UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene – although sometime singer Don Letts did start Big Audio Dynamite later. ... (Rock, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the printed inner sleeve, in the embossed cover, with light wear.)
The debut LP from the second lineup of Black Uhuru, with Duckie Simpson, Michael Rose and Errol Nelson. Produced by Prince Jammy, this first LP is a tremendous slice of roots rock, even if it doesn't measure up quite so well against the later version of the group with Puma Jones and Sly & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Black Uhuru sides, in between the Black Sounds OF Freedom LP they cut with Prince Jammy and their later LPs for Island, these are the first recordings they did with Sly & Robbie, a team with whom they'd go on to much greater success with later. Still, we find ourselves coming back to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and an Al Bum's sticker on front.)
This album couldn't be more aptly titled with Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson tearing it up alongside Sly & Robbie, Mikey Chung, Darryl Thompson, Keith Sterling and Skyjuice live in Europe in the early 80s. 8 blistering numbers in all: "Shine Eye Gal", "Plastic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afro reggae Great Alpha Blondy fulfills his dream of performing with The Wailers! The best of the tracks, especially the title track, is quite wonderful – with great vocals throughout by Alpha Blondy. A few tunes have a drum machine, grounding the atmosphere of those numbers squarely in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later effort from Winston Rodney, and though not quite up to the high standard he'd set in the early and mid 70s, still very solid roots rock. 9 self produced tunes, including the title track, "Image", "Education", "She's Mine", "Message" and "Jah Is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Cliff himself, recorded at Dynamic and Tuff Gong with a full host of heavies on board, including Chinna Smith, Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Santa Davis, Ansel Collins, Augustus Pablo, Wally Badarou, Sticky Thompson, Skully Sims, Dean Fraser, Deadly Headly Bennett, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great self produced album from Jimmy Cliff – very soulful, but with a rootsy political edge you might not expect from a pop reggae star like Cliff. Recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Sounds, with a great lineup that includes the Heptones on backing vocals, and issued in the US by Warner as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo! Cover has a promo sticker too.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest groups in Jamaica to openly reference African themes that would later play a larger role in the Rasta and roots movement, the Ethiopians paved the way for much to follow. This collection brings together 28 of their seminal rocksteady numbers, picking up at the end of the ska ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unlikely contender to the throne of king of electro, this early 80s effort from Eddie Grant helps to prop him up there quite nicely. Heavy synth driven grooves bubble along nicely with that crisp Linn Drum sound, and though this album benefited from some wider pop appeal, there's more than a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gregory Isaacs & Dennis Brown —
Judge Not ... LP Musicworks (Jamaica), 1984. Very Good+ ...
Three nice lengthy tracks each from these two reggae greats, produced by Gussie Clarke. Dennis turns in "Crazy List", "Judge Not" and "Deceiving Girl", Gregory performs "Live & Love", "Street Walker" and "Inner City Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing with Soundwave stamp. Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)
Bass Culture, but way more than that too – as the album is a classic kernel of wisdom from the great Linton Kwesi Johnson – done up in the mix of spoken and sung passages that always made his records so unique! Dennis Bovell handles the backing and mixing – with lots of nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic LKJ from the tumultuous late 70s years – self-produced, and featuring the tracks "Song Of Blood", "Doun De Road", "Five Nights Of Bleeding", "Man Free", and "All Wi Doin Is Defindin". LP, Vinyl record album
The second album From LKJ, a tough and tight follow up to Dread Beat and Blood, with the poet coming just as hard out the box this time around as the first. Johnson's righteous lyrical indignation, terse delivery, and rhythmic focus dovetail perfectly with tight, fat riddims from a crack band ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked dub from mighty King Tubby – a set of reworked sounds from cuts by Jackie Edwards, Johnny Clarke, John Holt, Horace Andy, and others – all given some heavy-bottomed touches by Tubby! The tracks are all instrumentals, with plenty of bass bubbling in an echoey pit – mixed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires —
Disco Reggae ... LP Dynamic Sounds (Jamaica), 1975. Very Good- ...
Lee, ever the entrepreneur, looks to capitalize on the huge stateside disco trend with this album, though there's little disco here, and mostly workman like reggae, that's not particularly outstanding. The sole disco effort is a take on "The Hustle", and the rest of set includes "Roc ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
Great early work by Bob Marley & The Wailers – some of it produced by the legendary Lee Perry, too! Some of the tunes are early takes on later famous versions – but in a way, they're actually more definitive – in that they tie Marley back to the rich Kingston culture, instead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dozen posthumous duets: "No More Trouble" with Erykah Badu, "Rebel Music" with Krayzie Bone, "Johnny Was" with Guru, "Concrete Jungle" with Rakim, "Rastaman Chant" with Busta Rhymes & the Flipmode Squad, "Guiltiness" with the Lost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has marker though the barcode.)
Maybe the best place to start if you're looking to dive into the short but incredible legacy of music left behind by Bob Marley – as the album marked a real global turning point for the singer, and includes a number of tracks that are still his standout classics after all these years! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with Sterling stamp. Includes inner sleeve. Cover has ring and edge wear.)
Bob Marley —
Legend ... LP Island, 1970s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Burnin' ... LP Island, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Quite possibly THE Bob Marley album – or at least the record that really exploded the man from the Jamaican scene into huge global fame – thanks to a universally soulful sound that moved the record way past the barriers that were holding the rest of Kingston sounds back from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s purple label pressing in barcode cover.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Kaya ... LP Island, 1977. Very Good ...
Sweet grooves from the great Bob Marley – a set cut at a time when Marley was really riding his international fame – and able to create the kind of music that reached out way more than conventional reggae! The Kingston roots of the sound are still very firmly in place – but there' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Leslie Kong produced sides of groovy rocksteady, voiced by a young Bob Marley, dug up and re-released after he became an international reggae phenomenon. While this clearly an attempt to cash in on his success, it's still some really great early stuff, and nice to have on vinyl, too! 10 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Survival ... LP Island, 1979. Very Good ...
One of the sharpest, most righteous albums from Bob Marley – in case you couldn't guess from the title, which is his response to a recent assassination attempt! The whole thing's got a very classic vibe – and the lyrics have even more of a political current than some of Marley's other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Uprising ... LP Island, 1980. Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Marley's last studio LP, this effort shows there was no letting up, either in his political stance or fiery songwriting. With the solid original rhythm section of Family Man & Carlton Barrett and the beautiful backing harmonies of the I-Three's, this set includes classic takes of "Redempti ... 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
An album with a bit of a split personality, a combination of slick modern reggae, and crisp 80s groove soul numbers. While the reggae numbers aren't much to write home about, the soul tracks are an outstanding example of the best of the 80s groove style, with horn lines punctuating Morgan's ... (Soul, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Augustus Pablo's most classic records – from the title, to the cover, to the melodica-laden grooves within – prime Pablo with that ethereal sound that few other players could match on the instrument! The backings are warm and dubby – a perfect complement to the moody lead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Message/Shanachie pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A spiritual classic from Augustus Pablo – and a set that some consider his masterpiece! The album has Pablo completely in charge – producing, arranging, and really getting a chance to make the kind of music that showcases his righteous vision – instrumentals that have his own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue with slightly diffrent cover design.)
We prefer Ras Michael's recordings with the Sons Of Negus, but this later effort still draws froma slightly different tradition relying heavily on vamps, Nyabhingi and extended rhythm patterns than more song oriented reggae artists. With "Jah Giveth Life", "Marriage In Canaan", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Orthodox ... LP Universal Life Church, 1981. Very Good ...
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(Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, and light surface wear.)