Born Jamericans —
Yardcore ... LP Delicious, 1997. Near Mint- 2LP ...
2nd album from Born Jamerican, with 13 tracks of hip hop/dancehall fusion, including "Prodigal Sons", "Yardcore", "Superstar", "Cyaan Done", 'Wherever We Go", "Follow The Pace" and "Gotta Get Mine". (Hip Hop, Reggae)LP, Vinyl record album
The sonic architect behind the massive riddims that LKJ built his dub poetry upon delivers a fat batch of strident 80s ex-pat island grooves. Dennis himself and a number of the members of his band contribute vocals, and tracks include "Dub Master", "Roots Symphony", "Audio ... 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 sweet 70s classic from the Congos – billed here as just Congo on the cover, but working with that warm trio groove that made them so great in the first place! The instrumentation is smooth, without ever being uptight – nice undercurrents of soul that bubble in the mix, and work well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Jamaican pressing! Cover has a Beverleys sticker.)
A raw early effort from roots legends Culture! This one was recorded at Harry J's with engineer Sylvan Morris, and it ultimately stands alone as a bit of a rougher, stripped down sound compared to their work with Joe Gibbs or Sonia Pottinger in the late 70s, but they way Joseph Hill's and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, in a white cover, with a small spot of sticker residue.)
Black Uhuru vocalist Don Carlos and harmony group Culture go together like milk and honey, bread and butter and well, roots and culture for that matter! Though you might hope that this set is a collaboration between the roots giants, it's actually a split record, with both Carlos and Culture ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an old Randy's price sticker.)
Culture featuring Joseph Hill —
Lion Rock ... LP Sonic Sounds (Jamaica), 1982. Very Good+ ...
Surprisingly great later work from the legendary Desmond Dekker – a set that should have been a sloppy cash-in during the ska revival, but material that shows Desmond still very much at the top of his game! The production and backings show a bit of a late 70s British touch, but Dekker's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Dub Organiser cuts loose on the mic in his six million dollar style over a set of tasty Hookim riddims, laid nicely at Chennel One in the mid 70s. 10 tracks in all: "Bionic Dread", "King Of The Road", "Invisible Dread", "Forward Commandments", "Ragn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From the gray period between Sly's career as the most sought after session drummer in Jamaica and his as one of the most sought after producers. 8 tasty rhythms, all instrumental, with a dense approach to production, and re-rubs of a number of familiar themes. Includes the very fat "Oriental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican press with blue print label. Cover has a bumped corner.)
Another one of Gardiner's soul LPs, with nary a touch of reggae showing. Like Johnny Nash, who also recorded for Byron Lee, these soul sides have a smooth, polished sound, more in line with the sophisticated soul you might expect from a Brunswick LP than anyting out of Kingston. Tracks include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary Toots & The Maytals singer Toots Hibbert meets legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson – and the best session players that city has to offer! Toots was always reverent of greatest southern soul, so this effort is anything but forced. Toots tackles material by Otis Redding, Al ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Justin Hines & The Dominos —
Jezebel ... LP Island, 1976. Very Good+ ...
A nice heavy platter from former Treasure Isle star Justin Hines and his backing group the Dominos, featuring production by Jack Ruby and the backing of the Black Disciples band, the team that helped Burning Spear craft some of his best roots albums. While Hinds had a rawer, less polished approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US Island pressing. Cover has a cut corner & moderate wear.)
The Cool Ruler helps you get busy with a nice batch of his signature lover's rock on his own African Museum imprint, with help from the Roots Radics and Sly & Robbie. 10 tracks in all: "Confirm Reservation", "Front Door", "Permanent Lover", "Hush ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US Mango pressing. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
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
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
(US pressing on Sire, includes the printed inner sleeve with poly liner attached. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
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.)
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
(UK pressing with white & orange labels, matrix ending in 1U. Cover has light wear and an import sticker.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Kaya ... LP Island, 1977. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
(Blue label Island pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover has light wear and a name tag.)
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
(Purple label pressing with barcode. Cover has clear tape along the spine.)