January 25, 2012, at 11:04 pm

A Trojan Island

Trojan have been quietly releasing a whole series of CD’s over the last year or so. Some are compilations and some are original LP’s released on CD in a no frills style with minimal notes and no extra tracks. The latest two of these come out on 30th January and are two classic LP’s from ten years apart that taken together illustrate just how much the music changed in the 70’s.

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March 9, 2010, at 9:19 am

Analogue Jammy's

With all the talk of a Sleng Teng silver jubilee it would be easy to sideline the productions Lloyd James was responsible for prior to 1985. Well neglect at your peril – Jammy may not have been as prolific as some but in the late 70’s and early 80’s he was responsible for many truly great tunes.

The latest effort to present these for the discerning public is a double CD/LP effort (yes – and … continue reading…

February 24, 2010, at 12:52 am

Papa Jammy in the area

Only yesterday I commented that it was getting difficult to keep up with the growing tide of late 80’s digital represses on vinyl. Well, thanks to the Japanese crew at Dub Store it just got pretty much impossible.

Dub Store have announced a deal with Jammy’s that will see 20 great and hard to find late 80’s sides released on 7″ vinyl. The 1st instalment of seven tunes is out now o be followed by … continue reading…

February 15, 2010, at 2:39 pm

Read it in the Gleaner

A couple of articles in the Gleaner that are worth a read; a very short piece by Mel Cooke about Dennis Brown’s classic, Promised Land and a longer piece pondourously titled “Reempowering the Unsung Wailers – The importance of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston to Marley’s ascendancy” by Herbie Miller. The title may be long but it does what it says and is worth a look.

October 5, 2009, at 11:09 pm

The Exit

A true classic of Jammy’s early digital productions and something of a holy grail amongst minor key digital obsessives, Dennis Brown’s classic The Exit got a re-release on seven inch recently on a red Jammy’s label. This was apparently put out by German online sellers Buyreggae.

August 1, 2009, at 7:55 am

Shaka does Greensleeves

The undisputed king of UK roots sounds Jah Shaka has compiled a CD of best shots from the Greensleeves vaults which sees release in mid September. Titled Jah Shaka Presents The Positive Message there are 15 tunes on the release, unsurprisingly Shaka has gone for tunes from the earlier years of Greensleeves, there are plenty of classics here and this looks to be a fine release.

Keith Hudson – Felt We Felt The Strain Earl … continue reading…

September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm

A fine half century for Randy's

To celebrate 50 years since the start of Randy’s VP records are releasing a special 2 CD retrospective with a 40 minute DVD. The CD’s are split down the middle, the first one featuring Ska to early Reggae and the second 70’s sounds. The release has it’s fair share of fairly obvious tunes as is usual in this kind of release but there are some less well known titles thrown in too. CD 1

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December 2, 2007, at 10:12 am

More Natty Dread

The new issue of French Reggae magazine Natty Dread is out and as usual is looking great. With articles on Garnet Silk, the Folk Brothers, Tristan Palma etc and great pictures and graphics to look at even if you don’t, like us, understand French.

The free sampler CD contains 8 tracks courtesy of VIP records 17 North Parade subsidiary featuring the likes of Dennis Brown, Culture, Toyan etc and is worth the purchase price … continue reading…