December 26, 2018, at 12:49 pm

DanceCrasher Revives

This website isn’t completely dead though it may have seemed like it in the last couples of years. The truth is changes to web software and the way people use it means it’s a constant battle to keep existing content functioning properly and not totally out of date and irrelevant, the amount of different features and articles on DanceCrasher means that just to keeps stuff modestly up to date with links working and so on can quite easily take several hours a week and that’s without adding anything new at all.

I have no intention of massively expanding the site but I do want to tidy it up and make it usable for visitors. To do this I’ve started a process of updating. Each page will be revised and where content is heavily duplicated across the web (say for example on Discogs) or is out of date without value in updating (a large proportion of the original blog) then this will be deleted. The existing features that are worth keeping will be revised and updated and as this is completed they will be placed in a new section called Articles. So far there are two features here; the Keith Hudson Rocksteady rhythms article and Mike Turner’s interview with Ken Parker. Both have had new sound samples and images added and in the case of the former there are lots of updates and corrections too so please take a look.

The Articles section will replace the old Interviews & Discographies section where the features will sit until they are reviewed.

OK now you know this please don’t expect any overnight changes. Re-doing the two pages mentioned above took in excess of ten hours so as has always been the case with DanceCrasher this will be a work in progress for quite some this.

Tim P

October 28, 2018, at 10:04 am

Live Injection 3rd November

Live Injection – a day of the finest in rocksteady, early reggae and a bit of soul. The usual suspects Allan Finnie, Tim P and Andy Hynd on the decks joined by guests Paul Landers and Spider John.

October 7, 2018, at 5:57 pm

Cool Breeze Fri 19th October

I haven’t played out for a while but I’ll be joining my good friends Paskal Roughandtough and Chucky Downbeat behind the decks at the George Tavern 373 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LA on Friday 19th October. Come and say hello if you can.

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…

October 20, 2017, at 11:18 pm

Mods Buy Ska

Copasetic! The Mod Ska Sound These themed compilations feel like they are scrapping the bottom of the barrel sometimes but Trojan obviously know their business better than I do and as they have been packaging new “Mod” releases every few years since the very early 2000’s, someone is definitely buying them.

Copasetic! is a nicely packaged double CD set with no less than 56 ska and rocksteady classics. This is mostly familiar stuff but it’s … continue reading…

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…

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…

September 4, 2017, at 7:51 am

Sufferer/Dancing Down Orange Street CD Releases

Another two fine CD reissues from Doctor Bird, part of the Cherry Red group. Due out on the 8 September 2017:

The Kingstonians – Sufferer The classic LP complete as first released in 1970 together with 12 additional cuts on one CD. These are either recordings by the Kingstonians or instrumental versions of tracks from their LP by the Crystalites.

This is packaged with the original sleeve, front and back on the booklet. There … continue reading…

September 3, 2017, at 3:15 pm

Lee Perry: The Trojan Album Collection (1971-1973)

Out at the end of the month a double CD featuring four Upsetter LP’s originally issued between ’71 and ’73. Unimaginatively titled The Trojan Albums Collection this set features Africa’s Blood, Battle Axe, Rhythm Shower and Double Seven in their entirety, a total of 53 tracks.

Africa’s Blood, Battle Axe and Double Seven were all long players Scratch compiled for Trojan Records back in the day as part of his contract with them. … continue reading…

August 3, 2017, at 3:12 pm

Harry J Classics on Doctor Bird

Cherry Red Records have reactivated the Doctor Bird label to reissue music licensed from Trojan. Released on 11 August we have two classic LP’s of Harry J material on one CD: No More Heartaches and What Am I To Do. These LP’s were originally issued in 1969 and 1970 respectively and featured the very strongest of Harry J’s productions from 1968 and ’69 (apart from Liquidator of course).

The majority of these tunes have been … continue reading…