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


Full Time
Nighthawk/Omnivore, 1980. New Copy
Overlooked indie work by The Gladiators – the legendary Jamaican group who rose to huge prominence in the 70s, but who were back working on smaller labels by the time of this release! The set still has the trio at the top of their game – working in a laidback roots reggae mode that ... CD
Return Of Jack Sparrow
Nighthawk/Omnivore, 1987. New Copy
Not a film appearance by Johnny Depp, but instead a sweet later album from Leonard "Ethiopian" Dillon – formerly the leader of the legendary Ethiopians trio from Jamaica, and working here with a top-shelf group from back in the day! The set was put together by the small Nighthawk ... CD
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
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1984. New Copy
A big big crossover album from the UK ska scene of the early 80s – built upon the ashes of the older Specials group, but still with plenty of the dark edges we'd come to expect in Jerry Dammers work! There's a bit more electric instrumentation at the bottom of the tracks, but the sound is ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Treasure Isle/Get On Down, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
The debut of U-Roy, and an album that paves the way for countless wonderful sounds to come! The album's an early one in the toasting approach – and has U-Roy calling out the tunes in this echoey style that's wonderful – somehow more urgent than reggae records of just a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album
Studio One, 1971. New Copy
A legendary meeting of talents in the Studio One studios – the wickedly-grooving Soul Defenders and the heartbreakingly soulful Freddie McKay – both coming together here on an album that was an instant Studio One classic! The Soul Defenders have a slow-stepping groove with a nice ... CD
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
17 North Parade (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
VP, 1970s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
The name Channel One is well known to even the most neophyte aficionados of Jamaican music. One of the cornerstone studios on the Kingston scene, the birthplace of so many classic numbers, any collection is of tracks cut there is going to be heavy. This great set collects both well known hits and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy 2 CDs
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 ... CD
Striker Showcase
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Massive music from Hammond legend Jackie Mittoo – working here over a host of dubby rhythms recorded by Bunny Striker Lee – in a set that's overflowing with great instrumentals! Jackie plays plenty of Hammond – as you've heard on his contributions to countless other Jamaican ... CD
RAS/VP, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
The fantastic dub counterpart to the vocal album by Hugh Mundell – carved out of the same studio tapes as the original, but with even more space for amazing sounds from Augustus Pablo and the rest of the musicians on the set! Even without the message in the lyrics of the original, there's ... 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
Lamb's Bread/Ghettoman Corner
17 North Parade, 1979. New Copy
One of the deepest records of the roots reggae generation – a set that was so far ahead of its time, it never saw release until a decade after it was recorded! Sylford Walker has this very powerful way of putting over his words – part singing, part chanting – and often set to ... CD
Satta
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
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
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
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
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP
Great early work from the legendary Studio One – and some important sounds that really show the link between Jamaican reggae and American soul! The grooves at this point draw heavily from the US soul and R&B that had been hitting Jamaican shores via radio broadcasts from up north – ... 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
 
Updated December 16, 2017


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