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Reggae — Recently Added

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


Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
Killer work from a time when the Jamaican music scene was really coming into its own – served up here from the vaults of Federal Records, who were one of the key imprints helping capture the new Kingston sounds of the 60s! Federal already had roots in Jamaican jazz and other styles, which ... CD
Pressure Drop (UK), 1965/1966/1968/1969/1970. New Copy 5 CDs
CD...$6.99 13.99
A sweet package of vintage ska from one of the originators – a set that includes five albums from Laurel Aitken, each in their original sleeves, packaged in one nicely-priced slipcover collection! The music includes rare albums from the Rio and Pama labels – most originally issued in ... CD
Earthquake/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic early material from Gregory Isaacs – captured here early in his career, and working in a deep roots reggae mode – recording at Channel One with great direction from Ossie Hibbert! The set's laidback and righteous, in ways that let all the soulful qualities of Isaac's vocals ... CD
Third World/17 North Parade, 1976. New Copy
The title's a bit confusing, but 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 ... CD

Tennors & Friends

Reggae Girl (with bonus CD)
Trojan/Grover (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A smoking slice of work from The Tennors – plus some great cuts by other "friends" on the Jamaican scene of the late 60s! The group really shine on their own singles, then step aside to let some other artists come in too – almost all with a similar mix of soul and rocksteady ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beverley's/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. New Copy
A seminal set from The Melodians – and a record titled after their classic single, which really helped lay the groundwork for the rise of righteous reggae in the 70s! The work here is a key bridge between the soul-inspired work of previous Jamaican trios, and some of the important roots acts ... CD

Tennors & Friends

Reggae Girl
Trojan/Grover (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A smoking slice of work from The Tennors – plus some great cuts by other "friends" on the Jamaican scene of the late 60s! The group really shine on their own singles, then step aside to let some other artists come in too – almost all with a similar mix of soul and rocksteady ... CD
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

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
Hot Milk (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 13.99
Heavy club mixes from Linval Thompson – key work from that time when the 12" single really opened up the sonic possibilities of reggae! The work here is either by Thompson, or some of his frequent collaborators on his Strong Like Sampson label – and titles include mixes of "Mr ... CD

Ranking Dread

Girls Fiesta
Hot Milk (UK), 1978. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
A girls fiesta that's swimming in dub – presented here by the legendary Ranking Dread – easily one of he most badass performers in reggae at the time! The record features some amazing production from Linval Thompson, who's really at the top of his game here – providing Dread with ... CD
Pressure Drop (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 13.99
A far ranging anthology of material from the British reggae and ska pioneer Laurel Aitken – 2CDs featuring early material from the late 50s to late 60s – and a second disc featuring material from '69 to 89! The first disc features numbers that start with kind of mento or Caribbean ... CD
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A standout classic from Mikey Dread – a set recorded at the end of the 70s, when influences of reggae and dub were flowing out towards other genres and artists too – a moment that only saw studio giants like Mikey further refining their craft, to set their records apart from the rest! ... LP, Vinyl record album

Desmond Dekker & The Aces

007 Shanty Town (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
The legendary debut LP from Desmond Dekker & The Aces – trailblazing recordings that are masterfully laid the groundwork for the international ska scene, popularizing the rude boy style and paving the way for coming reggae phenomenon that was still years down the road! Desmond Dekker's ... 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 ... CD

King Tubby

Concrete Jungle Dub
Dub Store (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A 70s dub masterpiece – and one of the records that really set the standard for the genre! Producer Winston Riley first rose to reggae fame in the Techniques, but here he's a master of the instrumental mode – working with a group of all-star musicians at Harry J's and King Tubby's ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), 1966. New Copy 2CD
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Treasure Isle label – issued here with 46 bonus tracks too! Independence Jump Up Calypso is one of the most unusual records Duke Reid ever released – a set of mento, not rocksteady or ska – not entirely calypso, but with a similar ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A record that's brimming over with pride for the new musical grooves coming out of Kingston – and a rare compilation on the legendary Treasure Isle record from producer Duke Reid! The tunes here are great and gritty – almost as if Reid was finding a way to capture the energy of a sound ... CD
Island, 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (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

Various

Do The Moonwalk
Trojan (UK), 1969. New Copy
Trojan Records celebrates the spirit of 1969 – the year of the first lunar landing – with a whole host of moon-themed reggae and rocksteady classics from its legendary catalog of Jamaican music! A few of the tunes here are titles that have great fame – like the title track by ... LP, Vinyl record album
17 North Parade, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP
Raw and soulful Jamaican rocksteady – first class in quality and first class stylistically – strongly representative of the brief, but pivotal rocksteady sound that presaged the reggae revolution to come! The sound essentially stripped some of the bigger arrangements of Jamaican ska ... LP, Vinyl record album

Phillip Fullwood

Words In Dub
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A spare spinoff from the Imojah album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae – served up here with some fantastic studio touches from Phillip Fullwood of that group! The album's even headier and dubbier than its core inspiration – almost as if Fullwood's going back in the laboratory, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastically righteous work from Yabby You – recording right at the height of his powers, with some tremendous studio help from King Tubby! The songs are as full of the sense of politics and spirit that you'd guess from the album's title – recorded in the later stretch of roots reggae ... CD
Jammy's/VP, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
We're not sure what "lion style" is, but we can definitely say that the album's heavy on dub – a darkly bubbling masterpiece with Prince Jammy at the controls – crafting his magic to grooves by a top-shelf set of Kingston musicians! Winston Wright plays lots of keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album
Greensleeves (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
This is sort of a Prince Jammy riff on the format of the popular Junjo Lawes-produced Scientist dub series. Nonetheless, he steps up to bat, and indeed defeats the evil planet munchers, with the able help of the Roots Radics rhytnm section. Recorded at Channel One and mixed at Tubby's – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eek-A-Mouse

Wa-Do-Dem
Greensleeves, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Eek-A-Mouse's early 80s classic – and the benchmark meeting between the wildly unique deejay and vocalist with producer Henry Junjo Lawes! The Mouse is out front of stellar rootsy backing by The Roots Radics Band. Titles Include "Ganja Smuggling", "Long Time Ago", "O ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

Impact All Stars

Java Java Java Java
Get On Down, 1972. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.98
Pivotal early dub! Depending upon whose history of the Jamaican recording industry you subscribe to, this is can be considered by many to be the first dub LP – and whether that's proveable or not, it's certain among the first! History aside, it's a mighty set with some raw early dub style ... CD
Trojan/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Fantastic work from Marcia Griffiths – the Jamaican singer who first rose to fame in the duo of Bob & Marcia – but who already sounds very much her own woman on this classic set from the 70s! The groove is as much funky soul as it is reggae – in fact maybe more the former ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Dub Store (Japan), Late 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Sweet digital dancehall – served up here in a collection that does a great job of looking at the deeper side of the scene in the late 80s! All tracks here appeared on the Redman International label, and there's definitely a number of versions handled by the Redman himself – but only ... 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

Various

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
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
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
Trojan (UK), 1969. New Copy
Hard-wailing classics from a key year in the Trojan Records catalog – 1969, a time when the British company was really building a bridge to bring the music of Jamaica over to the London scene – where it would have an undeniable impact for years to come! This set features a great mix of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mango/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy
A Dee Jay classic from the Dub Organiser! One of the first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so, this Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam Piza toasting mightily over some fat rhythms provided Benbow & Sly, Family ... 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
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 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

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), 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
Grover (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A definite scorcher from The Tennors – a set that's overflowing with soulful harmonies from the rocksteady trio – and which also includes a few cuts by choice contemporaries as well! The rhythms here are in the best late 60s Kingston modes – plenty of pre-reggae soulful sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mabrak

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
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of righteous work from the 70s years of Studio One – tracks from a time when the label was giving voice to some of the deeper cultural strands of Jamaican music, including a fair bit of Rastafarian-inspired material – presented here by both bigger names at the ... CD
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
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Killer Jamaican grooves from one of the hippest, most unusual producers on the Kingston scene of the 60s – the legendary Sonia Pottinger, one of the few female forces working in ska and rocksteady at the time! Sonia had a great ear that was very close to the ground – able to pick up on ... CD
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/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
 
Updated September 16, 2019


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