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
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.)
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
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
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.)
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
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
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.)
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has peeling on the front & along the spine on the back.)
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
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers —
Time Has Come ... LP EMI/Manhattan, Early/Mid 80s. Near Mint- ...
Pure sing jay delight over seminal digital rhythms! This expanded edition of Nitty Gritty's solid Turbo Charged album for Jammy's features the heavyweight 80s posse from Jammy's in full effect – Steely and Clevie plus Wayne Smith and of course, Jammy himself. There's a ton of crucial 80s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A major outing from Rico Rodrigues – one of the great Trombonists of the pre-ska era, who continued to lead the way with his horn throughout all the periods Jamaican music would morph through, but maintained a sound rooted in jazz. The group is pretty large, sort of a Jamaican all stars, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, splitting, some moisture waviness & a cut corner.)
While Romeo's finest moments were recorded under the aegis of Lee Perry, this self produced album, made not too long after the awesome War Ina Babylon set is still a solid set of roots rock. Backed by some of the finest session men in JA, including Boris Gardiner, Boo Richards, Earl Wire Lindo, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
Leroy Sibbles —
On Top ... LP Micron (Canada), 1983. Good+ ...
A nice early 80s effort by Leroy Sibbles, former Heptone and Studio One stalwart. The lineup includes Flabba Holt and Robbie, Style Scott and Sly, and Bingi Bunny, plus harmonies by Marcia Griffith and Iron Rock. 11 tracks in all, including "Leroy's Gonan Fight", "Party Time", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)