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Brown SugarI'm In Love With A Dreadlocks – Brown Sugar & The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
The first collection we've ever seen to do justice to the Brown Sugar trio from the UK reggae scene of the late 70s – a group who do a fantastic job of merging older sweet soul styles with a new lovers' vibe, all in a mode that's completely sublime! The group's noteworthy as the starting place of Caron Wheeler, who'd later rise to great fame in Soul II Soul – and Carol Simms, who'd later rise on her own as Kofi – but even without that later legacy, the music here is completely wonderful – and is presented with detailed notes, in a set that collects all the singles the trio recorded at the time with Dennis Bovell and John "Brownie T" Kpiaye. Brown Sugar are clearly influenced by the sweeter side of American group soul style in the late 60s – and even cover a few cuts from that era – yet they also have this bad-stepping style that really offers up the strongest current of the London style of the period – the crisper crackle and rootsier production approach that was really showing a scene coming into its own. Titles include "Black Pride", "Our Reggae Music", "Hello Stranger", "You & Your Smiling Face", "Loving Dreadlocks Dub", "Confession Hurts", "Proud", "Do You Really Love Me", "Hurtin", "Run Away Love",a nd "Dreaming Of Zion". CD

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✨✧ Count OssieTales Of Mozambique (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music strongly with underground jazz, and even some wicked sax and reed passages that make that link even stronger – especially when tied to the more message-oriented lyrics of the vocals! The album's hardly a straight roots album – and instead goes deep into the more spiritual side of Rastafari, with a personal, acoustic style that's instantly captivating – and which also has strong appeal to fans of other global sounds, and 70s spiritual jazz as well. A stunning classic – with tracks that include "Lock Stock & Barrel", "Selam Nna Wadada", "Tales Of Mozambique", "Let Freedom Reign", "Nigerian Reggae" and "Run One Mile". Features two bonus tracks too – "Rasta Reggae" and "Samia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Alton Ellis/Soul VendorsI'm Still In Love/Just A Bit Of Soul ... 12-inch
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Two Studio One classics – back to back on a limited 12" single! Alton Ellis has a sublimely soulful vocal style on "I'm Still In Love" – a tune that's one of his signature songs, and which we'd put right up there next to some of the east coast sweet soul classics from the start of the 70s! The Soul Vendors get a bit funkier on "Just A Bit Of Soul" – a wicked instrumental that uses the melody from "Stay", mixes in some Kingston rhythms, and soars with some great Booker T-styled organ lines! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Mighty SparrowSlave ... CD
National/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great 60s record from Mighty Sparrow – and the kind of set that shows just how different calypso music could sound when you got away from Harry Belafonte and the hits! The music here is every bit as political and socially conscious as earlier recordings of the genre – but you can also hear some of the cool 60s changes taking place on the Caribbean scene – including great use of horns to inflect most of the tunes with a great sort of edge – in the way Jamaican jazz and mento styles were shifting gears into rocksteady and ska! Sparrow's vocals have plenty of bite – and titles include "The Slave", "Calypso Twist", "Corbeau Sheltering Rain", "Popularity Contest", "Stupid Married Man", "Kennedy & Kruschev", and "Old Man & The Donkey". (Global Grooves, Reggae) CD
Also available Slave (red vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Mighty SparrowSlave (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
National/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A great 60s record from Mighty Sparrow – and the kind of set that shows just how different calypso music could sound when you got away from Harry Belafonte and the hits! The music here is every bit as political and socially conscious as earlier recordings of the genre – but you can also hear some of the cool 60s changes taking place on the Caribbean scene – including great use of horns to inflect most of the tunes with a great sort of edge – in the way Jamaican jazz and mento styles were shifting gears into rocksteady and ska! Sparrow's vocals have plenty of bite – and titles include "The Slave", "Calypso Twist", "Corbeau Sheltering Rain", "Popularity Contest", "Stupid Married Man", "Kennedy & Kruschev", and "Old Man & The Donkey". (Global Grooves, Reggae) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Slave ... CD 13.99

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Sugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio One ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 22.99
Seminal sounds from the mighty Sugar Minott – a singer who's sweet-voiced style was perfect for the changes going on at Studio One in the late 70s! Sugar grew up on the soulful styles of the rocksteady years – and here, as Studio One begins to step into some dancehall modes, his vocals provide a perfect link with the past – which sometimes comes from the way the label was reworking older rhythms and melodies in a subtle way – often with new lyrics from Minott that really transform the tunes! Currents of early dancehall and versioning flow through the mix of work here – and the set is a great illustration of this key moment in the evolution of reggae. Titles include "Vanity", "Please Be True", "Hang On Natty", "Jahovia", "Try Love", "Give A Hand", "Is It True", "Love Gonna Pack Up", "Give Me Jah Jah", "Party Time", "Jah Almighty", "Jah Jah Children", and "Change Your Ways". CD

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Jackie MittooJackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King At Studio One ... LP
Universal Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99 32.99
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 Jamaican instrumental style during his early years with the Skatalites, and on his later solo recordings for Studio One. This set's probably the first time Mittoo's work has been properly packaged and remastered – and the folks at Soul Jazz have done an amazing job of selecting just the right tracks for such a project. The whole thing wails along with a stone rocksteady groove – with plenty of nice drum parts and funky rhythm bits underneath Jackie's soulful organ. If you dug the label's 100% Dynamite series, you'll really dig this one – and the whole thing's very much in the same vein. Tracks include "Drum Song", "Reggae Rock", "Hot Tamale", "Killer Diller", "Black Organ", "Stereo Freeze", "Wall Street", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Juice Box", and "Killer Diller". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ernest RanglinMod Mod Ranglin ... CD
K&K, 1966. Used ... $9.99
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 instrumental set! The album's got Ranglin working with deft skill on the guitar – echoing the chromes of Wes Montgomery one minute, or the sharper notes of Kenny Burrell the next – but all set to a groove that's got lots of ska and rocksteady in the rhythms, and maybe just a touch of mod vibes in the overall presentation! As part of that, there's some nice use of Hammond on the album – although often used in nicely subtle ways – and titles include "Archie", "La Bostella", "Walk Away", "Born Free", "You Won't See Me", "More Amore", and "What Now My Love". CD

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✨✧ VariousHustle – Reggae Disco – Kingston London New York ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s. Used ... $9.99
Get ready to jam!! Soul Jazz drops another fat reggae bomb, ripe for your summer block party – eight hot, hot Jamaican versions of massive classics that burned up the discotheques and clubs in the late 70s and early 80s. The four on the floor pulse has been replaced with a syncopated island beat and the tempos are turned down just a notch, but every cut slams just as hard as the originals you already know. This set's so burning, we can't decide which version's our favorite: the Blood Sisters' take on Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell", Derrick Laro and Trinity's version of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", Latisha's take of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman", Black Harmony's version of Jean Carn's "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", Family Choice's take on the Whisper's "And The Beat Goes On" retitled "Reggae Beat Goes On" here, Xanadu & Sweet Lady's version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight", Carol Cool's take of Diana Ross's "Upside Down" and One Blood's version of William DeVaughan's "Be Thankful For What You've Got". CD
(Out of print earlier pressing.)

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VariousHustle – Reggae Disco – Kingston London New York (expanded 3LP edition – with download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99 34.98
A fantastic collection that looks at the relationship between American soul and reggae in a very unique way – not the early crossovers of soul and rocksteady in the 60s, but a big wave of disco-inspired sounds in the 70s! The set brings together some great Jamaican and British versions of American club tracks from the late 70s and early 80s, plus some soul cuts from earlier years – often done with rhythms that are slower and more bad-stepping, in a true reggae mode – but with songs and lyrics that are lifted right from bit hits by artists like Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and others! The mix of modes is wonderful – and maybe comes across even better than on some of the Afro disco records of the period – thanks to a great track selection, in the usual Soul Jazz standard. Titles include "I'm Every Woman" by Latisha, "In The Rain" by rRnest Ranglin, "Reggae Beat Goes On" by Family Choice, "Ring My Bell" by Blood Sisters, "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" by Derrick Laro & Trinity, "Do It Nice & Easy" by Chariot Riders, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Black Harmony, "Upside Down" by Carol Cool, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Sharon Forrester, "Rappers Delight" by Xanadu & Sweet Lady, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by Risco Connection, "Am I The Same Girl" by Charmaine Burnette, and "Be Thankful For What You Got" by One Blood. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! New expanded edition – with more material than the previous version!)

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✨✧ VariousInvasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds – Presented In 3D – Dancehall Digital Dub ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1990s/2000s. Used 2CDs ... $9.99
Soul Jazz brilliantly bridges pioneering Jamaican digital dancehall to contemporary and future funk practitioners schooled in the style – the epic Invasion Of The Killer Mysteron Sounds compiled by The Bug and Stuart Baker! Mysteron Killer Sounds comes a with loose, comic book theme – "Alien Sound Lord Abductors" come to capture souls while the "Digital Defenders" have arrived to protect them – and it's fitting! The material here cherishes the hertiage of Jamaican and other points tropical dance music with sweaty, feverish rhythms – be they first wave Jamaican dancehall revolutionaries or next phase innovators. Fantastic material on Soul Jazz – work that will stand the test of time! CD 1 is compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug) and includes "Streetsweeper" by Steely & Clevie, "Now Thing" by Lenky & Sly, "The Return" by Dave Kelly, "Suymmerbounce" by Annex Crew, "Yoga Riddim" by Team Shadatek, "Hummer Version" by Fira, "Diplo Rhythm" by Diplo, "Aktion Dub" by The Bug and more. CD 2 is compiled by Stuart Baker of Soul Jazz Records and includes "Clothes Pin Rhythm" by Fat Eyes, "Corners Boy" by Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch, "Steel Plate" by Fat Eyes, "No False Hair" by Firehouse Crew, "Great Stone Version" by Prince Jazzbo, "What You Gonna Do" by Kickin' Productions, "In My Heart Version" by Wiz Kidz Team, "Peenie Peenie" by Jammys "Jam 2" James and more. 19 tracks in all. CD
(Comes with the cool bonus comic book!)

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. CD

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 3 – None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty (with bonus download) ... LP
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 32.99
A fantastic collection of righteous work from the 70s years of Studio One – tracks from a time when the label was giving voice to some of the deeper cultural strands of Jamaican music, including a fair bit of Rastafarian-inspired material – presented here by both bigger names at the label, and some much more obscure artists who only recorded briefly at the time! The package may well be the deepest in this excellent series from Soul Jazz – and like the rest, it not only offers up some killer music, but does so in a way that really understands its subject – and presents the tunes with copious notes to bring greater meaning to the message. Titles include "Whey No Dead" by Glen Miller, "When The Time Comes" by Zoot Simms, "Wrong Doers" by Sugar Minott, "Jehovah" by The Nightingales, "It's No Secret" by Alphonso Stewart, "Conscious Dread Lock" by Horace Andy, "Dread Oppression" by The Mellodies, "Jah Jah Help Us" by Big Joe, "Can't Catch Me" by Wailing Souls, "Get Up & Try" by Lloyd Jones & The Super Natural Six, "Satisfaction" by Errol Dunkley, "Give Natty Dread Glory" by Mr Manchester, and "Selassie Bandman" by The Manchesters. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousStudio One DJ Party ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A really well-done collection of the many DJ talents who recorded for Studio One over the years – one that gets past the obvious hits to include a stunning array of really varied voices! As you might know, in Jamaican music, the term "DJ" refers not just to someone spinning records, but also to a vocalist rapping over a tune – a practice that began live, as DJs were talking along with their records on soundsystems – then moved into the studio, and onto records, thanks to the pioneering work of labels like Studio One! The label always had a great ear to the street, which keeps the quality level of these tracks really high, even as the 80s move in – and as always with Soul Jazz, the whole package is great – with very detailed notes that support the music even more strongly than the original records. Titles include "We A Don" by Screechie Dan, "Riddle I This" by Dennis Alcapone, "Universal Love" by Mad Roy, "Fountain On The Mountain" by Dillinger, "My Number" by Lone Ranger, "It A Fi Bun" by Kentrus, "DJ Special" by King Sporty, "Rhyming Time" by King Stitt, "Ragga Muffin" by Jim Brown, "Raindrops" by Prince Garthie, "Nanny Version Skank" by Big Joe, and "Automatic Clapping" by Jah Buzz. CD

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VariousStudio One DJs Vol 2 ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... $11.99
They chat, we rock! More sly, slick and wicked Studio One goodness, with a bad and bold crew of top notch Dee Jays coming correct over a choice batch of Coxsone Dodd's finest rhythms. Soul Jazz has hit just about every stop from here to Kingston in their fab reissue series, and the follow ups keep coming, with this second volume of toasting and boasting keeping up the pace in fine, fine style! You know the drill: super tight, richly annotated packaging wrapped around a fat set of rude and right numbers like Prince Jazzbo's "Pepper Rock" and Lone Ranger's "Keep On Coming A The Dance". 18 numbers in all, including "Ram Dance Master" by Brigadier Jerry, "Reggae Wiggle" by Bobby Jackie & Soul Defenders, "Fever Teaser" by Dennis Alcapone, "Gun Court" by Little Joe, "Rocking Machine" by Prince Francis, "No Man Version" by King Stitt, "Crab Walking (discomix)" by Prince Jazzbo and "West Gone Black" by Jah Jesco. CD

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VariousStudio One Lovers Rock ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A set that offers up a slightly different look at the Studio One label – and at the lovers rock style of reggae that broke big at the end of the 70s! Studio One is often known for its rough-edged early classics – but right from the start, the label had a great ear for soul – which proved a perfect fit for the sorts of mellow steppers that made lovers rock so great! And before you think that "lovers" means "soft" or "commercial" – think again, as these cuts are prime reggae at its best – and often represent a later current that kept the rocksteady vibe going strong, especially with the expressive strengths of the right sort of lead singers of groups serving up the tune. The work here is more down to earth than the headier themes of the roots reggae generation – often very personal in approach – on titles that include "Tumbling Tears (12" disco mix)" by Alton Ellis, "I'll Be Gone" by Horace Andy, "Oh Me Oh My" by Jerry Jones, "Yours Until Tomorrow" by Carlton & The Shoes, "I Hold The Handle" by The Heptones, "Wanna Be Free" by Horace Andy, "Rock All Night" by Billy Cole, "Ghetto Girl" by Sugar Minott, "Soulful Music" by The Invaders, "My Ting A Ling (12" disco mix)" by The Heptones, "I Was Born To Be Loved" by The Righteous Flames, "Truly" by Marcia Griffiths, and "I Don't Know" by Freddie McGregor. CD

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VariousStudio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes – but takes off in a very different way, especially in the rhythms – which follow on the earlier Jamaican modes in blue beat and ska, and created these gently grooving sounds which then allow for very different vocal styles too! Studio One really came into its own during these years – creating new soul stars in Jamaica through work like this – music that was a key precursor to the reggae explosion to come, but which is more than fantastic alone by itself. Titles include "Giddy Up" by The Actions, "Sitting In The Park" by Hortense Ellis, "Never Let Go" by Carlton & The Shoes, "Rub Up Push Up" by The Termites, "Give Me A Little Sign" by Owen Gray, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Alton & Hortense Ellis, "Strange Things" by John Holt, "Change Your Style" by The Paragons, "Trying Times" by Jerry Jones, "I Shall Be Released" by the Heptones, "Riding For A Fall" by Delroy Wilson, "Bad Treatment" by Cannon & The Soul Vendors, and "It Makes Me Feel" by Larry Marshall. CD
Also available Studio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... LP 29.99

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VariousStudio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 32.99
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes – but takes off in a very different way, especially in the rhythms – which follow on the earlier Jamaican modes in blue beat and ska, and created these gently grooving sounds which then allow for very different vocal styles too! Studio One really came into its own during these years – creating new soul stars in Jamaica through work like this – music that was a key precursor to the reggae explosion to come, but which is more than fantastic alone by itself. Titles include "Giddy Up" by The Actions, "Sitting In The Park" by Hortense Ellis, "Never Let Go" by Carlton & The Shoes, "Rub Up Push Up" by The Termites, "Give Me A Little Sign" by Owen Gray, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Alton & Hortense Ellis, "Strange Things" by John Holt, "Change Your Style" by The Paragons, "Trying Times" by Jerry Jones, "I Shall Be Released" by the Heptones, "Riding For A Fall" by Delroy Wilson, "Bad Treatment" by Cannon & The Soul Vendors, and "It Makes Me Feel" by Larry Marshall. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Studio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... CD 18.99

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VariousStudio One Supreme – Maximum 70s & 80s Early Dancehall Sounds (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99 36.99
An album that definitely earns its title – as it marks the renewed strength of the Studio One label in the late 70s – an era when much of the reggae mainstream had moved to the major labels, but the tiny Jamaican indie was well-poised to stand supreme in the new wave of dancehall sides at the time! This set captures the roots of dancehall perfectly – especially the way the style took older rhythms from early reggae and rocksteady, and revamped them with some slightly more contemporary production and digital elements – allowing for the soulful flow that was perfect for the new mix of toasted and sung vocals! The set's got some older Studio One artists really getting back their groove, joined by some newcomers who had an even stronger ear to the scene at the time – and as with previous Studio One sets on Soul Jazz, the overall production and presentation is stupendous. Titles include "Bushmaster" by Brentford Rockers, "A Fool" by Alton Ellis, "Chanting" by Jim Nastic, "Jah A Love You" by Sugar Minott, "Keep That Light" by Johnny Osbourne & The Prophets, "Natty Ten To One" by Dillinger, "Minstral" by Prince Jazzbo, "Still Dubbing" by Dub Specialist, "Rastaman Camp" by Freddie McGregor, "Easy" by Willie Williams, "In Cold Blood" by Jackie Mittoo & Brentford All Stars, "Wine Of Violence" by Freddie McGregor, "Show & Tell" by Horace Andy, "Happy Man" by The Gladiators & Brentford Disco Set, and "Quartet Pound Of Ishen" by Lone Ranger. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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