Not an expanded version of the album of the same name, but rather a career spanning retrospective of the smooth, but lonely lover ruling coolly! Perhaps the greatest of the purveyors of lover's rock, who cut a number of wonderful roots and sufferer's numbers too, Isaacs also delivered the goods ... read moreCD
Extra classic is right, with this burning batch of roots and lover's numbers backed up by the Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Revolutionaries and the Upsetters, 12 tracks in all: "Mr Cop", "Rasta Business", "Black Against Black", "Extra Classic", "My ... read moreCD
(White label pressing with orange print and MM/ER etch. Label has a Record Rama stamp.)
Gregory Isaacs —
Mr Isaacs ... LP Earthquake/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic early material from Gregory Isaacs – captured here early in his career, and working in a deep roots reggae mode – recording at Channel One with great direction from Ossie Hibbert! The set's laidback and righteous, in ways that let all the soulful qualities of Isaac's vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gregory Isaacs & Dennis Brown —
Judge Not ... LP Musicworks (Jamaica), 1984. Very Good ...
Three nice lengthy tracks each from these two reggae greats, produced by Gussie Clarke. Dennis turns in "Crazy List", "Judge Not" and "Deceiving Girl", Gregory performs "Live & Love", "Street Walker" and "Inner City Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
Superb harmony numbers from the tail end of the roots era. Sylvan Morris, Gladstone Anderson, Bingy Bunny, Bo Peep, Flabba Holt, RobbieShakespeare, Style Scott, Sly Dunbar, Bongo Herman, SkyJuice, Scully, Tommy McCook, Deadly Headly Bennet, and Bobby Ellis all lend a helping hand. 10 numbers in ... read moreCD
Bass Culture, but way more than that too – as the album is a classic kernel of wisdom from the great Linton Kwesi Johnson – done up in the mix of spoken and sung passages that always made his records so unique! Dennis Bovell handles the backing and mixing – with lots of nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s dub masterpiece – and one of the records that really set the standard for the genre! Producer Winston Riley first rose to reggae fame in the Techniques, but here he's a master of the instrumental mode – working with a group of all-star musicians at Harry J's and King Tubby's ... read moreCD
More jumping Bunny Lee rhythms blessed by Tubby's echoplex! Taking what they first documented on the Dub Gone Crazy compilation to the next level, this set highlights a number of rhythms that had been voiced by Johnny Clarke and taken even farther out than the previous set, with thunderous reverb ... read moreCD
Lancelot Layne —
Blow Way ... CD Cree (Germany), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ...
The first-ever collection we've seen to focus on the mighty talents of Lancelot Layne – an important talent on the Trinidad scene of the 70s – and an artist who really helped forge a unique hybrid of soul at the time! The music here isn't the usual Caribbean club groove – ... (Global Grooves, Reggae)read moreCD
A wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production ... read moreCD
A fantastic tribute to the studio genius of Bunny Lee – and a set that's filled with the kind of tracks that may well knock Lee Scratch Perry right out of the spotlight! Bunny already had a long and varied career in Jamaican music by the time of these tracks – hustling things up right ... read moreCD
Don't think "disco" as in the New York scene at Studio 54 – as these cuts are much deeper and dubbier – served up under the supervision of Bunny Lee by studio maestros Barnabas and Pat Kelly! Instrumentation is by the Aggrovators, but the magic comes equally from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fine early 80s moment from the rich voiced ruler of the dancehall. 13 tracks in all, 5 of them nicely dubbed up versions, including "Little Children Cry", "No Good Girl", "Oh Jah Can't You See?", "Hypocrites", "Loving You", "Super Star ... read moreCD
A nice box of classic and rare reggae from Fred Locks – his mid 70s masterpiece Black Star Liner, plus Black Star Liner In Dub, Love And Only Love with The Creation Steppers and The Missing Link – in a 4CD set! Black Star Liner is an underappreciated classic from '76 and it's a must ... read moreCD
The drum talks on the record, but so do the basslines – which get lots of work to set the scene for the wonderful percussion work of Leroy Mabrak Mattis! The record's one of the most unusual to come out of the Kingston scene in the 70s – a bit in the rootsy territory of work by the ... 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
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 classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... read moreCD
Early, early Coxsone Dodd produced sides of groovy rocksteady, voiced by a young Bob Marley with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. While we don't find this material nearly as compelling as his later work produced by Lee Perry and then his huge international hits, it's great Studio One rocksteady and an ... read moreCD
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
(Cover has a small peeled spot on back.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Kaya ... LP Island, 1977. Very Good ...
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
(Later purple label Island pressing.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Soul Rebels ... CD Trojan/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1970. New Copy ...
A record that's got maybe the cheesiest cover of any album by Bob Marley – and a set that's a bit notorious, too – as producer Lee Perry never shared money with the Wailers for the first few years of release! Still, the package is a key part of the Bob Marley story – especially ... read moreCD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Soul Rebels ... LP Trojan/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
A key part of the Bob Marley story – especially in the years before greater fame on the Island label – as the early Trojan Records release brought together a host of key sides recorded by the group that included Bob and Peter Tosh – all produced by a young Lee Perry with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Uprising ... LP Island, 1980. Very Good+ ...
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
Second LP from this British reggae band, one of the first of their kind. Matumbi paved the way for groups like Steel Pulse & Aswad, before there really was a native British reggae scene. Although the group included the great Dennis Bovell –who was the man behind most of the important ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great meeting of classic and contemporary – as Zara McFarlane is joined here by Dennis Bovell – in a dubby groove that recalls some of Bovell's best work from years past! The tune's maybe the best song ever written by Augustus Pablo, and it's given a very loving rework here – ... (Neo Soul, Reggae)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Mighty Sparrow —
Slave ... CD National/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy ...
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 ... (Global Grooves, Reggae)read moreCD
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 ... (Global Grooves, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
Pablo Moses' excellent Revolutionary Dream set, reissued here as part of the Anthology Of Reggae Collectors. While he never achieved the notoriety he deserved, or really matched the quality of this set, Moses was one of the best of the latter day Rasta singers and songwriters. The style here has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The all time classic from Junior Murvin – as essential as any late 70s reggae! Production-wise, Police And Thieves is among Scratch's finest moments, from the most monumental period in Perry's career, during the height of the Black Ark. The title track needs no introduction from us, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare moment from the hazy final days of the Black Ark – deeply dark grooves from Native, and a set that's got a surprisingly strong story too – as told in the detailed liner notes! Lee Scratch Perry works his mystical magic on the then largely unknown Wayne Jobson's Native – ... read moreCD
A spiritual classic from Augustus Pablo – and a set that some consider his masterpiece! The album has Pablo completely in charge – producing, arranging, and really getting a chance to make the kind of music that showcases his righteous vision – instrumentals that have his own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue with slightly diffrent cover design.)
Essential dub material from the legendary King Tubby – a set that's one of the best of the genre during the classic years – and which stands as a true testament to how great the format can be when handled right! The watchword here is simplicity – as the key elements are almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heartbeat reissue of early Pablo instrumental sides, tracked between the groundbreaking Java and East Of The River Nile LPs. Like those, this album features Pablo's melodica prominently, over some nice roots rhythms laid down by an all star cast, including Carlton Barrett, Santa Davis, Familyman, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stellar early 70s collection of Pablo instrumental sides, tracked between the groundbreaking Java, Java, Java and East Of The River Nile records – Landmark material from a master! Like the above mentioned classics, this one features Pablo's melodica prominently, over some nice roots rhythms ... read moreCD
Lloyd Parks & We The People —
Meet The People ... LP Parks/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
An incredibly righteous set from Lloyd Parks and his We The People band – a record that may well even top some of the most soulful sets of the roots reggae years! Parks is both bassist and singer on the set – and his strong tones on the bottom really define the slow-stepping rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic mid 80s dancehall from singer Frankie Paul and producer George Phang – with a vive that's rooted in soul, thanks in no small part to Frankie's sweetly emotional vocal approach – but it's done with lean, modern sound that's held up well over the years! The songs cut deep and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost nuggets from the legendary Blak Ark studio of Lee Scratch Perry – material recorded in the final years before the destruction of the studio – augmented here by Scratch, with help from Dennis Bovell on bass, Hughie Izachaar on guitar, Sylford Walker and Congo Ashanti Roy on vocals, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice batch of early 70s cuts by Lee Perry, replete with his unique approach and the roots of the out there production and songwriting skills that Lee would use to transform Jamaican music for decades to come! Taken from the LPs Scratch The Upsetter Again and Eastwood Rides Again, filled with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Perry & The Upsetters —
Super Ape ... CD Mango (UK), 1976. New Copy ...
The King Kong of dub albums, and we're not just saying that because of the freaky deaky cover image of a super ape with a belly full of roast fish, cornbread and makka stepping on a croaking lizard with a tree in one hand and a "tree" in the other! Classic Lee Perry and an essential dub ... read moreCD
One of the ultimate moments from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – the set of recordings that shut down the Black Ark studios – and which helped build a bridge to the European scene that would help keep Perry's music alive for the next few decades! The sound of the album is even more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two early classics from Lee Perry & The Upsetters – back to back in a single set, with an insane number of bonus tracks too! Clint Eastwood is a record that furthers the idea of the outlaw in reggae – as Lee Perry takes the Upsetters past the safer territory of ska and rocksteady, ... read moreCD
Lee Perry at his best – really finding the best mix of Jamaican rhythms and wilder production that made him a legend! "Jungle Lion" has echoes of Al Green's "Love & Happiness" throughout – blended with lots of echo, weird effects, and a trippy rhythm that's ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Pivotal Black Ark material from Lee Perry – with brilliantly tripped out echoey dub production – and scorching instrumentation laid down by the mighty Upsetters! Split roughly in half between Perry's nicely gritty instrumental moodcraft and hazy vocals, this collection features some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing on marbled vinyl. Cover has light wear.)
A pair of classic Lee Scratch Perry albums – back to back on a single CD! First up is the legendary Upsetter record – revolutionary at the time, still great today – and done with a spare sound that displays the roots of his unique approach! These early tracks don't have the ... read moreCD
Pusher Man ... LP Pioneer International (Canada), 1978. Very Good ...
A girls fiesta that's swimming in dub – presented here by the legendary Ranking Dread – easily one of he most badass performers in reggae at the time! The record features some amazing production from Linval Thompson, who's really at the top of his game here – providing Dread with ... read moreCD
We prefer Ras Michael's recordings with the Sons Of Negus, but this later effort still draws froma slightly different tradition relying heavily on vamps, Nyabhingi and extended rhythm patterns than more song oriented reggae artists. With "Jah Giveth Life", "Marriage In Canaan", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album