June 17, 2012, at 6:20 pm
Out now on Trojan an eight single box set showcasing some great ska sides from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Studio.
A few months back Trojan/Universal signed a deal with the controllers of the Duke Reid catalogue, the first output of this deal was the release of the superb Live It Up by Hopeton [...]
April 1, 2012, at 10:08 pm
Hopeton Lewis’s Live It Up has been pretty much the stuff of legends for many years. A next piece on the rhythm of John Holt’s classic Ali Baba that was arguably even better than the original, first issued on a blank only and in tiny quantities. So rare was this that even many seasoned reggae [...]
January 20, 2009, at 7:19 am
The Rock-A-Shacka crew have just released another two singles in their continuing series of limited edition top quality ska and rocksteady 7″s. The latest releases are on the Gaydisc and Gayfeet labels and feature rare tunes from the archives of Lindon and Sonia Pottinger.
First up is Rascal Boy from Lord Creator backed by Channel [...]
September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm
To celebrate 50 years since the start of Randy’s VP records are releasing a special 2 CD retrospective with a 40 minute DVD. The CD’s are split down the middle, the first one featuring Ska to early Reggae and the second 70′s sounds. The release has it’s fair share of fairly obvious tunes as [...]
May 7, 2008, at 11:12 pm
After listening to Ska-Nick’s Duke Reid Ska selection recently (see below) I was inspired to dig out a few old Ska tunes, the result was the first Dancecrasher podcast in a long time.
You can check it here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] or stick it on your itunes by clicking here.
May 6, 2008, at 10:55 pm
I can’t say I check for Ska too much these days but a recent podcast by Ska-Nick from Southend has inspired me to listen once again. Focussing on the productions of Duke Reid, with plenty of rare (but good!) stuff for the chin scratchers out there as well as the casual listener. The first tune [...]