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Monty AlexanderStir It Up – The Music Of Bob Marley (SACD) ... CD
Telarc, 1999. Used ... $14.99
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
(Out of print hybird SACD pressing – works on regular players too.)
 
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✨✧ AswadNew Chapter Of Dub (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mango/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A new chapter in dub from Aswad – a set that points the way towards so many shifts that would take place in the music over the next few years – including the use of digital elements, and the rise of On-U Sound as well – all coming from crucial sounds created here on an Island Records classic! The set was mixed at Fallout Shelter, and has this really heady brew of deep dubby currents with occasional roots-inspired vocals – although those often get pretty abstracted into the mix. Instrumentation includes work from Vin Gordon on trombone, Brinsley Dan on guitar, Tony Gad on bass, and Drummie Zeb on drums – which often get this great splashy sound in the production. Titles include "Dub Fire", "Flikaflame", "Truth", "Bammie Blow", "Tuffist", "Shining Dub", "Zion I", "Natural Aggression", and "Ghetto In The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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ChaliceStandard Procedure ... LP
Pipe Music (Jamaica), 1983. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a Beverleys sticker.)

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Dave & Ansell CollinsDouble Barrel (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.98
Fantastic work from the team of Dave Baker and Ansel Collins – one a soulful singer from the Jamaican rocksteady scene, the other a hip keyboardist whose organ lines really make the album shimmer! The pair scored a huge international hit with this album – and the whole thing was a key crossover record in the years before Island Records and some of the bigger reggae artists to come! There's a raw, earthy vibe to the whole thing – and a heck of a groove too – and titles include "Double Barrel", "Wild Bunch", "Monkey Spanner Version", "Secret Weapon", "Impossible Mission", and "Ten To One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)

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John HoltLike A Bolt (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.98
One of the tightest, deepest albums ever from Jamaican singer John Holt – even if it has a slightly strange history, due to repackagings and retitling over the years! Holt had been making music for over a decade by the time of this set – and while he still works with some of the bad-stepping rhythms of the rocksteady era, there's also a more righteous quality to the record overall – a balance between the personal presentation and a larger humanist agenda – with a sense of maturity that matches the sophistication of the growing wave of American male soul talents of the time. Titles include "I'm The One To Be Blamed", "I'll Be Lonely", "I Want You Closer", "Let's Build Our Dream", "Have You Ever Been To Heaven", and "Ali Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on orange heavyweight vinyl!)

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Jimmy RileyRydim Driven (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Taxi/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 28.98
Jimmy Riley's definitely rhythm-driven here – given that the set was issued on the Sly & Robbie label Taxi, and also produced by the heavy rhythm duo themselves! Yet Jimmy's also the main star too – singing here with righteous, uplifting vocals that are very much in the best Island Records mode from a few years before – which, combined with the strong backings on the set, should have made this album as much of a runaway classic as work by Peter Tosh or Jimmy Cliff! Titles include a lot of great remakes of American soul cuts – like "I Wish It Would Rain", "My Woman's Love", "You'll Lose A Precious Love", "The Choking Kind", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" – plus original tunes "Give Me Your Love", "I Try", and "Delicious". LP, Vinyl record album
(40th Anniversary pressing – on 180 gram vinyl!)

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Toots & The MaytalsJust Like That (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mango/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
It's the early 80s, but Toots Hibbert still has lots of older rocksteady modes in his music – maybe warmed up a bit by some of the wider reach that was allowed by the Island Records placement of albums like this! Yet despite any temptation to make things sound a bit more crossover, the approach is still nice and lean – a really laidback studio jam at Dynamic Studios, with Toots providing soulful vocals over mellow rhythms from a group that includes Winston Wright on organ and Mikey Chung on guitar. Titles include "Let's Get It Together", 'Chatty Chatty", "Just Like That", "Dilly Dally", "Israel Children" and "Journeyman". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter ToshBush Doctor (180 gram red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Parlophone/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 30.98
A big crossover moment for Peter Tosh – a set that was issued on the Rolling Stones own label, with a bit of help from Keith and Mick themselves! But if that makes you worry about some clunky effort that tries to blend rock and reggae, you can put all your fears aside – as the set's got all the soulful charm that made Tosh one of the true giants of the 70s – potentially as influential as Bob Marley, especially at the time – and working with rock-solid help from Sly and Robbie on rhythms, and Mao Chung on lead guitar, Fender Rhodes, and even a bit of moog! Tracks include "You Gotta Walk Don't Look Back", "Pick Myself Up", "Soon Come", "Moses The Prophet", "Stand Firm", "Dem Ha Fe Get A Beatin", and "Creation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing – on heavyweight red vinyl!)

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Peter ToshMama Africa (180 gram green vinyl pressing) ... LP
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 32.99
One of the most righteous albums ever recorded by Peter Tosh – as you might guess from the title and cover! Tosh could be great on other themes – but this set has him picking up even more politics than usual – maybe a bit late in the roots game, but able to find a way to bring the message to a much larger audience – almost as if he's taking the helm from the recently late Bob Marley, his former partner in The Wailers! Sly and Robbie are on board for rhythms, and production is in the best mainstream reggae mode of the time – on titles that include "Mama Africa", "Glasshouse", "Maga Dog", "Where You Gonna Run", "Peace Treaty", and a surprisingly strong version of "Johnny B Goode". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1500 – on heavyweight translucent green vinyl!)

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VariousRight On Time – Trojan Rock Steady (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... About July 5, 2021
A really excellent collection of rocksteady work on Trojan Records – material that's much more expansive than some of the more hit-based sets of this type on the market – in a way that really draws a firm line between the roots of ska and the early days of reggae! There's a lot of tracks here that aren't easy to find otherwise, mixed with others from some of the key Jamaican singers of the moment – served up in two dozen tracks that include "Revival" by Leslie Butler & The Originals Orchestra, "Right On Time" by The Sensations, "She Said She Loves Me" by The Sealmates, "Can't See You" by Ken Boothe, "Reborn" by The Maytals, "Over Again" by Stranger & Gladdy, "Be Mine" by The Rulers, "One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer" by Alfred Brown, "Miss Anti Social" by Austin Fairchild & The Hippies, "Give Me That Love" by Nehmiah Reid, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, "You've Got Something" by Ewan & Jerry, and "So Nice Like Rice" by Charley Kelly. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTougher Than Tough – Trojan Rude Boy Sounds (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... About July 5, 2021
A great collection of work from the late 60s years of Trojan Records – cuts that are a lot deeper and more interesting than you might guess from the rude boy in the title! These aren't watered down ska cuts for the later tourists, but ruff and ready gems that rose up from the Kingston scene, bridged the Atlantic, and set the tone for a whole new generation overseas – served up here in a well-chosen batch of tracks that mixes classics with lesser-known gems – and really shows the political power of the rude boy in song – very much a precursor to righteous themes of the roots reggae years. 24 cuts in all – and titles include "Rude Boy Confession" by Romeo & The Emotions, "Young Generation" by Desmond Dekker & The Aces, "Rudies Are The Greatest" by The Pioneers, "Stop The Violence" by The Valentines, "Hot Iron" by The Originators, "Dreader Than Dread" by Honeyboy Martin & The Voices, "Set Them Free" by Lee Perry & The Sensations, "Gunmen Coming To Town" by The Heptones, "Don't Trouble People" by Alton Ellis, and "No More Trouble" by Lloyd & Glen. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ChaliceBlasted ... LP
Pipe Music (Jamaica), 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 light wear and a Beverleys sticker.)

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✨✧ Chosen FewEverybody Plays The Fool (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff – and a record that's as much an early 70s reggae set as it is a strong bit of east coast soul – Kingston rhythms mixed with fantastic harmonies that maybe echo more of the East Coast group soul modes than some of the earlier Jamaican groups of the 60s! The choice of material also echoes that quality too – as The Chosen Few take on older soul classics, remade for a reggae market – mixed with a few original tracks of their own. Titles include "My Thing", "Reggae Stuff", "I Second That Emotion", "Make Way For The Young Folks", "La La At The End", and "Tears Of A Clown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
 
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ArchivesCarry Me Home – A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Monsterrat House, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A record that comes as a real surprise – a concept that might not work if you were to just read the title – but one that opens up beautifully on the album! Part of the record's success might be the fact that The Archives are a group from the same Washington DC scene that once was home to Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – and they work in a 70s roots-styled approach that has more than enough righteous currents to fit the political messages that were so important in the music of Gil Scott-Heron! The approach is never forced, and we're amazed at how well things slide into the gently-stepping groove without having to sacrifice the lyrical impact at all. The set features versions of "Winter In America", "Rivers Of My Fathers", "Cane", "Revolution Disguised As Change", "Song Of The Wind", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul", "It's Your World", "Peace To With You Brother", and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". CD

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African Head ChargeDrastic Season ... CD
On-U Sound (UK), 1998. Used ... $9.99
A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and styles that really mark their role in the UK post-punk scene of the time. There's loads of odd noise, weird effects, and plenty more going on here – interacting with rootsy percussion, keyboards, and plenty of heavy basslines – on titles that include "Timbuktu Express", "I Want Water", "Bazaar", "African Hedge Hog", "Depth Charge", "Fruit Market", "Snake In The Hole", and "Many Generations". CD
(Out of print.)

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African Head ChargeEnvironmental Studies ... CD
On-U Sound (UK), 1997. Used ... $9.99
Brilliant sounds from the On-U side of the universe – one of those key records that forever helped establish the production talents of Adrian Sherwood – and the unique blend of music he had to offer! The group here are a key part of the music – their blend of exotic percussion, melodica, guitar, and other sonic elements – but the record also features interesting contributions from post-punk/avant figures Steve Beresford and Nick Plytas, who come together in Sherwood's sonic blend with a beautiful mix of dark sounds, global elements, and lots of dubby echo! Titles include "Beriberi", "Snakeskin Tracksuit", "High Protein Snack", and "Breeding Space". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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