October 1, 2017, at 7:18 pm

A Box Of Treasure

Treasure Isle Ska Rarities: The 7″ Vinyl Box Set They like a good box set down at Trojan Records and whilst not cheap (it’s currently advertised at £43.50 on the Pledge Music site) this one is good enough and will be well worth a look when it is issued at the end of this month.

Ten 7″ vinyl singles with reproduction Treasure Isle or Dutchess labels and card Treasure Isle sleeves housed in an attractive … continue reading…

July 11, 2012, at 10:45 pm

The Bass Culture Four

Bass Culture is a series of four double CD releases covering Jamaican music from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. Subtitled This Town Is Too Hot! for ska and rocksteady, Boss Sounds for early reggae up to 1972, When Reggae Was King for roots and Mash You Down for early dancehall up to 1985.

This series is a remarkable undertaking in that it has included productions from all the major players; Coxsone, … continue reading…

February 20, 2012, at 11:52 pm

The Story Of Blue Beat 1961 – Part One

I have to say I was a little surprised when this arrived through the post. When Sunrise Records put out the first part of their homage to the mighty Blue Beat label with the issue for 1960 last summer, this was released with the knowledge that UK copyright law made such recordings public domain after 50 years. A bright future was in store for their releases with some seriously wonderful music due in the series … continue reading…

May 13, 2010, at 10:25 am

Trojan Ska-ing West

Following on from the recently announced “Mod Reggae” set comes details of the forthcoming ska set from Trojan. Called Ska-ing West this has lot’s of singers and not so many instrumentals, this is not usually the recipe for a classic ska compilation but there is a decent enough supply of top quality tunes here.

If there is a criticism then it would have to be that there is no overall theme or hook other than … continue reading…

March 18, 2010, at 11:00 pm

Ska time

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January 30, 2010, at 3:26 pm

60's to 80's sevens

Coals to Newcastle style, three Lesley Kong titles have recently been pressed up on an exact copy of the old UK Pyramid label in Jamaica, I don’t know the source of these so I’ve no idea if they are legit or not. There is some nice Rocksteady either way, pick of the bunch being a couple of tough instrumentals from Roland Alphonso. All three presses have the same A and B sides as the original … continue reading…

December 12, 2008, at 1:46 pm

Pressure Sounds Run Things!

Pressure Sounds is really coming into it’s own in the re-issue market, the imagination and attention to detail of their reissues in the last year or so has really put the competition (or whats left of it) to shame.

Things look to get even better in 2009 with a release that chronicles the mid 70’s spat between I Roy and Prince Jazzbo called Once Upon A Time At King Tubby’s . None of the tunes … continue reading…

November 30, 2008, at 12:41 pm

A German Big Shot

With it feet firmly in a pair of Doctor Martens comes Big Shot magazine straight out of Germany. Skinhead reggae/ska magazines that have a fixation with second rate UK tunes and can’t see beyond 1972 are usually pretty tedious but this mag looks pretty interesting and I wish I could understand German and read the thing.

Articles include a feature about ska, rocksteady and reggae tunes about trains, an interview with old time Jamaican soundman … continue reading…