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…

September 4, 2017, at 7:51 am

Sufferer/Dancing Down Orange Street CD Releases

Another two fine CD reissues from Doctor Bird, part of the Cherry Red group. Due out on the 8 September 2017:

The Kingstonians – Sufferer The classic LP complete as first released in 1970 together with 12 additional cuts on one CD. These are either recordings by the Kingstonians or instrumental versions of tracks from their LP by the Crystalites.

This is packaged with the original sleeve, front and back on the booklet. There … continue reading…

February 18, 2016, at 12:34 pm

Four from the Trojan

The Trojan brand/catalogue has moved around a fair bit over the years and each time it moves it takes some time before it becomes clear what direction the new owners will be going with the music. The latest overseers are BMG and it looks like they will be going for artist anthologies and classic LP’s with bonus tracks. Nothing particularly surprising or groundbreaking about this strategy but the low prices and the fact that even … continue reading…

April 2, 2012, at 7:42 pm

Caltone Pressure

Few would argue that there are many better re-issue companies than Pressure Sounds these days. For vinyl only you can talk about Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller and Dubstore, for CD and vinyl Universal/Trojan maybe run them close but Pressure Sounds continue to lead the way with quality CD’s/LP’s alongside vinyl singles all put together with a style and attention to detail that makes them hard to resist.

The latest addition to their catalogue is a collection of … continue reading…

May 24, 2011, at 3:48 pm

JJ Rocksteady Pressure

A couple of big big rocksteady tunes from the JJ camp are currently out and about on repress 7″.

First up Put Down Your Fire by the Kingstonians. This is certainly one of their greatest rocksteady era tunes and has been fetching big money on auction sites for a long time now. Pressed on a replica JJ label and backed with No False Witness by the same group. Expect to pay around £4.00 for a … 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…

August 16, 2010, at 10:36 pm

Two Tennors

A couple of nice seven inch singles of rare 1969 reggae tunes on repro Tennors labels are currently doing the rounds:

Tennors – Another Scorcher / The Harmonians – My Baby Another Scorcher is actually by The Kingstonians.

The Fabians – V Rocket / Vin Gordon – Tribute To Don Drummond Two cuts on the same rhythm as Another Scorcher. V Rocket is actually by the Tennors.

These are UK pressings, advertised to be a … continue reading…

October 10, 2009, at 3:19 pm

Something called Loving Reggae

Another old podcast is dusted off and given a new lease of life. This one is strictly 68-71 reggae styles. Once all the old podcasts have been removed from podomatic and put up here I may even try and get it together to do some new ones…

Loving Reggae by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Maytones – Loving Reggae (UK Blue Cat) GG … continue reading…

April 14, 2009, at 6:33 pm

Goodies Are The Greatest

Another old DanceCrasher mix is given a new lease of life. More rocksteady business with no general theme this time, just great tunes.

Goodies Are The Greatest by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You (UK Rio) JJ All Stars – Cabbage Leaf (Blank) Larry Marshall – The First Time I Met You Girl (Olive Blossom) Pioneers – … continue reading…

August 20, 2008, at 11:01 pm

A French Natty Dread

The August/September issue of French reggae magazine Natty Dread is available now. Articles include a feature on K.Vibes (Karen Morrisson) who recorded the superb Frenemies for Studio One, the story of Nanny Goat by Larry and Alvin, interviews with Etana and Bushman and a load more. Pity it’s in French!

As usual there is a free sampler CD, featuring The Kingstonians, Earth & Stone, Gregory Isaacs, K.Vibes etc.

You can subscribe to the magazine … continue reading…