February 19, 2016, at 6:26 pm

Two from the Burning Sounds…and a Carib Gem

UK based Independent Secret Records have been quietly reissuing classic LP’s on vinyl and CD for some time. Their next batch hits the stores on 26 February and includes three releases previously released on the Burning Sounds or Carib Gems labels in the 1970’s.

The Morwells – Crab Race (180 gram vinyl and CD) This was the Morwells first UK LP released in 1977 though there was a fair bit of crossover with their … continue reading…

February 14, 2014, at 11:35 pm

Play On Mr Music

In 1977 film maker Jeremy Marre went to Jamaica and made a documentary about the music industry on the Island. Called Roots Rock Reggae AKA Beats Of The Heart this is easily one of the very best documentaries about 70’s reggae music. One famous scene features an impromptu studio jam at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio where various musicians are singing and playing a tune that came to be know as Play On Mr Music. … continue reading…

January 16, 2014, at 12:06 am

Buster’s Dubplates

Two new Prince Buster 7″ reissues are out now courtesy of the Japanese Rock-A-Shacka/Drum And Bass Records team.

Prince Buster All Stars – Hey Train/Ali Shuffle [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2014/heytrain-alishuffle.mp3] Prince Buster All Stars – Work Song/Vera Cruz [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2014/worksong-veracruz.mp3]

Four wonderful tunes. Hey Train and Work Song are both taken from old dubplates and were never properly released. The sound quality on these two tunes are not up to Rock-A-Shacka’s usual high standards but the tunes are … continue reading…

November 2, 2013, at 12:45 am

A Down Beat Shuffle

Sunrise records have mined the 1960-1962, out of copyright era of Jamaican music many times over the last few years. They are back once again on November 11th with a very impressive three CD compilation charting the earliest years of Clement Coxsone Dodd’s production career.


Titled Down Beat Shuffle: The Birth Of A Legend this set serves up a total of 56 tunes in many styles, from Shuffle to R&B, Ballads and much … 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…

July 1, 2011, at 12:43 am

A Big Shot

Trojans recent series of 7″ issues have been a mixed bunch, many have been great but a few haven’t. It’s good to report that the latest issue on the Big Shot is up there with the very best of them. Two tracks claiming to be Ken Lack (Caltone) productions that must date from 1968. The A side is the Emotions – You Are The One a nice track in it’s own right but is overshadowed … continue reading…

June 13, 2011, at 10:28 am

Enter Keith Hudson

There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70’s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/11-06/enteringthedragon.mp3] Entering The Dragon

As such Entering The Dragon out on vinyl … continue reading…

April 12, 2011, at 7:46 pm

Trojan's Easy Come Easy Go

Trojan’s latest limited edition 7″ offering is a double sider of unreleased tracks; from the Pioneers an early take on their hit Easy Come Easy Go backed by Derrick Morgan & Desmond Dekker with Mercy Mercy packaged together on a Doctor Bird repro label.

Pioneers -Easy Come Easy Go (Doctor Bird 2011)

The story is that this cut of Easy Come Easy Go was recorded by the Pioneers in their first session for Lesley Kong … continue reading…

April 12, 2011, at 12:31 am

The Legend Of Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion

Beth Lessers latest book published by Small Axe/Muzik Tree celebrates the life of Sugar Minott who died in July of last year. Like her previous book; King Jammy’s, this latest volume shows that Beth can present a story in a way that many other reggae authors can’t, from the perspective of someone who was there for at least some of the events she writes about and knew many of the characters involved.

Within the 200 … continue reading…

March 12, 2011, at 9:49 pm

More Sound System Scratch

Due out on the 26th April is a second release of Lee Perry dubplates and assorted obscurities from Pressue Sounds titled The Return Of Sound System Scratch. Pressure Sounds will be rightly applauded for digging a lot deeper than many other reissue companies are prepared to these days and whilst this has produced a release of varying quality this will undoubtedly be an essential purchase for scratch fanatics and any one else who likes their … continue reading…