October 25, 2017, at 10:55 pm

Hot Shots and Dub

Doctor Bird continue to build an impressive catalogue of vintage Jamaican music, they have two new CD’s out on November 10th.

Various Artists – Hot Shots Of Reggae

A quality selection of Lesley Kong productions first released in 1970 on Trojan in the UK and on Kong’s own Beverley’s imprint (as Original Reggae Hot Shots) in Jamaica. This edition collects the original 12 tracks and adds another 13 Lesley Kong productions from the same … continue reading…

September 22, 2017, at 8:32 pm

All Aboard The Psychedelic Train

Doctor Bird Records (a division of Cherry Red) continue their skillful plundering of the Trojan archives with a couple of new CD’s out on October 13th. As usual they’ve selected a couple of classic LP’s and have put them together with a selection of bonus tracks, we get Various Artists – Gay Feet – Every Night and Derrick Harriot & the Crystalites – Psychedelic Train.

Psychedelic Train is the pick of the two here … 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…

November 12, 2011, at 6:28 pm

Lucky Sevens

Trojan have put out a number of quality releases this year, latest off the block and up there with the best of them is a box set of seven singles which are described with good reason as some of the most sought after releases on Trojan and it’s associated labels. All come with replicas of the original labels including classics such as Blue Cat, Amalgamated and off course Trojan itself.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2011/11-11/stiritup.mp3] Stir It Up

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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…

September 3, 2009, at 9:52 pm

Glen Brown on vocals

Some extra nice Rocksteady sevens are out shortly courtesy of the Rock A Shaka crew in Japan. I’ve always loved Glen Brown’s rocksteady stuff alongside the likes of Joe White, the original sevens are gold dust needless to say so these re-issues are more than welcome. They look to be the quality silk screened replica label type so start saving as they’re going to be great but won’t come cheap!

Joe White , Trevor Shield … continue reading…