An essential reissue of an essential roots album! A mid 70s landmark of harmony roots, the Abyssinians' Satta Massagana, aka Forward To Zion, is hard to beat for hardcore, spiritual roots delivered over hypnotically pulsing rhythms, and Heartbeat ups the ante by digging deep for some excellent and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing on Clinch. Cover printing is a bit fuzzy.)
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
Seminal sounds from the On-U Sound label – and a record that perhaps provides one of the most lasting illustration of the label's genius! African Head Charge work in this unique blend of Jamaican dub, British post-punk electronics, and some earthier textures that might be more at home in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long-lost material from one of the coolest groups on the UK scene in the post-punk years – a wealth of unreleased tracks from the mighty African Head Charge – a group whose sound perfectly defined the legendary On-U Sound record label! The tunes are often quite spare and stripped-down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
Rasta Dub 76 ... LP Grounation/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1976. New Copy ...
It's hard to get better than this when it comes to dub – core sounds from the mighty Agrovators, working with production from Bunny Lee, and sweet mixdown at King Tubbys! The instrumentation is fantastic – more than great enough without even the larger studio processes that really send ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guns don't argue, and neither can we – with the classic sound of this groundbreaking album from Dennis Alcapone! The record is years ahead of its time – both in the way that it takes a harder edge and more righteous vibe to the themes – but also in the way that it bubbles up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of sweet bass pedal here – a bumping bottom that sets up the groove right from the start, and continues to dominate the rhythm – while Benjamin Ball calls out the catchy hook, female singers echo his vocals, and keyboards give the whole thing a nice electro polish too! Soul Clap ... (Soul, Reggae)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 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
An amazing little record – not just for the music itself, which is inherently great – but also for its straight jazz presentation of players you might know in more of a reggae-based setting! The album's a smoking set of hardbop numbers, played with plenty of soul – by a combo ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing original pressing! Cover has some light wear.)
Cornell Campbell —
Ropin ... LP Third World/Radiation Roots, 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic sounds from Cornell Campbell – a higher-voiced singer who could take on the best of the American sweet soul generation – and one who also does a great job here serving up his own takes on US soul tunes too! The album's almost a bit out of time – given the date of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mango/Island pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
A fantastic early reggae hit – and a classic bit of rocksteady that never grows old! Desmond was one of the first artists to really crack the global charts, and this American pressing of "Israelites" is more than proof of his popularity – as well as a great little tune! (Funky 45's, Reggae)7-inch, Vinyl record
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
The best dressed chicken in town returns for round 2! The good doctor's follow up to that album's another scorcher, though this one's not exclusively produced by Scratch. Still it's a mighty batch of tracks, and like the preceding LP a collection of singles, with a variety of vocalists taking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Titles include "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Doors Of Your Heart", "Twist & Crawl", "Tears Of A Clown", "Save It For Later", "Best Friends", "I Confess", and "Stand Down Margaret". (Rock, Reggae)LP, Vinyl record album
A dub album so mysterious, copies of the set were actually found stuffed inside the wrong record sleeves – which might well testify to the pretty stripped-down packaging of this version of the album! Yet don't judge the book by its cover – as the album's filled with well-crafted dub ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice Eddy Grant track, with a bouncing crossover feel that would make him so popular, but still with a rootsy reggae feel underneath, and an overall groovy commercial soul approach. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, and a promo stamp.)
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)...
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 classic set that shows the tremendous combination of powers that was taking place in the mid 70s Kingston scene – a pulling together of forces that meant that a record like this just couldn't miss! I Roy's great in his lead role as a toaster – singing/speaking his way through a half ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful reggae from Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, not their roughest roots material, but with a nice polished approach that helped them appeal to a much wider audience, with "Groovin In Love", "This World", "Ghetto On Fire", "Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderatemoisture stains, aging & splitting with pen & a cut out hole.)
Mostly produced by Parker Lee, with Jamal Ski, Jazzy Nice and Todd Ray. Includes "Jump, Spread Out", "Hangin' Tree", "Poom Poom", "Jah Jah Vibes", "Put It On (Pure Braggadap)" and "Terrible Man". (Hip Hop, Reggae)LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
As Sly & Robbie and many of reggae's first instrumental visionaries moved on, younger groups like the Roots Radics stepped to the fore, though this line up featured both younger talent like Style Scott and Bingy Bunny and stalwarts like Flabba Holt and Gladdie Anderson. And while we love the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Tubby & The Aggrovators —
Shalom Dub ... LP Radiation Roots, 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Shalom means "peace" no matter what the setting – but it's especially apt here, in a righteous set of dubs from King Tubby and The Aggrovators! The album's got a laidback vibe that really reflects the personal inner spirit that was taking hold of the Jamaican scene at the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's easy to be the Dub Champion when you've got grooves this good – wonderful work brewed up at Channel One by the Roots Radics band, then reworked King Tubby's studio – plus a bonus LP with the original Barrington Levy vocal cuts! The talents here are all the best in the Jamaican ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Scientist spins out on a dub-driven power boat – scanning the swamps to drive out the vampires and a host of other ghouls too – all while reinventing Jamaican music in the process! The record's filled with lots of cool electric elements – those weird production effects and ... 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
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires —
Art Of Mas ... LP Dynamic Sounds (Jamaica), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
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
Willie Lindo —
Far & Distant ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The drum talks on the record, but so do the basslines – which get lots of work to set the scene for the wonderful percussion work of Leroy Mabrak Mattis! The record's one of the most unusual to come out of the Kingston scene in the 70s – a bit in the rootsy territory of work by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has staining along the bottom seam.)
Bob Marley —
Legend ... LP Island, 1970s. Near Mint- 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
A sweet set of sides cut by the Wailers under Lee Perry's production. Crucial early roots versions of some of Marley's strongest material, like "Mr. Brown", "Soul Rebel", "Duppy Conqueror", and "400 Years" rendered in a raw Kingston soul style! Give us this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – heavy vinyl, and a design that replicates the die-cut style of the original record and inner sleeves!)
A posthumous album from the great Bob Marley – but one that's every bit as important as all the classics that were released during his too-short lifetime! The record really continues that righteous power of the later Bob Marley years on Island – that global scope in both the music's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A breakthrough album from Bob Marley – a set that was recorded equally in Kingston and London, and which has a globe-spanning vibe to match! Marley's star had already been rising by the time of this set – but this album helped cement both his lasting power, and the worldwide influence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A righteous classic from the legendary Bob Marley – and a set that really pushed the roots reggae sound strongly into the mainstream – almost making the mode the defining global understanding of Jamaican music, thanks to the power and presence of the album! All the Marley Tuff Gong ... 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
(Cover has a stained corner, some marker, and a sticker.)
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s material from Derrick Morgan – a singer who first rose to fame during the early ska years of the 60s – but who continued to add his talents to plenty of fine records in the following decade! This set has Morgan working with Bunny Lee – in a mode that's a bit of an update ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the deepest, trippiest sounds from the Jamaican scene in the 70s – a classic collection of dubbed-up cuts from Agustus Pablo – who throws in loads of sweet melodica lines to the rhythms, at least in between hits of the pipe he's smoking on the cover! Pablo took the laidback ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Perry & The Upsetters —
Super Ape ... LP Island, 1976. Near Mint- (reissue)...
The King Kong of dub albums, and we're not just saying that because of the freaky deaky cover image of a super ape with a belly full of roast fish, cornbread and makka stepping on a croaking lizard with a tree in one hand and a "tree" in the other! Classic Lee Perry and an essential dub ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of dub reggae-steeped numbers on this great Cold Busted split single by Poldoore & Emapea! Poldoore's "This Road" instrumental has a nice, spacey haze floating over the bassy rhythms and cool sax solo towards the end. Emapea's "Rudeboy" on the flip is a really cool ... (Funky 45's, Reggae)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic early work from Prince Far I – already a mystical force in reggae, with a sound that definitely lives up to his name! The Prince serves up a very righteous brew of lyrics – spoken and toasted over the top of some wicked dubby rhythms – grooves that are often as much a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernest Ranglin —
Jazz Jamaica ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best jazz albums we've ever heard from legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – recorded quite early in his career for the tiny Federal label, and done with a fire that's missing from some of his other later records! The album's way more than just another instrumental outing with ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album