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
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
Roland Alphonso —
ABC Rocksteady ... LP Gay Feet/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy dub from the enigmatic Aquarius Studios on the Kingston scene of the late 70s – the creative center of Herman Chin-Loy – whose work on the scene not only helped shape the sound of dub music for the future, but also launched the career of Augustus Pablo! The work here is mostly ... 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
Big Youth, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis & Others —
Chi Chi Run ... LP Fab/Melodisc (UK), 1970. Very Good+ ...
Big Youth's first LP, though he's only really featured on about half the tracks. Produced by Prince Buster, who'd almost dropped out of the music scene entirely by this point, it's solid LP, with strong rhythms, and the prototypical Youth style on the mic, plus some nice vocals on a few numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing on Prince Buster Records, though the sleeve says Melodisc.)
The last of what we'd considered Black Uhuru's crucial middle period, with the Michael Rose, Puma Jones, Duckie Simpson lineup and some awesome electrified production courtesy Sly & Robbie, at the height of their game. With some heavy rhythms, dub influenced atmospherics and excellent playing ... 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
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
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.)
Sublime soul from Cornell Campbell – a Jamaican singer, but one who lists Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, and Bobby Womack as his strongest inspirations! You can definitely hear that trio of heavyweights on Cornell's vocals here – which are wonderful, and filled with inflections from 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
A great early album by Jimmy – and one that was issued in the US by A&M, but was licensed from London in the UK. The production is great, and tracks mix raw rocksteady rhythms with some great arrangements that add some nice baroque touches at times, especially on the title cut, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic slice of Jamaican roots – and an essential record from the godlike hands of Lee Perry! The set was produced by Perry at Black Ark – and instantly became the stuff of legend, even though the initial version of the album got very limited exposure – which has led to years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down ... 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
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
Alton Ellis —
Love To Share ... LP Third World/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
A mighty mature effort from Alton Ellis – one of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music from the 60s onward – working here on a later London session done in collaboration with the great Jackie Mittoo! The album's got a bit of a lovers rock vibe, but also hearkens back to an older ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare, and reportedly first ever recordings by Roy Ellis – with a Ernest Ranglin, Georgie Fame, and producer Sonny Burke on the sessions! Includes a great little soulful ska instrumental "Mr. Wang" and the vocal number "Another Man" on the other side. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Nice little picture sleeve, too – with notes by Roy Ellis!)
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
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
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
'Walking On Sunshine" hardly needs any introduction from us, a bubbling electro-reggae crossover jam that would become huge on it's own, and then later be remade to great succes by Rocker's Revenge. The "Sunshine Jam" on the b-side is dubby instrumental version. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Marcia Griffiths —
Steppin ... LP High Note (Jamaica), Late 70s. Very Good ...
Marcia Griffiths at the height of her powers – singing wonderfully and soulfully, in a style that almost transcends her Jamaican roots! While other reggae singers of the period were maybe polishing things up a bit, to reach larger commercial fame, Griffiths seems to be stepping back more ... 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
The striking debut album from one of the architects of reggae, a musician who cut precious few solo records in his lengthy tenure as the godfather of Jamaican music! A key figure behind the careers of reggae's mega stars like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, Higgs issued few albums and singles under ... 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 seminal set from vocalist John Holt – stepping out here on his own after an early stretch of greatness with The Paragons – and working as a bright star on his own, with a level of crossover power that should have made him huge on the global scene! The album's as much a soul record as ... 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.)
Although the sly double entendre of the title to this LP isn't lost on us, it does reflect LKJ's importance in the dread poet scene at a certain level. Both the fierceness of his politics and razor like wit show beautifully on this album, over some of the heaviest riddims to come from the emigrant ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain along the opening and some surface wear.)
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
Extremely hypnotic dub from King Tubbys & The Agrovators – and a record with a sound that's every bit as stripped-down and laidback as you might guess from the image on the cover! The approach here gets right to the core of instrumental dub – and tunes are very stark and spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Tubby & The Aggrovators —
Shalom Dub ... LP Radiation Roots, 1975. New Copy ...
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
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
Vintage sounds from calypso turned reggae soulful ska singer Lord Creator – Vincent "Randy" Chin productions from the height of the ska era! Breezy, laidback and charming ska, much of it from the most pivotal period. Lord Creator's vocals are are wonderful as can be, as is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note: the back cover lists 3 bonus tracks from the CD edition not included with the vinyl.)
Madness back when they were strongly in a ska vein! Titles include "One Step beyond", "Tarzan's Nuts", "Madness", "Chimunks Are Go", "Razor Blade Alley", and "Land Of Hope & Glory". (Rock, Reggae)LP, 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
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
We'd be willing to wager Marley is perhaps the artist whose work has been released and re-released, repackaged and reformatted more than any other. This set features work recorded under Coxsone Dodd at Studio One: "Wings Of A Dove", "It Hurts To Be Alone", "I'm Still ... 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
The follow up to the Lee Perry/Bob Marley collaboration Soul Rebels, this set presents many Marley classics in their early raw forms. Though Marley and Perry would both go on to greater success, these early sides are some fo their finest moments. Much, more than an early glimpses of a superstar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear on the opening.)