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Reggae — Recently Added

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


Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Four albums' worth of vintage ska from the Jamaican scene – presented here with a heck of a lot of bonus tracks too! These tracks are the real deal – some of the earliest tracks to be circulated under the name of the new style – and the sorts of songs that just about everyone ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1973. New Copy
One of the tightest, deepest albums ever from Jamaican singer John Holt – even if it has a slightly strange history, due to repackagings and retitling over the years! Holt had been making music for over a decade by the time of this set – and while he still works with some of the bad-ste ... CD
VP, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
A fantastic selection of tracks from a time when reggae and punk were really crossing over on the UK scene – the earliest years of the punk rock movement, when bands like The Clash, Slits, and others were bringing the sounds of Jamaica into much greater mainstream circulation! The cuts here ... CD
VP, Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic selection of tracks from a time when reggae and punk were really crossing over on the UK scene – the earliest years of the punk rock movement, when bands like The Clash, Slits, and others were bringing the sounds of Jamaica into much greater mainstream circulation! The cuts here ... LP, Vinyl record album
High Note/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Bob Andy's come a long way here from his earlier work with Marcia Griffiths – taking on some new rasta energy, as you might guess from the title – and singing in an even headier style than before! The set was recorded at Treasure Isle, with bad-stepping rhythms from Sly & Robbie, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Greensleeves, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Wild dubs from the legendary King Tubby – not really a proper live record, but rather an amazing batch of studio extrapolations that Tubby let loose at a famous concert with The Wailers – reworked beautifully in the studio with some really incredible sounds! Heavy, hypnotic rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album
In The Mix Part 3
Keyman (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Dr Alimantado is very much at home in the mix – sliding in and out with help of his Experience group – in a mode that's fantastically dubby all the way through! You may know the doctor from some of his vocal tracks, but this work is what seems to really reach down deep to his time on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rockstone
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A sweet second album from Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – a contemporary group, but one who get the sound of late 60s Kingston just right! These guys are to reggae and rocksteady what the Dap-Kings are to classic funk – younger modern artists who are completely devoted to finding the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy
A classic Trojan Records compilation – of the same sort as their famous Tighten Up albums, but a lot more obscure! As with those gems, the approach here is to present the overseas listener with some of the coolest, most cutting tracks from the Kingston scene – numbers that probably saw ... CD
Upsetter/Scratch The Upsetter Again
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy
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 ... CD
Scratch The Upsetter Again
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bass Culture
Mango (UK), 1980. New Copy
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 ... CD
Island, 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy
Very early ska from the Jamaican scene – served up here on a host of rare recordings from Federal Records – an important precursor to Studio One, Treasure Isle, and better-known imprints from later in the decade! While the rhythms here are often hitting the familiar mode of the style, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A killer cut from one of the most strangely-named acts to ever record for Trojan Records – a tune aimed specifically at the growing market of young Brits listening to reggae at the end of the 60s – with a fantastic groove that effortlessly blends soul and rocksteady with some very ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Baba Boom/Twilight Zone
Get On Down, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A solid rocksteady stepper from The Jamaicans – a group whose sublime harmonies really take the groove to a whole new level! The flipside features a very echoey take on the same rhythm – served up by Duke Reid, but with an approach that's very early experimental dub! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
The first collection we've ever seen to do justice to the Brown Sugar trio from the UK reggae scene of the late 70s – a group who do a fantastic job of merging older sweet soul styles with a new lovers' vibe, all in a mode that's completely sublime! The group's noteworthy as the starting ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Creation Rebel
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic work from Johnny Clarke – one of the younger Jamaican vocalists to emerge in the 70s – given that he started recording at a time when the music had already crossed the Atlantic and was making some big global waves – leaving it to singers like Johnny to bring the whole ... LP, Vinyl record album
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy 2LP
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
Creation Rebel
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic work from Johnny Clarke – one of the younger Jamaican vocalists to emerge in the 70s – given that he started recording at a time when the music had already crossed the Atlantic and was making some big global waves – leaving it to singers like Johnny to bring the whole ... CD
Greensleeves, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A long overlooked roots treasure from harmony vocal trio Tetrack! Let's Get Started has top notch production by Augustus Pablo & arrangements by Horace Andy, plus the solid best of the Channel One musicians circa the late 70s – but it's singers Carlton Hines, Paul Mangaroo and Dave Harvey ... LP, Vinyl record album
VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
An essential roots album! A mid 70s landmark of harmony roots, the Abyssinians' Satta is hard to beat for hardcore, spiritual roots delivered over hypnotically pulsing rhythms. Robbie Shakespeare, plus Horsemouth, Boo Richards, Micky Chung, Chinna Smith and Clive Hunt and Geoffrey Chung are among ... LP, Vinyl record album
Action/Intensified (with bonus tracks)
Beverley's/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of early albums from Desmond Dekker & The Aces – both done right before the Jamaican group exploded with global fame – and were completely at the top of their powers! Actually, Dekker never seemed to falter at all – and right from the start, he's tremendous – ... CD
Joe Gibbs/VP, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Second installment in Joe Gibbs' African Dub series, featuring super-heavy spaced out dubs of Gibbs' solid gold rocker's rhythms. Somehow he manages to sound just this side of gimmicky when dropping in all those weird sound effects of dogs barking and sirens, but with those chubby riddims ... LP, Vinyl record album
Who Say Jah No Dread
Greensleeves, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful sounds from the mighty Jacob Miller – material recorded with Augustus Pablo in the years before Miller went onto greater fame in Inner Circle – and with a rootsy vibe that's still extremely powerful all these many years later! Pablo's at the height of his talents here – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Showcase EP
VP, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Funky reggae with plenty of Hammond – the mighty Jackie Mittoo in our favorite sort of setting! The tracks here were all done in collaboration with Bunny Striker Lee – and have this stripped-down, no-nonsense approach – never too complicated in studio touches, which leaves lots ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Crown Prince Of Reggae
17 North Parade, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 & ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1973. New Copy
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 ... CD
Dance Hall Style
Wackie's (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A real Wackie's Records classic, and a set that's exactly what it proclaims – the wonderful vocals of Horace Andy, one of the most soulful singers of a previous generation of Jamaican music – coming into contact with the spacier styles of the early dancehall years! Rhythms are slow-step ... 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
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 ... CD
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A rocksteady classic from The Ethiopians – but a set that also has plenty more going on as well! The duo work here as a Jamaican counterpart to American soul groups – one of the first and best to hit the Kingston scene – but they also open themselves up to lots of other ideas in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
The first collection we've ever seen to do justice to the Brown Sugar trio from the UK reggae scene of the late 70s – a group who do a fantastic job of merging older sweet soul styles with a new lovers' vibe, all in a mode that's completely sublime! The group's noteworthy as the starting ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kings Bread
Ital (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Righteous work from the great Dr Alimantado – a set recorded right around the same time as his famous Best Dressed album – but maybe even deeper overall! There's a fantastic combination of roots energy and dub production going on here – the start of a new generation in Jamaican ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A set that offers up a slightly different look at the Studio One label – and at the lovers rock style of reggae that broke big at the end of the 70s! Studio One is often known for its rough-edged early classics – but right from the start, the label had a great ear for soul – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Harder They Come (180 gram vinyl)
Island, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A set that offers up a slightly different look at the Studio One label – and at the lovers rock style of reggae that broke big at the end of the 70s! Studio One is often known for its rough-edged early classics – but right from the start, the label had a great ear for soul – ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP
A fantastic collection that looks at the relationship between American soul and reggae in a very unique way – not the early crossovers of soul and rocksteady in the 60s, but a big wave of disco-inspired sounds in the 70s! The set brings together some great Jamaican and British versions of ... 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
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
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. New Copy 2CDs
A pair of near-lost albums – back to back, with bonus tracks too! The core album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae is a fantastic set from a very righteous group – Imojah, whose name means "unity" in Swahili, and who definitely work here with such a groove! The album's got a ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of early compilations on Trojan Records – both of which focus on the legendary Treasure Isle productions of Duke Reid! Soul Of Jamaica is a set that definitely lives up to its name – as producer Duke Reid was right at the height of his talents – taking all the previous ... CD
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
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
Kingdom/Superior Viaduct, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest in Scientist's early 80s run of essential dub records! In The Kingdom Of Dub find's Scientist working his dub alchemy on a dozen Roy Cousins productions laid down by Sly & Robbie, Santa & Flabba, Ranchie McLean,Pablo Black and Skully. It's an excellent set of deep ... LP, Vinyl record album
17 North Parade, 1974. New Copy 2LP
The crowning achievement of the legendary Keith Hudson – a landmark album of instrumental dub that started out in very small circulation, but soon grew to become one of the most important albums of the genre! The sound here is spare, stark, and simple – but in the best way possible ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 14, 2018


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