February 18, 2016, at 12:34 pm

Four from the Trojan

The Trojan brand/catalogue has moved around a fair bit over the years and each time it moves it takes some time before it becomes clear what direction the new owners will be going with the music. The latest overseers are BMG and it looks like they will be going for artist anthologies and classic LP’s with bonus tracks. Nothing particularly surprising or groundbreaking about this strategy but the low prices and the fact that even … continue reading…

January 18, 2015, at 5:02 pm

Inturns on Pressure Sounds

The Inturns (AKA The Viceroys) Phil Pratt produced LP Consider Yourself has been re-issued by Pressure Sounds and is available now on CD, LP and download.

This LP was first released in 1978 on the Chanan Jah label in Jamaica and on Burning Rockers in the UK where it was retitled Detour (Burning Rockers also reissued this in 1985 with 10 tracks, titled Ya-Ho and credited to the Viceroys.

This release features 9 … continue reading…

January 11, 2015, at 11:02 pm

Call the Music Police

Big news of the re-issue front is that Rock A Shacka are putting out the near legendary Niney production Music Police on seven inch later this month. Music Police was recorded at Studio One circa 1971 and has long been assumed to be by the Sound Dimension but Rock A Shacka quote Niney in saying that the actual musicians were the core of the Upsetters band; Family Man, Carlton Barrett, and Alva Lewis alongside … continue reading…

January 3, 2015, at 10:54 am

Eight Sevens From Reggae Fever

Last month Swiss record dealers Reggae Fever announced the reissue of a second batch of 7″ singles:

Blue Bells – Love Time/Ecclesiastes Band – Part Two Dub (Premier/Reggae Fever) The first of two Hector Wright productions to see re-release. This dates from 1982 and was recoded at Channel One.

Blue Bells – Come Along /Upsetters – Along Came A Dub (Premier/Reggae Fever) Dating from 1976 this was recorded at Lee Perry’s Black Ark … continue reading…

December 23, 2014, at 11:57 am

Germain 7″ reissues

Five quality 80’s Donovan Germain productions available on reissue right now. These are distributed by Gaffa Blue in London and should be in all good shops shortly. The dubs are all exclusive to these releases and as far as we know were mixed more recently.

Cultural Roots – Can’t Fight Reality / Can’t Fight Dub Plate Version Cultural Roots – Age Of Creation / Age Version Cultural Roots – Tribal Avenue / Tribal Version … continue reading…

December 21, 2014, at 11:07 pm

Federal Ska from Dubstore

Out on 7″ vinyl today four singles from Dub Store in Japan featuring stupidly rare or previously unreleased Ska tunes from the Federal stable. More info here.

The Maytals & Don Drummond – Coppa The Maytals & Don Drummond – Come Along With Me

Clive Wilson & The Ska talites – One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer Federal Singers – Love Is All I Have

Federal Singers – My Love Federal … continue reading…

February 23, 2014, at 11:36 am

A Good Life for you and for me

Could the Heptones really be the Heptones without Leroy Sibbles? Possibly not but one thing is for sure, after Sibbles left the group in the late 70’s and Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn recruited Naggo Morris the new trio were most definitely a force to be reckoned with. This is ably demonstrated on the Good Life LP out now on Greensleeves/VP.


Good Life brings together recordings from Channel One studio produced by Joseph … continue reading…

February 11, 2014, at 2:14 pm

Gregory In Person

Sunspot continue to plough a very specific furrow by reissuing big LP’s from the Trojan catalogue on vinyl LP. In a way these are very safe choices, once upon a time record shop shelves would have been full of copies of this on Trojan, but those days are gone so it’s good to see that Sunspot are making the effort with vinyl.

In Person was Gregory’s first LP and will will need no introduction to … continue reading…

January 10, 2014, at 3:59 pm

A Jamaican Edition

So the story goes that in late 1969 Lee Perry and the Upsetters (including Glen Adams, Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett and Alva Lewis) flew into the UK for a series of dates on the back of the success of the Return Of Django single. After the tour ended Perry disappeared and the band found themselves in the UK with plenty of free time and no money. The tour promoters Bruce White and Tony Cousins … continue reading…

November 22, 2013, at 11:45 pm

Plenty Of Sugar And Spice

Studio One compilations tend to be hit and miss affairs. In recent years Soul Jazz have been the masters of them but whilst they are spot on with harnessing the cross over appeal the actual music selections often lack focus and can be a bit of a muddle.

Come in Drum & Bass records out of Japan with 14 tracks of Studio One rocksteady on LP; no gimmicks just great, timeless music. Titled Sugar … continue reading…