Maybe the only record we've ever seen from African Star, but an excellent batch of roots material that has all sorts of sweet instrumental touches snaking through the mix! Sylvan Morris arranged and produced the set, and the backing group has guitar from Winston Bowen, organ from Bubbler Waul, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laurel Aitken —
Moria Sofia ... LP Count Shelly/Soulgramma (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A pastoral cover hides the greatness within – a set that's maybe one of the most soulful ever recorded by the great Laurel Aitken – who also produced and penned all the tunes too! There's a warm soul vibe to the record that's almost more Sam Cooke than some of the earlier material that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite early 70s Harry Mudie sides, filled with moody instrumental soul reggae numbers from pianist Gladstone Anderson! The sound is great – done with a wonderful rolling soulful vibe that wouldn't be out of place on Brunswick or Cadet soul single from Chicago – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican orange M label pressing on Moodisc. Cover has split top & bottom seams with tape repair, name in pen, light surface wear & aging.)
An incredible duo, and one who look more like an American soul team on the front cover – and manage to deliver a similar vibe in the grooves! The style is definitely reggae, but as you'd guess from the Nina Simone cover in the title track, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths are also reaching out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double dose of Horace Andy – a set that first features some of his great vocal recordings with King Tubby – the follows up with a second disc that offers up all sorts of dub versions by Tubby himself! Andy's vocals are wonderful – soulfully crafted in the early years of reggae, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Andy is one of the all-time greats in Jamaican music – a singer with a style that can be light yet deeply soulful at the same time – a great mixture of sweet and dark that's captured perfectly on this late 70s set! Brad Osborne cut the set with King Tubby – and the latter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Released by Birchall himself – and limited to 200 copies!)
Black Uhuru —
Showcase ... LP Joe Gibbs/Taxi (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
A great early moment from Black Uhuru – a set recorded before their famous albums for Island Records, and in this nice lean style that draws plenty from the production team of Sly & Robbie – who also add plenty to the rhythms too! The Revolutionaries give Black Uhuru a perfect vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blacka T —
Good Musicians ... LP Rockers International/Onlyroots (France), 1988. New Copy ...
A digital set from the second half of the 80s, but one that keeps a very righteous, rootsy vibe at times – thanks to production from Augustus Pablo, and plenty of spiritual guidance from co-producer Haile Selassie! Pablo adds in plenty of melodica and keyboard lines next to the tightly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool set from the 70s – one that's part reggae, part sweet soul, and part funky jam – all served up with a nicely mixed up vibe that really makes the whole thing shine! The group hail from Barbados, and there's some great Caribbean funk on the record at times – especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning soul from Ken Boothe – one of the singers who really helped bring a sense of soul to Jamaican music with classic material like this! Ken's got a unique voice that's not the usual style of reggae vocalists – a really distinct sense of phrasing that's both easygoing and deep at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive tribute to the long career of Dennis Bovell – the British artist who first rose up in the late 70s group Matumbi, then went on to share his production talents with a host of other artists in the decades that followed! This double-length set brings together a career-spanning set of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-issued work from Jamaican singer Al Brown – tapes that were thought to be lost for years, then were recently rediscovered and brought back to life by the talents of Paolo "Dub Files" Baldini! The work has a righteous quality at the core – very soulful vocals from Al, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Barry Brown —
Praises ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ...
An incredible set, and one that will definitely have you heaping praises on Barry Brown – as the singer was one of the most inventive of the late roots reggae years in Jamaica – and maybe gets his best presentation ever on the tracks on the set! There's a splashy brilliance to the way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stellar collection of singles by one of the great voices of Jamaican music – Dennis Brown, The Crown Prince Of Reggae – singles from the early 70s to mid 80s! The vinyl version features 12 standout tracks – with backing by The Taxi Gang, The Professionals, Derrick Harriott & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful work from the young Dennis Brown – on cuts that include "Something Bugging Me", "No Man Is An Island", "I Have Got To Go", "Created By The Father", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "I Need Someone", and "God Bless The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with red banner labels. Vinyl plays with some faint crackle, with a slight warp that does not affect play. Cover has ring and edge wear, splitting in the spine, and some light stains, mostly in back.)
Dennis Brown & John Holt —
Wild Fire ... LP Tad's (UK), Mid 80s. Very Good+ ...
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(Small Tad logo label pressing. Bottom half of the cover has some waviness, due to moisture.)
Glen Brown's often the producer here – helming the decks on a host of classic cuts from the early 70s – but he also emerges as the main character too, at times when he steps to the mic and adds in a bit of encouragement to the proceedings! Brown's not really working in deejay mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest dub albums of the 70s – a record that was originally done for the Impact label, but pressed up in a tiny amount of copies – even smaller than some of the better-known rare dub albums of the early years! Clive Chin is a righteous maestro throughout – superbly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition purple vinyl pressing – includes download!)
A batch of instrumental dubs of songs from Culture – who were then riding high after their Two Sevens Clash album – taken here by Erroll Brown into very moody, very abstract territory – a stretched-out, spacey sound that has all sorts of cool guitar and keyboard elements bubbling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
A killer double-length set of work from Desmond Dekker – one that's put together by Trojan Records to feature all the lesser-known and unreleased tracks that Desmond recorded during the years of his initial hits! As such, the album's a treasure trove of work that goes way past the oft-issued ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from Desmond Dekker – one of the first Jamaican artists to break bigger on the global scene at the end of the 60s – thanks to soulful sets like this! The music is still very much in a rocksteady mode, but has some currents of ska that's kept it on turntables for years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary debut LP from Desmond Dekker & The Aces – trailblazing recordings that are masterfully laid the groundwork for the international ska scene, popularizing the rude boy style and paving the way for coming reggae phenomenon that was still years down the road! Desmond Dekker's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight magenta vinyl!)
Stunning early work from one of the hippest instrumentalists on the Jamaican scene in the late 60s – the great trombonist Don Drummond, whose horn was a signature sound on some of the best ska and rocksteady singles at the time! The set features Don working with other great – including ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later Jamaican pressing, with "greatest trombone player" in runoff groove. A nice copy!)
From the gray period between Sly's career as the most sought after session drummer in Jamaica and his as one of the most sought after producers. 8 tasty rhythms, all instrumental, with a dense approach to production, and re-rubs of a number of familiar themes. Includes the very fat "Oriental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Virgin/Frontline. Cover has light wear, mild corner bend.)
Earth & Stone —
Kool Roots ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
Great duo vocals from the team of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell – recording here with some excellent rhythms from Sly & Robbie and the rest of the Channel One crew! The music is mostly mellow, with a stepping groove that works great for the harmonies of the pair – and there's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clint Eastwood & General Saint —
Stop That Train ... LP Greensleeves (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
There's no stopping the double-dee jay power of Clint Eastwood and General Saint – as they pair together here on a classic album that's every bit as great as their Two Bad DJ set! The mix of voices trading back and forth is wonderful, especially over the laidback rhythms of the set – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work from this soulful reggae legend – produced by Bunny Striker Lee, who also arranged the set – and mixed by King Jammy! Titles include "Unchanged Melody", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "She Wears My Ring", "The Vow", "Walk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of early work from The Ethiopians, and a strong testament to the production efforts of Karl JJ Johnson – maybe not the biggest name in Jamaican studio talent, but a producer with a great ear for the most soulful sounds bubbling up at the time! Johnson was known as Sir JJ – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
Fab 5 —
Mini ... LP Stage (Jamaica), 1989. Very Good+ ...
Some of the deepest work we've ever heard from Jamaican funk giant Boris Gardiner – and a set that might have been called "Ultra Rare Dub" instead – given the obscurity of the recordings! The core material here is from 45s that Boris issues in the early 70s – the kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from Marcia Griffiths – the Jamaican singer who first rose to fame in the duo of Bob & Marcia – but who already sounds very much her own woman on this classic set from the 70s! The groove is as much funky soul as it is reggae – in fact maybe more the former ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from The Heptones – and a record that really helped the older trio style of Jamaican music find a new home in the 70s roots reggae years! The vocals here are every bit as much in harmony heaven as reggae trios from a few years before – but there's also a tighter, more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US black label Island pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Wonderful work from the great John Holt – a Jamaican singer who managed to find a real way to weave connections between reggae and the sweeter side of soul music in the 70s – often at a level that had John taking on songs from the American scene and making them sound even better with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the crowning achievements of the legendary Keith Hudson – a record that was originally issued on his own tiny label, with very little circulation at the time – but a set that's gone on to become the stuff of legend, thanks to Hudson's revolutionary work in the studio! The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Remaster of the original Mamba pressing and longer titled version of the classic Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood – with three bonus tracks and new liner notes.)
The uber-classic Observer Book Of I-Roy – the masterful collection of mid 70s material, which collected, add up to some of the very finest recordings that great Jamaican deejay I-Roy recorded with writer, arranger, producer Niney The Observer! The album is essential a top notch round-up of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gregory Isaacs kicks back with a spliff on the front cover – earning himself some well-earned relaxation after turning out this tasty set of tracks from the 70s! The record's not a collection of earlier singles, and instead features new recordings all arranged by Alvin Ranglin – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's nicely different than the "best of" you might expect – as the record features all new material – both songs that appear here for the first time, and new recordings of older gems – which all come together with the laidback, easygoing vibe that makes Gregory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If there's anything that might make the vocals of Gregory Isaacs sound even better, it's the production by Sly & Robbie that marks this excellent release on their Taxi label – a record that's both more expansive and more down to earth than some of Isaacs' work on bigger labels – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure UK set from the late 80s – served up by a band with a strong roots-based approach, and presented here with some slight dubby touches in the mixing! There's a very homegrown, laidback vibe to the whole thing – as if you've stumbled on some back room sessions in west London, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laidback lovers rock from Barbara Jones – produced by Bunny Gemini, with titles that include "I Need To Belong", "Young Love", "Just When I Needed You Most", "Pretty Blue Eyes", "Everytime You Go Away", and "If You Cry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a few light spots near the top – vinyl is great.)
Heavy dub, with a mighty sharp edge – all those points and angles that King Tubby brought to the music with a special punch of his own – almost as if he's showing the scene that these sorts of dub tracks aren't the stuff of head-nodding naps, but instead have a righteous mystical power ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a peeled spot from price sticker removal, and is lightly bent around the edges.)
Barrington Levy —
Robin Hood ... LP Jah Life/Greensleeves, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
We have to admit, even if this record wasn't a fierce salvo loaded down with tough dancehall tracks, we'd still love it for the great photos of Levy in a red, green and gold Robin hood getup on the cover! Junjo Lawes and Roots Radics may well have robbed from the rich for the mighty blasts of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
June Lodge has a nicely easygoing sort of style – just the right kind of sweetly soulful vocal approach that can slide right into a mellow-stepping lovers rock sort of groove! The music is full of sounds from the gentler side of the spectrum of producer Joe Gibbs – and June has a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Label on Side A has a sticker.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Babylon By Bus ... LP Island/Tuff Gong (Jamaica), 1978. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered Tuff Gong Jamaican pressing – in the cool die-cut cover design!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Survival ... LP Island/Tuff Gong (Jamaica), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the sharpest, most righteous albums from Bob Marley – in case you couldn't guess from the title, which is his response to a recent assassination attempt! The whole thing's got a very classic vibe – and the lyrics have even more of a political current than some of Marley's other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definite essential work from The Maytals – the legendary group led by Toots Hibbert, and who really helped transform the sound of Jamaican music with recordings like this! There were certainly other soulful groups in their generation on the Kingston scene, but The Maytals really helped give ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic showcase for the tenor talents of Tommy McCook – the saxophonist who was as important to the Kingston scene as Jr Walker was to Motown and Detroit – equally able to stand on his own as an instrumental lead, and really keep a strong soul instrumental spirit! Tommy blows with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 750 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
One of the coolest studio projects from the early years of the On-U Sound label – a record that's maybe a bit more subtle overall than some of the Tackhead and Mark Stewart projects of the time, but which has an equally similar genre-busting quality! The vibe here is nice and lean – ... (Rock, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laidback organ grooves recorded by Jackie in London (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – mostly mellow, and mostly covers of late 60s pop tunes. Still, there's a pretty great rocksteady vibe to most of the tunes – slowly bouncing along at a head-nodding pace, which is probably ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label, silver print Coxone pressing, with six tracks on each side. Cover has some light wear, and one slightly crinkled corner. CSL matrix on label.)
A dubbed up take on tracks recorded in Kingston in 1983 – work done at Channel One and Joe Gibbs studios, and given some slight augmentation here to stretch out the original tracks in a really great way! There's definitely plenty of roots, as promised in the title – hardly any ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 3LP set with bonus 45rpm single, art print and download!)
A full length collabo from Nas & Damien "Jr Gong" Marley – who've worked together in the past on a track or two – and overall it's a win that goes well beyond simple hip hop/dancehall fusion! The duo samples Mulatu, collaborate with K'Naan , Dennis Brown, Stephen Marley ... (Hip Hop, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A righteous roots reggae set from the great Augustus Pablo – a record that's definitely filled with the sense of spiritual guidance he brought to some of his best albums at the time! The man himself plays all sorts of cool melodica solos, and also handles piano and organ too – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Augustus Pablo's most classic records – from the title, to the cover, to the melodica-laden grooves within – prime Pablo with that ethereal sound that few other players could match on the instrument! The backings are warm and dubby – a perfect complement to the moody lead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's maybe even better than you might expect from the title – as it not only features never-heard music from the great Augustus Pablo, it also includes killer material from a time when he was burning with a tremendously righteous fire! Backings on most tracks are by the Rockers All ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Perry —
Voodooism ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ...
We never get tired of these Lee Perry reissues! The first of several compilations put together by the fine folks at Pressure Sounds documenting Perry's tremendous output from his Black Ark studio, at the peak of his powers in the mid 70s. Mostly drawn from 45s of cuts that attained legendary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A host of rare gems from the early years of Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark studios – material recorded by Scratch himself, on some cuts featuring The Upsetters, others some close contemporaries – but all nicely unified here by contributions from Lee at just about every level! As with ... 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
A record that's a bit different than the usual Lee Scratch Perry album of the 70s – more of a various artists collection, put together by Pauline Morrison, with material rescued from the Black Ark studios before their implosion – all mixed by Lee Perry with his amazing mid 70s ear for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty tribute to the genius of one of the greatest producers of all time – a figure who helped not only shape the sound of Jamaican music from the late 60s onwards, but also influence a fair bit of the rest of the world as well! The set's a well-chosen collection of material from a range ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure what "lion style" is, but we can definitely say that the album's heavy on dub – a darkly bubbling masterpiece with Prince Jammy at the controls – crafting his magic to grooves by a top-shelf set of Kingston musicians! Winston Wright plays lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer blend of soulful elements – the guitar of Jamaican legend Ernest Ranglin and the warmly grooving sound of the Miami scene – served up here with some mighty nice help from King Sporty in the studio! Despite the date of the recording, there's a vibe here that's a lot more like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful double-length set – one that brings together the lost legacy of work from singer Norris Reid on the Kingston scene – tracks that were only issued as rare 7" singles, in the years before Reid packed up and left Jamaica for Pittsburgh, and stopped recording gems like this! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roots Man Dub ... LP GG's/Onlyroots (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
The Revolutionaries are in fantastic formation on this rare dub set for GG's Records – serving up all sorts of deep, dark rhythms that get wonderfully transformed by the heady production from Alvin Ranglin! Ranglin's a real master of understatement here – and the album's definitely got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from Jimmy Riley – a 70s singer who never fully got his due, but who rubbed shoulders with all the best on the Kingston scene, and made some mighty great music in the process! Jimmy's the father of Taurus Riley – the contemporary vocalist – but may well be a more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little set that brings together the short but fantastic legacy of Risco Connection – a late 70s project led by Studio One drummer Joe Isaacs, after moving from Kingston and setting up shop on the scene in Toronto! Joe calls on plenty of his older roots in early reggae, but also ... (Soul, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the lesser-known vocal trios of the Kingston scene in its heyday – and a group who are also an obscure Lee Perry project too! The Silvertones have a wonderful harmony style – a very deep lead, and soaring backups that really take off in surprising ways – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sire Nomeless —
Natty DJ ... LP Omness (France), 1980s. Very Good ...
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(Cover has some edge wear with small splits, light surface wear, Omness sticker.)
The Skatalites are a group who were one of the key forces in Jamaican music in the 60s – a crack ensemble of musicians who really helped the scene in Kingston break strongly from other Caribbean cities at the time – finding a groove that would forever set the path towards rocksteady and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that features crucial dub work from Errol Brown, but one that's a bit different than some of his other 70s productions – as the session reworks older recordings from Sonia Pottinger's catalog of the late 60s and early 70s – rocksteady modes taken into dub territory, with really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight orange vinyl!)
A Nigerian group, but one who work in the best roots reggae modes of previous years in Kingston – recording here with a laidback vibe that really creates a sense of intimacy that's very different than much work of this time coming out in the 90s! Vocals are traded back and forth between ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's plenty of dub procedure going on here – as Al Breadwinner takes tapes from the original Right Procedure album by Soul Power & Sound, and mixes them out into a wicked set of extended dubby takes on the tunes! If you know the Breadwinner touch, you'll know the special sort of magic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great second chapter set from Steel Pulse – a record that marks their first effort away from Island Records, and a sound that's maybe got them reaching for even more global fame overall! There's a spirit here that's very much like the best Island material by other artists of the previous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album