April 22, 2009, at 10:35 am

Ska (and Reggae) with Laurel

A new contender in the re-issue market is Pressure Drop records, a subsidiary of Cherry Red.

This month they are releasing two CD’s of material from Laurel Aitken. The first is a reissue of the Ska With Laurel LP originally put out in the UK in 1966 by Rio, the reissue comes with 14 extra tracks from Laurel’s ska era catalogue.

The second release is a reissue of the Laurel Aitken Says Fire LP … continue reading…

March 18, 2009, at 10:58 pm

Collectors Ska and Rocksteady LP's

The April issue of Record Collector magazine has an 8 page article (part one of two) about the most high value 75 UK released 60’s LP’s.

Some of the prices are a little suspect (£200 for Laurel Aitken’s High Priest Of Reggae on Pama??) but for the most part this is a run down of some stunningly great and rare albums. Blue Beat, Doctor Bird, Island, Coxsone and Studio One rightly dominate the listings and … continue reading…