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Reggae — Recently Added

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


Trojan, 1970s. New Copy 2CD
Really great work from the roots years of the 70s – a time when reggae got even deeper and more righteous than a few years before – definitely breaking its initial ties with American soul music, and finding a strong voice of its own! The period coincides with some especially strong ... CD
Liquidator (with bonus tracks)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy
One of our favorite Trojan Records albums of all time – a sweet set of Hammond-heavy instrumentals from the Harry J All-Stars – with a great groove that links the sound of Kingston with the soul styles of Booker T & The MGs! The organ is wonderful throughout – maybe like the ... CD
Studio One, Mid 70s. New Copy
A selection of rare tracks that appeared on the Bongo Man label from Studio One – the company's very hip imprint in the roots reggae generation – and a package that also includes a number have never been released on LP! Titles include "Ring A Ting" by Prince Jazzbo, "Step ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top ... LP, Vinyl record album
Peace & Love
Dug Out (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reggae Vibes
Top Ranking/Wackie's (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A righteous set of lovers rock from the Love Joys – a female duo, as you might guess from the cover – but one who work here with a wonderfully deep sound! This isn't the crossover material you might hear from other artists of this nature – as there's a very tough-edged ... LP, Vinyl record album
Drum Talk
Dug Out (UK), 1975. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Boss reggae from the early years of Trojan Records – and a fair bit of rocksteady and other grooves as well! The tracks here are all nice and raw, and showcase that hard-hitting sound that always made Trojan one of the hippest labels on the scene – an imprint directed by the London ... CD
VP, 2018. New Copy
DJ Spooky offers up his take on the dancehall sound –w orking with help from Walshy Fire and Sanjay – on titles that include "Phantom In The Dancehall", "Music Of The Time", "Showtime", "Jah Dub", "No Return", "Dash It In The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Dub Store (Japan), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A classic early reggae collection on Trojan Records – so early, the back cover notes refer to the sounds as "West Indian popular music" – instead of by any sort of specific genre or style! There's a strongly unified vibe to the set – as all tracks are late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD
Dubbing In The Back Yard/Go Away Dream (plus bonus tracks)
Pressure Sounds, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Extremely hypnotic dub from King Tubbys & The Agrovators – and a record with a sound that's every bit as stripped-down and laidback as you might guess from the image on the cover! The approach here gets right to the core of instrumental dub – and tunes are very stark and spare ... CD
Disco Devil (12" mix, 7" mix)
Trojan/Get On Down, 1977. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A legendary track from the mighty Lee Perry – one that's his answer to the disco craze of the 70s! This tune's hardly disco at all – just comments on a "disco devil" as a badass cat – while Lee and some female singers present the lyrics over these very cool bubbling ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. New Copy
Bad-stepping sounds from The Uniques – a really hip Jamaican vocal group, and one who sing with an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of their contemporaries! At first listen, the warmth of their harmonies is as sweet as you might expect – but as the music moves on, they open up ... CD
There Stands The Glass/Version Stand Alone
Jump Up/Happy As A Lark, 2018. New Copy
Jamaican legends Derrick Morgan each adapt the classic honky tonk country jukebox standard "There Stands The Glass into an old school style ska groove! Derrick Morgan's version features Charlie Organaire on harmonica – and the flipside version features the equally legendary Dennis ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Time A Go Dread
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Meet The People
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan, Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The first-ever 7" single on Trojan Records! "Judge Sympathy" is a cool heavy rocksteady number – one with the same sort of "judge" gimmick that was being used in American soul tunes in the late 60s – but a groove that's strongly Jamaican overall! Roland ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
War Ina Babylon (red vinyl pressing)
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal ... 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
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The legendary solo debut of Bunny Wailer – a set that maybe marks him as the most righteous member of The Wailers! The style here is heavy on the roots tip, but there's also a special sort of vibe going on too – these warm currents that are laced with occasional touches of jazz, amidst ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mango/4 Men With Beards, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pre-Release Dub
Bond Export, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A dub album so mysterious, copies of the set were actually found stuffed inside the wrong record sleeves – which might well testify to the pretty stripped-down packaging of this version of the album! Yet don't judge the book by its cover – as the album's filled with well-crafted dub ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the rocksteady years in Jamaica – tracks that are a fair bit more rare and obscure than some of the bigger singles that circulated at the time – even though they feature a fair bit of the same artists and musicians! The work here all came from the studios of ... CD
Treasure Isle/Get On Down, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
The debut of U-Roy, and an album that paves the way for countless wonderful sounds to come! The album's an early one in the toasting approach – and has U-Roy calling out the tunes in this echoey style that's wonderful – somehow more urgent than reggae records of just a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub here – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Double Barrel (with bonus tracks)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Meet The People (with bonus tracks)
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Trojan, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
The Trojan label may not have invented the rocksteady groove – but given their trans-Atlantic pipeline between Kingston and London, they certainly helped master the sound at the time! This overstuffed set brings together a whopping 50 tracks that represent the key Trojan Records rocksteady ... 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
Dub Expression
High Note/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy
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 ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. New Copy
A set that's not only a classic collection of early Jamaican gems on Trojan Records – but one that also stands as a fantastic tribute to the studio genius of early reggae producer Leslie Kong! Kong had an ear that was crucial to the rocksteady scene at the end of the 60s – and here, ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy
A classic early reggae collection on Trojan Records – so early, the back cover notes refer to the sounds as "West Indian popular music" – instead of by any sort of specific genre or style! There's a strongly unified vibe to the set – as all tracks are late 60s ... CD
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A classic Trojan Records compilation from the end of the 60s – way more than just a collection of early rocksteady and reggae – as the set list is surprisingly special, and includes some obscurities from Trojan, and well as singles that only got circulation in small Jamaican pressings ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2016. New Copy
The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A pair of Trojan Records gems from this excellent duo – back to back on a single CD! First up is Young Gifted & Black – wonderful work from Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – an incredible duo, and one who look more like an American soul team on the front cover – and ... CD
In Fine Style
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP
Tripped-out greatness from the mighty Augustus Pablo – maybe one of the few cats in the world who could make the melodica sound like a cool instrument! This package digs deeper than some of the straight album reissues on the market – as the Pressure Sounds team have really unearthed ... LP, Vinyl record album
Super Dub Disco Style
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Psychedelic Train (with bonus tracks)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A stunningly soulful set from Derrick Harriott – who works here as a one-man powerhouse on vocals, arrangements, and production! The set's definitely got some of the psychedelic elements promised on the cover – almost to rocksteady what the late 60s Norman Whitfield productions were to ... CD
Return Of Pipecock Jackson
Black Star Liner/Honest Jons (UK), 1979. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One Ska
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP
Another chapter in the Studio One story, as told by the top notch selectors at Soul Jazz, and as with the earlier editions in their Studio One series, this one's another mighty batch of Jamaican rhythm and blues. Like so many other Coxsone Dodd productions, you can hear the foundations of many ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A set that's not only a classic collection of early Jamaican gems on Trojan Records – but one that also stands as a fantastic tribute to the studio genius of early reggae producer Leslie Kong! Kong had an ear that was crucial to the rocksteady scene at the end of the 60s – and here, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Naturally/Steppin
Sky Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got ... CD
Doctor Bird/Dub Store (Japan), 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Ark Classic Songs
Ariwa, 2018. New Copy
A new set from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – but one that does a really great job of getting his classic Black Ark sound completely right! The tunes are spare, stark, and never too overproduced – at least not in a slick or commercial way – as there's lots of dark corners, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Berris/Dub Store (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A Jamaican dee jay album at the crossroads – one that's got some of the righteous ideals of the roots generation, mixed with the growing sounds of the dancehall scene to come! The sound is still nicely rootsy and laidback, but there's also a different quality here than earlier work of its ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A Trojan Records classic from the mighty Ken Boothe – an album set to just the right sort of grooves for his beautifully soulful vocals! The record's definitely got the political vibe you'd expect from the cover and title, but maybe even more compelling is the way that Ken can still sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 22, 2018


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