaican trios at the end of the 60s – a group who certainly take their harmonic inspiration from American soul – but also fuse their vocals nicely onto rocksteady and early reggae rhythms! The Pioneers are certainly well-named – as their approach really helped open the door for countless acts to come – yet few folks did it as well as these guys – able to be sweet one minute, raw the next – and always hitting the right kind of groove. The set features a whopping 40 tracks from their years at Trojan Records – and titles include "The Battle Of The Giants", "Starvation", "Reggae Fever", "Driven Back", "Black Bud", "Personality", "You Don't Know Like I Know", "Storybook Children", "Long Shot Kick De Bucket", "Time Hard", "Samfie Man", "Riot In A Notting Hill", and "At The Discotheque". CD

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African Head ChargeDrastic Season (with bonus download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 19.98
A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and styles that really mark their role in the UK post-punk scene of the time. There's loads of odd noise, weird effects, and plenty more going on here – interacting with rootsy percussion, keyboards, and plenty of heavy basslines – on titles that include "Timbuktu Express", "I Want Water", "Bazaar", "African Hedge Hog", "Depth Charge", "Fruit Market", "Snake In The Hole", and "Many Generations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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African Head ChargeReturn Of The Crocodile – Unreleased Tracks & Version Excursions 1981 to 1986 (with download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Long-lost material from one of the coolest groups on the UK scene in the post-punk years – a wealth of unreleased tracks from the mighty African Head Charge – a group whose sound perfectly defined the legendary On-U Sound record label! The tunes are often quite spare and stripped-down – showcasing the core AHC sound of percussionist Bongo and studio wizard Adrian Sherwood – and his fantastic talent for creating analogue electronic madness alongside core organic, acoustic elements. Some of these tracks appeared in different versions on later albums, but these recordings are very raw and experimental – a real showcase for the On-U genius at its best! Titles include "More Bizarre", "Doctor Find", "Low Protein Snack", "Snake In The Goal", "Makola Market", and "Slippery Heel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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AggrovatorsRasta Dub 76 ... LP
Grounation/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $21.99
It's hard to get better than this when it comes to dub – core sounds from the mighty Agrovators, working with production from Bunny Lee, and sweet mixdown at King Tubbys! The instrumentation is fantastic – more than great enough without even the larger studio processes that really send it soaring – bass from Robbie Shakespear, drums from Santa Davis and Clarton Barrett, guitar from Chinna Smith, organ from Ossie Bongo, and piano from Bernard Harvey – all wrapped together beautifully in these effortless, easygoing grooves! Titles include "None Shall Escape Dub", "Fatty Boom Boom Dub", "Dread Locks Bald Head Dub", "Two Face Rasta Dub", "Ja Ja In De Dub", "Ites Gold Green Dub", "No Woman No Cry Dub", "Small Axe Dub", and "If You Should Loose Me Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Aiken & FutureLiberation ... CD
Boom Shot, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
You might remember Tony Aiken for his classic funk album Unity, from the 70s – and here, he's back again – after nearly 40 years away from the studio! The album's got a style that's a lot more reggae-influenced than before – maybe not totally a reggae record, given the other influences that Tony brings to bear – but a style that's definitely Jamaican overall, especially in the rhythms! The project features a big number of guests – as you can probably guess from the images on the front cover – all given a soulful spirit by Tony's lead. Package lists no song titles at all – but there are 10 tracks total. (Soul, Reggae) CD

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Dennis AlcaponeGuns Don't Argue ... CD
Trojan/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $15.99
Guns don't argue, and neither can we – with the classic sound of this groundbreaking album from Dennis Alcapone! The record is years ahead of its time – both in the way that it takes a harder edge and more righteous vibe to the themes – but also in the way that it bubbles up with some rhythm currents that almost seem to hint at later dub – still with some elements of rocksteady at the core, but also served up in a loopier, more abstract way – which really fits the spirit of Dennis' delivery of the lyrics! Titles include "Teacher Teacher", "Alcapone Guns Don't Argune", "It Must Come", "If It Don't Work Out", "Everybody Needs Love", and "World Wide Love". CD
Also available Guns Don't Argue ... LP 21.99

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Dennis AlcaponeGuns Don't Argue ... LP
Trojan/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Guns don't argue, and neither can we – with the classic sound of this groundbreaking album from Dennis Alcapone! The record is years ahead of its time – both in the way that it takes a harder edge and more righteous vibe to the themes – but also in the way that it bubbles up with some rhythm currents that almost seem to hint at later dub – still with some elements of rocksteady at the core, but also served up in a loopier, more abstract way – which really fits the spirit of Dennis' delivery of the lyrics! Titles include "Teacher Teacher", "Alcapone Guns Don't Argune", "It Must Come", "If It Don't Work Out", "Everybody Needs Love", and "World Wide Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Guns Don't Argue ... CD 15.99

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Roland AlphonsoABC Rocksteady ... CD
Gay Feet/Dub Store (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and also featuring wicked rocksteady work from Lyn Taitt on guitar and Aubrey Adams on Hammond – both musicians who get almost as much time in the spotlight as Alphonso himself! Titles include a nice noisy take on the Booker T & The MGs tune "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Narata", "Pure Soul", "Wild & Free", "Little Nut Tree", "That's Life", "Sad Song", and "ABC Rocksteady". CD

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Bob AndyFriends ... LP
I Anka, 1983. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Cover has a small peeld spot in one corner.)

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Horace AndyDance Hall Style ... LP
Wackie's (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... About June 1, 2017 (delayed)
A wonderful collaboration between one of the sweetest voiced sopranos in Jamaican soul and one of the heaviest producers, from the advent of the dancehall era. Bullwackie Barnes reworks some classic rhythms and garners some excellent vocal performances from Andy on this excellent reggae side. Only 6 tracks, but the band gets to stretch out nicely on these spacious grooves: "Money, Money", "Lonely Woman", "Cuss, Cuss", "Stop The Fuss", "Spying glass" and "Lets Live In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Horace AndyGet Wise ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
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 interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". CD
 
 
 



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