February 19, 2016, at 6:26 pm

Two from the Burning Sounds…and a Carib Gem

UK based Independent Secret Records have been quietly reissuing classic LP’s on vinyl and CD for some time. Their next batch hits the stores on 26 February and includes three releases previously released on the Burning Sounds or Carib Gems labels in the 1970’s.

The Morwells – Crab Race (180 gram vinyl and CD) This was the Morwells first UK LP released in 1977 though there was a fair bit of crossover with their … continue reading…

February 23, 2014, at 11:36 am

A Good Life for you and for me

Could the Heptones really be the Heptones without Leroy Sibbles? Possibly not but one thing is for sure, after Sibbles left the group in the late 70’s and Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn recruited Naggo Morris the new trio were most definitely a force to be reckoned with. This is ably demonstrated on the Good Life LP out now on Greensleeves/VP.


Good Life brings together recordings from Channel One studio produced by Joseph … continue reading…

April 5, 2013, at 5:03 pm

RIP Harry J

Producer Harry J (Johnson) died in Jamaica on Wednesday at the age of 68. RIP

November 23, 2011, at 10:51 pm

Barry Llewellyn RIP

Barry Llewellyn of the Heptones has died. Our condolences to his family. RIP.

October 3, 2011, at 11:47 pm

Soul Jazz back with Studio One

It’s been over three years but finally some more Studio One from Soul Jazz. Coming soon is a single CD/double vinyl compilation called The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80. As the name implies it’s something of a sampler and even though there are no ultra rare label spotters delights here there are plenty of killer tunes including many that are a lot more than the usual compilation fodder.

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July 28, 2011, at 11:37 pm

Mixed Up

It’s been a year since part 1 but the Tropical Heat site are back with another Studio One rhythm mix that merges the original foundation tunes with later 80’s and 90’s cuts. So alongside the Sound Dimension, Horace Andy and the Heptones expect the likes of Donna V, Ed Nangle and Jim Nastic…

Studio 1 Riddim Wise pt.2 by King Kong Disko on Mixcloud

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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…

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…

February 3, 2009, at 2:40 pm

Test Match Special

Retired cricketer Derek Pringle (formerly of England and Essex) talks to the Jamaican Gleaner ahead of the England V’s West Indies series and gives them his Reggae top 10:

Heart of The Congos – The Congos Soul Rebel – The Wailers Soul Revolution – The Wailers Rocking Time – Burning Spear King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown – Augustus Pablo Intensified Dirt – Desmond Dekker and The Aces Man Ah Warrior – Tappa Zukie Super … 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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