July 26, 2011, at 11:01 pm

More than just… the story of Blue Beat

The Story Of Blue Beat: 1960 is real musical history lesson and a thoroughly entertaining one at that. Over two CD’s Sunrise records have collected all of the A and B sides from the first 24 Blue Beat releases dating back to 1960. Coupled with another ten tunes from other labels in the Blue Beat family; Melodisc, Limbo and Duke we get an impressive 58 tunes chronicling the earliest days of Jamaican recorded music in … continue reading…

April 29, 2011, at 12:15 am

Looks like the Studio Two?

Out now on seven inch single from Rock A Shacka; Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Freedom Sound/Norma Fraser – Every Body. I mentioned this release only the other day but this post is intended to round up and summarise the controversy it has caused and also, now I’ve received a copy, to review the release.

First the easy part. Freedom Sound is Studio One ska of the heighest order, previously only released on LP … continue reading…

April 26, 2011, at 1:58 pm

Studio One – Rocka Shaka V's Dubstore

The two foremost reissue labels in Japan seem to be at each others throats about a recent Studio One reissue from Rock A Shacka.

The release in question is a lovely 7″ of the classic Skatalites tune Freedom Sound backed by Every Body by Norma Fraser on a replica C & N label. This is the first time for Freedom Sound on 7″.

Dubstore have released a statement accusing Rock A Shacka of releasing … continue reading…

April 26, 2011, at 1:35 pm

Ska from the Dubstore

It’s been relatively well known for sometime that Dubstore in Japan had licenced material from Ken Khouri of Federal Records fame. Finally there are some really exciting vinyl releases as a result of this agreement. Five 7″ singles on replica Kentone labels, all either stupidly rare on original vinyl or previously unreleased:

Ernest Ranglin & Selected Group – Free Form/Skalvouvia Free Form is a killer tune that goes for stupid money on ebay. [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/11-04/freeform.mp3] Free … continue reading…

September 8, 2010, at 8:02 pm

Tewari Ska

Rock A Shaka from Japan release a CD compilation of Dada Tewari’s ska and pre-ska sides titled “You’ll Never Know: Caribou Ska Collection” shortly. Tewari was involved in the Jamaican recording industry from it’s earliest days, releasing 78’s on the Caribou and Downbeat labels from the end of the 50’s. He continued to produce in the first half of the 60’s with ska 45’s on the same labels and another short lived label, Regal. Perhaps … continue reading…

August 22, 2010, at 11:46 am

Seven more days on ebay

Another seven days watching the goings on in the reggae vinyl sales sections on ebay.

People are strange, ebay is strange – whatever… Earlier this week a copy of the quality instrumental Eastern Memphis by the Wailers band sold for £60.99 ($95.00). There is nothing particularly strange about that, this is an indemand tune and the copy described as VG+ by it’s seller Kingtuney sounds very clean.


Kingtuney may be a little dissapointed though … continue reading…

August 8, 2010, at 10:42 pm

7 days on ebay

I thought it would be interesting to have a quick look at what’s been selling on ebay this last week. What was cheap, what definitely wasn’t and who got ripped off. It would be impossible to monitor every sale so if anything of note was missed then leave a comment.

First up over recent months Bob Brooks of the legendary and much missed Reggae Revive store has been working with reggae author and former main … continue reading…

July 9, 2010, at 10:05 pm

Laurel Aitken – Voodoo Woman

After releasing no less than eight different Laurel Aitken CD’s and an anthology too you’d be forgiven for thinking that Pressure Drop records had pretty much covered all the bases for the “godfather of ska”. But they’re not done yet and the compilations keep on coming, the latest release; Voodoo Woman is subtitled “Music For Mods:Soul And Ska Sounds From The Sixties”, in truth there isn’t a huge amount of ska but plenty of R&B, … continue reading…

July 2, 2010, at 1:17 am

The Trojan four

Go back ten or even just five years and there was a thriving re-issue industry in the UK and further afield, companies like Blood And Fire, Soul Jazz, Heartbeat, Motion and Jamaican Gold were all busy releasing collections of vintage Jamaican music with what would now seem ridicoulous regularity. The undisputed leaders of the pack in terms of back catalogue and quantity of releases was a revitalised Trojan operating under the Sanctuary umberella. They issued … continue reading…

May 17, 2010, at 9:19 pm

Da Gorgon

United Reggae website has an interesting interview with Cornell Campbell.

Starting with his entry into the business in the 50’s and going through to the present day, this interview gives a great overview of what it was like working for Coxsone etc (in case you didn’t know already!) but you can’t help wishing for a little more depth in some subjects, all the same it’s a good read and definitely worth checking.