October 25, 2017, at 10:55 pm

Hot Shots and Dub

Doctor Bird continue to build an impressive catalogue of vintage Jamaican music, they have two new CD’s out on November 10th.

Various Artists – Hot Shots Of Reggae

A quality selection of Lesley Kong productions first released in 1970 on Trojan in the UK and on Kong’s own Beverley’s imprint (as Original Reggae Hot Shots) in Jamaica. This edition collects the original 12 tracks and adds another 13 Lesley Kong productions from the same … continue reading…

May 2, 2016, at 9:26 am

A box of Rocksteady

As part of Record Store Day last month 17 North Parade (part of VP) released a seven disc box set of Rocksteady 7″s titled First Class Rocksteady. There are still copies available in some stores so keep a look out. The full track listing is as follows:

The Return Of Ezekial – The Jupiters Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin Live And Love – Carlton Manning ABC Rocksteady – The Gaylads The Russians … continue reading…

February 2, 2013, at 8:25 am

A Monster on the Summit

Trojan Records continue with there impressive run of limited edition 7″ vinyl singles with a pairing from producer Leslie Kong on a reproduction Summit label.

The Gaylads – Baby I’ll Be Yours The Monster – Tribute To Prince Ruff

The Gaylads track is a high quality and well produced tune that was typical of that trio’s work and Kong’s productions circa 1970. It’s easily good enough to have been released at the time but … continue reading…

April 29, 2012, at 6:16 pm

Roots On Bond Export

Four singles reissued now on Bond Export three with production credits going to Clive Chin and Randy’s and one to Harry Mudie.

EW1974 – Freddie McKay – Won’t Get Away/Version (Impact! label) Produced by Clive Chin and Eddie Wong and originally released on Eddie Wong’s Downtown label this is the next cut to Foot Of The Mountain by Dennis Brown. This has been reissued on a plain black and white Impact! label in recent years, … continue reading…

October 30, 2010, at 11:23 am

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #24

It’s Hard To Confess – The Gaylads (Sonia Pottinger Production)

A real anthem here from the Gaylads. In their long and succesful career the trio only cut a handful of sides for Sonia Pottinger, this one was the best.

Vocal harmonies are a constant factor in some of the greatest rocksteady tunes (and therefore a regular theme in this top 100) but it would be impossible to talk about this tune without mentioning them once … continue reading…

October 9, 2010, at 6:02 pm

Studio First On Ebay

An almost regular look at the last seven days of reggae vinyl sales on ebay returns after a couple of weeks off.

Studio One has always been a difficult one. Though rightly popular it’s a mine field for people chasing down original tunes due to the myriad of different Jamaican labels and the very variable sound quality. 60’s UK issues on Coxsone/Studio One are always in demand as are early 70’s Bamboo and Banana issues, … 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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