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


Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some of the most righteous sounds ever recorded at the legendary Studio One label in Jamaica – 70s music that marks a time when the company was moving into some of the more thoughtful, meaningful lyrics that rose to prominence during the rasta generation! The shift is no surprise, given that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mamba/VP, 1974. New Copy
A once lost gem! Hudson's voice as a producer remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic of his era, and this first LP issued under his own name stands as a shining document of his genius. Cut very near the time of his classic dub side Pick A Dub, this album shares the haunting mood that ... 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
Trojan/Secret (UK), 1974. New Copy
Heavy sounds from the great Keith Hudson – a set that may well be one of his best of the 70s, thanks in part to some excellent rhythms from the Soul Syndicate crew! Keith doesn't have the most soulful voice in Jamaican music – but he's a heck of a producer, and really brings plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Fantastic work from legendary producer Joe Gibbs – a key force in helping Jamaican music find the darker side of its groove at the end of the 60s, thanks to some groundbreaking work in the dee jay mode, and some other styles that are definitely an earlier precursor to dub! The set brings ... CD
Upsetter/Cleopatra, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Early work from the great Bob Marley – material cut with the initial lineup of The Wailers, at a time before the group would go onto much greater global fame on Island Records! The equally legendary Lee Scratch Perry is at the helm on production – and although the music here has more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD
The Inspirations were maybe not the biggest vocal group on the Jamaican scene at the start of the 70s – but man, they really tear things up in a wonderful way on this classic set with production by Joe Gibbs! As with other Gibbs' projects, there's a few numbers here by other artists too ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Forget the cheapo look of the cover, as the set's a classic batch of gems from the Trojan Records catalog – 2CDs worth of material, with 55 titles that go way past the obvious hits – served up in a great mix of rocksteady and early reggae modes, and filled with the kind of tunes that ... CD

Dave & Ansell Collins

Double Barrel (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Desmond Dekker & The Specials

King Of Kings (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1993. New Copy (reissue)
A really great pairing of talents – the vocals of the legendary Desmond Dekker and the talents of UK revivalists The Specials – coming together in a set that really brings out the best of both acts at the same time! The Specials are really back to 2Tone basics here – but maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Justice League/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet! One of the harder Scratch efforts to track down over the years, one we're always glad to come across! Recorded in the late 70s, when his wigged out follies at the Black Ark had reached their peak –though there's a bit of debate over whether these tracks were actually recorded at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Observer/17 North Parade/VP, 1970s. New Copy 2CD
An astounding collection that brings together work from a roots reggae legend! Niney's productions stand as some of the strongest benchmarks for golden era roots reggae, with his ability to fuse heavy rhythms with righteous messages and some of the better vocal performances that these singers ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
These may not be the hottest hits in pop music, but the set is a stunning collection of early reggae and rocksteady treasures from the vaults of the Treasure Isle label – that famous Jamaican imprint that was the home of producer Duke Reid – a force who really helped the sounds of ... CD
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 4CD
A stellar 4CD set of classic and hard-to-find mid-to-late 70s deep roots albums produced by Winston Holness, better known as Niney The Observer – Deep Down by Dennis Brown, I-Roy's Observer Book Of I-Roy, Better Days by The Heptones and Observation Of Life Dub by Page One & The Observers ... CD
2 Tone/Chrysalis (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
An early 80s gem from Rico – one of a few records he did for the 2 Tone label, but in a voice that's every bit as strong as his work in the 70s! 2 Tone was mostly known for its crossover ska releases – albums by The Selecter or Specials – but the label let Rico keep on moving in ... LP, Vinyl record album
2 Tone/Chrysalis (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album from Rico Rodriguez – one of the few cuts who can handle a trombone and make it seem like a totally badass instrument! Yet that's what Rico did, and did beautifully on a string of late 70s and early 80s albums that saw him rising up from early Kingston fame to a whole new ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Some of the most righteous sounds ever recorded at the legendary Studio One label in Jamaica – 70s music that marks a time when the company was moving into some of the more thoughtful, meaningful lyrics that rose to prominence during the rasta generation! The shift is no surprise, given that ... CD
Death Is Not The End (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Rare work from the Jamaican scene – music recorded in the years before ska, rocksteady, and reggae – and which shows an even stronger influence from American music than some of those later styles! The sound is every bit the doo wop that the title promises – songs that feature ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honey Pie, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Jazz in Jamaica, and a whole lot more – as the set brings together some key moments when the music was really shifting down in Kingston – still years before ska, rocksteady, and reggae, but with some definite differences in the way things come across! The Alpha Boy's School is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
VP, Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
VP, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Mostly instrumental, but not quite dub, though some cuts do have Perry's vocals on top. Slow rolling and a bit murky, this set bears no relation to the Super Ape set, other than the freaky cover, but is still infused with Perry's unique vison. 10 tracks in all, including the title track, "Bir ... LP, Vinyl record album

New Age Steppers

Love Forever
On-U Sound (UK), 2012. New Copy (reissue)
Later work from New Age Steppers, but a set that's very much got the spirit of the group at the core – given that it's essentially a collaboration between Ari Up and producer Adrian Sherwood – who were the key forces behind the group's sound at the start! In fact, the feel here is ... LP, Vinyl record album

New Age Steppers

Avant Gardening
On-U Sound (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic collection of unreleased material from the early years of New Age Steppers – sounds that are even darker and dubbier than the tracks on their first few albums! The studio genius of Adrian Sherwood is in full effect here – as most tunes are full of all the weird and wild ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sutro Park, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A heavy helping of work from this excellent Jamaican trio – one of the best soulful groups of the rocksteady years, stepping out here in a mode that's similar to early material from The Wailers! The Tennors really shine here in a great blend of harmony vocals and tight Kingston rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Two soulful reggae classics – issued here back to back in a single set, along with 26 bonus tracks, and a total of 32 titles that appear here on CD for the first time ever! First up is the solo album Build Me Up by Brent Dowe – a sometime member of The Melodians, but one who sounds ... CD

Errol Brown & The Revolutionaries

Tip Top Dub
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A stunning double-length collection of work from dub producer Errol Brown – a massive 42 tracks in all, each of which definitely live up to the "tip top" promised in the title! The work here is from the years 1977 and 1978 – all originally issued on the High Note or Sky Note ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A killer collection of work from Jamaican producer Derrick Harriott – a double length set that features 20 tracks on CD for the first time ever, plus lots of rare nuggets – all from a time when Harriott was completely on fire! Harriott was not only a producer, but also a performer, and ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of albums from this fantastic group – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Hit After Hit – a tremendous album that has The Chosen Few stepping out to match some of the best American harmony soul groups of the early 70s – vocals you might hear from The Moments or Delfonics, ... CD

Carroll Thompson

Hopelessly In Love
Trojan/Sanctuary (UK), 1981. New Copy
A soulful set from Carroll Thompson – the debut from the sultry UK singer, and a set that went onto become a key classic in the lovers rock genre! Carroll has a great way of mixing Jamaican styles with a bit more of a London vibe – coming up with a criss-cross of modes that really ... CD
Death Is Not The End (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
Very early work from the Jamaican scene – a set that includes cuts by artists who'd later record classic tracks in the rocksteady years, but who here are working in a much different mode! The title is plenty apt, but only gets at part of the sound – as this isn't straight doo wop as ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1971. New Copy
A fantastic record from the early days of the dee jay scene in Jamaica – a set from David Scotty Scott, who'd previously been a singer – and who does a really great job here hanging between two different modes! Many tracks feature Scotty rapping along with the laidback grooves – ... CD

Lee Perry & The BLack Ark Players

Guidance (picture disc)
Greensleeves (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
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Mercury, 1973. New Copy
An incredible lost slice of music from the young Bob Marley – an unissued set of recordings done at the Capitol Studios in LA, at a time when the Wailers were just beginning to rise in global power! The session came at an unusual moment for the group – they had come to the US to tour ... CD

Jimmy Cliff

Give Thankx
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy
Jimmy Cliff at the height of his 70s powers – in a mode that really moves past straight reggae, but without losing his roots at all – almost a more universal sense of soul that really fits the rising star power of Jimmy! The vibe here is different than some of the more righteous ... CD
Summer/Light In The Attic, Mid 70s/1980s. New Copy
Another blistering treasure trove of Canadian reggae! You heard us right, this batch of deep and heavy roots comes all the way from Toronto, and though it may be geographically isolated from the Caribbean, the vibes are deeply rooted foundation rock, not unlike some of the other astoundingly great ... CD

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Babylon By Bus (half speed master)
Island, 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 ... 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
Mamba/VP, 1974. New Copy
A once lost gem! Hudson's voice as a producer remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic of his era, and this first LP issued under his own name stands as a shining document of his genius. Cut very near the time of his classic dub side Pick A Dub, this album shares the haunting mood that ... CD

Cornell Campbell

I Man A The Stal-A-Watt
Third World/17 North Parade, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Cornell Campbell's essentially saying that he's a stalwart – something we can completely agree with, given his strong legacy in Jamaican music – and the sublime sound of a 70s classic like this! Cornell's got a higher range than some of his contemporaries, but never in a way that makes ... 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

Joe Gibbs

Dub Serial
Joe Gibbs/Greensleeves (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Joe Gibbs' great and rare dub set Dub Serial – with JG handling production of the heavyweight rhythms – purportedly the very first Joe Gibbs dub LP and it's a great one! Spare, heavy bass lines that are as hypnotic as on any dub record of the time – tripped out just enough via ... LP, Vinyl record album
17 North Parade, 1974. New Copy
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 ... CD
Amalgamated/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD
The rare first album from a heavenly Jamaican vocal group – the wonderful Pioneers, who have a rock-solid quality here that sounds even better with production from Joe Gibbs! The trio have a way of criss-crossing their vocals in the harmonies that's wonderful – bumping around with all ... CD
Island, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
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

Lee Perry & The Upsetters

Return Of Django (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1969. New Copy Gatefold
An early moment of genius from the legendary Lee Perry – and a set that uses Django imagery from Italian westerns to serve up a "bad boy" version of Jamaican music for the late 60s! Even at this early point, the sounds are mindblowing – rocksteady brought through a really ... LP, Vinyl record album
VP/17 North Parade, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Backing by the Roots Radics Band – and titles include "Penny I Love You", "Face The Devil", "Don't Be Downhearted", "Mr Big More", "Rudy Say Him Bad", and "Who No Waan Come". Also includes a few "scientific dub" mixes! LP, Vinyl record album
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy 3LP
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down ... LP, Vinyl record album
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy 3LP (reissue)
A classic slice of Jamaican roots – and an essential record from the godlike hands of Lee Perry! The set was produced by Perry at Black Ark – and instantly became the stuff of legend, even though the initial version of the album got very limited exposure – which has led to years ... 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
 
Updated November 28, 2021


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