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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant sounds from the On-U side of the universe – one of those key records that forever helped establish the production talents of Adrian Sherwood – and the unique blend of music he had to offer! The group here are a key part of the music – their blend of exotic percussion, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cream of the crop of early 80s reggae. Fusing militant, political lyrics with the excellent harmony vocal arrangements of Puma Jones, Duckie Simpson and Michael Rose and the unrelenting electrified rhythms of Sly & Robbie, Black Uhuru represented the zenith of the modern Roots era. This ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strange & sublime reggae from Jimmy Cliff, cut during his mid 70s turn with Warner Brothers. A little more than half of the record was cut in Jamaica at Channel One and Tubby's, and features a cast of Jamaican greats like Sly & Robbie, Horsemouth, Ranchie and Prince Buster, but there's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Dee Jay classic from the Dub Organiser! One of the first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so, this Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam Piza toasting mightily over some fat rhythms provided Benbow & Sly, Family ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, staining and stuck on paper along the top 4 inches due to moisture.)
Mikey Dread —
SWALK ... LP Heartbeat, 1982. Very Good ...
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(Cover is stained on the top 2 inches, with a bit of flaking on front, and stuck-on paper on back.)
The purist reggae lover side of us wants to dismiss this is a largely commercial crossover record, but the electro loving side of us can't get enough of the title track, which was also covered to great effect by Rocker's Revenge. Much of the rest of the record hews closer to traditional reggae and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary Toots & The Maytals singer Toots Hibbert meets legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson – and the best session players that city has to offer! Toots was always reverent of greatest southern soul, so this effort is anything but forced. Toots tackles material by Otis Redding, Al ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While he's much better known for his lover's rock and the huge chart hits he scored with it, back in 1977 Gregory Isaacs cut this roots side, at Channel One, under Ossie Hibbert, and he does more than a respectable job with the material. The rhythms are provided by the Revolutionaries, providing a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and staining.)
Gregory Isaacs —
Out Deh ... LP African Museum (Jamaica), 1984. Near Mint- ...
An excellent batch of dancehall and lover's rock on Isaac's own African Museum imprint, with help from the Roots Radics. 8 tracks in all: "Good Morning", "Private Secretary", "Yes I Do", 'Sheila", "Out Deh", "Star", "Dieting" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of dub instrumentals and extended mixes of 11 classic tracks from The Wailers. Titles include "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)", "No Woman No Cry", "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)", "Exodus", "One Love (People Get Ready)", and " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve. Sides A & B have a few more surface marks.)
Bob Marley —
Exodus ... LP Island, 1977. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Wailers LPs – as solid a statement as Marley had made, and to our ears, the finest moment of his later career. The album features classics like "Natural Mystic", "Three Little Birds", "One Love/People Get Ready" and the excellent, driving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Righteous sounds from Rita Marley – a set that's one of her best-remembered albums, and done in a well-crafted style that definitely lives up to the Marley family name! The set was recorded at Tuff Gong, with a lean quality and laidback groove that lets Rita really step out front on vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Second LP from this British reggae band, one of the first of their kind. Matumbi paved the way for groups like Steel Pulse & Aswad, before there really was a native British reggae scene. Although the group included the great Dennis Bovell –who was the man behind most of the important ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Meditations first full length LP, actually issued first in the US, then later in Jamaica. Some of the work here was initially released as singles and then collected for this release, but all of it features their strong roots harmonies. Includes "Woman Is Like A Shadow", "Do ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Courtney Melody —
Bad Boy ... LP Techniques, 1980s. Very Good+ ...
A nice collection of Pablo Moses sides from the early 80s. To us, Moses never really achieved the stardom his talent merited, one of the finest of his era's songcrafters, typically recorded by Geoffrey Chung with a sympathetic production style, nice and spare, highlighting Moses light falsetto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive showdown between two of the finest men on the mic in the early 80s – Toyan and Nicodemus. Junjo Lawes and the Root Radics keep things raw and heavy at Channel One with the Dee Jays coming fully correct for a choice dancehall set! 10 tracks in all: "Overseas Posse", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
First US release by this Jamaican rocksteady duo, recorded in Jamaica with Byron Lee at the helm. As you'd expect from Byron Lee, there's some moves towards a crossover sound here, with a few nods towards 70s funky bits, with the tracks "Baby, I'm Sorry", "Keep On Doing It", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy dub poetry from this LKJ disciple, with fierce backings by Dennis Bovell and the LKJ Band crew. There's a couple of acapella cuts here too, showcasing Smith's lyrical and microphone skills to great effect, though his cuts with the band are no less satisfying. Includes "Black & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 80s Taxi Gang production by Sly & Robbie with the slicker digital sound they were working in at that time, though they never lost their edge even when they got this polished. While Thompson was mostly known as a producer in the Dancehall genre, he does a fine job here singing on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic moment from Frederick "Toots" Hibbert – a set that's maybe his equivalent to some of the key Island Records albums of the 70s from Bob Marley & The Wailers! Like those, the production here is top-shelf – handled partly by Joe Boyd, who brings a very respectful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peter Tosh's great, militant, second solo LP, one of the best of his career! Equal Rights is up to par with the finest Wailers LPs, although this is a bit heavier than the groovy, mellow Legalize It, the predecessor. A vital, hugely important, essential set of mid-to-late 70s reggae on Columbia. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s solo effort from this founding member of the Wailers, self-produced on his own Solomonic label and then licensed to Island for worldwide distribution. A solid roots effort from one of the most significant moments in Jamaican music history, this album maintains Livingston's nicely crafted ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Solomonic pressing with deep groove. NOTE – This copy is mispressed, cover and labels are for "Struggle", but vinyl is the "Protest" LP. Cover has a piece of paper attached to the back stating the error.)
Rambo ... LP Moving Target/Celluloid (Canada), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Heavy Taxi-driven dancehall vibes from Yellowman, on of his best mid 80s albums under the guidance of Sly & Robbie. 8 tracks in all: "Tarzan", "Rambo", "Girls Pet", "Crying Time", "Stop The Rumour", "Computerize", "Love" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Get ready for the get down with a fab batch of fresh funk, island style! Soul Jazz serves up a heavy batch of heat that smokes like a tasty batch of jerk chicken on a pillow of coco bread! Most of these cuts ooze spicy juices at a nice laid back, sun-drenched tempo instead of the choppier more ... (Funky Compilations, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty mighty tribute to the great Bob Marley – served up here by a host of former associates, family members, and Jamaican contemporaries – all in some lively concert performances that really open things up! The double-length set was a great seller at the time, and continues to be a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a bumped bottom corner.)
After the success of The Harder They Come, everyone was ready for films about Jamaica with a heavy leaning towards the music scene to be the next big thing, and the film Rockers tried to capitalize on that. The film never matched the former's success, though it does have some choice footage with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mango pressing, missing inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
10 tracks in all: "Jah In The Hills" and "Straight To Ethiopia" by Augustus Pablo, "What A Tribulation" by Jah Bull, "One In The Spirit" by Sister Frica, "Humble Yourself" by Asher & Trimble, "Love & Unity" by Tetrack, "Away ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album