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Reggae — Recently Added

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


Soul Rebels
Trojan, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A nice collection of early Bob Marley & The Wailers singles – all produced by Lee Perry! The music's a great meeting of two important reggae talents – quite different than both in later years, especially Marley – as the music has a great rawness that would get glossed over in ... LP, Vinyl record album
African Herbsman
Trojan, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Great early work by Bob Marley & The Wailers – some of it produced by the legendary Lee Perry, too! Some of the tunes are early takes on later famous versions – but in a way, they're actually more definitive – in that they tie Marley back to the rich Kingston culture, instead ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of wonderful lost albums – presented here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! First up is Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae – a set that showcases the newly tight groove of the Kingston scene, courtesy of producer Duke Reid – with an especially strong emphasis on ... 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
Trojan/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the best-known tracks from the early Maytals – a tune that bubbles along with all the best rocksteady soul of the Kingston scene – with fantastic lead vocals from Toots over the catchy lyric that's charmed for years! "Day & Night" is nice and deep too – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
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
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
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
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), 1972. New Copy
A fantastic record from one of the first great female voices in Jamaican music – the completely righteous Phyllis Dillon, a singer who set a whole new standard for the genre! The tunes here are beautiful rocksteady numbers – a number of which just have bass, drums, and organ stepping ... CD
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wackie's (Germany), 1986. New Copy (reissue)
One of those great later records that has the Wackie's label flying the roots flag strongly, even when some of the Jamaican scene was moving into different modes! Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes is at the head of the group – serving up messages over mellow rhythms with some nicely dubby touches ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kaya (2CD – 40th Anniversary Edition)
Island/Tuff Gong, 1977. New Copy 2CD
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' ... CD
Dance Hall Style
Wackie's (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A real Wackie's Records classic, and a set that's exactly what it proclaims – the wonderful vocals of Horace Andy, one of the most soulful singers of a previous generation of Jamaican music – coming into contact with the spacier styles of the early dancehall years! Rhythms are slow-step ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Dub Roots
Wackie's (Germany), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent Wackie's dub set, lost to the world for too long, with bubbling rubs of heavy, heavy rhythms reputed to have been given to Bullwackie Barnes and Doug Levy by Sly & Robbie, though the notes don't betray that. Whatever the case may be these tracks are some mighty fine dubs of early ... 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
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
VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
An essential roots album! A mid 70s landmark of harmony roots, the Abyssinians' Satta is hard to beat for hardcore, spiritual roots delivered over hypnotically pulsing rhythms. Robbie Shakespeare, plus Horsemouth, Boo Richards, Micky Chung, Chinna Smith and Clive Hunt and Geoffrey Chung are among ... LP, Vinyl record album
Action/Intensified (with bonus tracks)
Beverley's/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of early albums from Desmond Dekker & The Aces – both done right before the Jamaican group exploded with global fame – and were completely at the top of their powers! Actually, Dekker never seemed to falter at all – and right from the start, he's tremendous – ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
A pair of early compilations on Trojan Records – both of which focus on the legendary Treasure Isle productions of Duke Reid! Soul Of Jamaica is a set that definitely lives up to its name – as producer Duke Reid was right at the height of his talents – taking all the previous ... CD
Jah Fire
17 North Parade, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Classic early 80s roots headlined by the soothingly soulful voice of Hugh Mundell – not too terribly long before his tragic early departure from our world! Hugh gets top billing, despite their being a couple more tracks on the sides sung by Lacksley Castell – but it's all wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Showcase EP
VP, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Funky reggae with plenty of Hammond – the mighty Jackie Mittoo in our favorite sort of setting! The tracks here were all done in collaboration with Bunny Striker Lee – and have this stripped-down, no-nonsense approach – never too complicated in studio touches, which leaves lots ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. New Copy
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 ... CD
Naturally/Steppin
Sky Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got ... CD
Mr Perry I Presume
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Dub Expression
High Note/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy
The mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ... CD
Studio One, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A selection of rare tracks that appeared on the Bongo Man label from Studio One – the company's very hip imprint in the roots reggae generation – and a package that also includes a number have never been released on LP! Titles include "Ring A Ting" by Prince Jazzbo, "Step ... LP, Vinyl record album
Harder They Come (180 gram vinyl)
Island, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – ... 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, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A mighty righteous dub from the Chosen Brothers, but one that keeps the spirit of their lyrics nicely intact – even when there's a cool pause in the middle, and you hear the tape rewind to make things a bit wilder! The drums are up a bit more on the version cut – more snare, but maybe ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Rhythm Shower
Get On Down, 1973. New Copy
Seminal early dub work from Lee Scratch Perry – an album recorded in the same stretch as Blackboard Jungle Dub and Cloak & Dagger – but a record that's much more obscure than those two classics! That obscurity is no reflection on quality, though – as Rhythm Shower is superb, ... 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
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. New Copy
A fantastic set from a very righteous group – one whose name means "unity" in Swahili, and who definitely work here with such a groove! The album's got a perfect blend of rockers energy and deeper dubby sensibilities – very complex in construction, but coming across with this ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cloak & Dagger
Get On Down, 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
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
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
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. New Copy 2CDs
A pair of near-lost albums – back to back, with bonus tracks too! The core album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae is a fantastic set from a very righteous group – Imojah, whose name means "unity" in Swahili, and who definitely work here with such a groove! The album's got a ... CD
 
Updated October 18, 2018


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