An essential roots album! A mid 70s landmark of harmony roots, the Abyssinians' Satta is hard to beat for hardcore, spiritual roots delivered over hypnotically pulsing rhythms. Robbie Shakespeare, plus Horsemouth, Boo Richards, Micky Chung, Chinna Smith and Clive Hunt and Geoffrey Chung are among ... 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
Black Uhuru —
Red ... LP Mango, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Black Uhuru LPs, when they'd fully matured as a group under the production of Sly & Robbie, with a tight modern reggae sound that few other groups could match from that era. Heavy, heavy grooves saddled with the trios potent lyrics and harmony vocals, including the massive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mango/Island pressing. Cover has unglued seams.)
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
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.)
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
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.)
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.)
Second installment in Joe Gibbs' African Dub series, featuring super-heavy spaced out dubs of Gibbs' solid gold rocker's rhythms. Somehow he manages to sound just this side of gimmicky when dropping in all those weird sound effects of dogs barking and sirens, but with those chubby riddims ... 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
Joe Higgs —
Unity Is Power ... LP Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost gem, finally reissued! Hudson's voice as a producer remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic of his era, and this first LP issued under his own name stands as a shining document of his genius. Cut very near the time of his classic dub side Pick A Dub, this album shares the haunting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Bobby Kalphat & The Sunshine All Stars —
Zion Hill ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Byron Lee may not have been down on the streets of Kingston – but he more than holds his own here, on cuts that include "Breakfast In Bed", "Cotton Jenny", "Three Bells", "Howdy Tenky", "Popcorn", "Smoker Gets In Your Eyes", "Bla ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a mark near the top.)
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.)
Bob Marley —
Legend ... LP Island, 1970s. Sealed 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
(Original pressing, still sealed! Cover has a cutout notch.)
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
Stunning early work from one of our favorite reggae groups ever – the mighty Toots & The Maytals, a key link between the soul styles of the Jamaican scene of the 60s, and the righteous years to come! There's a groove to the Maytals music that nobody else seems to get this right – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the mighty Jacob Miller – material recorded with Augustus Pablo in the years before Miller went onto greater fame in Inner Circle – and with a rootsy vibe that's still extremely powerful all these many years later! Pablo's at the height of his talents here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album