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


Dub Store (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A second set of crucial solo work from Bunny Wailer – material that comes from the time when Bob Marley was hitting huge global success on his own, then passed away too early, and left Bunny as one of the key forces to carry on the original ideas of the Wailers trio! And actually, by that ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The striking debut album from one of the architects of reggae, a musician who cut precious few solo records in his lengthy tenure as the godfather of Jamaican music! A key figure behind the careers of reggae's mega stars like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, Higgs issued few albums and singles under ... LP, Vinyl record album
Unity Is Power
Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Get Wise
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... CD
Far & Distant
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Keyboard King
Dynamic Sounds/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Jackie Mittoo was definitely the keyboard king down in Jamaica – a player whose burning organ was a part of some of the best Kingston grooves in the late 60s – and one who moved into an even cooler range of keys as the 70s moved on! This wicked set has Jackie sounding every bit as hip ... LP, Vinyl record album
I'm Still Waiting
Radiation Roots (Italy), 1983. New Copy
A soulful singer from the dub generation – one who's not entirely a lovers rock vocalist, although he can work that territory too – but also an artist with a nicely laidback vibe that really sinks down in the grooves – as you'll hear from this set of early 80s tracks! Some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Foundation is right, in more than one sense of the word! The Brentford Avenue stalwarts are showcased here on a nice double album compilation of classic and groundbreaking early ska and rocksteady tracks that would become the template for so much Jamaican music to follow. The team of Coxsone Dodd ... CD
Time A Go Dread
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
The first full-length collection we've ever seen to focus on the work of Lloyd Parks – one of the hipper, more righteous artists on the Kingston scene of the 70s – a singer responsible for some mighty hip singles at the time! Lloyd previously sang as part of the Termites duo, and also ... CD
Dub Landing Volume 1 (with bonus CD)
Dub Mir, 1981/1982. New Copy (reissue)
A dub landing of massive proportions – served up here on some classic early 80s work by Scientist, who's really making magic in the studio with the sounds of the Roots Radics Band! The tunes are stark, sharp, and very focused – and at some level, the mixologist is maybe keeping himself ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grounation
Dub Store (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2 CDs
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 ... CD
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
A seminal set from the great Hopeton Lewis – and a record that not only firmly put the rocksteady sound on the map, but also paved the way for a rich tradition of reggae to come! The groove is nice and mellow – rhythmic on all numbers, but much more relaxed than the ska of a few years ... CD
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal set from the great Hopeton Lewis – and a record that not only firmly put the rocksteady sound on the map, but also paved the way for a rich tradition of reggae to come! The groove is nice and mellow – rhythmic on all numbers, but much more relaxed than the ska of a few years ... LP, Vinyl record album
Best Of Millie Small
Fontana/Island (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Millie Small is a singer who's unfortunately best remembered for one novelty hit – but the Jamaican vocalist is a much richer talent overall, with a huge amount of excellent 60s work to her credit! This huge 56 track set may be the first to ever give Millie her full due – as, in ... CD
Burning Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy 4CD
A huge look at the Burning Sounds reggae from the UK – an important imprint for fresh styles in the 70s, as you'll hear by the 60 tracks presented in the collection! The 4CD package is divided up into four different themes, each representing a different strength of the label – titled ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes ... CD
Israelites (180 gram pressing)
Trojan (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album from Desmond Dekker – and a seminal slide of Jamaican music that really broke big on the global scene in the years before reggae! The set's a bit ska, a bit rocksteady, and completely sold all the way through – thanks to near-perfect production from Leslie Kong, who ... LP, Vinyl record album
Caroline (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A crowning achievement for The Gladiators – a fantastic vocal trio who spent early years working on a variety of different labels in Jamaica – then really burst forward with a tremendous sound on these four albums for Virgin Records in the late 70s! The trio were formed in the same ... CD
Best Of John Holt
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD
One of the greatest soul singers of the Jamaican scene – presented here in a 40 track set that covers nearly every one of his classics! John Holt got his start in a group soul mode – with The Paragons, who are featured on some of these cuts – where he really learned to open up ... CD
On-U Sound (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 5CD
Seminal sounds from the On-U Sound label – a set of albums that provides one of the most lasting illustration of the label's genius! African Head Charge work in this unique blend of Jamaican dub, British post-punk electronics, and some earthier textures that might be more at home in Brian ... CD
 
Updated February 25, 2017


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