Bob Andy's come a long way here from his earlier work with Marcia Griffiths – taking on some new rasta energy, as you might guess from the title – and singing in an even headier style than before! The set was recorded at Treasure Isle, with bad-stepping rhythms from Sly & Robbie, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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.)
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Released by Birchall himself – and limited to 200 copies!)
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's ... (Global Grooves, Reggae)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
Two reggae-tinged holiday tunes – pressed up here on a limited green vinyl single! "Ras Nick" is a very offbeat variation on "Jolly Old St Nick" – done as an instrumental, with lots of guitar and keyboard play over the stepping rhythms! "Upon The Housetop" ... (Holiday Music, Reggae)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A stellar collection of singles by one of the great voices of Jamaican music – Dennis Brown, The Crown Prince Of Reggae – singles from the early 70s to mid 80s! The vinyl version features 12 standout tracks – with backing by The Taxi Gang, The Professionals, Derrick Harriott & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eight tracks, including " A Little Bit More:, "Tribulation", Love Light", "Rocking Time", "Little Village", and "Hold On To What You've Got". The musicians include Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Dean Fraser, Ansel Collins, and Robert Lyn. LP, 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
Nine tracks, including "Holy Foundation", "Queen Of The Mountain", "Jah Say"< and "Love To You". LP, Vinyl record album
Burning Spear —
Rocking Time ... LP Forward/Studio One (Jamaica), Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
A seminal early effort from Winston Rodney, aka Burning Spear. Rodney would soon move on and begin working with Jack Ruby and later producing himself, but these early sides cut under the guidance of Coxsone Dodd have a remarkable urgency and deep, heavy vibe that was matched by few other artists ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Forward pressing with deep groove! Plays with light surface noise due to vinyl quality, but this is a fantastic copy.)
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!)
The title's a bit confusing, but Cornell Campbell's essentially saying that he's a stalwart – something we can completely agree with, given his strong legacy in Jamaican music – and the sublime sound of a 70s classic like this! Cornell's got a higher range than some of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – ... 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
(Pink label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl has a press flaw that skips at the beginning of "Woman A Come", rest plays great. Cover has a tear in the opening held with clear tape, price sticker remnants, and light stains on back.)
Eek-A-Mouse's early 80s classic – and the benchmark meeting between the wildly unique deejay and vocalist with producer Henry Junjo Lawes! The Mouse is out front of stellar rootsy backing by The Roots Radics Band. Titles Include "Ganja Smuggling", "Long Time Ago", "O ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest harmony groups to ever come from Jamaica – a killer quartet who fused together American soul styles with sweet reggae rhythms – all to create a groove that really helped push forward the sounds of Kingston! This collection of classic work by The Ethiopians is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing. Vinyl has light marks on Side B.)
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
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
Excellent set of mid 70s numbers cut by Leroy Sibbles, one of the architects of the Studio One sound, and his partners in the Heptones, Earl Morgan and Barry Llwellyn, under producer Harry J. Sweet Jamaican harmony trio over some mellow island soul grooves. Originally released in Jamaica as Book ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A fantastic set from a very righteous group – one whose name means "unity" in Swahili, and who definitely work here with such a groove! The album's got a perfect blend of rockers energy and deeper dubby sensibilities – very complex in construction, but coming across with this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth soulful reggae, from one of the few groups to successfully span both the commercial and hardcore roots worlds. The last set cut before Jacob Miller's untimely death and his final proper recording with the band, this album works the crisp and clean approach that a great deal of the reggae ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with orange print and MM/ER etch. Label has a Record Rama stamp.)
Gregory Isaacs —
Mr Isaacs ... LP Earthquake/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic early material from Gregory Isaacs – captured here early in his career, and working in a deep roots reggae mode – recording at Channel One with great direction from Ossie Hibbert! The set's laidback and righteous, in ways that let all the soulful qualities of Isaac's vocals ... 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
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
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
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
A fantastic tribute to the studio genius of Bunny Lee – and a set that's filled with the kind of tracks that may well knock Lee Scratch Perry right out of the spotlight! Bunny already had a long and varied career in Jamaican music by the time of these tracks – hustling things up right ... 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.)
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.)
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
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. Near Mint- ...
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
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
A great meeting of classic and contemporary – as Zara McFarlane is joined here by Dennis Bovell – in a dubby groove that recalls some of Bovell's best work from years past! The tune's maybe the best song ever written by Augustus Pablo, and it's given a very loving rework here – ... (Neo Soul, Reggae)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A record that will definitely send you to the promised land – thanks to its wonderful use of dub-style production, which creates waves and waves of heavenly sound! The tracks are long and open-ended – much more so than some of the shorter dubs of the time – served up in these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album