They’ve been a long time in coming but the Japanese label Dubstore are about to drop the first instalment of their hopefully extensive Merritone rocksteady 7″ reissue program. The five singles, scheduled for release on the 6 June, are:
- Lynn Taitt & The Jets – Bat Man / The Joker
- Renegades – Big And Fine / Oswald Sewell – Where Can He Go
- Renegades – Mr. Hops / Oswald Sewell – Oh My Love
- Zodiacs – Walk On By / Merritone Singers – House Upon The Hill
- Eddie Perkins – I’m Coming Home / Merritone All Stars – I’m Coming Home Instrumental
As I’ve discussed before Dubstore singles are not cheap (though they are excellent quality) and your likely to pay upwards of Â£10 each for these. Given that it’s going to be a rich man who can buy them all as the full schedule is rumoured to be for 40 singles! If you or on a budget then DanceCrasher recommends the Zodiacs as the must buy and Lynn Taitt with Batman/The Joker just shading the two Renegades releases, now if the Renegades sides had been back to back then they would have been even more essential…
After this initial batch other releases are expected to include:
Roland Alphonso – How Soon/?
Henry Buckley – Beware Of All Those Rude Boys/If I Am Right
Tomorrows Children – Bang Bang Rocksteady/Rain
Black Brothers – Born To Rule/?
Don Henry – As Long As I Live/
Joe Higgs – You Hurt My Soul/Lyn Taitt & The Jets – Why Am I Treated So Bad
Hopeton Lewis – Let Me Come On Home/Hardships Of Life
Gaylettes – Silent River Runs Deep/I Like Your World
Tartans – It’s Real/It’s Not Right
Paragons – We Were Meant To Be/?
Untouchables – I Do Love You/Mackie Mackie
Roland Alphonso – Stanger From Durango/Sound Of Silence
Termites – We’re Gonna Make It/Ethiopians – I’m Gonna Be Free
Hopeton Lewis – This Music Got Soul/Rocksteady