October 30, 2011, at 2:42 pm

A Smash from the Ethiopians

A second issue from Trojan within weeks of the death of Leonard Dillon, however in fairness to the company this was announced some time before Leonard’s passing. This time round there is a limited edition vinyl 7″ single using the old Smash label design.

The two tracks; I’m Shocking and Sign The Cheque are from 1968 or 69 and are apparently self productions. I’m Shocking is a nice up tempo early reggae tune that was … continue reading…

October 29, 2011, at 2:09 pm

Recorded at Studio One

Out now on 7″ from Ace’s Records two sides produced by Al Barry (AKA Barry Howard) at Studio One between 1968 and 1970.

Freddie McKay – A Little Bit Will Do (AKA Just A Little Bit/Little Bit More) [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/11-10/alittlebitmore.mp3] Joe White – Ain’t Misbehaving [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/11-10/aintmisbehaving.mp3]

Freddie McKay voiced Just A Little Bit a number of times, this cut isn’t the best known but it is the first piece. The rhythm used is the same as … continue reading…

October 11, 2011, at 10:25 pm

Laurel on Moondust

Two reissues of Laurel Aitken tracks from circa 1969 are available now on Moodust Records, a new label out of America.

Reggae 69/Big Fight In Hell Stadium Both sides of this were originally released on Pama’s Nu Beat label. Reggae 69 was on the flip of Suffering Still and Big Fight… was the reverse side of Lawd Doctor. Big Fight… was originally credited to Laurel Aitken and Girlie but this is Laurel on his own. … continue reading…

October 10, 2011, at 5:44 am

Boris Gardiner on Rock A Shacka

Just announced by Rock A Shacka, a pair of fine rocksteady/early reggae 7″ re-issues on the Bronco imprint.

August 8, 2011, at 9:02 am

Double Bubble

Trojan return with another limited edition vinyl single this month. This time round it’s two previously unreleased cuts on the Double Barrel rhythm; a piano and organ lead instrumental called Double Or Nothing and a deejay piece voiced (presumably in the UK) by Dandy called Double Barrel Man .

Double Barrel was of course a massive hit for Dave (Barker) And Ansel Collins back in 1971 and rightly so, there was also a superb instrumental … continue reading…

July 1, 2011, at 12:43 am

A Big Shot

Trojans recent series of 7″ issues have been a mixed bunch, many have been great but a few haven’t. It’s good to report that the latest issue on the Big Shot is up there with the very best of them. Two tracks claiming to be Ken Lack (Caltone) productions that must date from 1968. The A side is the Emotions – You Are The One a nice track in it’s own right but is overshadowed … continue reading…

April 17, 2011, at 11:43 am

Maytals – before there was Reggay…

Yesterday was Record Store Day and as part of the day Trojan released another of their limited edition 7″ singles, this was to be sold only in records shops participating in Record Store Day but it sounds like copies may be more widely available so wait a while to see if you can pick this up for retail price before looking at the prices it’s already fetching on ebay.

Straight from the mastertapes this release … continue reading…

April 12, 2011, at 7:46 pm

Trojan's Easy Come Easy Go

Trojan’s latest limited edition 7″ offering is a double sider of unreleased tracks; from the Pioneers an early take on their hit Easy Come Easy Go backed by Derrick Morgan & Desmond Dekker with Mercy Mercy packaged together on a Doctor Bird repro label.

Pioneers -Easy Come Easy Go (Doctor Bird 2011)

The story is that this cut of Easy Come Easy Go was recorded by the Pioneers in their first session for Lesley Kong … continue reading…

March 29, 2011, at 11:01 pm

Sound Dimension on Trojan

This has been out for a few weeks so this mention is running a bit late. The latest in the series of limited edition seven inch vinyl releases by Trojan are two vocals sides by Al Barry And The Aces – on a facsimile Creole label. Apparently these tunes were the result of Barrington Howard AKA Al Barry from Desmond Dekker’s Aces hiring some studio time at Studio One on a return visit to Jamaica … continue reading…

October 9, 2010, at 6:02 pm

Studio First On Ebay

An almost regular look at the last seven days of reggae vinyl sales on ebay returns after a couple of weeks off.

Studio One has always been a difficult one. Though rightly popular it’s a mine field for people chasing down original tunes due to the myriad of different Jamaican labels and the very variable sound quality. 60’s UK issues on Coxsone/Studio One are always in demand as are early 70’s Bamboo and Banana issues, … continue reading…