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June 17, 2012, at 6:20 pm

Eight Pieces Of Ska

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 Lewis on 7″. Now we get this box set titled Treasure Isle: Pieces Of Eight.

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April 1, 2012, at 10:08 pm

Live It Up – Twice

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 people didn’t know the tune or had only heard it on a handful of occasions over the years.

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January 20, 2009, at 7:19 am

Far East Gayfeet

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 11 by the Hersang Combo, from 1964. But the 2nd release is the real pick; the late ska scorcher Tribute … continue reading…

September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm

A fine half century for Randy's

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 is usual in this kind of release but there are some less well known titles thrown in too. CD 1

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May 7, 2008, at 11:12 pm

Skacast Part 2

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.

Track list: This Is Thunder – Baba Brooks (Gay Feet) The Cat – Roland Alphonso (Pyramid UK) Too Young To Love … continue reading…

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 Mad World by Baba Brooks sets it up nicely but it only gets better. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full … continue reading…