A fantastic album in the new dub tradition that UK saxophonist Nat Birchall has been exploring – recorded modes that are very different than his spiritual jazz albums, but equally cool overall! The vibe here is maybe like some lost date recorded at King Tubby's – but with more of a ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty feather in the cap of UK saxophonist Nat Birchall – and a set that really shows just how much he's opening up his sound in recent years! The set is a second meeting between Birchall and Al Breadwinner – and like the previous, both artists handle a wide range of instrumentation ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced and arranged by Ken Boothe himself – with titles that include "Time Of Decision", "No More War", "Good Woman", "I've Got To Be There", "This Love Of Ours", "King & Queen", and "Hello Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic album from the late 60s run of Trojan producer Dandy – working here under the guise of Brother Dan All-Stars – with a lineup that features some secret help from the rest of the Trojan scene! The groove is mostly rocksteady, with the strongly soulful current that Dandy brought ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
A great return to form for one of the greatest female singers of the 70s reggae scene – the lovely Susan Cadogan, who works here in a format that really lets her hit all the right sort of vibes! Rhythms are full, but laidback – and Susan's voice is beautifully upfront, maybe a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 250 – on red vinyl and with bonus CD!)
Blasted ... LP Pipe Music (Jamaica), 1981. Near Mint- ...
Like some of the other groups that were beginning to gain notice in the late 70s and early 80s, Chalice were not only self contained and self produced, but moved easily between a more accessible style of roots and soulful lovers rock, giving them wide appeal that oddly never really extended outside ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing. Cover has lgiht wear and a Beverleys sticker.)
Mid 80s record from the great Jimmy Cliff. While he was in his prime in the early 70s, this much later commercial effort shows he's still got the skills to pay the bills, and we actually kind of like the sound of him singing over the glossy crossover-attempt tracks, which have that great 80s Sly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve, promo letter, and 8"x10" glossy photo of Jimmy Cliff with Robin Williams! Cover has a Grammy Winner sticker.)
After his huge success with The Harder They Come, Cliff made a number of LPs in the states, most self produced, some of which were more succesful than others, and many with a clear nod towards US Soul and R&B, like this one. Standout tracks include "Brother" and "No. 1 Rip Off ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams, some wear and aging, and a name in pen on front.)
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari —
Grounation (3LP set) ... LP Dub Store (Japan), 1972. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)...
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique mix of 80s era digital reggae and electro soul from Miami singer Dhaima – definitely one of the cooler, more uncategorizable Numero discoveries in their post-1970s oeuvre! Love Lasts Forever has 5 long-ish jams that kicks off with "Reggae On Sunset" – starting strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great lost dubs from Mikey Dread, whose radio show delivered the Jamaican roots message to both the initiated and those yet to be converted for years. Mighty dubs under Dread's direction, with an all star cast featuring Sly Dunbar, Horsemouth Wallace, Santa Davis, Ranchie McLean, Robbie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on translucent blue vinyl!)
Nice, nice instrumental ska laid down by slide master Don Drummond! Don's full tone and jazzy style enriched many Studio One sides, most signifigantly those of the Skatalites, which a few of the numbers here are reminiscent of. Includes "Man In The Street", "Don Cosmic", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with black print and deep groove. NOTE – This copy no longer has the cover, and comes in a plain sleeve.)
An early Adrian Sherwood produced dub excursion, featuring the sort of rotating lineup that was the hallmark of this period of the Dub Syndicate, before it became a vehicle for Style Scott's rhythm excursions. The sound is at times denser, and at others more open, with a more experimental and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Slinky, soulful, and completely seductive sounds from the great Erroll Dunkley – not the person pictured on the cover, but a wonderful Jamaican singer who works here alongside superb production from Sonia Pottinger! The tunes are all laidback, but never sleepy – that perfect early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "root beer" vinyl – which is all cool and swirly!)
Earth & Stone —
Kool Roots ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ...
Great duo vocals from the team of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell – recording here with some excellent rhythms from Sly & Robbie and the rest of the Channel One crew! The music is mostly mellow, with a stepping groove that works great for the harmonies of the pair – and there's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hot ... LP Stiff (UK), 1981. Near Mint- ...
With "Rescue Me", "Age Of 5", "If You Need Me", "More Than A Person", "Rankin' Discipline", "Mr Copper", "Nightmare", "Where Did Johnny Go", "There Is Someone", "Learn My Lesson" and "Feelin' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Flo and Eddie team up with an all star crew including Earl Chinna Smith, Augustus Pablo, Leslie Professor Butler, Aston Family Man Barrett, Calton Santa Davis, and Uziah Sticky Thompson! Titles include "Prisoner Of Love", "Swing & Dine", "Party Time", "Sitting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reggae reeds from Dean Fraser – with some nice Fender Rhodes and keyboard too – recorded at Dynamic Sounds and Aquarius, with titles htat include "Rent A Car", "Redemption Song", "Stop Look Listen", "For The Love Of You", "I'll Always Love ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label UK pressing, with inner sleeve.)
Phillip Fullwood —
Words In Dub ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
A spare spinoff from the Imojah album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae – served up here with some fantastic studio touches from Phillip Fullwood of that group! The album's even headier and dubbier than its core inspiration – almost as if Fullwood's going back in the laboratory, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from General Echo – a set of raunchy lyrics from the early days of the digital age – set to some fantastic rhythms from the mighty Roots Radics! The general talks and toasts his way through the lyrics – offering up a fair bit of sensual promises in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rare Jamaican pressing! Vinyl has some press flaw bumps but plays fine.)
Fantastic work from Vin Gordon – who may well be one of the greatest reggae trombonists since the legendary Rico – working here in a very classic style that features plenty of contributions from saxophonist Nat Birchall! Nat's very much in the space of his previous collaboration with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as Derrick Harriott serves up a wonderful mix of sounds that owes plenty to American funk and soul of the early 70s – some cool Kingston covers of famous US tunes, and some other originals that are equally groovy overall! The set's one of the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the tightest, deepest albums ever from Jamaican singer John Holt – even if it has a slightly strange history, due to repackagings and retitling over the years! Holt had been making music for over a decade by the time of this set – and while he still works with some of the bad-ste ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on orange heavyweight vinyl!)
Pivotal early dub! Depending upon whose history of the Jamaican recording industry you subscribe to, this is can be considered by many to be the first dub LP – and whether that's proveable or not, it's certain among the first! History aside, it's a mighty set with some raw early dub style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful harmonies-laded Jamaican music from The Inturns – who also recorded as The Viceroys and with other monikers from the mid 60s onward – and are really in peak form here in the later 70s! It's beautiful stuff, with rhythms that balance a rawer grit with a lighter touch – laid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later effort from the Cool Ruler, teaming him up with King Jammy. 10 tracks in all, including "Take A Look","You're Like An Angel", "Do Your Own Thing", "Kinky Lady", 'Sip Of Wine", "Curfew", "First Class Lover", "Give Love A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a Penthouse sleeve. Labels have a promo stamp and a spot of tape.)
Bobby Kalphat & The Sunshine All Stars —
Zion Hill ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A fantastic album of melodica grooves – right up there with the famous work of Augustus Pablo, and done in a very similar mode! The backings are deep and dubby – heavy on bass and riffing guitar, with a brooding energy that's really contrasted by the lighter, more melodic elements of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning example of the way that the harmony trio had developed in late 60s Jamaica – a short but fantastic evolution of a mode that began in American soul, yet quickly expanded into something else entirely during the rocksteady years – to the point where it became the global calling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bunny Lee & Friends —
Tape Rolling ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ...
Rare gems from the vaults of Jamaican production genius Bunny Lee – material cut mostly at his home studio, in the company of some very good friends and musical associates – hence the artist listing on the set! Some of the cuts here are from rare dubplates or acetates, others are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hopeton Lewis —
Dynamic ... LP Dynamic (Jamaica), 1970s. Very Good ...
A nice easy rockin' slice of Jamaican soul from rock steady star Hopeton Lewis. The production is courtesy ByronLee, so it has the sort of broader appeal crossover soul influenced sound you might expect, without as much of the raw edge we look for, but a nice bit of southern R&B feel creeping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam, some wear, and aging.)
An unusual early set of work from Bob Marley – featuring a fair bit of Lee Perry songs, like "Stand Alone", "Brain Washing", "Keep On Moving", "Don't Rock My Boat", "Duppy Conqueror", "Soul Almighty", "Mr Brown", and "R ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed – with some light aging around the edges.)
Not the Bob Marley of the famous Island Records years in the 70s, but instead the originator from a few years before – heard here on an excellent collection of early work with The Wailers! The style here is maybe more in line with some of the soul-inspired harmony trios to emerge in Kingston ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last great tracks from Bob Marley – a message of righteous power that's had lasting energy over the decades! The single presents the original acoustic version solo, which is incredibly moving, plus a full band version – and it also includes a live take on the mid 70s classic ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record