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


Dub Expression
High Note/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy
The mighty Errol Brown is at the controles 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
Doctor Bird/Dub Store (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, ... CD
Version Dread – Dub Specialist
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A heady set of tracks from the legendary Studio One – served up here in a set that include both alternate "version" takes of famous vocal tunes, originally issued as b-sides on vintage 45s – plus some of the more complicated dubs that came along once reggae production moved ... CD
Version Dread – Dub Specialist
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A heady set of tracks from the legendary Studio One – served up here in a set that include both alternate "version" takes of famous vocal tunes, originally issued as b-sides on vintage 45s – plus some of the more complicated dubs that came along once reggae production moved ... LP, Vinyl record album
Israelites (180 gram pressing)
Trojan (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album from Desmond Dekker – and a seminal slide of Jamaican music that really broke big on the global scene in the years before reggae! The set's a bit ska, a bit rocksteady, and completely sold all the way through – thanks to near-perfect production from Leslie Kong, who ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic harmony work from The Heptones – one of the few Jamaican groups of the early 70s that we'd easily rank right up there with American harmony giants like The Impressions or Moments! The groove here is different, obviously – a cool Kingston early reggae mode – never ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tradition
Venture/Bokeh Versions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
If you had to imagine what Captain Ganja & The Space Control might sound like, you'd probably get it right from the very first try – especially if you were looking at the cover of the album at the time! The set's a very spacey take on dub modes of the 70s – often augmented by lots ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The classic full length debut of I Roy on record – although by this point, his reputation on the Kingston scene had already been set! Heavyweight producer Gussie Clarke decided to make a move into the Dee Jay realm in the early 70s and recruited microphone fiend I Roy to chat up some of his ... 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
Trojan (UK), 1969. New Copy 8 x 7 inch set
A heavy-duty set of reggae rarities – all Trojan Records singles from the year 1969 – a moment when the UK label was bursting out big, and really helping the sound of Jamaican music to establish big roots in the UK! The grooves here are sharp-edged, and step out of the best early ska ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Psalms For I
Bond Export, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic early work from Prince Far I – already a mystical force in reggae, with a sound that definitely lives up to his name! The Prince serves up a very righteous brew of lyrics – spoken and toasted over the top of some wicked dubby rhythms – grooves that are often as much a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Firehouse/Dub Store (Japan), 1988. New Copy
A mindblowing moment from the legendary King Tubby – a set that takes his original Soundclash album, and strips it to the core – served up in an assortment of very heavy digital dubs that are maybe even more bass-heavy that work from the analogue generation! Despite the late date of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pre-Release Dub
Bond Export, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A dub album so mysterious, copies of the set were actually found stuffed inside the wrong record sleeves – which might well testify to the pretty stripped-down packaging of this version of the album! Yet don't judge the book by its cover – as the album's filled with well-crafted dub ... LP, Vinyl record album
Natty Rebel
TR/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
U-Roy still riding high on the follow-up to Dread Inna Babylon – delivering another stone classic with Natty Rebel! Deep, steady rhythms courtesy Sly Dunbar & Lloyd Parks, background singers Barrington Spence and Flip Wilson bringing such a depth of aching, emotive soul, and U-Roy at his ... 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
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
Liquidator, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Vintage soulful Jamaican groovers circa '69 by Roy Panton – produced by Boris Gardiner at Federal with nice, laidback style. "Endless Memory" is the mellower of the two, but that's strongly service of the soulful vocal and steady rhythm. The flip "Tell Me" has a more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Liquidator, 1964. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The rare, and reportedly first ever recordings by Roy Ellis – with a Ernest Ranglin, Georgie Fame, and producer Sonny Burke on the sessions! Includes a great little soulful ska instrumental "Mr. Wang" and the vocal number "Another Man" on the other side. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Moonlight Party
Beach/Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 22, 2017


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