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XClassic sounds from Kingston and beyond -- roots, rocksteady, dub, dancehall, ska, and more!



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✨✧ VariousRude Boy Scorchers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great set of classic rude boy numbers from the early years of the ska and rocksteady scene! "Rude Boy" is a term that's been really watered down over the years – especially through its overuse in American ska, and all the posers that adopted it – but back at the roots, the term had great currency for its ability to hone in on a rougher edged side of the scene – a fanbase that was partly driven to the edges of society through dire economic need. The rude boy name is a double-edged sword – sometimes stated with pride, sometimes with pity – as you'll hear in this well-chosen selection of cuts that goes past some of the better-known titles of the genre. Tracks include "Soul Voyae" by Lester Sterling, "Rainbow In The Rio Mino" by Rico Rodriguez, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Delroy Wilson, "Love Is All I Have" by Phyllis Dillon, "Wine & Grine" by Lloydie & The Lovebites, "Reggae Hit The Town" by The Ethiopians, "Rub Up Push Up" by Justin Hinds, and "Gunmen Coming To Town" by The Heptones. CD features four bonus tracks too! CD

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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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Jimmy CliffUnlimited ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
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 part of a big push on Jimmy's work when the film The Harder They Come was released. Titles include "Black Queen", "Be True", "Oh Jamaica", "Commercialization", "The Price Of Peace", "Poor Slave", and "Rip Off". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear, with a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Count OssieTales Of Mozambique (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
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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Joe Gibbs & OthersJoe Gibbs Productions – Roots, Culture, DJs & Dub – Classic Joe Gibbs Productions 1975-1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
At last! After featuring a number of burning Joe Gibbs productions on their Dynamite! series of reggae compilations, Soul Jazz gets down to business with this excellent set dedicated to some of his finest output. All flavors get represented here: Dee Jay numbers, mellow harmony cuts, earth shaking dub versions, and all with the classic Mighty Two production touch courtesy Gibbs and Errol Thompson, with many instantly recognizable rhythms! 19 tracks in all including Trinity "Kingston Two Rock" and "Starsky & Hutch", Junior Murvin "Cool Out Son", Joe Gibbs & The Professionals "Chapter 3" and "Massive Fire", Joe Tex & U Black "Standardization" and "Rub-A-Dub Evening", Althea "Down Town Thing", Culture "Two Sevens Clash", the Mighty Two "Hully Gully Rock", Shorty The President "No Peace" and Snuffy & Wally "Dreader Mafia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny ClarkeDreader Dread 1976 to 1978 ... CD
Blood & Fire (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $22.99
Johnny Clarke has always been one of our favorite Jamaican vocalists, king of the dancehall in his day as he was – though this set brings together his more conscious roots numbers. Like many other releases on the Blood & Fire label, the work here focuses on Bunny Striker Lee's productions, and with good reason – clearly always on the cutting edge, and coaxing many truly great performances from his singers & players. When you see Striker Lee's name on the label, you know it's heavy! "In the Roots of the Ghetto", "Every Knee Shall Bow" and "Roots Natty" are unstoppable, included here with 10 more cuts, a number of them in extended versions! CD
(Out of print.)

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Coco TeaCome Again ... LP
Jammy's (Jamaica), 1987. Near Mint- ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with "Come Again Melo" etch. Cover has a small Dynamic Sounds sticker on back.)

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Clancy Eccles & FriendsFatty Fatty 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Trojan, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $22.99
A nice collection of rocksteady and early reggae sides produced by Clancy Eccles and licensed to the Trojan label. While the Studio One cuts have been getting an awful lot of attention in the reissue scene, these numbers are equally deserving, with a great soulful approach that at times reminds us of some of the sounds coming out of Memphis around the same period. While a number of the tracks feature Clancy on the mic, there's a fine representation of the numerous other artists he produced, including Larry Marshall, the Dynamites, Busty Brown, Barrington Sadler, the Silvertones and Theo Beckford. 26 tracks in all, including "Fatty Fatty", "Phantom", "Foolish Fool", "Simple Simon", "Old Man Say", "Easy Snappin", "Soul Power", "Bag A Boo" and "Here Comes The Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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Derrick Harriott & OthersDerrick Harriott Rock Steady 1966 to 1969 ... LP
Crystal/Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99 32.98
A double-length set that really digs deep into the rich array of sounds that Derrick Harriott brought to Jamaican music in the late 60s – not just cuts he recorded under his own name, but work by some of his contemporaries that were done with Derrick's help – served up here as one of the sharpest documents of the rocksteady years at their best! The tunes are all plenty soulful, and recorded with a tight, core sound – that initial wave of Jamaican production that was feeling its own energy, but never needed to trip out that much – especially since there were so many great guitarists, saxophone players, and rhythm combos to keep things cool. Harriott adds in his wonderfully soulful vocals on key cuts, sharing space with other singers too – and a few of the tracks are hip instrumentals with a great 60s vibe. Titles include "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Do I Worry", "It's All Right", and "The Loser" by Harriott – plus "Step Softly" by Bobby Ellis & The Desmond Miles Seven, "Stop That Train" by Keith & Tex, "Magic Touch" and "Glendevon Special" by Junior Soul, "Heartbreak Girl" by Noel Brown, and "Illya Kuryankin" by Ike Bennett & The Crystalites. LP, Vinyl record album

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John HoltDon't Get Mad With Me/Lovely Woman ... 12-inch
Weed Beat (Jamaica), 1979. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Dynamic Sounds sleeve with Beverleys sticker. Has a slight warp which does not affect play.)

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Byron Lee & The DragonairesSoca Greatest Hits ... CD
Dynamic Sounds (Jamaica), 1991. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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