February 16, 2013, at 9:47 pm

Unreleased Duke Reid on Trojan

A double helping of Duke Reid productions from Trojan this month with a 10″ and a 7″. A total of six tunes all apparently previously unreleased.

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – Michelle/The Teacher Man – The Lesson (Trojan 7″)

Tommy McCook blows the melody of Michelle by The Beatles over a late rocksteady rhythm. On the other side an interesting talking style deejay cut by someone only identified as the Teacher, the harmonies … continue reading…

June 17, 2012, at 6:20 pm

Eight Pieces Of Ska

Out now on Trojan an eight single box set showcasing some great ska sides from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Studio.

A few months back Trojan/Universal signed a deal with the controllers of the Duke Reid catalogue, the first output of this deal was the release of the superb Live It Up by Hopeton Lewis on 7″. Now we get this box set titled Treasure Isle: Pieces Of Eight.

Lester Stirling – So … continue reading…

November 5, 2011, at 10:09 am

The art of Studio One

When I first heard that Soul Jazz were going to do a book of Studio One album covers I was quite excited. To get a full colour coffee table size book with dozens of large illustrations of Studio One LP covers is surely the stuff of dreams? No one would be mad enough to do it would they?

Well I’m glad to say they’ve done it and pretty damn good it is too. More than … continue reading…

April 26, 2010, at 10:30 am

A rocksteady style: Jump And Shout

So here is another old mix from my old podomatic site. This is called Jump And Shout. As I said in Feb 2007 when this first appeared: A Rocksteady mix focussing mainly on the later period circa 1968 just as the music was turning into Reggae.

Jump And Shout by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Who Will She Be – Barry York (UK … continue reading…

July 28, 2009, at 9:01 am

Alton And Hortense vinyl on Rock-A-Shacka

Following the release of the Soul Train Is Coming CD featuring Alton Ellis productions Rock-A-Shacka have released a 7″ and 12″ of Alton Ellis material.

12″ (DB004) Alton Ellis – Love To Share/Let Him Try, a lovers tune and a soulful ballad do-over of his Studio One classic respectively. 7″ (DB003) Alton Ellis – Again/Hortense Ellis – Love Is The Key. Two early 70’s reggae tunes.

These have been out for a while already, they … continue reading…

May 4, 2009, at 5:01 am

In Memory

Today is the 5th anniversary of the death of Coxsone Dodd so on this bank holiday (in the UK at least) it’s all about Studio One.

Gold Dust- A Studio One mix [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/mix/GoldDust.mp3]

Jackie Mittoo – Gold Dust (Studio One blank) Alton Ellis – Tumbling Tears (Studio One) Clyde Alphonso – Good Enough (Studio One blank) Lloyd Green – Reggae A Go Go (Muzik City blank) Ken Boothe – Just Another Girl (Studio One) Sound … continue reading…

December 31, 2008, at 2:40 pm

Psycho Rhythmic, a Studio One download

Another Dancecrasher mix is rescued from the obscurity of Podomatic, this time Studio One style. Enjoy.


You’ll Want To Come Back – The Ethiopians (Studio One 7″) People Keep Quarrelling – Alton Ellis (Grooving With Bamboo LP) Sunday Coming – Alton Ellis (Studio One 7″) Sunday Version – Karl Bryan (Studio One 7″) A Get It – The Lyrics (UK Coxsone 7″) Change Of Plan – Joe Higgs (UK Studio One 7″) In Cold … continue reading…

December 23, 2008, at 10:49 pm

Rest In Peace

Alton Ellis, Johnny Moore, Roy Shirley… a depressing roll call of those who we lost this year in the Jamaica Gleaner.

November 18, 2008, at 9:06 pm

Remember Alton?

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October 11, 2008, at 3:06 pm

Alton Ellis RIP

DanceCrasher sends our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alton Ellis who died in the early hours of Saturday 11th October after finally losing his battle with lymphatic cancer.

Rest in peace Mr Ellis.

NB. There have for the second time been rumours spread about Alton’s passing prior to today. Undoubtedly these rumours have caused additional pain to his family at a very hard time…those responsible for spreading them should be … continue reading…