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VariousGhetto Ska – From The Vaults Of Wirl & Federal Studios ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
Ghetto, maybe, but it's most certainly prime era ska! Ghetto Ska is a stellar compilation of tracks from vaults of the Wirl & Federal Studios – backed by the Skatalites and featuring numbers by Theophilus Beckford, Frank Cosmo, Lloyd Clarke and others. The vocals are soulful and the shuffle rhythm in full effect here – heavy with numbers fronted by T Beckford. Includes "Don't Have A Ticket Don't Worry", "Seven Long Years" and more by T Beckford, "Come On My People" and "Brother Nathan" by Daniel Johnson, "Love Me Or Leave Me" by Lloyd Clarke, "On Your Knees" by Frank Cosmo, "Now You're Gone" by Shenley & Annette, "Streets Of Glory" by Basil Gabiddon and more. 2 bonus tracks on the CD: "What A Woe" and "Take Your Time" by T Beckford. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousRare & Unreleased Ska Recordings From Federal Records Vaults 1964/1965 ... LP
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 24.98
Killer work from a time when the Jamaican music scene was really coming into its own – served up here from the vaults of Federal Records, who were one of the key imprints helping capture the new Kingston sounds of the 60s! Federal already had roots in Jamaican jazz and other styles, which they definitely bring to bear on the recording of these tunes – tracks that are very different than later revival ska, and even some of the late 60s Jamaican hits – and which often have a gritty quality that tie them much more strongly to the earlier styles that led to the music. As the package indicates, all tracks here are rare, and some are unreleased – with titles that include "Blue Ska" by The Cavaliers, "One Ska One Ounce Of Weed One Beer" by Clive Wilson & The Skatalites, "Third Man Theme" by Granville Williams, "What To Do" by Federal Singers, "Come Along With Me" by The Maytals & Don Drummond, "String Of Pearls" by Audley Williams, "I Man" by The Cavaliers, "Coppa" by The Maytals & Don Drummond, "Love Is All I Have" by The Federal Singers, and "Dip Them" by The Cavaliers. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Syleena JohnsonChapter 4 – Labor Pains ... CD
Federal, 2008. Used ... $6.99
... CD

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Freddie King17 Original Greatest Hits ... CD
Federal, Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Ernest RanglinJazz Jamaica ... LP
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
One of the best jazz albums we've ever heard from legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – recorded quite early in his career for the tiny Federal label, and done with a fire that's missing from some of his other later records! The album's way more than just another instrumental outing with guitar in the lead – and there's an excellent mix of American jazz elements with some rootsier Jamaican qualities in the rhythms – not rocksteady or ska modes, as you might expect from the time – but a looser, freer approach that really seems to set Ranglin free. Ernest plays with some of his most dynamic qualities here – really stunning us with some speedy solos, and moving between chords in this way that creates this cascade of color that really warms things up. Most tunes are listed as folk numbers, but the execution is decidedly modern – on tracks that include "Gimme Back Me Shilling", "Water Come To Me Eye", "Hold Him Joe", "Linstead Market", and "Iron Bar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersBest Of The Best – All Bluegrass, All Gospel ... CD
Federal, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD

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✨✧ Ernest RanglinGuitar In Ernest ... LP
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent early material from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a player you may know better from his famous reggae and rocksteady session work of the 60s and 70s – but who sounds equally great hear in a straight jazz format too! The album's got a tight small combo approach – with very tight single lines from Ranglin – really spinning away with effortless ease, in a range of fast tones and colors that are really beautiful – and maybe even more impressive than some of his later work – thanks to crispness that really keeps things interesting! Backing is by a trio that features Leslie Butler on piano, Stephen Lauz on bass, and Carl McLeod on piano – and titles include lively takes on standards like "Jordu", "Cherokee", and "Green Dolphin Street" – plus nice originals like "Soul De Ern", "Ernest's Delight", "One For Robby", and "Ernest's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ King Harvey Orchestra/AnonymousUnknown/Body & Soul (12 inch 78 rpm record) ... 78 RPM
Federal, 1940. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Transcription mystery disc, it will be fun to discover what is on here! 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Willie LindoFar & Distant ... LP
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but the spare, stripped-down manner of presentation takes us back more to some of the instrumental rocksteady records – especially in the way the production allows for lots of focus on the core musician – which means you really get to hear all the wicked, trippy currents of Lindo's instrument – used in a heady style that almost makes him come across like the Phil Upchurch of the Jamaican scene! Lloyd Charmers produced, and also plays piano and organ – and titles include "Drum Song", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Midnight train To Georgia", "Samba Pati", "Chopper", "Hear I Am Baby", "Charmers Mood", "Mystic Mood", "Breezing", and "Holly Holy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freddy KingI'm Tore Down/Sen-Sa-Shun ... 7-inch
Federal, 1961. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersBring Me Your Love/She's The One ... 7-inch
King, 1962. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Federal/King/DeLuxe/Bethlehem sleeve.)

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✨✧ James BrownBells/I've Got To Change ... 7-inch
King, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
"The Bells" is a great lost track from James! The cut was originally performed by The Dominoes – but James' version has a really spooky edge to it – strangely slow vamping in the backing, and some haunting vocals that cry, dip, and descend with incredible soulfulness – mixed with some wailing from James that's almost in a Screamin Jay kind of mode! "I've Got To Change" is in a similar style – James singing in a "Please Please Please" mode, with The Flames behind him in a raw harmony sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a small residue spot. In a Federal/King sleeve which is creased and has some pen.)

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $68.99 79.98
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album

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Etta JonesPeople Will Say We're In Love/When I Fall In Love ... 7-inch
King, 1960. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a King/Federal/DeLuxe/Bethlehem sleeve.)

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Little Willie JohnHalf A Love/Without A Friend ... 7-inch
King, 1962. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Federal/King/De Luxe/Bethlehem sleeve, with an old price sticker.)

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Johnny OtisMidnight At The Barrelhouse – The Johnny Otis Story Vol 1 1945 to 1957 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1940s/1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Incredible earlier work from Johnny Otis and other great players – the first volume in Ace's Johnny Otis Story – in a number of settings with players including The Robins, Little Esther, Big Mama Thornton, The Jayos, The Sheiks and others! Remarkable, formative west coast rhythm & blues that really sounds great – from stripped down formations to bigger R&B orchestra numbers that are just as incredible – cut for Modern, Savoy, Peacock, Mercury, Dig, Federal and other labels. 25 tracks: "Johnny Otis Signature", "Good Old Blues" with Pete Guitar Lewis, "Double Crossing Blues" with The Robins & Little Esther, "Oopy-Doo", "Cattle Train" with Jimmy "Hurricane Edwards" Beasley, "Shake It Lucy Baby", "Buy Bye Baby" with Marie Adams, "Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)", "Every Beat Of My Heart" with The Royals and more, building up to '58's huge "Willie And The Hand Jive". CD

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VariousKing New Breed Rhythm & Blues Vol 2 – Irrestible R&B Dance Tracks From One Of The Biggest & Baddest Indie Labels Of Them All ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-awaited follow-up to one of our favorite compilations of King Records soul music – a set that does a perfect job of showing the label's strong roots in R&B, and it's important force in 60s soul! The package offers up tracks with a really great sound – definitely the grittier edge than you'd expect from the R&B in the title, yet lots of "new breed" styles as well – a more mature, more soul-based approach to the grooves that offers up a great way to harness the raw energy at the core! The set's filled with rare gems from old King, Federal, and DeLuxe label singles – including some overlooked work by bigger name singers – and titles include "Two Hearts" by The King Pins, "I'm Tore Down" by Freddie King, "Send Me A Picture Baby" by Mel Williams, "Love Man" by Hal Hardy, "Geneva" by Eugene Church, "Wild Child" by Donnie Elbert, "Your Letter" by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, "Say Hey Pretty Baby" by Lula Reed, "Let Me Walk With You" by Eddie Kirk, "Stop Talking To Your Child" by James Duncan, "It Hurts Inside" by The 5 Royales, "Let's Have A Good Time" by The Hi Tones, and "When You Move You Lose" by Lee Shot Williams. CD

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VariousMerritone Rock Steady Vol 2– This Music Got Soul 1966/1967 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), 1966/1967. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99 38.99
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 Federal Records – one of the first indies in Kingston, headed by the visionary Ken Khouri – who put things together and learned the process as he went – which often made for a very organic approach to the music! Khouri handled a lot of other Jamaican styles in the years before these sides – but he really seems to have hit his stride with rocksteady – coming up with a perfect balance between the new rhythms, the sharp instrumentation, and the soulful styles of the singers. Titles on this second volume include "Real Gone Sweet" by The Tartans, "Walk On By" by The Zodiacs, "We Gonna Make It" by The Termites, "Fountain Bliss" by The Dynamites, "This Music Got Soul" by Hopeton Lewis, "Batman (early take rehearsal)" by Lynn Taitt & The Jets, "I Don't Want Trouble" by Hopeton Lewis, "Rolling Rolling" by The Tartans, "Lester Sterling Special" by Lester Sterling, "Take Me Back" by Henry Buckley, and "Sounds Of Silence" by Roland Alphonso. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMerritone Rock Steady Vol 3 – Bang Bang Rock Steady 1966-1968 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 35.98
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 Federal Records – one of the first indies in Kingston, headed by the visionary Ken Khouri – who put things together and learned the process as he went – which often made for a very organic approach to the music! Khouri handled a lot of other Jamaican styles in the years before these sides – but he really seems to have hit his stride with rocksteady – coming up with a perfect balance between the new rhythms, the sharp instrumentation, and the soulful styles of the singers. Volume 3 goes up to 1968 and includes a killer version of Nancy Sinatra's & Lee Hazlewood's classic "Bang Bang" by Tomorrow's Children, "We Gonna Free" by Ethiopians, "You Hurt My Soul" by Joe Higgs, "You Could Never Be True" by Henry Buckley, "Cool Collie" by Hopeton Lewis, "Why Am I Treated So Bad" by Lynn Taitt & The Jets, "I'm Coming Home" by Eddie Perkins, "Mr Hops" by The Renegades and lots more. 22 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMerritone Rock Steady Vol 1 – Shanty Town Curfew 1966/1967 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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 Federal Records – one of the first indies in Kingston, headed by the visionary Ken Khouri – who put things together and learned the process as he went – which often made for a very organic approach to the music! Khouri handled a lot of other Jamaican styles in the years before these sides – but he really seems to have hit his stride with rocksteady – coming up with a perfect balance between the new rhythms, the sharp instrumentation, and the soulful styles of the singers. Titles on this first volume include "Pick Yourself Up" by Hopeton Lewis, "Sai Pan" by Roland Alphonso, "You've Lost The Love" by The Renegades, "You Got To Be Clean" by The Ethiopians, "Where Can He Go" by Oswald Sewell, "Shanty Town Crew" by Soul Brothers, "What You Gonna Do Now" by The Tartans, "Beware Of All Those Rude Boys" by Henry Buckley, "Born To Rule" by Black Brothers, "Sow To Reap" by Pulus, and "Knocking On My Door" by The Renegades. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Delano Stewart & OthersStay A Little Bit Longer (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of work – one that features a core album by the Delano Stewart, plus a huge amount of extra material that was also handled by producer Sonia Pottinger! The set begins with Stay A Little Longer – an excellent set by the under-recorded Delano Stewart – a singer who's clearly got inspiration from some of the sweet soul singers of the American scene, but who also works perfectly here with rocksteady rhythms – letting his voice bubble up and do all these wonderful things with the gentle grooves – all in modes that are very different than standard soul music! Titles include "Stay A Little Bit Longer", "Got To Come Back", "Rocking Sensation", "Wish It Would Last", "Tell Me Baby", and "Let's Have Some Fun". The set then moves on to include the Dr No Go compilation, plus a full CD titled Reggae Pressure too – 48 more tracks, all handled by the ultra-hip female Jamaican producer Sonia Pottinger – with work by The First Generation, Winston Wright, The Gaytones, Soul Twins, Conquerors, Victors, Delroy Wilson, Hippy Boys, Emotions, Roland Alphonso, Marcia Griffiths, Junior Soul, The Federals, Nora Dean, Dave Barker, and many others. CD
 
 
 



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