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Reggae — Recently Added

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


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
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

Lee Perry & Friends

Black Art From The Black Ark
Pressure Sounds, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A host of rare gems from the early years of Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark studios – material recorded by Scratch himself, on some cuts featuring The Upsetters, others some close contemporaries – but all nicely unified here by contributions from Lee at just about every level! As with ... 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
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), 1977. New Copy
Bob Andy's come a long way here from his earlier work with Marcia Griffiths – taking on some new righteous rasta energy, as you might guess from the title – and singing in an even headier style than before – in a way that makes this record as important to the roots generation as ... CD

Lee Perry & Friends

Black Art From The Black Ark
Pressure Sounds, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A host of rare gems from the early years of Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark studios – material recorded by Scratch himself, on some cuts featuring The Upsetters, others some close contemporaries – but all nicely unified here by contributions from Lee at just about every level! As with ... 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
Amalgamated/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A killer collection of early work from producer Joe Gibbs – the kind of all-burning material that made Joe such a fresh new voice on the rocksteady scene in Kingston, and a studio whiz who helped set the tone for countless others to come! There's a quality to this work that's wonderful ... 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

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

Jimmy Cliff

Follow My Mind
Reprise/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy
Warmly-crafted work from Jimmy Cliff – a mid 70s set that has the singer emerging way past the Kingston scene, to a role where he feels much more like a global soul superstar overall! Make no mistake, there's definitely plenty of reggae on the album – but the record also marks 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
On-U Sound/Hot Milk (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 4CD
A fantastic package of work from the legendary On-U Sound label – four of the most important early albums on the label – from a time when the imprint was completely revolutionizing the influence of Jamaican music on the British scene! All of the albums were produced by Adrian Sherwood ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3CD
Later work from legendary Jamaican producer Duke Reid – best known for the rocksteady classics on his Treasure Isle label in the late 60s, but still going strong here well into the 70s! The tracks here represent nearly every single 12" release issued by Reid on the many branches of ... CD

Gold Connection

Gold Connection
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure little record, but a soulful one too – a rare 70s Federal Records session that mixes together reggae and soul – with vocals by a trio of female singers that includes a young Marcia Griffiths and Cynthia Schloss! Lots of tracks take a disco inspiration, but slow the pace down ... 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
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
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

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

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

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
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
Greensleeves (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
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Mango/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest mainstream 70s efforts from Lee Scratch Perry – a wonderful collaboration with Jah Lion – who serves up rhymes of knowledge and wisdom over some dubby genius from Scratch himself! The album skews towards the roots side of the spectrum, but has a looser, more open ... 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

Clancy Eccles/The Dynamites

Freedom/Fire Corner (plus bonus tracks)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD
A pair of gems from the early years of reggae – stacked back to back in a 2CD set, along with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! First up is the legendary Freedom album from Clancy Eccles – one of the first great talents to emerge in the Jamaican scene of the 60s – a singer whose ... CD
Island, 1980. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of the last great tracks from Bob Marley – a message of righteous power that's had lasting energy over the decades! The single presents the original acoustic version solo, which is incredibly moving, plus a full band version – and it also includes a live take on the mid 70s classic ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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

Bunny Lee & Friends

Tape Rolling
Pressure Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Rare gems from the vaults of Jamaican production genius Bunny Lee – material cut mostly at his home studio, in the company of some very good friends and musical associates – hence the artist listing on the set! Some of the cuts here are from rare dubplates or acetates, others are ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Mindblowing sounds from the great Bunny Lee – and exactly the kind of collection that makes us love the Pressure Sounds label so much! The track selection is wonderful – and most numbers are balanced in a unique space between reggae and rocksteady, and often have some crucial ... CD

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
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
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest trio albums ever from the Jamaican scene – a classic set that kicked off the sound of reggae for the 70s, while still holding onto the rocksteady sound of the years before! The vocals of the Maytals are tied together tightly, but still have a rough edge that's quite ... LP, Vinyl record album

Toots & The Maytals

Toots Live (180 gram pressing)
Island/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A triumphant live performance from Toots Hibbert and The Maytals – recorded in London at a time when the group was really riding high – able to serve up their music with a sense of majesty that really fit the spirit of the larger arena! The tunes are mostly classics, but they've got a ... 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

Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus

None A Jah Jah Children
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy
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 ... 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
Greensleeves, 1981. New Copy 2LP
Scientist spins out on a dub-driven power boat – scanning the swamps to drive out the vampires and a host of other ghouls too – all while reinventing Jamaican music in the process! The record's filled with lots of cool electric elements – those weird production effects and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

Uptown Top Ranking (clear vinyl pressing)
VP, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some of the best work you'll ever hear from the mighty Byron Lee – not the watered-down sound of later records for the tourists, but all the sharp, soulful sounds that made him one of the hippest talents working in the Caribbean scene of the 60s! Byron's got a groove here that's heavy on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Scratch Perry

Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
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
Greensleeves, 1981. New Copy 2CD
Scientist spins out on a dub-driven power boat – scanning the swamps to drive out the vampires and a host of other ghouls too – all while reinventing Jamaican music in the process! The record's filled with lots of cool electric elements – those weird production effects and ... CD
17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 CDs
King Jammy productions for roots based heavies – with 4 classic complete albums by Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown, Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell and Noel Phillips – in a great box set! Each CD comes in a mini-LP replica sleeve, too! Johnny Osbourne's Folly Ranking, circa the end of ... CD
17 North Parade, 1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CD & DVD
The Mighty Diamonds pass the knowledge – but they also pass the kouchie on the first track on the record – an indication of the way these guys can serve up wisdom with a laidback vibe that makes their message so wonderfully down to earth! The Mighty Diamonds are kind of a second ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), 1970s. New Copy 4CD
4 albums worth of crucial dub LPs in a box set – Evolution Of Dub Volume 5 – featuring the rare Crueshal Dub and Earthquake Dub LPs from producer Ossie Hibbert and The Revolutionaires – plus King Of Dub Rock Parts 1 & 2 by Sir Coxsone Dub Sound all in a single set! Crueshal ... CD

Augustus Pablo

Rockers Come East
Greensleeves, 1987. New Copy
A sweet digital set from Augustus Pablo – a mid 80s set that has him mixing his melodica with other keyboard work on Casio and Yamaha – both instruments that are used with the otherworldly, snakey groove that makes Pablo so great! The rhythms are maybe slightly more 80s, too, but still ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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

Lee Perry & The Upsetters

Super Ape
Island/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The King Kong of dub records, and we're not just saying that because of the freaky deaky cover image of a super ape with a belly full of roast fish, cornbread and makka stepping on a croaking lizard with a tree in one hand and a "tree" in the other! Classic Lee Perry and as essential of ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 22, 2021


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