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


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President (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy
Not the biggest hits of the early reggae years – but instead a nice little compilation that pulls together cuts from a time when the UK reggae scene was just getting its start – providing a much-needed counterpart to the sounds of Kingston, with a quality level that was almost every bit ... CD
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Escape From Hell
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Blazing late 70s dubs, one of Tapper Zukie's finest productions, and nearly impossible to get in any format for years! Trojan digs up this hotter than hell classic set for their Fan Club series, with hard hitting rhythms courtesy the Revolutionaries, laid to tape at Channel One, then blasted into ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Escape From Hell
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1978. New Copy
Blazing late 70s dubs, one of Tapper Zukie's finest productions, and nearly impossible to get in any format for years! Trojan digs up this hotter than hell classic set for their Fan Club series, with hard hitting rhythms courtesy the Revolutionaries, laid to tape at Channel One, then blasted into ... CD
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ABC Rocksteady
Gay Feet/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Fantastic Laurel Aitken
Pressure Drop (UK), 1972. New Copy
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Another batch of Aitken, and of all the issues by the Pressure Drop imprint, the most stylistically diverse! Like the others, this set is a reissue of a great LP, The Fantastic Laurel Aitken, which itself was a collection of singles – but having been compiled a little later than the other ... CD
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Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid/Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
We've always loved Joe Gibb's productions, especially his dubs, with Erroll Thompson piloting the mixing desk, and have been waiting for one of the great revive labels to put together a set. At last, Pressure Sounds steps up to the plate, and delivers the goods with this mighty set of fat, thick ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
A seminal set from the great Hopeton Lewis – and a record that not only firmly put the rocksteady sound on the map, but also paved the way for a rich tradition of reggae to come! The groove is nice and mellow – rhythmic on all numbers, but much more relaxed than the ska of a few years ... CD
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Dub Store (Japan), Mid 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
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Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The title certainly gets it right – as Derrick Harriott serves up a wonderful mix of sounds that owes plenty to American funk and soul of the early 70s – some cool Kingston covers of famous US tunes, and some other originals that are equally groovy overall! The set's one of the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 LPs
Rarities from the mighty Yabby You – with some remarkably strong, though little heard rootsy dub from Yabby and his extended brethren – including some recently discovered bits! The title Deeper Roots works on dual fronts. It's got pretty rare material, discovered by the always deep ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Daptone, 2016. New Copy
The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us ... CD
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Island, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Wailers LPs – as solid a statement as Marley had made, and to our ears, the finest moment of his later career, not to mention one that would give him some of his most well known hits, and deliver him to a wider international audience. By now, Marley had solidified a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Jazz (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Way way more than just the usual roots reggae collection – a stunning set that documents the growth of Rastafari ideals in Jamaican music – with examples that range from years before the birth of reggae, through that style's bit growth in the 70s! The set includes this very large ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mek It Run
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A legendary collection of rare Jamaican grooves – the first-ever reggae compilation from Soul Jazz Records – and a mighty dip into the huge catalog of Studio One! The collection's over a dozen years old, but it's still incredibly crucial – and this re-presentation gets new ... CD
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Reggae In Jazz
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Masterful reggae instrumentals from the great Tommy McCook! Reggae In Jazz does indeed have some jazz-steeped solos augmenting the vibe quite nicely, but it's perhaps not the full on reggae/jazz hybrid the title suggests – which is a good thing, actually! The rhythms are strongly rooted in ... CD
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Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... CD
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Studio One, 1977/1978. New Copy
An incredible document of the Kingston scene in the 70s – and one that really opens up our understanding of reggae culture at the time! The set features portions of two radio shows hosted by Winston Williams – one from 1977, one from 1978 – both complete with announcer intros and ... CD
 
Updated December 10, 2016


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