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Reggae — Recently Added

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


Dadawah

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

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Kaya (2LP – 40th Anniversary Edition)
Island/Tuff Gong, 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Sweet grooves from the great Bob Marley – a set cut at a time when Marley was really riding his international fame – and able to create the kind of music that reached out way more than conventional reggae! The Kingston roots of the sound are still very firmly in place – but there' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grover (UK), 2018. New Copy
A great return to form for one of the greatest female singers of the 70s reggae scene – the lovely Susan Cadogan, who works here in a format that really lets her hit all the right sort of vibes! Rhythms are full, but laidback – and Susan's voice is beautifully upfront, maybe a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Perry & The Upsetters

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
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Pure gold from the earliest years of the Studio One label – great tracks that really sum up the special sort of genius that the label helped allow! As you might guess from the "freedom sounds" in the title, the late 60s marked a new period of independent action in Jamaica – a ... CD

Prince Far I

Voice Of Thunder
Get On Down/Trojan, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A classic from Prince Far I – Voice Of Thunder couldn't be a more appropriate album title or moniker! Recorded at Channel One in 1981 with incredible analog dub production, it fully carries the grit, murk, heavy and heady soul of the 70s into the new decade –even if the sound is ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Linval Thompson

Look How Me Sexy
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Linval Thompson is plenty sexy here – singing with that wonderfully sweet vocal style that hearkens back to the earliest reggae years in Kingston – but with a deeper instrumental vibe that has a much deeper bottom! The Roots Radics provide the backings, and they hit this great laidback ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters

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

Susan Cadogan

Girl Who Cried
Grover (UK), 2018. New Copy
A great return to form for one of the greatest female singers of the 70s reggae scene – the lovely Susan Cadogan, who works here in a format that really lets her hit all the right sort of vibes! Rhythms are full, but laidback – and Susan's voice is beautifully upfront, maybe a bit ... CD
Trojan/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic early material from Lee Scratch Perry! "Return Of Django" references the Italian western theme in the title, but the sound is pure Kingston, pre-Black Ark – with a wicked organ line bubbling and dipping throughout the instrumental – while a tenor gets all crazy and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Pure gold from the earliest years of the Studio One label – great tracks that really sum up the special sort of genius that the label helped allow! As you might guess from the "freedom sounds" in the title, the late 60s marked a new period of independent action in Jamaica – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Deep deep sounds from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking off with a new sense of pride and power – not just the roots reggae elements that were hitting big on the global circuit, but also a much richer sense of politics and social action! The work here represents a strong change for ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds ... 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

Lee Scratch Perry

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

Heptones

Book Of Rules
Jaywax/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A soulful classic from The Heptones – easily one of the greatest trios to emerge from the Jamaican scene in the late 60s – and one of the few who were really able to evolve their style as the years went on! The style here is to earlier Heptones material as the early 70s Impressions ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus

None A Jah Jah Children (with bonus tracks)
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Righteous sounds from Ras Michael and The Sons Of Negus – easily one of the most powerful groups of the rastafari years in reggae! The album's got a very deep feel right from the start – not just because the lyrics and vocals are very powerful, but also because the group features a ... CD

Jacob Miller

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

Dennis Brown

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
Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Clarke

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
Dub Store (Japan), Late 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A great collection of work from King Jammy's studios – all cuts recorded at the end of the 80s, with a definite digital feel – but a sound that's still a lot warmer and more soulful than bigger mainstream work of the time! As the title promises, there's plenty of dancehall in the mix ... 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/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
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Deep deep sounds from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking off with a new sense of pride and power – not just the roots reggae elements that were hitting big on the global circuit, but also a much richer sense of politics and social action! The work here represents a strong change for ... 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
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
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
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
17 North Parade (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A classic compilation – and we can't get enough of Horace Andy's sweet falsetto keening over these chugging, fat rhythms! A tremendous set of sides Andy cut in the mid-70s, packaged together with a few of the cuts in dub versions – all from a period when Horace was really hitting new ... LP, Vinyl record album

Errol Brown & The Revolutionaries

Dubb Everlasting (180 gram pressing)
High Note/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
VP, Early 90s. New Copy 2LP
A much-needed look at the mighty talents of one of the key forces of the dancehall explosion at the end of the 80s – producer Bobby Digital, whose work in the studio helped Jamaican music find a whole new audience in the decade to come! Bobby's ear for rhythms and basslines is fantastic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Perry & Others

Mr Perry I Presume
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A wealth of unreleased tracks and unreleased mixes from the studios of the mighty Lee Scratch Perry – material that was mostly recorded during a very fruitful time in the mid 70s, when Lee was turning out a fair bit of tracks that were only issued on one-off dub plates, to be spun by only the ... CD

Augustus Pablo

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
High Note/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 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
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

Dr Alimantado

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
Greensleeves (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
The best dressed chicken in town returns for round 2! The good doctor's follow up to that album's another scorcher, though this one's not exclusively produced by Scratch. Still it's a mighty batch of tracks, and like the preceding LP a collection of singles, with a variety of vocalists taking ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wackie's (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Annette Brissett has a voice that's maybe a bit different than some of her reggae contemporaries – slightly higher, with a pitch that reminds us of some of the bigger Chicago soul vocalists of the 60s – even though the sound here is pure Wackie's all the way through! The mix of sweet ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rico & His Band

Get Up Your Foot
Grover (UK), 2001. New Copy
Great later work from one of the strongest instrumental voices on the Jamaican scene – trombonist Rico Rodriguez, whose horn was showcased on countless classic sessions with different singers – and on a few key albums of his own! The approach here is great – kind of back to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
The legendary Trojan Records logo has always meant the best when it comes to reggae, dub, and ska – and this time around, the logo's larger than ever – as it takes up all the space on this very limited picture disc album – a great way to celebrate 50 years of the label! The set ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kingstonians

Sufferer
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A stunning example of the way that the harmony trio had developed in late 60s Jamaica – a short but fantastic evolution of a mode that began in American soul, yet quickly expanded into something else entirely during the rocksteady years – to the point where it became the global calling ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bunny Wailer

Dubd'sco Vol 1
Solomonic/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic underground gem from Bunny Wailer – one of the rare albums issued on his heady Solomonic label – an imprint that featured some of his most righteous material on record! As you'd guess from the title and the somewhat unprepossessing cover, the style here is heavily dubby ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dub Store (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Very moody dub from this underground British group that includes work from Dennis Bovell – a set that's maybe as heavy as anything coming from the Kingston scene at the time! In fact, there's a sense of darkness here that may even go beyond – this unusual sense of resonance that's not ... 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

Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari

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
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

Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators

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
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
 
Updated March 24, 2019


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