December 21, 2014, at 11:07 pm

Federal Ska from Dubstore

Out on 7″ vinyl today four singles from Dub Store in Japan featuring stupidly rare or previously unreleased Ska tunes from the Federal stable. More info here.

The Maytals & Don Drummond – Coppa The Maytals & Don Drummond – Come Along With Me

Clive Wilson & The Ska talites – One Ska, One Ounce of Weed, One Beer Federal Singers – Love Is All I Have

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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…

June 15, 2010, at 1:53 pm

Pyramid style

Three more re-issues on a facsimilie UK Pyramid label have just appeared. When I mentioned the first lot of these in January I said they were Jamaican pressings which was wrong, these actually originated in the UK.

The Maytals – Pee Pee Cluck Cluck/Beverley’s All Stars – The Monster The A side was previously only available on the 1970 LP, From The Roots. The Maytals – Alidina/Don Drummond – Dragon Weapon Dragon Weapon is a … continue reading…

June 29, 2009, at 12:21 pm

It's A Bellevue Special

Two more re-issue 7″s from Rock A Shacka in Japan. This time on replica Caribou labels. Up And Down/Ska 65 by The Mighty Vikings Bellevue Special/No More by Don Drummond

The big news here of course is Bellevue Special, a Don Drummond scorcher that has been massively in demand for a long time.

You can buy these direct from Rock-A-Shacka in Japan. From Germany at Copasetic or from Honest Jons in the UK.

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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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May 8, 2008, at 10:16 pm

Skacast #3

39 years and 2 days after the death of Don Drummond seems like as good a time as any to mention that a Jamaican radio show apparently from 1969 and titled Don Drummond Requiem is doing the rounds on the internet.

Incase you cant find it; here it is: [audio:]

This is a heavyweight bit of nostalgia…amazing stuff.

Respect to danielisaac over at the Chatty Mouth forum for the heads up on this.

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