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Reggae — Recently Added

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


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
Reel To Reel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD
A huge run of music from the legendary Blue Beat label – a crucial British label that brought the sounds of Kingston to the shores of London – forever helping transform the musical culture in that city! Blue Beat got its start in the 60s, and much of this work is in the earliest ... CD

Lee Perry & The Upsetters

Double Seven
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Brilliant early work from Lee Perry & The Upsetters – and an album that already shows that Perry's got a fantastic production style firmly in place! The rhythms are great – the kind of laidback, bad-stepping grooves you'd expect from The Upsetters – but there's also a special ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mango/Island (UK), 1975. New Copy
An absolute classic! If you can own only one reggae LP, this one's in the front running – it's as if the words crucial and conscious were created to define the sound Winston Rodney, Burning Spear & the Black Disciples capture on this landmark roots LP. Though this is the Island version ... 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
Taxi/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Jimmy Riley's definitely rhythm-driven here – given that the set was issued on the Sly & Robbie label Taxi, and also produced by the heavy rhythm duo themselves! Yet Jimmy's also the main star too – singing here with righteous, uplifting vocals that are very much in the best Island ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Kaya (half speed master)
Island, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
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
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Mikey Dread's at the controls, and the album's a classic example of his ability to bring many different creative strands together at once – working the same sort of magic on record that he did on his famous radio show! The record's this wonderful mix of dubby rhythms, spacey production, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Max Romeo

Revelation Time
Black World/17 North Parade, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A really classic set from the great Max Romeo – a record that oozes with the soulful vocals he first forged back in the 60s, and sparks with some of the more righteous themes of his rasta roots work of the 70s! The production is perfect – laidback, unassuming, and very much a showcase ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Scratch Perry

Black Ark Vol 2
VP, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A record that's a bit different than the usual Lee Scratch Perry album of the 70s – more of a various artists collection, put together by Pauline Morrison, with material rescued from the Black Ark studios before their implosion – all mixed by Lee Perry with his amazing mid 70s ear for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album from the late 60s run of Trojan producer Dandy – working here under the guise of Brother Dan All-Stars – with a lineup that features some secret help from the rest of the Trojan scene! The groove is mostly rocksteady, with the strongly soulful current that Dandy brought ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD

New Age Steppers

Foundation Steppers
On-U Sound (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
An even more reggae-styled record than before from The New Age Steppers – a set that has the group recording in Jamaica for the first time, with lots of guest vocals from Bim Sherman – yet still getting those nice moody currents from producer Adrian Sherwood too! The mixture of Bim's ... LP, Vinyl record album

New Age Steppers

Action Battlefield
On-U Sound (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
The seminal second album from New Age Steppers – a set that does key work in building a bridge between Jamaican roots and the growing UK underground! Sure, there had been plenty of other experiments during the early punk years – but here, Adrian Sherwood's really finding his groove ... LP, Vinyl record album
Klik/Freestyle (UK), 1975. New Copy
Warmly wonderful early work from William Bunny Clarke – billed here under a different name, but the same singer who'd rise to great fame a few years later as Bunny Rugs in Third World! The vibe here is different than his hits with that group – more laidback and mellow, with great ... CD
Mango/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
It's the early 80s, but Toots Hibbert still has lots of older rocksteady modes in his music – maybe warmed up a bit by some of the wider reach that was allowed by the Island Records placement of albums like this! Yet despite any temptation to make things sound a bit more crossover, the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hubert Porter with The Jamaican Calypsonians

Calypsos From Jamaica
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy
LP...$9.99 23.99
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Don Drummond

Don Cosmic
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This ... LP, Vinyl record album
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Pivotal early dancehall work from the Kingston scene – all of it produced by the legendary Sonia Pottinger, almost all of it issued on her short-lived Dance Hall label! The music here shares some of the qualities of the emerging mode at other labels – but unlike, say, Studio one – ... 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
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
Mango/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A lost roots classic from the under-discovered I Jah Man Levi – a fantastically righteous artist, working here on a set that even stands apart from some of the best of the Island Records scene at the time! The production is great – handled by Ijahman and Geoffrey Chung – a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic stuff – and a record that's as much an early 70s reggae set as it is a strong bit of east coast soul – Kingston rhythms mixed with fantastic harmonies that maybe echo more of the East Coast group soul modes than some of the earlier Jamaican groups of the 60s! The choice of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Survival (half speed master)
Island, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
One of the sharpest, most righteous albums from Bob Marley – in case you couldn't guess from the title, which is his response to a recent assassination attempt! The whole thing's got a very classic vibe – and the lyrics have even more of a political current than some of Marley's other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Acid Jazz/Roots (UK), 2021. New Copy
A mysterious set of tracks from producer Jah Thomas – work from his vaults, but served up here with some new musical elements and some guest vocals too – at a level that goes a long way to bridge Thomas' roots in the 70s with his more recent work on the Roots label of Acid Jazz! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – ... 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
Greensleeves (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
Prince Jammy's Computerized Dub – a quintessential set of beeping, bouncing Casio driven jams from the originator of the Jamaican digital tone! Steely and Cleavie were still under Jammy's tutelage and they are part of the driving force behind these nice mid 80s rhythms. 10 tracks in all, ... 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
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

Don Drummond

Don Cosmic
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This ... CD

Bunny Scott

To Love Somebody
Klik/Freestyle (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Warmly wonderful early work from William Bunny Clarke – billed here under a different name, but the same singer who'd rise to great fame a few years later as Bunny Rugs in Third World! The vibe here is different than his hits with that group – more laidback and mellow, with great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A beautiful collection – a full album and rare tracks from sweet-voiced reggae singer Jimmy London, plus a whole bonus disc of other material produced at Randy's too! The core album, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, is wonderful – recorded by a singer who maybe didn't hit the heights of ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
The first-ever full collection of work based around the production efforts of Karl JJ Johnson – maybe not the biggest name in Jamaican studio talent, but a producer with a great ear for the most soulful sounds bubbling up at the time! Johnson was known as Sir JJ – and worked most ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
Tremendous work from Junior Byles – a singer with a sweet voice that would have been right at home in the rocksteady years, but which is maybe even more powerful here in a roots session produced by Lee Scratch Perry! That special Perry magic really helps balance things out with Junior's ... CD
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), 1977. New Copy 2CD
The hits of 77 here aren't the big American chart hits of 1977 – but instead are some key cuts from the Jamaican scene in Kingston – served up here in versions produced by the legendary Sonia Pottinger! And in fact, it might be a stretch to call all these cuts hits – but that's ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of classic albums produced by Linval Thompson – with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Linval's I Love Marijuana record – an album with a striking title – and a set that really marked the full promise of Linval Thompson in the 70s – a dubby classic that's every ... CD

Impact All Stars

Java Java Java Java
Get On Down, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Randys/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A searing set of early reggae tracks from the Randy's label in Kingston – all produced by the mighty Vincent Chin, and featuring 15 cuts that appear here on CD for the first time ever! Chin worked out of his legendary store – Randy's Record Mart, located at 17 North Parade (an address ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
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Vin Gordon

African Shores
Tradition Disc (UK), 2019. New Copy
Fantastic work from Vin Gordon – who may well be one of the greatest reggae trombonists since the legendary Rico – working here in a very classic style that features plenty of contributions from saxophonist Nat Birchall! Nat's very much in the space of his previous collaboration with ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A treasure trove of pre-reggae work from the Kingston scene – all of it from the hands of music entrepreneur JJ Johnson – figure with a well-trained ear for a special sort of single, given his years of experience in record retailing and the jukebox business! Johnson's not as well-known ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of rare albums from the great Derrick Harriott – with lots of bonus tracks that are appearing on CD for the first time! The set begins with the stunning Greatest Reggae Hits – a set that focuses strongly on the amazing vocal range of Derrick Harriott – a singer who can ... 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
VP/17 North Parade, 1976. New Copy
Lee Scratch Perry's funky reggae party, put together at the Black Ark, with Boris Gardner, Mickey Boo, Sly Dunbar & Winston Wright. A nice batch of skanking Jamaica funk, with the requisite Black Ark smoke blowing throughout. Includes a bunch of classic Perry-isms, with Scratch dropping ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most righteous albums ever recorded by Peter Tosh – as you might guess from the title and cover! Tosh could be great on other themes – but this set has him picking up even more politics than usual – maybe a bit late in the roots game, but able to find a way to bring ... LP, Vinyl record album
Parlophone/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A big crossover moment for Peter Tosh – a set that was issued on the Rolling Stones own label, with a bit of help from Keith and Mick themselves! But if that makes you worry about some clunky effort that tries to blend rock and reggae, you can put all your fears aside – as the set's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Big Youth

Screaming Target
Trojan (UK), 1973. Near Mint-
Fantastic album featuring stellar vocals (Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown on backup), a crack band, and plenty of cool spacey reverb production – especially on the snare and lead vocal. Not a dub album, but one that uses the early dub experiments to great ends. Titles include "The ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 13, 2021


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