April 1, 2012, at 10:08 pm

Live It Up – Twice

Hopeton Lewis’s Live It Up has been pretty much the stuff of legends for many years. A next piece on the rhythm of John Holt’s classic Ali Baba that was arguably even better than the original, first issued on a blank only and in tiny quantities. So rare was this that even many seasoned reggae people didn’t know the tune or had only heard it on a handful of occasions over the years.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2012/03-12/liveitup.mp3] Live … continue reading…

February 23, 2012, at 10:14 pm

Massive Merritone

They’ve been over six months in coming but the fifth instalment of the Merritone label 7″ reissue program from Japan’s Dub Store has just been released.

There are five singles in total including a couple of classics from Hopeton Lewis and one from the Tartans, the other two, by The Minstrels and The Dynamites are a little less well known but still great. There are no previously unreleased sides here except the acapella version of … continue reading…

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.

First up is … continue reading…

August 6, 2011, at 10:08 am

Mighty Merritone

The fourth instalment of Merritone 7″ reissues from Dub Store are released on 22 August and unsurprisingly there are some more fine tunes on offer.

The Paragons – We Were Meant To Be/(Acappella) The Untouchables – I Do Love You/Mackie Mackie Roland Alphonso – Stranger For Durango/Sounds Of Silence The Termites – We Gonna Make It/The Ethiopians – We Gonna Be Free Hopeton Lewis – This Music Got Soul/Rocksteady

The acapella for We Were Mean … continue reading…

July 13, 2011, at 10:28 pm

Merritone Masterpieces

The third selection of Merritone 7″ reissues from Dubstore have just been announced and once again there are some real gems here. There is nothing previously unreleased in this bunch but with hard to find classics like Joe Higgs – You Hurt My Soul and Don Henry – As Long As I Live included no one will be complaining.

Gaylettes – Silent River Runs Deep / I Like Your World Don Henry – As Long … continue reading…

May 9, 2010, at 1:09 pm

What is Mod Reggae?

Trojan records have announced that four double CD compilations will be released at the end of the month. These appear to be a bit of a departure from other recent releases as they seem to cater to some extent to the collectors market with a higher proportion of obscure tunes. The four releases are Dub, Ska, Mod Reggae and a hits/rareities package called Heavy Heavy Monster Sound: The Story Of Trojan Records.

A few years … continue reading…

March 5, 2009, at 11:38 pm

Watch These Sounds at Tighten Up

To celebrate the return of Tighten Up this Saturday I thought I’d put up one of the most popular mixes I previously featured on the podomatic site. Enjoy.

Watch These Sounds – a third Rocksteady mix Rocksteady turns Reggae circa 1968

Watch These Sounds by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Uniques – Beatitude (UK Island) John Holt – I’ve Been Admiring You (UK … continue reading…