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Clarence Aird/Errol DunkleyRude Girl/Give Me Reggae Music ... 12-inch
Bomb, 1980. Very Good ... $11.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderStir It Up – The Music Of Bob Marley ... CD
Telarc, 1999. Used ... $6.99
With Glen Browne, Hassan J. J. Wiggins & Trevor McKenzie on bass, Rolando Wilson & Troy Davis on drums, Derek DiCenzo & Robert Angus on guitar, Dwight Dawes on keyboards, Desmond Jones on percussion & Steve Turre on trombone. (Jazz, Reggae) CD

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Jimmy CliffHouse Of Exile (aka Music Maker) ... LP
EMI (UK), 1974. Very Good- ... $9.99
After his huge success with The Harder They Come, Cliff made a number of LPs in the states, most self produced, some of which were more succesful than others, and many with a clear nod towards US Soul and R&B, like this one. Standout tracks include "Brother" and "No. 1 Rip Off Man", and of course Cliff's vocals still sound wonderful. Also includes "Long Time No See", "Look What You've Done To My Life, Devil Woman" and "Money Won't Save You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams, some wear and aging, and a name in pen on front.)

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Inner CircleNew Age Music ... LP
Top Ranking (Jamaica), 1980. Very Good+ ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US Mango pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Let's Go BowlingMusic To Bowl By ... CD
Moon Ska, 1991. Used ... $1.99
(Rock, Reggae) CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Brother Dan All StarsLet's Catch The Beat (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A classic album from the late 60s run of Trojan producer Dandy – working here under the guise of Brother Dan All-Stars – with a lineup that features some secret help from the rest of the Trojan scene! The groove is mostly rocksteady, with the strongly soulful current that Dandy brought to his own records too – and there's a few points in which the rhythms actually crackle with a slight current of funk – in a way that shows the Transatlantic appeal of the work that Dan was doing at the time! Titles include "The Bunk", "Freedom", "Dream", "Lee's Farewell", "One More Dance", "Mello Music", "Life Can Be Beautiful", "Everybody Feel Good", and "Since I Met You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)

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ChaliceBlasted ... LP
Pipe Music (Jamaica), 1981. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Like some of the other groups that were beginning to gain notice in the late 70s and early 80s, Chalice were not only self contained and self produced, but moved easily between a more accessible style of roots and soulful lovers rock, giving them wide appeal that oddly never really extended outside of Jamaica. 9 tracks of Sunsplash style jams, including "Good To Be There", "Night Fever", "Youthman (On The Corner)", "Loosen Up", "Are We Loving", "Marie", "A Song", "I Still Love You", and "Praise Him". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing. Cover has lgiht wear and a Beverleys sticker.)

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ChaliceStandard Procedure ... LP
Pipe Music (Jamaica), 1983. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a Beverleys sticker.)

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Mikey DreadAfrican Anthem – The Mikey Dread Show Dubwise (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Great lost dubs from Mikey Dread, whose radio show delivered the Jamaican roots message to both the initiated and those yet to be converted for years. Mighty dubs under Dread's direction, with an all star cast featuring Sly Dunbar, Horsemouth Wallace, Santa Davis, Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, Sticky, Skully, Chinna Smith, Bo Peep, Augustus Pablo, Ansel Collins, Bubblers Waul, Gladdy Anderson, Vin Gordon and Deadly Headly Bennet providing the foundation for King Tubby, Prince Jammy and Dread himself to go nuts on, and they do! 9 tracks in all,including "Saturday Night Style", "Industrial Spy", "Mikey Dread In Action", "Technical Selection", "Operations Choice", "Headline News", "Comic Strip" and "Pre-dawn Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on translucent blue vinyl!)

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Lee PerryCloak & Dagger (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Justice League/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
Sweet! One of the harder Scratch efforts to track down over the years, one we're always glad to come across! Recorded in the late 70s, when his wigged out follies at the Black Ark had reached their peak –though there's a bit of debate over whether these tracks were actually recorded at the Black Ark – this is one of the first albums issued after the studio burned to the ground. Whichever side of the argument you fall on, you can't argue with the tracks on this one: spare instrumental Perry-isms with jaunty guitar, loping syncopated drums and bouncing bass, plus Tommy McCook's horn. Titles include "Cloak & Dagger", "Hail Stone", "Musical Transplant", "Liquid Serenade", "Iron Claw", "Rude Walking", "Cave Man Skank", "Pe We Special" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)

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Lee Perry & The UpsettersReturn Of Django (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
An early moment of genius from the legendary Lee Perry – and a set that uses Django imagery from Italian westerns to serve up a "bad boy" version of Jamaican music for the late 60s! Even at this early point, the sounds are mindblowing – rocksteady brought through a really weird sort of filter – so that lots of familiar instruments are turned inside out, and used to create these incredibly far-out sounds – especially the keyboards, which get really weird tunings and timings – and the reed passages, which sometimes have surprisingly exotic touches. Production is a big part of this approach, yet is surprisingly understated too – especially in comparison to later Perry productions – and titles include "Cold Sweat", "Live Injection", "Ten To Twelve", "One Punch", "Touch Of Fire", "Night Doctor", and the classic "Man From MI5". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange vinyl pressing – limited to 1000 copies!)

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Lee Scratch Perry & The UpsettersBattle Of Armagideon (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
A really striking mid 80s effort from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – done at a time when his name and reputation had risen strongly on the global scene – which also seems to come through in the music as well! There's a wider range of styles going on here than before – and Scratch is more upfront, less hidden behind his own production – feeling that sense of mission as a messenger for madness that he seemed to take up at the time – a quality that comes through both in his lyrics and vocals, and in the nicely mish-mashed production as well! The set is credited to The Upsetters, but not the classic lineup – more a cast of characters behind much of the classic Black Ark material, though in good command of Scratch's brand of funky reggae. Titles include "Introducing Myself", "Time Marches On", "The Joker", "All Things Are Possible", "Grooving", "Drum Song", "I Am A Madman", "Show Me That River", and "Sexy Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Horace AndyGood Vibes ... CD
Blood & Fire (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $6.99
A classic compilation – and we can't get enough of Horace Andy's sweet falsetto keening over these chugging, fat rhythms! A tremendous set of sides Andy cut in the mid-70s, packaged together with a few of the cuts in dub versions – all from a period when Horace was really hitting new heights in his music. While Andy cut many seminal sides for Coxsonne Dodd's Studio One – this work, some of it in collaboration with the great Bunny Striker Lee, stands among his best – and also often features Horace with firm creative control. Here he reworks the Studio One classic "Skylarking" as a "Better Version" with Lee, and there's a number of pieces cut at Tubby's with the aid of Prince Jammy (who contributed a nice sound to the In the Light set, also issued by Blood & Fire), like the massive "Pure Ranking" in it's full 8+ minute 12" disco mix version. Also includes the "Dub Vibes" version of the title track, "Mr Bassie", and "Reggae Rhythm – It's Gone International". CD
(Out of print.)

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Errol BrownDubb Everlasting/Dub Expression ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A pair of dub classics from Errol Brown – back to back on a single CD! Dubb Everlasting is a record that might mis-spell the name of its genre, but it's also a set that strips things right down to the core, then adds a very unique touch! Errol Brown works here in the Treasure Isle studios with massive rhythms from The Revolutionaries – but in a session that also includes a mysterious harmonica player too – who uses the instrument to carve out unusual riffs that are sometimes jazz, sometimes bluesy – almost making it feel like War's Lee Oskar is sitting in for a session down in Kingston! The instrument is quite different here than when melodica is used in dub – and titles include "Eva A Dub", "Marigunna Affair", "Babylon Dubbing", "Escape Affair", "Biblical Dub", and "Easy Locks". On Dub Expression, the mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD

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✨✧ Junior BylesBeat Down Babylon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Tremendous work from Junior Byles – a singer with a sweet voice that would have been right at home in the rocksteady years, but which is maybe even more powerful here in a roots session produced by Lee Scratch Perry! That special Perry magic really helps balance things out with Junior's vocals – a raspy edge in the rhythms that reminds us of the deeper qualities of the lyrics – echoed by Byles as he uses his personal soul to enforce their ideas – following a shift in Jamaican music that's similar to the Marvin Gaye shift at the start of the 70s! Titles include "I've Got A Feeling", "Don't Know Why", "Coming Again", "Beat Down Babylon", "A Place Called Africa", and "Poor Chubby". 2CD set features an insane number of bonus tracks – 41 more numbers in all, pulled from singles and other recordings – with titles that include "Curley Locks", "Dreader Locks", "Militant Rock", "Fun & Games", "Motion Dub", "Ungrateful Skank", "Rasta No Pick Pocket", "Come Da Da", "Righteous Oily", "King Of Babylon", "Africa Stand", and "Rub Up Festival 71". CD

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Cornell CampbellI Man A The Stal-A-Watt (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Third World/17 North Parade, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
The title's a bit confusing, but Cornell Campbell's essentially saying that he's a stalwart – something we can completely agree with, given his strong legacy in Jamaican music – and the sublime sound of a 70s classic like this! Cornell's got a higher range than some of his contemporaries, but never in a way that makes his music sound too light or airy at all – because there's a sense of soul going on that maybe stands as a Jamaican counterpart to 70s Marvin Gaye, especially in the way that Campbell inflects his notes on the sweeter tunes on the set! Most of the production is handled by Bunny Lee or Joe Gibbs – and titles include "The Gorgon", "The Stal-A-Watt", "The Investigator", "Hypocrite", "Two Face Rasta", "Two Timer", "Boxing Around", and "Bandulu". 2CD set features 19 more bonus tracks – including "Conscious Rastaman", "The Gorgon Speaks", "Help Them O Lord", "Gun Court Law", "Dance In A Greenwich Farm", "Lion Of Judah", "Natty Dread In A Greenwich Farm", "I Shall Not Remove", and "Give Me Love". CD

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Laurel Aitken & OthersSkinhead Train – Complete Singles Collection 1969/1970 (5CD set) ... CD
Pressure Drop (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 5CD set ... $32.99
An insanely huge amount of work from British rocksteady legend Laurel Aitken – especially when you consider that this set of 138 tracks was issued in the short space of just two years! In truth, Laurel's not the lead artist on all the cuts, but he had something to do with all of them – either as a singer, songwriter, producer, or other creative force – all bringing to a variety of UK labels the experience he'd build up as a formative member on the growing scene in Kingston! The work throughout is marked with the wit that always made Aitken such a standout, and which also links his contributions to Jamaican music with larger Caribbean culture – but never in the watered-down style of his later revival work. The scope of music is amazing, and in addition to dozens of tracks recorded under his own name, the package features cuts by The Gruvy Beats, The Classics, Inner Mind, Winston Groovy, Sonny Binns & The Rudies, Tiger, King Horror, Pama Dice, The Cimarons, Trevor Lloyd, Dice & Cummie, Dice The Boss, and others. CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Cliff & OthersHarder They Come (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Island, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – maybe in part because it was a soundtrack, as was Superfly – but also because it has this global power that makes it a defining album of the genre! Jimmy Cliff is obviously the mainman here, but there's help from other key players in the growing reggae scene – and titles include Jimmy's classic "You Can Get It If You Really Want", in two versions – plus two takes on "The Harder They Come", "Many Rivers To Cross", and "Sitting In Limbo" – plus "Sweet & Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" by The Maytals, "007" by Desmond Dekker, "Johnny Too Bad" by The Slicers, "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty, and "Rivers Of Babylon" by The Melodians. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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